LDS Church reaches milestone of 30,000 congregations

    It’s a nice round figure:   http://ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com/2015/12/30000-congregation-milestone-reached.html   May the kingdom of God go forth, that the kingdom of heaven may come.     [Read more…]

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“An Iraq War Amputee’s Response to Islamophobia”

    http://www.people.com/article/amputee-soldier-islamophobia-racism-facebook-post     [Read more…]

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Will Mitt Romney eventually be asked to step in and save the Republican Party?

    It seems highly improbable.  And my guess is that some of the Tea Party types would bolt the Party if, at a brokered convention, Romney became the 2016 nominee.  Some would rather go down to electoral defeat and hand the presidency to Hillary Clinton than support someone they see as a “RINO.”   [Read More…]

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“Mormons and the Trump Proposal”

    A writer on Mormon history lays out some of his concerns:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643612/Mormons-and-the-Trump-proposal.html?pg=all   And I might add that, even today, Mormons may well be more vulnerable to federal religious discrimination — if the government is ever allowed to discriminate according to religious affiliation — than many other groups.  According to some studies (see, [Read More…]

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On the Obama administration’s culpable incompetence in protecting our borders

    I hope that we can help the refugees who’re fleeing the turmoil in the Middle East.  It’s our human duty to do so.  For those of us who are Christians, it’s our Christian duty to do so.   But if the federal government under the Obama administration is going to be this deliberately [Read More…]

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Five atheists who lost faith in atheism

    http://www.christiantoday.com/article/five.atheists.who.lost.faith.in.atheism/61784.htm   Thanks to Kevin Taylor for calling my attention to this interesting article.  I’ve spent considerable time with the work of each of these writers, and have written columns on at least two or three of them.     [Read more…]

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Save the planet: Eat more bacon

    My friend John Gee has alerted me to this urgently important item from the world of science:   http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/12/15/shocker-vegetarian-diets-worse-for-climate-than-eating-bacon/     [Read more…]

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Socks wear out, fruitcake disgusts, but BOOKS?

  Actually, I like fruitcake.     Don’t forget, as you make your Christmas purchases or compile your Christmas wish-list, that the Interpreter Foundation publishes books:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/books/     [Read more…]

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“Appreciation and the myth of the zero-sum game”

    New in the Deseret News from Taylor Halverson:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643572/Appreciation-and-the-myth-of-the-zero-sum-game.html   While I’m at it, I greatly appreciate Dr. Halverson’s contributions, not only to the Interpreter Foundation and the Deseret News, but elsewhere.     [Read more…]

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“If you don’t believe that country, honor, and Allah can co-exist, meet these Muslim Boy Scouts”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/if-you-dont-believe-country-honor-and-allah-can-co-exist-meet-these-muslim-boy-scouts/2015/12/14/137f5674-a26e-11e5-9c4e-be37f66848bb_story.html?tid=sm_fb   Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for calling this article to my attention.     [Read more…]

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