“Overcoming Xenophobia: Lessons from the Catholic, Mormon & Jewish Experiences”

    http://www.breitbart.com/california/2015/11/23/muslim-group-hosts-interfaith-panel-xenophobia/   Posted from Marbella, Spain     [Read more…]

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Two quotations on gratitude

    If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.  (Frank A. Clark)   The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.  (William Blake)   Posted from Marbella, Spain     [Read more…]

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Two American Muslims (and an anti-Nazi clergyman) respond to the execrable Donald Trump

    http://www.today.com/news/no-less-american-you-muslim-woman-fires-back-donald-trump-t57796   http://magazine.good.is/articles/muslim-marine-has-the-perfect-response-to-donald-trump   First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—  Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak [Read More…]

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Thoughts for Thanksgiving (4)

    Here’s a Deseret News column that I published on Thanksgiving Day last year, 2014:   Many years ago, a friend (now deceased) told me about a very high-ranking Church leader (also now deceased) who had been asked to address a group of local senior service missionaries and their wives at their annual Christmas [Read More…]

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“The Most Interesting Star in Our Galaxy”

    Michael De Groote has kindly brought this intriguing article to my notice:   http://www.theatlantic.stfi.re/science/archive/2015/10/the-most-interesting-star-in-our-galaxy/410023/?sf=lrebok   Posted from Marbella, Spain     [Read more…]

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Hateful ethnic stereotyping at a young age

    I know a pair of relatively young Muslim parents from Egypt who studied at BYU and who have chosen to remain to live and work in Utah.  I think very highly of them.  They’re fine people, gentle and good people, and assets to our valley.   I’ve just learned that a fellow student at the [Read More…]

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Some quick journalizing notes from Andalucía

    I like a stroll on the beach as much as anybody, and we’ve done a bit of that here.  But the real point of coming to southern Spain was to spend some time poking around the remnants of the Islamic golden age in al-Andalus.   On Friday, as I’ve already noted here, we [Read More…]

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Will the 3-hour Sunday meeting block soon be shortened?

    The Church issues a statement on the issue:   http://www.ldsliving.com/Church-Responds-to-Speculation-About-Shorter-Sunday-Block/s/80640?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email   Posted from Marbella, Spain     [Read more…]

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“LDS Church to release ‘A Savior is Born’ Christmas initiative on Nov. 29”

    This is a chance for members of the Church to join in proclaiming the message of Christ’s birth for Christmas:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865642256/LDS-Church-to-release-A-Savior-is-Born-Christmas-initiative-on-Nov-29.html?pg=all   I’m intending to participate in the effort, and I encourage you to do so, too.   Posted from Marbella, Spain     [Read more…]

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Thoughts for Thanksgiving (3)

    Here’s a column that I published in the Deseret News on Thanksgiving 2013:   It’s the season of Thanksgiving, and, so, minds like mine turn naturally to etymology, to word origins. Please be patient. There is method in my madness.   The origin of the word “religion” is obscure, and has been much [Read More…]

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