“Sailing to Byzantium”

A lovely poem by William Butler Yeats about one of the most interesting cities on the planet -- Byzantium, which was renamed Constantinople, which is now known as Istanbul:That is no country for old men. The youngIn one another's arms, birds in the trees- Those dying generations - at their song,The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer longWhatever is begotten, born, and dies.Caught in that sensual music all neglectMonuments of unageing intellect.An … [Read more...]

Onward! Once More into the Breach! (While I Watch from a Safe Distance)

Many years ago, not long after I had first moved to Utah and joined the faculty at Brigham Young University, I was invited by somebody or other to participate in an evening panel discussion at East High School (?) in Salt Lake City on the question of whether women should be given the priesthood.  I was, needless to say, supposed to represent the traditional view of a male-only priesthood.Now, as then, it's a question on which -- and this may surprise some -- I have no really strong … [Read more...]

Added Upon, and Mormon Art

One day, when I was in seventh or eighth grade or thereabouts, I stayed home because of illness.  (I can't remember now whether I was really -- really -- sick, or whether I was just slightly under the weather but not in the mood to go to class.)After a few hours, lazing around home became pretty boring.  So, on a whim, I picked up a novel that we had inherited from my maternal grandmother after her death in 1958.Entitled Added Upon and written by a Norwegian-American Latter-day Saint … [Read more...]

All You Non-Christians Can Just “Get Out”! And Vote for Rick!

I commented yesterday about the unpleasant company that Senator Santorum has been cultivating of late.  And, of course, there's the little matter of Mr. Santorum's honorary Florida campaign chairman demanding of Mitt Romney that Mr. Romney renounce his religious faith.Very charming.And now, if you actually want to see and hear Pastor Dennis Terry, in Mr. Santorum's presence, invite Buddhists and Muslims and other non-Christians to "get out" of America -- just slightly prior to Mr. … [Read more...]

“Muslim and Mormon Relations: An Interfaith Discussion” at Harvard University

Just in case anybody's in the area and interested:This coming Monday, 26 March 2012, I'll be participating in a program entitled "Muslim and Mormon Relations: An Interfaith Discussion" on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Co-sponsored by the Harvard Islamic Society and the Harvard Latter-day Saint Student Association, the event will be held at 8:00 PM in Sever Hall 113 (which is located in Harvard Yard's Tercentenary Theatre, between Memorial Church and Widener … [Read more...]

Of Allah and Senator Santorum’s Pastor Friend, Or, Ignorance Militant

Senator Santorum is distancing himself from yet another pastor's controversial remarks.Unfortunately, though, it does begin to seem that people holding such sentiments constitute a substantial portion of his base.Incidentally, no orthodox Muslim worships Muhammad.  Muhammad, in Islamic belief, is a very great prophet, but he's certainly not divine.And if Pastor Terry is correct in saying that we Real AmericansTM don't worship Allah, then we're in very serious trouble -- which translating … [Read more...]

The Secret Reptilian Brotherhood of Mormonism

The appalling revelations about the true character of Mormonism just keep coming during this "Mormon Moment."Consider the following, for example:http://www.reptilianagenda.com/exp/e062700a.shtmlhttp://www.reptilianagenda.com/exp/e012500a.shtmlAnd this one, which (caveat lector [or Lecter?]) is a tad explicit: http://www.reptilianagenda.com/exp/e012500a.shtmlCome on.  Admit it.  You've always suspected that the General Authorities were shape-shifting lizard men, haven't you?  In … [Read more...]

Aieeeeee! The Horrifying Truth about Home Food Storage

 Fellow gourmands and Saints, this intrepid investigative reporter has figgered us out, I'm afraid.Thanks to Mike Parker for bringing this vital news item to my attention.  Writing for Sunstone back in May 2004 ("Defending the Kingdom, Rethinking the Faith: How Apologetics is Reshaping Mormon Orthodoxy"), John-Charles Duffy outed me as "Danibal [or Dannibal] Lecter."  He had literally no idea how spot-on correct he was.Do you remember the old Twilight Zone … [Read more...]