Will You be Watching Mitt?

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The Documentary Mitt opens online tomorrow on Netflix. I am planning on watching it.I did not vote for Mitt Romney in 2012 or in any prior caucus or primary. While I am not a Romney supporter or fan, I also have nothing against the guy personally.I disagree with him politically. However,  I see no reason or justification for having any negative feelings towards him. I especially feel this way since he lost. Anything he said or did during the campaign didn't work when it came to his goal … [Read more...]

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” A Little #MLK on His Birthday

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was on January 15, 1929.To commemorate his birthday, I wanted to share with you the above clip from his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. This speech is his last. He delivered it on April 3, 1968. He would be gunned down on April 4, 1968.In the speech, he acknowledges that he might not see the completion of the work. This clip is a glimpse at an American prophet in action. Note not only his keen awareness of what is to come, but also his call to … [Read more...]

Have You Seen God Loves Uganda?

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I have not, but I really want to. Especially after some recent comments made on a Mormon blog about the treatment of gays in Uganda (those comments are addressed here).God Loves Uganda tells the story of the evangelical anti-homosexual movement in Uganda.Last night, Roger Ross Williams, the director and producer of the documentary, talked with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show.Take a look: Here is a synopsis of the film from filmmakers: As an American-influenced bill to … [Read more...]

“We Three Kings” Judas Priest Edition

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Okay, it is actually Rob Halford and his supergroup. But Halford is best known as the lead singer of Judas Priest.Between now and Christmas, I will be sharing here at Approaching Justice some of my favorite renditions of Christmas songs.The studio version of Halford singing "We Three Kings" is on my iPod rotation year-round. Take a listen: As you will notice, Halford is joined by Slash on the guitar and Father Christmas on bass. Or maybe the bassist is a member of the … [Read more...]

Nate Oman on Reynolds, Polygamy, and Mormonism

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Yesterday, the Federal District Court for Utah ruled that Utah polygamy laws violated the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.District Judge Clark Waddoup, in his ruling, addressed the 1878 Reynolds v. United States Supreme Court case which determined that religious duty is not a defense against criminal charges. Specifically, it is not a defense against anti-polygamy laws.In the ruling, Judge Waddoup cited Nate Oman. Oman is the Cabell Research Professor of Law at William … [Read more...]

Video: The Life of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

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I have been looking for a brief video that might serve as a good introduction to the life and times of Nelson Mandela. In particular, I was looking for something that I might share with my own kids and my future students. I really like this 12 minute biographical clip from the New York Times:Please share any thoughts, memories, or reflections in the comments below. … [Read more...]

“Asking peace of all the world And good will to man”

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Calling the song that is the subject of this post a "Hymn of Social Justice" may be stretching definitions a wee bit, but in the Spirit of Christmas I am going to stretch.   One of my family's favorite traditions for celebrating the Advent  season is to share our favorite Christmas stories each night from December 1st to the 24th.  One of the stories that I love the most is the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 that took place between German and British troops along the Western Front during th … [Read more...]


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