“How Religious Literacy Can Save Lives”

    An interesting angle that, I suspect, won’t have occurred to everybody:   How religious literacy can save lives   Posted from Venice, Italy     [Read more…]

A Venetian voice

    “Pius X, in 1906, right here in Rome, had beatified the sixteen Carmelites of Compiègne, martyrs during the French revolution. During the trial they were condemned ‘to death for fanaticism.’ And one of them asked in her simplicity: ‘Your Honour, what does fanaticism mean?’ And the judge: ‘It is your foolish membership of [Read More…]

“Book of Mormon Names No Fiction Writer Would Choose”

    An interesting blog entry from the prolific Robert Boylan:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.com.es/2017/06/book-of-mormon-names-no-fiction-writer.html   Posted from Venice, Italy     [Read more…]

“Iraqi Christians Detained by ICE Shouldn’t Be Deported”

    This should stop.   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448941/iraqi-christians-deportation-ice-refugees-trump   Contact Senator Mike Lee   Contact Senator Orrin Hatch   Contact the White House   Posted from Venice, Italy     [Read more…]

“The Ascent of the Blessed”

    This painting by the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516), which apparently belongs to a four-part altarpiece, hangs today in the Doge’s Palace in Venice, which I can see from where I’m sitting right now.   I don’t know whether or not I’ll get a chance to see the painting this time around. [Read More…]

“Nervous about your Muslim neighbors? Then invite them over for dinner”

      “Nervous about your Muslim neighbors? Then invite them over for dinner”   I love this idea, and I hope that it spreads.  And not only for Mormons and Muslims:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865683507/Nervous-about-your-Muslim-neighbors-Then-invite-them-over-for-dinner.html   I think that it could work between Democrats and Republicans — Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of [Read More…]

The Atlantic: “Using Mormon Family Trees to Uncover a Hidden Killer”

    Another front in the ongoing war of religion against science, and another example of how religion poisons everything:   “What Mormon Family Trees Tell Us About Cancer”   Posted from Venice, Italy     [Read more…]

BBC: “‘No part of me is a mistake’ — 12-year-old US girl comes out in Mormon church”

    By now, you’re probably aware of the latest opportunity for progressive outrage against Mormonism and its hateful fascist leaders:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40377884/no-part-of-me-is-a-mistake—12-year-old-us-girl-comes-out-in-mormon-church   I have to admit that the event seems a mere stunt to me.  First off, anybody even minimally conversant with fast and testimony meetings, and with sacrament services more generally, fully understands [Read More…]

The way to personal and social peace

    E ‘n la sua volontade è nostra pace “And his will is our peace.” Dante, Purgatorio, Canto III, line 85 “Our hearts are restless,” wrote St. Augustine, addressing God in the opening lines of his autobiographical Confessions, “until they rest in Thee.” Posted from the Adriatic Sea     [Read more…]

A report from the Adriatic

      I’ve fallen behind on my online journaling.  (I know, I know.  Millions are lamenting it.  I’ve heard their cries.)   Today is a sea day — which I frankly like.  I love being out on the ocean.  Viking genes, maybe.  The only thing that marred the day for our group was my two-hour [Read More…]