In memory of Doug Barney

    He deserves to be remembered:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865645683/Slain-officer-remembered-as-big-old-teddy-bear.html?pg=all   I have little patience for the loud voices that seek to paint all police officers as racist and murderous thugs.  And this story leaves me with still less patience for them.     [Read more…]

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“Toward a New Islamic Golden Age”

    A much-needed call from an Arab Muslim scientist:   http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/muslim-countries-science-education-by-nidhal-guessoum-2016-01     [Read more…]

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“Right on Target: Boomerang Hits and the Book of Mormon”

    Back in August 2001 — just about a month before the world changed on 11 September — the irreplaceable Matt Roper presented these remarks to the annual FAIR (now FairMormon) conference:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2001-fair-conference/2001-right-on-target-boomerang-hits-and-the-book-of-mormon     [Read more…]

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“How Tocqueville Schooled Bernie Sanders 200 Years Ago”

    Bernie Sanders may have an even better chance at knocking Hillary Clinton off for the Democratic presidential nomination now than he did three weeks ago, when this article first appeared:   http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/30/how-tocqueville-schooled-bernie-sanders-200-years-ago/   In some ways, I have to add, I’m delighted at the possibility — however remote it may ultimately turn out [Read More…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 2

    In 2 Nephi 2, the exceptionally rich chapter that is today’s reading, many passages deserve attention.  But the day has been long — beginning with an early morning return visit, this time with a group of friends, to the Provo City Center Temple open house, followed by an excellent breakfast at a nearby cafe, [Read More…]

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Three Quotations from Booker T. Washington

    Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.   If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.   Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than [Read More…]

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“Scholastic Pulls Children’s Book About George Washington And His Slaves After Outcry”

    A nice little controversy for Martin Luther King Day:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/george-washington-book-pulled_us_569cb0d5e4b0778f46f9eda9   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/18/463488364/amid-controversy-scholastic-pulls-picture-book-about-washingtons-slave?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160118   What do you think?   (Thanks to Eric Lopez for bringing this story to my notice.)     [Read more…]

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Three quotations attributed to the Prophet Muhammad

    To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil by evil is evil.   The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.   Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.   [Read more…]

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God Spell

    “We have only to see a few letters of the alphabet spelling our name in the sand to recognize at once the work of an intelligent agent.  How much more likely, then, is the existence of an intelligent Creator behind human DNA, the colossal biological database that contains no fewer than 3.5 billion [Read More…]

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Three quotations from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.   If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven [Read More…]

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