“Mormon Helping Hands Day: City of Houston Recognizes Mormon Volunteers”

Second temple in Texas

  Nice: http://blog.chron.com/mormonvoice/2015/06/mormon-helping-hands-day-city-of-houston-recognizes-mormon-volunteers/ If we're going to be known -- and we are -- this is among the kinds of things that I would like us to be known for.  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

Fight against genetically-modified crops, eat well, live comfortably . . . and kill lots of other people.

Starving African baby

  Some comfortable food faddists need to examine the consequences, in the real world, for real people, of their uninformed zealotry: http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/06/25/gmo-right-to-know-movement-takes-food-off-of-plates-of-hungry-in-africa-asia/  Posted from Newport Beach, California  … [Read more...]

“There need to be some clear questions raised.”

Wheaton College, in Illinois

  A friend has given me permission to share something that he wrote in response to the SCOTUS decision in Obergefell v. Hodges: For those of you who support gay marriage or who think we should just move on, I would like to enlist your support in defending institutions like BYU that have an Honor Code regarding marriage and sexual behavior. I've included below quotes by gay marriage advocates calling for the removal of federal funding from schools like BYU. What … [Read more...]

Home again

Pelican Hill, Newport Beach

  “Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.” Jack Kerouac, describing a California sunset in On the Road  Like Antaeus, who regained his strength and was healed by touching the earth, I need, from time to time, to come home to California.  I think that I've only once gone more than a year without spen … [Read more...]

Meet Iran’s “Quds Force”

Directorates of the Quds Force

  As we move inexorably toward what seems to be a very poor nuclear deal with Iran, it's important (if sobering and, probably, in the current political situation, useless) to consider one of Iran's most potent non-nuclear weapons: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420445/quds-force-other-iran-threat  Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah  … [Read more...]

A British barrister’s take on the Supreme Court, same-sex marriage, and religious liberty

Lincoln's Inn, London

  My thanks to Steve Densley for bringing this item, from a British barrister whom he knows, to my attention: http://religionlaw.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/us-supreme-court-same-sex-marriage-and.html?m=1   … [Read more...]

We didn’t even make it through the weekend, and Round Two begins!

LDS chapel

  The Supreme Court decision compelling all federal, state, and local government entities to recognize a right to same-sex "marriage" came down on Friday, and I've already seen one high-profile call (on Time Magazine's website) for stripping churches of their tax-exempt status: http://time.com/3939143/nows-the-time-to-end-tax-exemptions-for-religious-institutions/ I confess to being just slightly surprised. I had expected that we would … [Read more...]

Race isn’t merely a social construct, contrary to Rachel Dolezal

Handclasp of light and dark

  http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/06/28/rachel-dolezal-race-not-social-construct-column/29207125/   … [Read more...]