“Religious liberty,” just a code word for hate and bigotry?

    Alexandra DeSanctis responds to the claim of a Episcopalian priest, of all people:   “Religious-Freedom Laws Are Not ‘Unconstitutional Smokescreens for Bigotry’”   But it’s a claim that’s been taken up by the chairman of the United States Civil Rights Commission, as well:   “‘Religious freedom,’ ‘liberty’ just ‘code words’ for intolerance, U.S. [Read More…]

Suggesting a way to NOT make enemies.

    “You have enemies?  Good.  That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill       [Read more…]


    You cannot be unaware that today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.   But, please, don’t just pass indifferently over that fact.   Almost exactly 3000 people died as a result of those four plane hijackings.       The quantity of the sorrow that ensued and that, no doubt, [Read More…]

A “fraudulent” ancient American text turns out to be authentic.

    Because of the controversial circumstances of its discovery, the Grolier Codex was denounced by prominent scholars as a forgery and a fraud.   We now know that they were wrong:   “Oldest Manuscript in the Americas Confirmed”   For a very brief account of the relevance of the story of the Grolier Codex to evaluations [Read More…]

A graphic novel about being an LDS missionary in Japan?

    Yes, indeed.  There is such a thing.   In my childhood, by the way — back when North America was almost two yards further to the east northeast than it is today — we didn’t know about “graphic novels.”  We read comic books.  But that term, I take it, is very much out of fashion [Read More…]

A $1.25 million donation from the LDS Church for refugee resettlement

    “Get the Catholic Perspective”:   http://www.thebostonpilot.com/article.asp?ID=177370     [Read more…]

“Fisherman for the Poor: Tongan Latter-day Saint spearfishes at night to feed those in need”

    A remarkable man:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org.nz/article/%C2%A0fisher-for-the-poor     [Read more…]

“Exclusive: Barbra Streisand Sings ‘Send in the Clowns’ Trump Parody at Clinton Fundraiser & We’ve Got the Lyrics (and Video)!”

    Yes, she’s a lifelong liberal Democrat.  And, yes, we’ve almost certainly voted in opposition to one another since the first election in which we could both cast a ballot.  And we won’t be voting together this time, either.   (Funny aside:  I received a call today from a Clinton fundraiser.  They’re working through [Read More…]

What is our worst fault? Here’s one answer to that question.

    شر عيوبنا اهتمامنا بعيوب الناس “The worst of our faults is our interest in other people’s faults.” ‘Ali b. Abi Talib     [Read more…]

“Trump’s Washington Policy Staff Walk Out on Him”

    I can’t confirm this report, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true.  Mr. Trump’s campaign has been unwilling to set up state offices or spend much on staff or ads, and he’s notoriously unwilling to read or to study.  (Reports on that score go back for years.)     [Read more…]