“With God as my witness, I will never vote for Donald Trump.”

    Apart from one unfortunate phrase — be warned! — I completely agree with this impassioned article:   http://opinion.injo.com/2016/02/253451-i-will-never-vote-for-donald-trump-with-god-as-my-witness-i-will-never-vote-for-donald-trump/     [Read more…]

“The best predictor of Trump support isn’t income, education, or age. It’s authoritarianism.”

    http://www.vox.com/2016/2/23/11099644/trump-support-authoritarianism   This is one of the things, frankly, that most concerns me about the Trumpist phenomenon.   Thanks to Matthew and Julia Nielsen for calling this article to my attention.     [Read more…]

“Vatican astronomer to speak at three free events”: So mark your calendars!

    http://icatholic.dioslc.org/article/vatican-astronomer-to-speak-at-three-free-events-9628651   I, alas, will be unable to attend the first one, because I myself am scheduled to speak at an event for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies that will continue on through Brother Guy’s Summerhays Lecture.   I’m really, really, really sorry about the conflict.  Really sorry.  The topic [Read More…]

Daniel Peterson and William Hamblin debate Rev. James White

  I wasn’t even aware that this was available online:     I frankly can’t remember (though I might have it noted down somewhere) when this discussion took place, but it was quite a while ago, on Martin Tanner’s radio program.   Thanks to Robert Boylan for alerting me to it.     [Read more…]

“Of Napoleon and ‘religious wars'”

    Today’s column in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865648546/Of-Napoleon-and-religious-wars.html     [Read more…]

“The Constitution ‘Divinely Inspired’? Ben Franklin Answers”

    Baylor history professor Tom Kidd critiques a claim recently made by Glenn Beck — a claim that presumably reflects Beck’s Mormon faith (although Professor Kidd neither mentions that fact nor alludes to Mormonism at all): The Constitution “Divinely Inspired”? Ben Franklin Answers However — whatever Brother Beck may or may not hold, precisely — [Read More…]

“‘Landmark’ new mosque planned in Salt Lake City”

    http://www.sltrib.com/news/3557905-155/landmark-new-mosque-planned-in-salt     [Read more…]

“Utah Transcends Political Tribalism”

    A really good article — meaning, among other things, that I enthusiastically agree with it — by my friend Ben Huff:   Utah Transcends Political Tribalism     [Read more…]

BOM Jacob 2

    Jacob 2 is a remarkable document, and it’s our reading for today.   This isn’t the first time, and it certainly won’t be the last, that my strict rule of being concise and of focusing on one or two or three items, but no more, will cause me regret.  But, realistically, I know [Read More…]

From the floor of the Utah State Senate

    I had the unique and enjoyable opportunity this morning of offering the invocation at the opening of today’s session of the Utah State Senate.  (The kind invitation for me to do so originated with Senator Margaret Dayton.)   I stayed for a while in the Senate chamber thereafter, and particularly enjoyed watching the vote [Read More…]