Community of Christ Denounces Religious Persecution

September 8, 2010As a people who experienced religious persecution, we are alarmed by the growing tide of religious fear, intolerance, and violence evident throughout the world. We join our voices with other religious leaders to denounce any religious persecution and specifically anti-Muslim actions, such as Dove World Outreach Center in the USA, which plans to burn the Qur’an on September 11. Such attitudes, behaviors, and actions reflect hatred rather than Christ’s example of love; divide rat … [Read more...]


I have recently read two posts on testimony the I have loved:Ronan's beautiful "On these three thing hangs my testimony."And Enoch's thought provoking post on sharing "nuancimony."In honor of these posts (and the addition of Enoch as a permablogger to FPR), I share with you this testimony: … [Read more...]

Welcome Guest Blogger: BHodges

It is my great pleasure to introduce our new guest blogger: BHodges. He is a familiar name and face around the bloggernacle and Mormon Studies circles. A recent graduate of the University of Utah (GO UTES!) in communications with a minor in religious studies, BHodges blogs at Life on Gold Plates.Blair has published reviews and articles in a number of places (he really makes me look bad in this regard), including an article titled "All Find What They Truly Seek": C.S. Lewis and the 'Virtuous … [Read more...]

In defense of the Rodeo Clown

Now that I live in Wyoming, I feel that I must speak out on something. The title of rodeo clown is being misused and abused for a vile purpose.A certain somebody claims that he is just a rodeo clown. Does he know what rodeo clowns do? I doubt it because rodeo clowns put their lives on the line. After a bull rider has been tossed from the bull, the rodeo clown leaps into action. Their goal is to draw the attention of the angry bull away from the rider who is very vulnerable to attack by the … [Read more...]

Lesson #5: Have Faith

I have lost my faith. Quite the challenge when you blog at Faith-Promoting Rumor.However, Tuesday I awoke and read the following comment by Ronan over at BCC: This week we read Job 19:25: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth”. We spent perhaps an hour discussing this one verse: what does Job mean? A Christian reading is clear—he is appealing to the intercession of the future Messiah, Jesus Christ. But such an interpretation will not do for a secular … [Read more...]

Patrick Henry and Right-Wing (Anti-) Constitutionalism

The Patrick Henry Caucus is the pro-state’s right group within the Utah State Legislature. This is the right-wing of a very right-wing legislative body. They are in many ways the voice of the tea party movement and the 9/12 groups.The choice of Patrick Henry as their symbol is an appropriate one. Henry is most famous for his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech. While this speech is a rousing oration, it points in many ways to who Henry is. He is not the great revolutionary, but America’s … [Read more...]

The Fun Never Ends: Prop. 8 found to be Unconstitutional

By Maura DolanLos Angeles Times Staff WriterSan Francisco —A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8, passed by voters in November 2008, violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice.. His ruling is expected to be ap … [Read more...]

A Student Comment on Social Justice, Rawls, and Chris H.

Professor H,A student in your Political Philosophy course asked that these comments be forwarded to you since they could not fit in the comment box available on the Student Ratings survey: This is from a student in my Political Science 309r: Special Topics in Political Philosophy. The special topic was “Social Justice.” No, this was not a response to Glenn Beck. His comments came out a couple months into the term and about 7 months after the topic had been chosen. The primary focus of the cla … [Read more...]