“Senate Democrats’ Religious-Freedom Deprivation Bill”

Cartoon by Henry Payne

    After nearly two weeks of shameless demagoguery regarding the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, Democrats in the Senate of the United States are seeking to dismantle the decision legislatively.  Or, at least, to pretend to do so.   See Ed Whelan's legal analysis here.   They cannot hope, even if they manage to pass the bill in their own chamber, that it will pass in the House of Representatives.  So I cannot resist the suspicion that this is … [Read more...]

Have you forgotten to get your copy?

A veritable feast, as the saying goes

    Yes, it's pricey.  But there's much more in it than in the usual book, too.  Both in terms of content and in terms of visual beauty.   http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Image-Likeness-Enoch-Tower/dp/B00GV18DGK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405030351&sr=1-1&keywords=Bradshaw+Larsen         … [Read more...]

Wise Counsel

Too few actually do this, I think.

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“BYU students took cover in bomb shelter during Hamas missile attack on Jerusalem”

BYU's Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies on Mount Scopus, with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the background

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606619/BYU-students-took-cover-in-bomb-shelter-during-Hamas-missile-attack-on-Jerusalem.html   While I'm at it:   I'm not an uncritical supporter of Israel.  I think the Palestinians have legitimate grievances.   But Hamas is now firing missiles deep into Israel.  The new generation of missiles -- Hamas may have an inventory of 10,000 of them, supplied whether directly or indirectly by our friends in … [Read more...]

A really beautiful aerial video of the Washington DC Temple

Look out on the horizon, and you'll see the Washington DC Temple in this photo.
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    It's three minutes long:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDy81Wxqb8k     … [Read more...]

“FairMormon conference seeks to give reasons for the hope within us”

The Utah Valley Convention Center

    This week's Thursday Deseret News column:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606616/FairMormon-conference-seeks-to-give-reasons-for-the-hope-within-us.html     … [Read more...]

Mormonism as a “Cult”

The Taipei Taiwan Temple
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    During the recent controversy over Church disciplinary councils, several critics have leveled the accusation that, because of the way the Church treats Members Who Simply Ask Questions [sic], it has proven itself to be a "cult."   Calling Mormonism a "cult," and Mormons "cultists," has been a popular pastime among certain conservative Protestants for several decades now.  It seems to have really gained momentum with the late "Dr." Walter … [Read more...]

A fairly Mormon day

The pavilion, in the Scera Park in Orem, near the Scera swimming pool, where we had our ward party tonight

    Being a Latter-day Saint marks your daily life during the week, not just on Sundays.   My wife and I and two of our sons joined with a nephew and his family for lunch today, just before they put him into the Missionary Training Center.  Afterwards, we went with the family to the excellent and newly renovated Monte L. Bean Museum at BYU, drove past the future Provo City Center Temple, and enjoyed some frozen yogurt at Farr's.  Then, this evening, we had a good … [Read more...]