Utah and the consumption of pornography

As sexually repressed Utah seems to be envisioned by some critics:  A group of Mormon women on a rare excursion outside their homes.  (Do I really need to point out that these aren't actually Mormon or Utah women at all?)

  About five years ago, an item suddenly began making the rounds suggesting that Mormons, for all their alleged commitment to chastity in thought and deed, are exceptionally given to the use of pornography. There were delighted responses from many critics, who, in the time-honored spirit of Schadenfreude, saw it as proof positive that Mormons are hypocrites and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints inculcates an ethic of sexual repression that … [Read more...]

“Women won’t ever be ordained? Hahaha!,” they say, with a knowing smirk.

A priesthood ordination in Africa

   You may have seen it.  A graphic that contrasts the late President N. Eldon Tanner's certainty, in 1967, that blacks would never receive the priesthood with the certainty of Elder Dallin H. Oaks, in 2014, that women won't.  (Get the point?  Eh? Do you get it?) Well, there's more to the story, as you might expect. Allen Wyatt  provides some of the background here.  (Thanks to Stephen Smoot for calling it to my atte … [Read more...]

Gracias a Él

Toward the southern end of the Sea of Galilee

  Please share this where appropriate: http://pascua.mormon.org   … [Read more...]

Further reflections on the Bundy Ranch stand-off

A county-by-county map of the 2012 presidential election Red = Romney, Blue = Obama (Click to enlarge)

   Bundy Ranch and the Political Powerlessness of Rural America  Bundy vs BLM: A Visceral Reaction  For the record, I'm not a gun nut (though I own some guns), I belong to no "militia," and I dislike violence.  I'm glad that the Feds backed down in Nevada.  I'm happy that nobody was killed or seriously hurt.  More to the point, I have no really strong feelings about Mr. Bundy's particular legal complaint.  H … [Read more...]

“‘Les Misérables’ teaches how God’s truth is lovable”

I haven't even BEGUN to tire of it. (Click to enlarge.)

  My wife and I took three other couples -- friends and family -- to see a superb local performance of Les Misérables at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City over the weekend. It was extremely well done.  It's also very near the end of its run, and I suspect that the remaining performances are sold out.  But, if they aren't and if you're in the area, you should make every possible effort to go. I continue to regard this musical as one of the … [Read more...]

The “Deseret News,” much like “Interpreter,” is dying

Dr. Clark Gilbert

   Several years ago, when the Deseret News announced pretty substantial cuts in its staff, some critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were ecstatic. The LDS Church owns the Deseret News, you see, and this meant that the Church's newspaper was failing.  They often loathe and despise the Deseret News.  Happily, though, they said, Salt Lake City's "Gentile" newspaper, the Tribune, was standing by to take over the northern Utah newspaper market a … [Read more...]

Yellowstone’s animals are fleeing the park area!

Below the quiet surface (Click to enlarge.)

   Their actions seem to suggest that the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone may be preparing to explode, which could have catastrophic consequences for life in the Western United States and well beyond.  But is this true? Probably not.   … [Read more...]

“I like a little rebellion now and then.”

First Image

  Some thoughts and a couple of images regarding that stand-off between Cliven Bundy, the rancher from the Mormon town of Bunkerville, Nevada, and the Federales: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/375824/case-little-sedition-kevin-d-williamson I've sometimes envied Southerners their strong sense of place, and of local character.  Frankly, right now, I'm proud to be a Westerner,      … [Read more...]