Disney’s “Frozen”: Covert Evil and a Hidden Agenda?

Does my having enjoyed this film cast doubt on my carefully cultivated machismo?

  There has been some small controversy recently about one LDS commentator's negative and very suspicious take on the Disney animated film Frozen.  Here's another Latter-day Saint response to the film: http://www.templestudy.com/2014/02/20/unfreezing-hearts-choosing-beauty-disneys-frozen/ I confess, rather shamefacedly perhaps, that I liked Frozen.  And, with considerably less embarrassment, that I like this response to it. It was w … [Read more...]

“After a Democrat praises Cuba, Marco Rubio blasts Communism like no U.S. politician since Reagan”

A street scene in one of the nicest and most modern sections of bustling, vibrant Havana

  My Havana-born daughter-in-law really enjoyed this, as, I'm sure, did a number of other Cuban-Americans: http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/117624-democrat-speaks-highly-cuba-marco-rubio-blasts-communism-way-u-s-politician-since-reagan/ I personally rather wish that Mitt Romney had selected Marco Rubio as his running mate .   … [Read more...]

“Maybe the firing squad was on your side”

A scene in our general neighborhood

   My week Thursday column appeared in the Deseret News this morning and, already, there are six comments about it at the newspaper, and other comments elsewhere: http://www.deseretnews.com/user/comments/865597470/Maybe-the-firing-squad-was-on-your-side.html I'm very proud of my commentators.  Several of them, clearly, are distinguished scientists/philosophers. This is evident from the casual and confident ease with which they … [Read more...]

“The Inconceivable Start of African-American Christianity”

Slaves being baptized in a Moravian congregation (1757)

  A slightly long but really interesting article: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/february-web-only/inconceivable-start-of-african-american-christianity.html?start=5   … [Read more...]

“All . . . untrue, . . . tales . . . lies”

You DARE to report a problem?  You LIE!

  I'm told that Senator Harry Reid has good qualities.  I don't doubt it.  I've always resisted the tendency of some of his critics to demonize him. Unfortunately, he seems disinclined to return that favor to those who disagree with his views: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/harry-reid-denies-all-obamacare-horror-stories-all-are-untrue_783449.html It's virtually inconceivable that any large federal program, even the best, is ever t … [Read more...]

Is that controversial Arizona law being grossly misrepresented?

Part of the Phoenix skyline (Click to enlarge.)

  A varied group of law professors say it is: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/25/Law-Profs-Send-Letter-To-Gov-Brewer-Warn-SB1062-Being-Egregiously-Misrepresented And, while I'm at it, here's a very interesting Mormon take on the new law, which, as I write, may or may not soon be vetoed by Arizona's Republican … [Read more...]

Younger people, homosexuality, and religion

Down with oppressive heteronormativity?

  There is no question that younger people in the West and specifically in America, for a host of reasons, currently tend to be less uncomfortable with homosexuality and more welcoming toward the redefinition of marriage than do their older peers. Whether they're right to be so, whether their attitudes reflect their superior virtue or the innately greater wisdom of the young, how (if at all) religious leaders should respond, and many other such questions are … [Read more...]

“Seven Egyptian Christians Executed on Benghazi Beach”

Just after a terrorist attack on a Pakistani church (Click to enlarge.)

  It's difficult for me to imagine on what basis the murderers who carry out such outrages believe that they're acting in accordance with Islam.  But I suspect that that's precisely what they believe. http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2014/february/seven-egyptian-christians-executed-on-benghazi-beach-libya.html?utm_source=connection-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=1281995&utm_content=250967102&utm_campaign=2013 The rest … [Read more...]