A true Muslim martyr

Mourning (and honoring) Aitzaz Hasan

  This is a sad story, but an inspiring one: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Security-Watch/terrorism-security/2014/0110/Pakistani-boy-who-stopped-suicide-bomber-another-Malala-Yousafzai-video "Do not say that those who are killed in God's cause are dead; they are alive, though you do not realize it."  (Qur’an 2:154)  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

The Church’s statement on same-sex marriage

The Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City, with the high-rise Church Office Building visible behind it

  Some out there may be unaware of the official statement on recent judicial developments regarding same-sex marriage that was issued on Friday by the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here it is: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-instructs-leaders-on-same-sex-marriage  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Hagar in LDS Scripture and Thought”

Hagar and her son, Ishmael

  It's Friday.  The day that new articles go up  in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. This week's article is from Andrew Smith: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/hagar-in-lds-scripture-and-thought/  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

“For this Mormon, the book is a mission, not a musical”

Cincinnati, looking  northward across the Ohio River (Click to enlarge)

  A nice little article and short video clip out of Cincinnati, where I'll be speaking a week from today: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20140109/COL01/301100027/For-this-Mormon-the-book-is-a-mission-not-a-musical?nclick_check=1   Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Mormon leader wins rights award for gay-friendly message”

A fairly typical local Latter-day Saint meetinghouse (Click to enlarge.)

   It may shock several of you out there -- especially those who would prefer to demonize me as a hate-filled bigot -- but I heartily approve of this: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/57373783-180/members-oyler-gay-lds.html.csp   … [Read more...]

Believers, unbelievers, and charity (yet again)

The Little Sisters of the Poor (Click to enlarge.)

  Further evidence that religious believers are more charitable, as a general rule, than non-believers? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593639/Religion-involves-in-giving-on-multiple-layers.html?pg=1   … [Read more...]

Blog = Academic Journal?

A very, very pathetic situation

  I've just learned that there's a professor at a university out in Florida who doesn't know the difference between a peer-reviewed journal article and a blog post. (Compare this, for example, with this.) Such lack of understanding could be quite dangerous for the professor's career.  An academic job pretty much demands that one be able to distinguish the two.  Can anybody out there explain the difference in very simple terms?  (Feel free to use the … [Read more...]

“Why the Left hates families”

Who cares?

   A longish but extraordinarily interesting article excerpted from a new book by the British journalist Melanie Phillips: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319192/Why-Left-hates-families-MELANIE-PHIILLIPS-reveals-selfish-sneers-Guardianistas-Left-actively-fosters--revels--family-breakdown-.html   … [Read more...]