Some Remarks in Sweden on Mormonism and Islam

    I was just a bit surprised, but not displeased, to discover just now that the remarks that I delivered on Islam and Mormonism in a fireside at the Västra Frölunda Ward (near Goteborg, Sweden, on 19 June 2016) are available online.   The sound quality isn’t quite ideal, but it’s not terrible.  Each recording [Read More…]

The Mormon Historic Sites Foundation

    You may already be familiar with them, but, if not, I would like to introduce to you an organization that I admire tremendously: the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation.   All my life, I’ve been exceptionally and acutely aware of the transience of people and things, and yet, at the same time, very conscious of [Read More…]

Technology beyond our comprehension?

    “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” Eric Schmidt     [Read more…]

Convention weakness, general election doom, and damaged political discourse

    It’s overwhelmingly likely that Mr. Donald Trump will get the Republican nomination in a couple of weeks.  But this development has made that just a tiny bit less certain:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/437689/virginia-court-boosts-effort-unbind-delegates-holds-state-law-cant-trump-party-rules   It’s quite unlikely that Mr. Trump will win the general election in November, for these (and other) reasons:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/437696/hillary-clintons-strategy-electoral-college-key   [Read More…]

Three Worthwhile Items on the Current Tension Between Blacks and Police in America

    “Protesters, Counter Protesters ‘Clash’ in Dallas in Heartwarming Way”   “Dallas Police Chief David Brown Is Helping Pull a Nation Back from the Brink”   “Milwaukee Police Chief Explodes on Protesters for Willfully Ignoring Crime’s ‘Greatest Racial Disparity’ After Being Verbally Attacked in Meeting”       [Read more…]

BOM Alma 51

    I’ll mention just a few interesting aspects of Alma 51.   1.   It’s scarcely surprising that the “kingmen,” who sought the restoration of the monarchy, “were those of high birth” (51:8).  After all, had Mosiah II not abolished the Nephite monarchy a mere twenty-five years before, they would have been aristocrats.  They were probably [Read More…]

Honoring the memory of Najih Shaker al-Baldawi

    Sadly, there is this.  But, fortunately, there’s also this:   Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi: Iraqi Muslim Hugs Suicide Bomber To Stop Him From Entering Shrine, Sacrificing His Life To Save Dozens Of Others   رحمه الله‎‎     [Read more…]

If you’re at all moved upon to help, please do.

    “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”  (James 1:27)   I wrote briefly yesterday about the tragic death of a young man, the son of friends and (until very recently) neighbors, who [Read More…]

“Germany’s Rape Jihad Was Worse Than You Thought”

    I spend a fair amount of time and energy attempting to resist the demonization of Islam and Muslims.  But I’m far from blind to the problems posed by extremist Islamism and the mass importation of refugees (real or not).   This was (and continues to be) a terrible situation:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/437682/germanys-rape-jihad-was-worse-you-thought     [Read more…]

“An Asteroid Extinction You Haven’t Heard Of”

    http://www.realclearscience.com/journal_club/2016/07/11/an_asteroid_extinction_you_havent_heard_of.html     [Read more…]