I Bet I Know Who Hugh Nibley Would Vote For

I didn't know Hugh Nibley personally, and I don't fancy myself much of a Nibley scholar. But if there's one thing I know about Nibley, it's that he had some pretty strong thoughts on the "rhetoric of wealth." This comes from page 48 in my copy of Approaching Zion: First, of course, the work ethic, which is being so strenuously advocated in our day. This is one of those neat magician's tricks in which all our attention is focused on one hand while the other hand does the manipulating. Implicit … [Read more...]

Being a Legislator in Utah Doesn’t Sound Fun

For the second time in as many weeks, a Utah legislator who identifies as an active, believing Mormon has expressed frustrations with the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.State Sen. Steve Urquhart, a Republican who represents Utah's 29th Senate district, is the chief sponsor of S.B. 107, a hate crimes amendment that would among other things specify the protected classes under current Utah hate crime law and strengthen punishments. Here's a brief description of t … [Read more...]

How has Obamacare Helped Queer People?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA or colloquially termed ‘Obamacare’) has now defied the odds within America—passing judicial review, congressional arguments, multiple failed Republican efforts to repeal the ACA, and the list continues. The Clinton Administration, and other past presidents, have attempted to pass some form of universal healthcare or reform, with little to no success. The Obama Administration’s push to enact the Affordable Care Act through congress was based primarily within content … [Read more...]

What Is Morality in Mormonism?

Here in Utah, State Senator Mark Madsen is proposing a bill that would legalize medicinal marijuana. And, because it is Utah, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were called to pressure lawmakers against passing this bill. There was an update and still, I just wonder why these guys think they can weigh in at all? Why do they think that whatever they have to say about the issue is relevant whatsoever?The Church rarely comments on political issues (or so we’re told) but when they d … [Read more...]

Netflix’s Daredevil and The Ghost of Frank Miller

Frank Miller is more powerful than he's ever been.His political rants have left his longtime fans embarrassed. His lackluster work of recent years has left younger generations of comic book fans uninterested. But there is no denying that in 2016, we are on the verge of peak Miller.The most obvious reason would, of course, be because Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero epic Batman vs Superman has taken its cues from Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Despite the fact that his name tends to … [Read more...]

Drones and Realism in the Middle East

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) by the military, have become a contentious issue within American foreign affairs. Neoconservatives have called for stronger military engagement within the Middle East, with those on the left wishing to back away from any military intervention within the region. Though these opinions are not often based within political theory. Realism has been used as a guide within American foreign policy for multiple presidential administrations, and … [Read more...]

Explaining the Bundys sans Mormonism

As a Mormon, it's hard for me to watch or listen to anything the Bundy boys say without being instantly reminded that they represent a very real element within my belief system. One that I don't happen to agree with or particularly like, but is nevertheless tied to a shared history. When I hear Ammon Bundy bearing his testimony that he knows the federal government isn't true, I close my eyes and wish this wasn't all somehow rooted in the faith we share.So, for those of you who feel like I do … [Read more...]

Mormon Church Responds to Bundy-led Oregon Occupation

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has now officially condemned the actions of a group of armed militiamen in Oregon, led by Ammon Bundy--a Mormon--and fueled by right-wing ideology, mixed with a unique brand of Mormonstyle American exceptionalism. Here's the statement: While the disagreement occurring in Oregon about the use of federal lands is not a Church matter, Church leaders strongly condemn the armed seizure of the facility and are deeply troubled by the reports that those … [Read more...]


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