Lincoln and the Easter of Democracy

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Few words are more well known. I love the speeches of Lincoln. While this speech may not be his greatest, I think that in many ways encapsulates what made Lincoln great.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.This speech … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger: Clark

Clark is a well know voice on the Bloggernacle. His solo blog is Mormon Metaphysics and his comments on other blogs are some of the best in the Mormon blogging world.Clark has agreed to do some guest posts here at Faith-Promoting Rumor. Please give him a warm welcome. … [Read more...]

Mormons as Protestants

Between the recent conference on Methodists and Mormons and the events of my own week, I have been left pondering the question: should Mormons be categorized as Protestants?This week at Casper College our annual humanities festival focused on sin. On Thursday night, there was a panel on the issue of sin from the perspective of different religions. Their was a Catholic Priest, a Jewish Rabbi, and a Mormon Bishop. No, they did not walk into a bar.The Mormon bishop was a mathematics professor … [Read more...]

Beyond Borders: A Moral Approach to Immigration

Authors note: In light of this recent story, I am re-posting this. Originally published here at FPR on Feb. 4, 2012.Yuriy and Van lived in a much nicer neighborhood than we were used to. Most of the investigators we taught in the Little Saigon region of Orange County, California were poor immigrants who lived in either very humble homes or in apartments of varying conditions. Yuriy and Van lived in an upper middle class neighborhood with few recent immigrants.Yet, Yuriy and Van were … [Read more...]

Mogget Speaks Out…White House Listens.

A day after Mogget speculated that the Catholic Church would win out in the battle over birth control requirements, the While House is set to announce a compromise.I wonder if they read FPR and realized that fighting on this issue was futile?In actuality, the White House has been looking for an out on this for the last week. While the intitial proposal was polling well, it was creating unnecessary tension on an issue that is more symbolic than substantive.Reversing course on this … [Read more...]

Support Tracy!

The amazing Tracy M is in need of your help.Feminist Mormon Housewives has started up a scholarship fund that will directly go to Tracy to assist her as she finishes her undergrad degree and transitions into graduate school. Thanks to fMh for taking the lead in this effort.Like many of you, I first got to know Tracy through her blogging at BCC and MMW.I first met Tracy at Sunstone 2010 and then I was blessed to present with her on a panel about "Radical Homemaking" at Restoration … [Read more...]

Locke on Property: A Critique

John Locke's political philosophy has had a lasting impact about American Political ideology (Hartz 1955, Dienstag 1996a, Dienstag 1996b). While the Lockean influence on the principles and argumentation of the Declaration of Independence, the deepest impact on the American political mind seem to be his emphasis on property rights. The irony is that of all the Lockean concepts which Thomas Jefferson includes in the Declaration, the right to private property is left out and replaced by the more … [Read more...]

Prop. 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

Today, a three member panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, by a 2-1 margin, that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional.The Court said that Prop. 8 “served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.”This seems to be following the logic in Lawrence v. Texas which overturned laws restricting gay sex since such laws where not aimed at specific activities, but gays themselves. The 9th Circuit panel seems to be using th … [Read more...]