“Fred Karger is either cynical, conspiratorial or misinformed about LDS Church taxes.”

    What seems to be a sober, grown-up look at the question of the tax-exempt status of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from someone who doesn’t appear to be reflexively apologetic (on this or any other topic):   Fred Karger is either cynical, conspiratorial or misinformed about LDS Church taxes.   Posted [Read More…]

“Why can’t Mormons send flowers?”

    If you’re a Latter-day Saint and you haven’t seen this little 46-second classic, you owe it to yourself to watch it.     Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“Is Islam a religion of peace?”

    About a year ago, my friend and colleague Bill Hamblin and I published a column addressed that the question “Is Islam a religion of peace?”   That question has recently come up yet again, with a vengeance, in certain comments on my Facebook page.  And it’s virtually always a topic of discussion these [Read More…]

Happy Christmas from Mitchell and Webb!

    Perhaps you’re out of gift-giving ideas?  Here’s one that never fails:     Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“Why Darwin Needs ET”

    Here’s an interesting article suggesting that it’s only via exobiology — that is, through finding comparative biological specimens (or their remains or artifacts) beyond Earth — that we’re likely to fully understand terrestrial biology:   http://cosmos.nautil.us/short/77/why-darwin-needs-et   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“‘To Keep Them in the Right Way'”

    The Interpreter Foundation has posted its 191st scripture roundtable, which features Shon Hopkin, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster in a discussion of Moroni 1-6, the scriptural chapters that form the basis for 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 47:   Scripture Roundtable 191: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 47, “To Keep Them in the Right [Read More…]

If you’re a humor-impaired Trumpist, please spare yourself!

    For normal people, though, here’s a rare bit of private home video with President-Elect Donald J. Trump and some of his inner circle:   https://www.yahoo.com/tv/snl-recap-casey-affleck-alec-baldwin-123211060.html   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

Semitic and Egyptian influences in Amerindian languages?

    I’ve posted before — here and here — about the exciting, innovative, and potentially explosive work of Brian Stubbs, in which he argues for the presence of ancient Semitic and Egyptian influences in the languages of the Uto-Aztecan family.   Since I’m not an expert historical/comparative Semitic linguist and know nothing whatever about [Read More…]

The way to real joy

    Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness. Leo Tolstoy   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

Brigham Young on Mormonism and science

    “Our religion will not clash with or contradict the facts of science in any particular. You may take geology, for instance, and it is a true science; not that I would say for a moment that all the conclusions and deductions of its professors are true, but its leading principles are; they are [Read More…]