Justice Scalia, Same-Sex Marriage, and the “Progressives”-Only Country Club

The lovely Augusta National Gold Club -- new headquarters for The Legal Community? "No __________ need apply!"

  My recent entry on this blog citing a passage from Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent in one of the new marriage-related Supreme Court decisions has prompted a left-leaning attorney to assure me, repeatedly, that "the legal community" is disappointed (to the point of contempt) by Justice Scalia's performance as a member of the Court.  Upon cross examination, though, the legal community, in this particular lawyer's parlance, appears to mean something like "most of my … [Read more...]

A Baptist View of the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith, under fire from both within the building and without it, falls from the window of Carthage Jail on 27 June 1844.  The men on the ground will prop him up against a well and complete their mission.

   Fifteen years ago, just before the Southern Baptist Convention held its annual meeting in Salt Lake City (with the avowed intention of bringing Christianity to pagan Utah), I reviewed the materials that they had produced for training their delegates on how to confront the Mormon menace in its home lair. My essay was rather lengthy, appearing in the late FARMS Review under the title of "'Shall They Not Both Fall into the Ditch?' What Certain Baptists Think They … [Read more...]

Remembering “Baghdad Bob”

Baghdad Bob, of happy memory

  It would, I think, be a very, very . . . er, unusual experience to serve as the public spokesman for a transparently dishonest regime or organization.  (See this film, for example.)  I expect that you would have to erect high and firm walls to keep the truth out if you wanted to succeed at your task.  As the famous muckraking writer Upton Sinclair observed, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not un … [Read more...]

“Millions shall know ‘Brother Joseph’ Again”


   Today's column for the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865582259/Millions-shall-know-Brother-Joseph-again.html   … [Read more...]

“The most important point from today’s Supreme Court decisions”

The official home of the United States Supreme Court

  A remarkable observation from Cassandra Showell Hedelius: Most important point from today's Supreme Court decisions: If you, like me, believe that the law has perfectly legitimate and important reasons for encouraging the stability and flourishing of relationships which tend to produce offspring, and if you, like me, are tired of being told by smug friends that you must of necessity be irrational, immoral, and hateful toward your fellow citizens in that … [Read more...]

Upcoming Speeches and Presentations

The Salt Lake City Public Library

  I'm often asked when and where I'm speaking publicly.  So I've finally decided to put together a little running calendar of more or less significant public speeches that I'll continually update whenever I have additional information or new details.  I hope it will be helpful to those who've asked. Saturday, 29 June 201311 AMPanel discussion, with Pat Bagley and Victor Navasky, on "Satire and the Sacred: From Mohammad to Mormon Und … [Read more...]

Justice Scalia in Defeat

A somewhat younger Justice Antonin Scalia

  The great Justice Antonin Scalia in his "minority" dissenting opinion (as brought to my attention by Mike Bennion): "In the majority's telling, this story is black-and-white: Hate your neighbor or come along with us. The truth is more complicated. It is hard to admit that one's political opponents are not monsters, especially in a struggle like this one, and the challenge in the end proves more than today's Court can handle. Too bad. A reminder that … [Read more...]

Today is “Carnivore Pride Day.” Or, on the other hand, maybe it isn’t.

An excellent question, very acute

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