“Rape culture” . . . in the “Ensign”?

And the enemy is EVERYWHERE.

  A lucid and reasonable discussion of the controversy that's been ginned up in certain quarters about the latest supposed horror visited upon us by Mormonism: http://difficultrun.nathanielgivens.com/2014/02/20/rape-culture-in-the-ensign/   … [Read more...]

Marxism, Healthy Diet, and Sustainable Agriculture

Havana:  Fewer cars, too, and back in the more restful fifties!

  Communism is helping Cubans to eat more healthily and to practice sustainable agriculture! Read some of the exciting, inspiring details here: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/371520/cuba-holodomor-next-door-robert-zubrin And then, of course, there's progressive North Korea, which is saving the environment through extreme dieting and cutting back on power usage:    … [Read more...]

Nasr al-Din, Governor Boggs, and Me

A statue of Nasreddin Hoca in Aksehir, Turkey, the city of his birth (Sorry.  Can't find a way to do a cedilla beneath the "s" in "Aksehir.") (Click to enlarge.)

  I did two interviews today. The first was with Sam Payne, for BYU Radio's program on storytelling, The Apple Seed.  It concerned Nasr al-Din or Juha (or, in Egypt, Goha), a perennially popular character in humor and folklore across the Islamic world, and will be broadcast at some point in the near future.  I'll announce the broadcast date and time when I know them. Sam Payne -- I asked, and he confirmed my suspicion -- is the son of Marvin Payne, … [Read more...]

The changing face of Mormonism

Cover of "Global Mormonism," edited by Reid Neilson

   When outsiders think of Mormons, this is probably not how they're envisioning us.  Increasingly, though, this is who we are: http://www.mormonnewsroom.co.za/article/mother-of-six-appointed-executive-mayor-of-lukhanji-municipality http://www.supportmialove.com/landing/?cdtrack_creative=20a4a1f8-1077-419c-a833-f42c77379ace&cdtrack_source=3db6b64a-7523-476f-83ab-f6d50ea69417   … [Read more...]

“The still point of the turning world”

"The Still Point"

  This week's Thursday column in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865596877/The-still-point-of-the-turning-world.html I should have included this passage, too:  "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." (Mark 13:31)   … [Read more...]

Feminism and the hard snow in Sochi

Wonder Woman

  Here's a dilemma, or so it seems to me, for a certain strand of feminist argument: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/371498/snowboarding-women-and-unisex-slopes-whats-feminist-do-heather-mac-donald   … [Read more...]

“In the long run, we are all dead.” (J. M. Keynes)

More from the superb Michael Ramirez

  Someday, perhaps, somebody will actually -- as politicians continually exhort us to do -- "think of the children."  Until then, though, we're apparently going to go on spending as if there's no tomorrow.   … [Read more...]

“Everything is beautiful, in its own way!” Shoobie doobie doo wop, etc.

H. Richard Niebuhr (d. 1962)

  Yale Divinity School's H. Richard Niebuhr, a notable scholar in his own right and the younger brother of the more widely known American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, wasn't particularly enthused about liberal Christianity. He said that it offered a god without wrath who "brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment, through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross." No sin, no divine judgment, no particular need for redemption.  No … [Read more...]