“On This Memorial Day, We Are Unmaking America”

    You may recall that David French, a lawyer and conservative writer (and Iraq War veteran, and former co-chair of Evangelicals for Mitt), was briefly touted as a possible challenger to Donald Trump, whom he had vocally opposed.   In any event, whether you’re pro-Trump or anti-Trump, I think he makes a very significant point [Read More…]

“Get Out of My Class and Leave America”

    Funny, and right on target:   https://townhall.com/columnists/mikeadams/2015/08/28/get-out-of-my-class-and-leave-america-n2044785   Fortunately, BYU isn’t (yet?) afflicted with such nonsense, to such a degree.   P.S.  Sorry.  I want to thank the person who brought it to my attention, but I’ve forgotten who it was.  My looming senility marches on.     [Read more…]

“Mounting Evidence for the Book of Mormon”

    Quite frankly, I had forgotten this brief article myself.  So it’s no wonder if virtually everybody else has.  But some might be interested in the piece, which appeared in the January 2000 issue of the Ensign:   https://www.lds.org/ensign/2000/01/mounting-evidence-for-the-book-of-mormon?lang=eng     [Read more…]

“Two minds: The cognitive differences between men and women”

    This is intriguing stuff:   http://stanmed.stanford.edu/2017spring/how-mens-and-womens-brains-are-different.html     [Read more…]

Maybe not altogether inappropriate for Memorial Day

    There’ve been many words devoted to the slime-ball who murdered a lot of young girls in Manchester a few days ago, but I want to memorialize his victims:   http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/05/world/manchester-terror-attack-victims/   And, from a different angle, here are some others who deserve honor and remembrance for their courage and principle in standing up to [Read More…]

“The Politically Incorrect Guide to Memorial Day Movies”

    Just in case you want to watch something in the Memorial Day vein this evening, here are a few recommendations:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448004/memorial-day-movies-politically-incorrect-guide   Having just returned from several remarkable days in Normandy, I’m very much in the World War Two mood.   Currently, I’m reading Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. [Read More…]

On an ad hoc multiverse

    “It is crazy to postulate a trillion (causally unconnected) universes to explain the features of one universe, when postulating one entity (God) will do the job.” Richard Swinburne       [Read more…]

Once more, on my ouster from the Maxwell Institute

    I notice that, very nearly five years after that legendary event, yet another fact-free discussion is underway on a virulently anti-Mormon message board in which uninformed anonymous commenters debate how to view John Dehlin’s successful effort to get the Brethren to end my amoral reign of terror at FARMS and the Maxwell Institute.  Speculation is [Read More…]

Kindness in Edmonton

    A friend tells me that he’s heard that Church leadership in Edmonton, Alberta, is permitting local Muslims to use a stake center there — specifically, its Relief Society room — during the four weeks of the holy month of Ramadan for late night (10 PM) meals/celebrations to break the month-long daily fast.  It seems that the [Read More…]

Did you read about this local reaction to the Manchester bombing?

    https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/26-may/news/uk/priests-and-imams-united-in-oldham-after-manchester-bomb-kills-locals       [Read more…]