“So, how are gay athletes, coaches and fans treated when their teams play at BYU?”

    In view of the recent controversy over BYU’s bid to join the Big 12 Conference, this article might be helpful:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659832/So-how-are-gay-athletes-coaches-and-fans-treated-when-their-teams-play-at-BYU.html     [Read more…]

“Paul and the riots in Ephesus through recent archaeological discoveries”

    My latest exercise in mean-spirited ad hominem viciousness has appeared in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659899/Paul-and-the-riots-in-Ephesus-through-recent-archaeological-discoveries.html     [Read more…]

“Islam in Western Cinema, Part 1”

    An interesting survey that promises more to come:   http://www.rogerebert.com/far-flung-correspondents/islam-in-western-cinema-part-1   I have to admit that I find his very brief summary of Casablanca rather odd.     [Read more…]

“The Pay Gap Myth and Other Lies That Won’t Die”

      http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438775/pay-gap-studies-disprove-myth-sexism-responsible     [Read more…]

Interesting coverage of the new temple in Philadelphia

    I love the photograph that accompanies this article:   “Amish Visitors Take a Tour of LDS Philadelphia Temple”   An interesting article from the Washington Post:   “A new Mormon temple opens in Philadelphia, offering a glimpse into a secret shrine”   And, finally, a good video including the best images that I’ve seen [Read More…]

Atheism as a religion

    Absolute atheism starts in an act of faith in reverse gear and is a full-blown religious commitment. Here we have the first internal inconsistency of contemporary atheism: it proclaims that all religion must necessarily vanish away, and it is itself a religious phenomenon. Jacques Maritain     [Read more…]

“Five myths about sharia”

    This is a helpful perspective from Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes of the University of Wisconsin School of Law:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-sharia/2016/06/24/7e3efb7a-31ef-11e6-8758-d58e76e11b12_story.html?utm_term=.1b2bc8b95d5b     [Read more…]

If you want to see a truly great presidential campaign ad

    This is it.     [Read more…]

“Plant and animal DNA suggests first Americans took the coastal route”

    Fascinating.  A part of the standard story of the peopling of the Americas with which I grew up seems now to have been falsified:   http://www.nature.com/news/plant-and-animal-dna-suggests-first-americans-took-the-coastal-route-1.20389   By the way, I’m fine with the idea of migrations across the Bering Strait.  It doesn’t bother me at all.  And, though I read just a [Read More…]

Hillary Clinton makes a direct and obvious bid for the Utah Mormon vote

    This is fascinating to me:   http://beta.deseretnews.com/article/865659843/Exclusive-Hillary-Clinton-What-I-have-in-common-with-Utah-leaders-2-religious-freedom-and-the.html?pg=all   And you can bet that she wouldn’t have spent much effort on it (or, rather, had some of her supporters do so) if Team Clinton considered a win in Utah impossible.     [Read more…]