A Prayer for My Gay Marriage: My Brief Response

I found this to be a very helpful essay. It is well known that gay couples are very much closeted in Mormonism. This blog post illustrates this couple's joy and warmth as well as a sense of the magic of their love. Further, I appreciate Laura Root's insights and expressions of faith. I envy her faith to take Elder Cook's teachings and apply them in her marriage. I would like to meet her and her wife. So Laura, if you're ever in Utah Valley, the door of my home stands open and ready to greet you … [Read more...]

My Eight Expectations for a POTUS

Happy President's Day. The following created interesting dialogue in the FB platform. I submit it here so that a broader readership may respond.1) Don't lie to the American people about anything. 2) Be transparent in your dealings with the American people--i.e. release taxes, liquidate entirely any potential conflict of interest. 3) Institute no religious tests of any kind domestically or in foreign affairs. 4) Respect the critical role of the press in American democracy. Hate them all you … [Read more...]

The Man that Should have Won Utah’s Republican Vote

One may say that Evan McMullin was a designer candidate for Utah's Republican-dominant and largely Mormon block of voters that sent President-elect Trump to the White House. After all, you did not relish the Trump candidacy out of the gates. In fact, you despised him. Many, likely most of ou saw him as a phony poser at first blush. Trump had, in his own words, a "Mormon problem." Eventually though, you embraced the very man that saw you as a problem. Ironic.Why didn't you vote for Evan … [Read more...]

The United States Must Recognize Palestine

An ongoing concern of mine is the lack of awareness of the Palestine-Israel conflict among Americans. Indeed the American government has consistently blocked measures that could result in "a just and lasting peace." Since the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, no one diplomat has done more to bring peace to this region than Jimmy Carter. When he speaks or writes on this critically important issue we should listen and read in earnest. This morning he published an editorial in the New York … [Read more...]

Swamis, Priests, Monks, Rabbis Are Coming to UVU

This is likely the most noteworthy group of religious leaders that has ever convened at Utah Valley University at one time. Please take a moment to read the event description. Then peruse the biographical sketches of our guests. It is an impressive group indeed. Please join us Wednesday. You won't get this opportunity again anytime soon.The event is free and open to the public. Dress is casual. Parking is available west of the Library. If that is full the UVU Parking Garage is also … [Read more...]

What is a Mia Maid? Change Long Over Due

Please read.Thoughts?http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/4225654-155/mia-maids-mission-prezs-wife-pleasehttp://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/4225654-155/mia-maids-mission-prezs-wife-please … [Read more...]

Why Top Ranking Republicans Back Trump

I've long been fascinated with the angst my peers in the middle to upper middle class exhibit toward preserving tax benefits for the wildly wealthy. Take the inheritance tax as an example. It only effects the fantastically rich--those people that don't even have to work in order to make millions of dollars per year off capital gains alone. Yet few things get their hearts pumping more than the idea of abolishing the inheritance tax (which only kicks in if your estate is worth approxiately 11 … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton’s Op Ed in Deseret News

This just doesn't happen every day. Usually Democrats totally avoid Utah in their runs for the president. Enjoy the read.http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659843/Exclusive-Hillary-Clinton-What-I-have-in-common-with-Utah-leaders-2-religious-freedom-and-the.html … [Read more...]

How Can a Clear Thinking American Vote for This Man?

I have few expectations that Trump supporters will change their minds about him if they have not already done so. Therefore, I ask a different question at this point in his campaign: How can a clear thinking American vote for this man? Even with disdain for Clinton. Even with Supreme Court appointments in mind. This man is unfit for the presidency in almost every conceivable way. Please explain your ongoing support for this man. Let the discussion continue--civily please.Trump's latest ill … [Read more...]

Senator Hatch, Withdraw Your “Total” Support of Trump

On May 12, 2016, Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican, Utah) threw his support behind Donald Trump for President of the United States. It was not a casual endorsement. In his own words, "I totally endorse him." On June 7, 2016, Hatch went even further to describe himself as an “increasingly enthusiastic Trump supporter” and invited Americans to “Be nice to [Trump], he’s a poor first-time candidate.” He also stated that "My experience with Donald Trump is he doesn't have a prejudiced bone in his body.” … [Read more...]