“An Open Letter to Trump Voters from His Top Strategist-Turned-Defector”

    http://www.xojane.com/issues/stephanie-cegielski-donald-trump-campaign-defector   Of course, what this woman says can easily be refuted by means of such arguments as “Trump in 2016!” and “Make America Great Again!” and “Look at her ugly face!”   If somebody hits her, maybe Mr. Trump will pay the legal fees.   Brave woman, to challenge The Donald like [Read More…]

“Worldwide Stake Growth Accelerating in 2016”

    http://ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com/2016/03/worldwide-stake-growth-accelerating-in.html?_sm_au_=iVV4JHqR0SHF3nZn     [Read more…]

“Muslim Murdered in Scotland After Offering Easter Blessing to ‘My Beloved Christian Nation'”

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/03/26/muslim-murdered-after-offering-easter-blessing-to-my-beloved-christian-nation/   A horrible story, and a horribly sad one.  I’ve seen comments about it, however, that require response.   The murder of Asad Shah, evidently by an extremist anti-Christian Muslim, is said to illustrate the evil of Islam and the danger that Muslim immigrants pose to all of us.   But here’s [Read More…]

“The Simpsons” as Political Prophecy, and Etc.

    In 1996, fully two decades ago, the syndicated television program The Simpsons prophesied of a Trump/Clinton presidential race, using the metaphorical ruse of Kang and Kodos (and Bob Dole) to make its stunningly prescient point:     And it predicted the outcome of that election as follows:     Uncanny accuracy, don’t you think?   [Read More…]

BOM Mosiah 15

      Today’s reading, Mosiah 15, forthrightly declares that “God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people” (15:1).   Verses 2-5, however, have caused some perplexity.  They seem unclear, and not a a few readers (mostly critics) have felt that they’re inconsistent with modern Mormon “tritheism” and even with mainstream [Read More…]

President Martin Van Buren’s two happiest days

    Martin Van Buren (who served 1837-1841) wasn’t much of a president.  Certainly not insofar as it concerned the Mormons.  But this is a good line:   As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.   It really [Read More…]

Wall Street Journal: “With welcoming stance, conservative Utah charts its own course on refugees”

    I’m enormously gratified to watch as Utah (and, by extrapolation, its predominantly Mormon population) distinguishes itself, while still adhering to its fundamentally conservative values and political orientation, from many others in the United States (notably a large proportion of conservative Evangelicals) in its response to Trumpism and to the plight of refugees.   First, [Read More…]

Our place in the universe

    David Wills, of Australia, who frequently alerts me to really interesting science stories, reminds me of this fascinating video:   https://www.facebook.com/Universe.Explorers/videos/927204077396637/?pnref=story   If you’re in need of a dose of humility or a bit of awe, have a look.  (If you don’t believe that you are in need of some additional humility or [Read More…]

Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd duke it out, verbally.

    http://existentialcomics.com/comic/126   The second book published by the Islamic Translation Series — part of BYU’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), a project that I conceived and for which I served as editor in chief until my expulsion from the Maxwell Institute in 2012 — was al-Ghazali’s The Incoherence of the Philosophers.   Ibn Rushd (aka [Read More…]

“LDS Church launches ‘I Was a Stranger’ website for Mormon women’s refugee relief effort”

    Are you frustrated because you want to do something, but don’t know how, or how to get started?   This looks like a wonderful, wonderful effort:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865651006/LDS-Church-launches-I-Was-a-Stranger-website-for-Mormon-womens-refugee-relief-effort.html   Here’s the actual website:   https://www.lds.org/refugees?cid=HP_SA_26-3-2016_dPFD_fCNWS_xLIDyL2-1_&lang=eng   I’m very proud of the Church for undertaking this project.     [Read more…]