“Under fire, imam defends role at Trump inaugural service”

    For the record (and for what little my opinion matters), I fully support this imam’s decision to participate in an interfaith religious service connected with the 2017 presidential inauguration:   http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/trump-imam-magid/index.html   I say this as someone who sorrowfully wishes that today’s solemnities and celebrations centered on a more worthy individual than Mr. Donald J. Trump, [Read More…]

Statehood for Hokkaido!

    I found this article extremely interesting:   “How East and West think in profoundly different ways”   Heck, I think it may even help to explain something of the difference between the eastern and western United States.   While I’m at it, I’ve long thought that, should Québécois separatists ever succeed in seceding [Read More…]

“Experiencing Battle in the Book of Mormon”

    Another week, another new article from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   “Experiencing Battle in the Book of Mormon”     [Read more…]

That was then. This is now.

      Elsewhere, my hapless victim Stephen Smoot makes a good point, using the nineteenth-century “wanted” poster above as an illustration:   Times have changed a bit.  Whatever one thinks of our new president, it was rather remarkable to have the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the center of the inaugural platform, on the steps [Read More…]

“More Than Three Hundred Million Americans Now Enrolled in Trump University”

    http://www.newyorker.com/?p=3304677&mbid=nl_012017%20Borowitz%20Newsletter%20(1)&CNDID=23287945&spMailingID=10263908&spUserID=MTc5NTcwNjkwMTE4S0&spJobID=1081602213&spReportId=MTA4MTYwMjIxMwS2     [Read more…]

Love and the meaning of life

    Love is our true destiny.  We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone — we find it with another. Thomas Merton (1915-1968)     [Read more…]

You can come home now, Steve Smoot!

    Permit me to introduce two people to you.   The first is Stephen Smoot.  He is an exceptionally bright and relatively recent graduate of Brigham Young University.  He’s currently pursuing studies in Egyptology at the University of Toronto.  He’s also been, among other things, a significant contributor to both Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture and Book of [Read More…]

“For All Our Sakes, Trump Must Stand Up for Religious Freedom for Muslims, Too”

    A rather optimistic article:   http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2017/01/17/for_all_our_sakes_trump_must_stand_up_for_religious_freedom_for_muslims_too_110101.html   His attitude toward Muslims was one of many things that concerned (and concern) me about Donald Trump, and I’ve been worried about his nominee to head the Department of State.  But things might work out . . .     [Read more…]

Something POSITIVE about the internet

    Yesterday, I posted a rather sardonic comment about the idiocy and aggressive hostility that run rampant in many portions of the internet.   However, there are very positive aspects to the internet, as well.  In response to yesterday’s comment and in that context, Alex Barclay, of Chorley, England, shared two marvelous quotations that [Read More…]

“Is Social Psychology Biased against Republicans?”

    Personally, I would have changed the title to “Is Social Psychology Biased against Conservatives?”   I’m only secondarily interested in the Republican Party.  My principal political interest is in conservative principles.  (That’s why I resigned from the Republican Party on the night that Mr. Donald J. Trump accepted its presidential nomination.)   But this is a [Read More…]