For the moment, at least, my last entry about women wearing pants to church

What it's really all about

  I've received such remarkable responses to my two immediately previous posts on the subject (here and then here) that I thought I would return, once more, to the matter of women wearing pants in church. Here, from Clayton Christensen's The Power of Everyday Missionaries: The What and How of Sharing the Gospel (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2012), 139, is a story about the late first wife of a man who is now a very senior member of the Council of the … [Read more...]

“Obama the Oblivious”

Still looking for the photo that will serve as the model for the new addition to Mount Rushmore. This one probably isn't it.

   I liked this piece, by Charles Krauthammer: And, for some reason, it reminded me of this older piece, by a British writer:   … [Read more...]

Pants at Church?

Selma, Alabama. Not today.

  Today was the day on which women were supposed to wear pants to LDS church meetings. Unfortunately, as I feared, I completely forgot to pay any attention. I didn't hear anybody mention the issue, and my wife tells me that nobody brought it up in Relief Society, either. My comment, the other day, that I really don't care whether women wear pants to church, garnered some fascinating responses.  One individual, who plainly wanted women … [Read more...]

Händel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” as performed by a group of monks under a vow of silence

No, this isn't the choir.  But these are, in fact, Trappist monks.  They don't really take a vow of silence -- but idle talk is against their monastic rule, so it often seems as if they have.

  If you've taken a vow of silence, yet you wish to perform G. F. Händel's "Hallelujah Chorus," what do you do?  Here's an idea: Thanks to David Wills, of Adelaide, South Australia, for bringing this to my attention.   … [Read more...]

How did monotheistic Jews come to believe that Jesus was divine?

Christ Pantocrator ("All-Powerful") Cathedral of Monreale, Palermo, Sicily

  One of my Christmas columns for the Deseret News last year:   … [Read more...]

What shall we give him?

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  An occasion for reflection, with beautiful Christmas music in the background:   … [Read more...]

On Despising Just about Everybody and Laughing at Their Misfortunes

My favorite outfit for Casual Fridays

  There's an ongoing tournament, it seems, within a certain small subculture, to discern ever deeper and more disgusting areas of insensitivity, blindness, arrogance, and just plain depravity in Your Humble Servant. The other day, somebody accused me of mocking the deaths of innocent people. In general, apparently.  Not merely in specific cases. I'm known, of course, to despise women, ethnic minorities, foreigners, non-Mormons, liberal … [Read more...]

A difficult but inspiring video

Atticus Finch, played here by the immortal Gregory Peck, has been voted the greatest hero in the history of Hollywood.

  If you have 8.5 minutes, watch this video.  If you don't have 8.5 minutes, find them. It offers an important lesson on many levels and about many things, including moral courage: You don't have to be Atticus Finch -- the people in this video aren't -- in order to display … [Read more...]