“Does America need Mitt Romney?”

She should be the First Lady right now.

  http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/242400-does-america-need-mitt-romney Just about every day -- literally -- I think to myself how much better things would be if we had Mitt Romney in the White House rather than the ineffectual incumbent. I doubt very much that we're going to see a sudden groundswell of sentiment for drafting Governor Romney, but I would be far from unhappy if one materialized. By all … [Read more...]

“About that poll showing fewer U.S. Christians . . . “

St. Louis's cathedral

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418556/about-poll-showing-fewer-us-christians-david-paul-kuhn   … [Read more...]

“Obama’s ISIS Credibility Gap”

ISIS and other "states" in Iraq and the Levant

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418571/obamas-isis-credibility-gap-bing-west   … [Read more...]

“Mitt Romney to Grads: America Needs You to Serve”

The man who should be president

  Yesterday, I posted a brief item about Sir Salman Rushdie's advocacy of atheism during his recent commencement address at Emory University in Atlanta. But here's a different perspective on things, from a contributor to Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture who has already distinguished himself as a heavyweight fighter in the boxing ring and who, almost certainly owing to his connection with the Interpreter Foundation, recently delivered superb and … [Read more...]

“How do you solve a problem like Iraq? The fall of Ramadi in Alma 59″

A replica of the 1830 Book of Mormon

  An interesting application of the Book of Mormon to a very contemporary news story, from an exceptionally interesting blog: http://mormonwar.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-do-you-solve-problem-like-iraq-fall.html   … [Read more...]

How to detect other universes: A brief primer

The young star HL-Tau, with its possible protoplanetary disk

  Are there other universes out there?  Do they have different natural laws? Those are actually two distinct questions, as I see it, though they're often conflated as if an affirmative answer to the first automatically entailed an affirmative answer to the second. And there are at least a few scientists and philosophers who, for entirely non-scientific reasons, ardently hope for positive answers to both questions -- since the apparent fine-tuning … [Read more...]

“Religion Poisons Everything!” (26)

Guercino's image of Christian charity

  Stories such as this one ("First hospice for Utah's homeless dedicated by community, religious leaders"), called to my attention by Charles Steinman, illustrate how very toxic religion is.  The project might have been a good one . . .  if religion hadn't been involved in it: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=34605751   … [Read more...]

God and Man at Emory University

Emory from the air

  A nephew just graduated from the law school at Emory University in Atlanta. My brother-in-law, currently finishing a short visit to Utah en route back to his home in the Pacific Northwest, was there at Emory for his son's graduation. He told me tonight that Emory's commencement speaker was Sir Salman Rushdie, of Satanic Verses fame. Mr. Rushdie, my brother-in-law recounted to me, told the graduates of Emory's Candler School of The … [Read more...]