“Free Speech (If No One Objects)”

The Somali Dutch American Ms. Hirsi Ali

  One doesn't have to approve of everything Ayaan Hirsi Ali says -- I certainly don't -- to object to such attempts at censorship: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/387638/free-speech-if-no-one-objects-editors   … [Read more...]

This is a fairly big deal.

SLC downtown view

  http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/news/index.php/2014/09/the-2015-parliament-of-the-worlds-religions-will-be-in-salt-lake-city-utah-in-october-2015/   … [Read more...]

Is Islam the driving force behind general Arab support for Palestinians and concerns about Iraq?

The Zogby brothers

  I'm belatedly getting around to reading James Zogby's book Arab Voices: What They are Saying to Us, and Why It Matters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). It's a very instructive book. Jim Zogby, whom I hosted a number of years ago when he visited BYU, is a noted figure in the Arab American community, a Catholic born to Lebanese immigrant parents and the holder of a Ph.D. in Islamic studies as well as an ardent and well-connected Democrat -- while I was … [Read more...]

In preparation for tomorrow night’s BYU football game

on 9/11

  I'm very pleased to see BYU's helmets for tomorrow's home football game against Houston: http://www.cougarboard.com/board/message.html?id=12926298 Thanks to my friend and former colleague Ed Snow for bringing this to my notice.   … [Read more...]

About a couple of service missionaries in Argentina

temple outside of Buenos Aires

  There is, and has long been, a serious shortage of senior missionaries worldwide. Think of how satisfying it would be to have helped to build a temple: http://azmormonnews.com/2014/09/st-david-couple-volunteer-in-argentina-for-nearly-4-years/ Are you planning on serving a senior mission?    … [Read more...]

1 Nephi 9

A chart of the various plates and records behind the Book of Mormon

  In 1 Nephi 6, Nephi indicated that his chronicle would concentrate not on temporal matters but on sacred ones. That is not to say, however, that a secular record wasn't kept.  In today's short reading, 1 Nephi 9, Nephi explains that he's made two sets of plates -- the larger to accommodate a secular narrative of his people, the smaller dedicated to his promised primary focus on spiritual things. The Book of Mormon is much more complex than many s … [Read more...]

ObamaCare, ISIS, and free speech at Berkeley

The logo of the WSJ

  I subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, largely (though not entirely) for its superb editorial pages.  It's a wonderful publication, often ranked first, or at least toward the top, of the world's newspapers. Every day, I read valuable articles in it.  I've linked to them repeatedly here, but, sadly, nonsubscribers often have a difficult time accessing them. So I think I'll simply, from time to time, mention a few of my favorites.  If you want to r … [Read more...]

Another signal from the State that religious convictions will no longer be honored as they once were

Bubble wrap and duct tape

  Latter-day Saint student groups, to the best of my knowledge, already typically meet on private Church property, are supported by Church money, and so forth, so that the effect on them of such rulings as this will (I think) be minimal if not altogether … [Read more...]