Stop Judging Libertarian Mormons

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Gregg Collett is the father of 10 children and a Libertarian candidate for District 11, Position A of the Idaho House of Representatives.  He relies upon Medicaid to pay for his children’s medical expenses.  He is also a Mormon.  So does that make him a hypocrite? Here is how he answered the question.  “Am I a hypocrite for participating in programs that I oppose? If it was that simple, and if participation demonstrated support, then of course. But, my reason for participation in government pro … [Read more...]

Can Appeals to Free Will Solve the Problem of Evil?

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For me, appeals to free will and human agency have never been particularly satisfying when considering the problem of evil.If anything, I think they might tell us more about how we conceptualize God than how we conceptualize evil.I will need to spend more time studying the philosophy of religion before I can more fully respond to this question, but I found this video from the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame to be both helpful and enlightening about this … [Read more...]

A Muslim comment on “Are Mormons Christians” (A Guest Post from Rashid Patch)

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The following is a quest contribution to “Are Mormons Christian?” An Interfaith Round TableAs a Muslim, I am supposed to follow the Qur'anic injunction, that when speaking to Ahl al-Kitab - the Family of the Book ("people of the book" is really not a good translation; "Ahl" means, primarily, "family"), I should try to discuss the things we hold in common, and not the things we hold in dispute. Qur'an also assures us that people will argue about the nature of Jesus (peace be upon him) until th … [Read more...]

To a Sister in Need — Thoughts on the Gay Mormon Question

Elder Dallin H. Oaks (Tom Smart/Deseret News)

As a devout Mormon who is also an out gay man, I occasionally get letters from people looking for insight, validation, or a simple sounding board. So I wasn't surprised when, a few days ago — in the wake of some unfortunate remarks made at my faith's semi-annual conference — I received a letter from a friend of a friend. She was distraught and wanted someone to listen to her as she wrestled with feelings that had no other outlet.It's truly a blessing to receive letters like this. I take them … [Read more...]

As Is (A Guest Post by Anonymous)

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I am an intensely private person.Most people who know me would probably disagree with that, but that is only because they don’t know what they don’t know. I am the embodiment of the onion that Shrek speaks of; there are layers and layers hidden behind the brick walls I have erected to keep others at bay.I don’t like to self-identify because honestly I just really don’t feel like it is anyone’s business but my own. If I am pushed hard though, I identify myself as queer. It is the only l … [Read more...]

Homosexuality is Still Not a Sin.

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Author's Note: The following is a significant revision and expansion of my earlier post "Homosexuality is Not a Sin." This update is part of Queer Pioneer Week at Approaching Justice. “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin." I see this phrase a lot. It is no longer particularly clever. In some cases it is harmful and wrong. Well, at least when used in reference to homosexuality and I have rarely heard it used outside the context of discussions about homosexuality. The primary reason t … [Read more...]

Announcing Queer Pioneer Week

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Today, is National Coming Out Day.No, I am not coming out.However, I want to announce what will be happening here at Approaching Justice. Starting tomorrow, and going through next Friday, Approaching Justice will have an array of posts about gender, gay rights, and homosexuality.I am calling it Queer Pioneer Week.A year ago today, I spoke as a candidate for office to the National Coming Out Day gathering at the United Church of Christ in Casper, WY. Much of what you will read at … [Read more...]


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