I will be Occupying the Microphone! (Updated with Audio)

UPDATE: Take a listen. I join in at the 23:23 mark.I will be occupying the microphone today at 5:00 p.m. eastern/ 2:00 p.m. pacific.I will be discussing my recent switch to the Green Party on the South Carolina based radio show Occupy the Microphone.You can listen from anywhere by going to this link. Tune in!The show airs from 5:03 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. I expect to one shortly after 5:20 Eastern. … [Read more...]

15 years!

15 year ago today, Lyndee Marie Curtis and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.She has been my rock. Thanks, babe.Help us celebrate by subscribing or donating to Approaching Justice! … [Read more...]

If Nibley Was The Mormon Aquinas, Taylor Petrey is Our Foucault

Taylor Petrey is the most important voice in Mormon theology and Mormon thought today. He is the Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Assistant Professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College specializing in Early Christianity and Biblical Studies, and is director of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program.His article "Toward a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology" in the December 2011 Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought is a masterpiece. In that article, Petrey offers a deep theoretical analysis of gender … [Read more...]

I Am No Longer a Democrat.

Last week, as I obtained my Nevada driver's license, I registered to vote in Nevada. As I went to check the box for political party affiliation...I decided to switch parties.Being an unaffiliated voter is not how I roll. While political parties and partisanship can be among the most frustrating and annoying aspects of politics, parties are an essential element of a healthy democracy. While our parties might have major problems, not having political parties is not the answer.Before anyone … [Read more...]

Being Passive Aggressive Does Not Mean You are Not a Bully

Just Saying.Source: Online Interactive Communication Training. … [Read more...]

Does the U.S. Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?

by Cora Currier ProPublica, Aug. 12, 2013, 1:48 p.m.There have been nine drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks – an uptick apparently connected to the Al Qaeda threat that shut down U.S. embassies across the Middle East and Africa. As many as six civilian deaths have also been reported.President Obama has promised increased transparency around drones, but when asked about the strikes on Friday, Obama wouldn't even confirm U.S. involvement."I will not have a discussion about o … [Read more...]

Holy Ghost of Tom Joad (Hymns of Social Justice)

I love The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. When I taught American Heritage at BYU and BYU-Idaho, I enjoyed showing the movie version.The Grapes of Wrath is a very important work of literature within the American social justice tradition. The film, and the book even more so, strongly portrays the devastating impact of poverty and larger economic depressions on both individuals and families. It also masterfully depicts the concepts of alienation and exploitation.Near the end of the … [Read more...]