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A political map of the Arabian Peninsula

  Formerly the United States ambassador to Kuwait, Matthew Tueller is currently our representative to Yemen, where the government has just fallen, a Shi‘i insurgency has taken over the capital, and "Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" (AQAP; تنظيم القاعدة في جزيرة العرب‎) is extremely active (having recently sponsored the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris). He's a Latter-day Saint, and a graduate of BYU -- as are Deborah Jones (also a former ambassador to Kuwait, … [Read more...]

Why truth tellers always face a challenge

Britain's wartime PM

  "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) … [Read more...]

The matter of John Dehlin, for Jews

Utah's Logan Canyon, in Cache County

  Here's an effort to explain the case of John Dehlin to a Jewish audience: http://www.jewishjournal.com/jews_and_mormons/item/john_dehlin_a_mormon_jew_for_jesus   … [Read more...]

The NY Times on Mitt Romney and his Mormonism, again

Boston Temple, near where Romneys lived

  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/us/politics/romneys-consideration-of-candidacy-is-closely-tied-to-his-faith-allies-say.html?_r=0   … [Read more...]

“Ignoring religion is ‘anti-journalism’”

Plymouth, MI, megachurch

  Except for such satisfying examples of religiously-tinged misbehavior as routinely come out of the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, and the occasional gratifying progressive-sounding remark by Pope Francis, the American news media don't pay a lot of attention to religious news.  Some -- including me (which is why I write two columns for the Deseret News -- think that this is a mistake and a distortion.  And here's someone saying the same t … [Read more...]

New Testament 52-53


  Matthew 5:13-16Compare Mark 4:21; 9:49-50; Luke 8:16; 14:34-35; John 8:12 We sometimes seem to imagine that, eventually, everybody on the planet will accept the Gospel and join the true Church.  And, sometimes, we're derided by critics -- especially of the cynical, apostate kind -- because the Church has signally failed to convert most of the world. But I can't see that the prophecies have ever indicated that the Church would enroll every … [Read more...]

Marcus Borg, RIP

Marcus Borg, D. Phil.

  He was, by all accounts, a kind and decent man. But he had ceased to be a Christian, I think, according to most ordinary definitions of that word. http://spectator.org/articles/61582/death-marcus-borg-christian-panentheist There seem to be a few out there, the logic of whose position would (in my view), if they followed it, eventually take members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a similar … [Read more...]

Auschwitz, 70 years later

Green grass and flowers at Auschwitz

  The Nazi death-camp complex at Auschwitz, where at least 1.1 million people (roughly 90% of them Jewish) were executed by order of the Third Reich, was liberated seventy years ago today. As the son of a man who participated in the liberation of the extermination camps at Mauthausen and Gusen -- the last of the concentration camps to be taken by the Allies, on 5-6 May 1945 -- and who was marked forever by the experience, I grew up hearing the message over and … [Read more...]