Banned in Utah! My Suppressed Newspaper Column!

The mystery of the Trinity

 Thursday morning, for the first time ever  in the somewhere around 150 to 200 weeks that I've been writing for the Deseret News -- how long have I been doing these now? -- my weekly column failed to appear in the newspaper.  I looked and looked, online and in the print edition, but it was nowhere to be found. When, from the airport, I inquired what had happened, I was told that the problem was my topic.  Since  the Trinity is a complex subject that can easily be misu … [Read more...]

Another fun dolphin photo and a brief report from Cincinnati

This would be quite exciting, wouldn't it? (Click to enlarge.)

  I've posted a couple of things recently about dolphins, so I thought this would be fun, too. I arrived in Cincinnati this afternoon, following a wonderfully uneventful flight during which, between bouts of dozing, I managed to read a philosophical article by Oxford's Richard Swinburne, a critical response by a pair of American philosophers, and a reply by Swinburne.I was met at the airport by one of my local hosts and we went to the Cincinnati Library, … [Read more...]

Liberal obsession with race

Just fine, as long as they vote correctly.

  Racism is only a problem with conservatives, right?   … [Read more...]

“Mormons . . . those clean-cut, boozeless, sex-deprived do-gooders can be pretty funny sometimes.”

By typical Mormon standards, a pair of wild hippie rebels Advisory:  Although #3 is quite funny, it's also distinctly . . .  umm, crude.  (Its title is something of a clue, I should think.)  You've been warned.   … [Read more...]

Off the coast at San Clemente, California

Another bottlenose dolphin

  My last post but one puts me in mind of a slightly relevant personal story: I'm essentially an aquatic animal.  From about age five, I had a swimming pool in the back yard of my San Gabriel, California, home, and I spent much of most childhood summer vacation days in that pool (when I wasn't on a bicycle somewhere, and before my father put me to work during my summers at the family construction business).  I swam competitively for my high school, and so f … [Read more...]

“LDS Church responds to the Book of Mormon musical in Cincinnati”

No.  Not like this.  You can tell these aren't Mormons: The guy on the left has a beard, but Mormon males are typically clean-shaven. You can still be there for my lectures and fireside:  It's easy, and Cincinnati is a Delta Airlines hub!   … [Read more...]

This is pretty remarkable

Bottlenose dolphins in flight (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

 On a nighttime dive near Hawaii, two divers notice a bottlenose dolphin that has begun to swim around them, unusually close.  One of the divers notices that the dolphin has fishing line wrapped  around it, hindering its ability to swim.  It's apparently seeking help.   … [Read more...]

A dispute between BYU and two faithful and generous donors

On campus at Brigham Young University (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   This is a very sad and unfortunate case: I know Jim Siebach, and consider him a friend. I know more about the dispute than I can tell, and have opinions about it that I won't share. So what's the purpose of this post?  I think people should be aware of the case. Agreements between … [Read more...]