Exploiting Mitt Romney’s black grandson for anti-conservative political humor

It's a good thing that America kept these wicked people out of the White House.

  It's a sad day when people of goodness, love, and progressive virtue must apologize to evil, callous, reactionary haters, but such a day has apparently come: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/31/no-joke-msnbc-mitt-romney-and-black-child/   … [Read more...]

New Article Prize Established for Women

Thoughtful and insightful scholarship sought

  The Interpreter Foundation has just announced an article prize for submissions by women to Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. For details, see here. Please pass this news on to anybody who might be interested.   … [Read more...]

Same-Sex “Marriage” and Religious Freedom

Deployed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower (a Republican, by the way), members of the 101st Airborne escort black students to a previously-segregated high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957

  According to polling reported by an organization expressly committed to furthering same-sex marriage, 61% of Americans currently feel that churches and clergy should not be compelled to perform gay marriages against their will.  (See also this column, by the liberal columnist E. J. Dionne, which approvingly cites my friend David Blankenhorn.)  But 28% -- which, depending upon your perspective, is either a small minority or a substantial and potentially threatening one -- b … [Read more...]

“Do Atheists Exist?”

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   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/367136/do-atheists-exist-nicholas-frankovich   … [Read more...]

The Interpreter Foundation and the IRS

IRS headquarters in Washington DC Franz Kafka wrote a relevant story called Das Schloss ("The Castle") (Please do NOT click to enlarge this!)

   The Interpreter Foundation is still without the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status that it seeks. We're waiting.  More or less patiently.  Well over a year since our application.  The IRS appears to be running roughly eighteen months behind. Incredible.  I frankly doubt that most newly founded charitable groups can survive so long a delay. Fortunately, though, we didn't include the words patriot or Constitution or Tea Party in the … [Read more...]

Get on “the love train”!

I came of age in California in th.e Sixites

  A commenter bids me surrender my reservations about same-sex marriage, ignore the well-reasoned arguments I've read, openly oppose the leadership of my church, and board "the love train." I'm reminded of a passage from the ever-quotable C. S. Lewis: St. John's saying that God is love has long been balanced in my mind against the remark of a modern author (M. Denis de Rougemont) that "love ceases to be a demon only when he ceases to be a god"; … [Read more...]

Help for the Old Testament course of study beginning next Sunday

Virtually all of the Bible narrative occurred within the area shown in this satellite view. (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  With the new Gospel Doctrine curriculum year set to begin next Sunday, I would like to call attention once more to The Interpreter Foundation's series of "scripture roundtable" discussions: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/category/scripture-roundtable/ These are intended to be helpful and interesting for Gospel Doctrine teachers and students, as well as all those using the same curricular materials for related courses.  They are organized to … [Read more...]

“Ancient Temple Themes in the Book of Mormon,” etc.

A rare early colorized photograph of the Temple of Solomon, by William Hamblin (who is a good photographer, an expert on Solomon's Temple, and, yes, that old)

   Keep an eye on the blog of The Interpreter Foundation.  Interesting things show up there: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/category/blog/   … [Read more...]