Pretty predictably, “ABC’s ‘Quantico’ gets the Mormons all wrong”

SLC Temple, with windows!

  Quite by chance, I actually caught a few minutes of the first episode of Quantico, in re-run.  I saw what happened to the Mormon character, though I wasn't quite as irritated by it as advance notice had suggested that I, as a Mormon, might be.  (I mean, I don't think it's altogether impossible that a returned missionary could have some dark secret to hide and, eventually, trying to protect it and ridden by guilt, turn into a homicidal loon.  After all, as my Malevolent Sta … [Read more...]


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There may be a scientific cure for your appalling religious and political beliefs!

Nobama Ray Pistol TX-130

  Do you worry about illegal immigration and porous borders?  Do you believe in God? For centuries, people have had to suffer under such ghastly burdens.  But there's good news!  A medical cure may be on the horizon! "Scientists claim zapping brains with magnets can treat belief in God" This article, written by the statistician William Briggs and kindly brought to my attention by Charles Steinman, points out a few of the problems in th … [Read more...]


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“Are Halloween’s roots evil and satanic?”

Evil-looking pumpkin

  The latest Hamblin/Peterson column for the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865639218/Are-Halloweens-roots-evil-and-satanic.html   … [Read more...]


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Muhammad, on anger

At Princeville, HI

  Tariq Ramadan quoted this hadith from the Prophet Muhammad in his remarks tonight at the Utah Islamic Center: "The strong man is not he who defeats his adversary by wrestling; the strong man is he who controls himself at a time of anger."   … [Read more...]


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“Image is Everything: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain”

At Chekhov's funeral

  An entire week has passed without an article from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.  However, from its very deathbed, Interpreter has managed to publish one last piece: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/image-is-everything-pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain/ Or maybe it's not the last. Maybe it's nowhere near the last. Whatever. The danged thing was supposed to have been dead years ago. … [Read more...]


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A roundtable on sexuality and related controversy

Heretics being burned.

  http://ldsmag.com/round-table-re-visiting-an-article-that-stirred-controversy/   … [Read more...]


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Tariq Ramadan in Utah

Announcement of Ramadan speech

  Tariq Ramadan is, very arguably, the most significant Muslim intellectual in Europe.  Tonight, though, he'll be speaking in Sandy, at the Utah Islamic Center, which is located at 9000 South 225 West. He's here, I presume, in connection with the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions.  There's no particular reason that he would recall it, but I chaired a panel discussion that included him at a plenary session of the 2009 Parliament, in Melbourne, Au … [Read more...]


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New Testament 262

Dutch image of suffering Christ

  Matthew 20:17-19Mark 10:32-34Luke 18:31-34 Luke's comment, that the apostles "understood none of these things; this saying was hid from them, and they did not grasp what was said," is puzzling. Jesus' statement seems perfectly clear, entirely straightforward.  There's nothing in it that's difficult to grasp, conceptually.  It's not Hegel or Kant. So what does it mean that they didn't understand or grasp what Jesus was s … [Read more...]


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