“Turning the clock back to the 7th century in Iraq?”

A man purported to be the previously secretive "Abu Bakr al-Baghdani" (but now to be known as "Caliph Ibrahim") speaking recently from the pulpit of a mosque in Mosul, Iraq

  This morning's Hamblin/Peterson column provides a brief historical background for the proclamation, by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, of a new universal "caliphate": http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606770/Turning-the-clock-back-to-the-seventh-century-in-Iraq.html   … [Read more...]

“Theological training not required to believe in Christ”

Modern Iznik, Turkey (the ancient Nicea, site of the Nicene Council) Click to enlarge.

  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583914/Theological-training-not-required-to-believe-in-Christ.html   … [Read more...]

Just support love! An early glimpse of the next frontier

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 Get with the program, all you haters out there. Who are you to stand between two (or more) people who love each other?  http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/382543/australian-judge-says-incest-no-longer-taboo-molly-wharton And [Elijah] said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, … [Read more...]

Nancy Pelosi: Sexist Ignoramus or Sexist Liar

Former Speaker of the House and current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

   Honestly, there seems no gentler way to accurately describe her recent remarks.  This is an absolute must watch: http://www.westernjournalism.com/watch-megyn-kelly-puts-nancy-pelosi-ringer-sexist-hobby-lobby-rant/ And then, while we're at it, there's Senator Harry Reid, irrelevantly (and inaccurately!) playing the race card with regard to the Hobby Lobby … [Read more...]

The blight of local television news

Channel 5 in SLC

  Those of you who watch KSL-TV News should consider yourselves warned:  I was up in Salt Lake City today for something else, but ended up, afterwards, being interviewed by Keith McCord regarding the current violence in Israel/Palestine. I have no idea how much, if any, of my interview will actually make it into the broadcast news.  Nor do I know when it will appear, if it does.  My guess is today.  There are local KSL news programs at, I think, 5 PM, 6 PM, 6:3 … [Read more...]

“Getting into the Meat of the Word of Wisdom”

Abundant living

   I'm a bit late -- I've been busy with other things, elsewhere, today -- but, well, it's Friday.  So you won't be surprised to learn that Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has posted yet another new article today: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/getting-into-the-meat-of-the-word-of-wisdom/ Thanks to A. Jane Birch for writing it, and to all those who helped in getting it ready for publication.  Posted from Bountiful, … [Read more...]

Humor in the Qur’an?

I've resisted the temptation to apply this (publicly, anyway) to certain specific people.

  I've never heard the Qur’an described as funny, and I hope that it won't offend my Muslim friends -- I have great respect both for them and for the Qur’an -- but I think this passage is hilarious: “Go at a moderate pace and lower your voice, for the ugliest of all voices is the braying of asses.”  (31:19)   … [Read more...]

Marriage as a “school for character”

The Twin Falls Idaho Temple

  A video from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- just over four minutes long -- about marriage. And an extraordinarily touching depiction of love and moral heroism: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=655759821182423&set=vb.450084955083245&type=2&theater If you're not moved by this, you need professional help.   … [Read more...]