Winston Churchill’s investigation into LDS missionary practices

    Did you know that Winston Churchill — prior to becoming the Winston Churchill — once conducted an official inquiry into the behavior of Mormon missionaries?   I didn’t.   But he did:   I admire the thoroughness and justice of his approach.  I’ve just been reading some comments by a group [Read More…]

Mr. Trump and the Latter-day Saints

      On Nevada:  “Trump hits a Mormon wall”   On Utah:  “Why Trump Could Turn America’s Most Republican State Blue”   I’m not a Trumpist, of course.  But it would seem that, when your candidate risks losing the most committed portion of his party’s support, it might not be absurdly unreasonable to regard [Read More…]

Some thoughts from Sir Walter Scott

    To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.  One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men [Read More…]

What should Republican national convention delegates do if Mr. Trump continues to self-destruct?   Posted from Göteborg, Sweden     [Read more…]

Late term abortions and infanticide in Australia

    I’m grateful — I suppose that’s the appropriate word — to Neville Rochow for calling this item to my notice:   Many look down upon previous generations for their moral indifference toward, or even moral support of, such things as slavery and the denial of the franchise and other basic rights [Read More…]

“White Paper on the Study Background of Josephine Lyon’s Biological Paternity”

    For those who might be interested in the background of Ugo Perego’s recent presentation on the question of whether or not Joseph Smith was the biological father of Josephine Lyon via a plural wife, here’s a brief discussion:   It’s quite important work.   Posted from Göteborg, Sweden     [Read more…]

New Evidence Regarding Joseph Smith and Polyandry

    News that, according to solid genetic evidence, Joseph Smith wasn’t the biological father of Josephine Lyon, despite what many had thought, is being used by some to argue that Joseph was nonetheless guilty of polyandry.  Is this argument supported by the evidence?   Here is a response to that issue by Brian Hales and [Read More…]

Of success and happiness

    “Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982)       [Read more…]

Looking forward to the next few Trump-dominated months

    “Trump Ain’t Gonna Change”   “The GOP Now Faces the Monster It Created”   By the way, every European who has raised the issue of Donald Trump with me — and there’ve been quite a number on this trip — is wondering whether America has gone mad.   Now, I realize that Europeans [Read More…]

“Why I Can’t Repent My Defense of Marriage”   And see this, too:  “Why Can’t the Left Distinguish Conservative Christians from Islamist Terrorists?” by Jonah Goldberg, who is Jewish.   I posted on a related topic yesterday:   Mormons as hate-filled accomplices to mass murder?   Some are continuing to blame the Church, Mormons, and conservative Christians for the recent [Read More…]