“Threats, harassment, vandalism at mosques reach record high”

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/10/living/mosques-attack-study-2015/index.html   This is very unfortunate.   I hope, though, that the apparent absence of such attacks from the Mormon Kulturgebiet will continue.   One other observation:  Some will say that American Muslims ought to be focusing more on the denunciation of acts of violence done in the name of their faith than [Read More…]

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“Revelation 5-6 and 19-22: Views and Perspectives”

    The Interpreter Foundation has published at least one article per week for nigh unto three and a half years now.  But that’s far and away not the only activity at the Foundation.   Here’s a helpful piece for students and teachers of the current Church Gospel Doctrine curriculum:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/revelation-5-6-and-19-22-views-and-perspectives/     [Read more…]

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“Muslim man’s photo of prayer in LDS church is going viral”

    http://kutv.com/news/local/muslim-mans-photo-of-prayer-in-lds-church-is-going-viral   I’ve been involved in many interfaith meetings held in LDS meetinghouses — in the United States and abroad — where, when the time came for Islamic salat prayers, a room was made available for the Muslims involved to pray.   This has always seemed to me (and, plainly, also to the local [Read More…]

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A very merry very secular Christmas!

    A thought for the season from the most prominent English-speaking atheist of the twentieth century:   That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations [Read More…]

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“The Mother in Heaven and Her Children”

    The prolific non-LDS British biblical scholar Margaret Barker spoke to the annual FairMormon conference last August.  Her remarks are available here:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2015-fairmormon-conference/the-mother-in-heaven-and-her-children   Along with the Catholic philosopher Stephen Webb, she also spoke as part of a panel to a small gathering of Interpreter Foundation volunteers and supporters, and a video tape [Read More…]

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The United States Air Force Band as a flash mob at the Smithsonian

    This is fun, and very much in the Christmas spirit:   https://www.youtube.com/embed/-cKE8pyfcZc   In fact, how does a federally-sponsored operation like this get away with performing such an overtly Christian piece?  Shouldn’t they be restricted to “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” and “Frosty the Snowman”?     [Read more…]

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“Why I left Mormonism behind for Judaism — and couldn’t be happier”

    Does anybody else find certain elements of this story . . . well, um, strange and somewhat suspicious?   http://fusion.net/story/225505/leaving-the-mormon-church-converting-to-judaism/     [Read more…]

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“Will Ken Niumatalolo stay at Navy or jump ship for BYU?”

    Forget the presidential race, the threat of radical Islamist terrorism, global warming, and other such trivia.  This, so far as I can tell, is one of the biggest topics of conversation along the Wasatch Front today:   http://www.underdogdynasty.com/2015/12/13/9890320/should-niumatalolo-stay-at-navy-or-jump-to-byu     [Read more…]

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“On the Record” with the managing director of Public Affairs for the LDS Church

    A transcript and video of Michael R. Otterson’s candid presentation at the FairMormon conference in August 2015:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2015-fairmormon-conference/on-the-record     [Read more…]

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Music of Christmas 13

    I have a sad confession to make:  I’ve heard and sung the carol Silent Night so very many times over the course of my ridiculously many decades of mortal life that its impact on me has, I regret to say, been blunted a bit.   But BYU produced a very nice film about the genesis [Read More…]

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