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July 03, 2017
A Letter for My Someday-Teenage Children
I write all of this to you, my kids-who-are-probably-too-young-to-make-it-through-this-entire-letter, to explain my commitment to Mormonism,...
November 12, 2016
The Trump Supporter Next Door
If you've been following the Peculiar People column over the past few months, you've probably...
June 23, 2016
Review: The Mormon Jesus
Perhaps my devotional life’s greatest flaw is that I forget about Jesus. Intellectually, of course, I...
June 17, 2016
Stop Praying for us, and Acknowledge That You Helped Create Omar Mateen
Let me give you a run down: 2015 was the deadliest year on record for...
May 13, 2016
Trans Win: Federal Government to Sue North Carolina
The Department of Justice recently announced it will be suing North Carolina for House Bill...
February 17, 2016
How has Obamacare Helped Queer People?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA or colloquially termed ‘Obamacare’) has now defied the odds within...
November 16, 2015
Polygamy and the New LDS Policy: Two Thoughts
Michael Many, including Elder Christofferson, have noted that the LDS Church’s new policy toward...
November 10, 2015
These Three Things Are True
Sharp divisions make it hard to pinpoint "how Mormons feel" about the policy barring children...
November 07, 2015
These Arguments are Weak.
That “Insight into new LDS Church policies on same-sex couples and their children” post, written...
November 06, 2015
How I choose to see the revisions
I write this as a heterosexual person, one who is not directly affected by the...
August 25, 2015
With the Mormon Church’s Backlash Against Boy Scouts, Gay Leaders Are Merely Scapegoats
Young men in the Mormon faith are almost guaranteed to be automatically enrolled with the...
July 17, 2015
Religious and Gay: A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue (Part 3 of 3)
This is part 3 of a 3-part discussion with Alex Griffin and Eve Tushnet. In...
July 16, 2015
Religious and Gay: A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue (Part 2 of 3)
This is part 2 of a 3-part discussion with Alex Griffin and Eve Tushnet. In...
July 03, 2015
The Hidden Telos of Marriage
As I made my way through the 100+ page ruling of the recent Supreme Court...
December 08, 2014
I Even Remain Alone?: Reflections on Eve Tushnet’s “Gay and Catholic”
About two years ago Ralph Hancock, a BYU professor of political philosophy, met with the...
October 05, 2014
Junia The Apostle and Mormonism’s Priesthood
Most Mormons don’t know it yet, but Romans 16:7, "Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives...
August 12, 2014
On June 24, I was at a national gathering of religious leaders and scholars in...
March 26, 2014
Emma, My Daughter in Zion: A Preliminary Study of D&C 25, Part 2
In the preceding post (part 1), I work through a set of exegetical preliminaries to...
March 26, 2014
Emma, My Daughter in Zion: A Preliminary Study of D&C 25, Part 1
This and the post following it (part 2) are pieces I wrote a few years...
March 24, 2014
No More Strangers
One of my most familiar childhood religious memories is waking up at the end of...
March 22, 2014
Ordaining Women Is Not Going Away for LDS
The issue of women’s ordination in the LDS church is at least in its fourth...
February 17, 2014
Who is Speaking for Me?
In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon famously faced each other in the first...
November 25, 2013
Justice and Fairness
It’s been interesting to follow discussions about gender and priesthood during the last several months....
November 11, 2013
“If We Can’t Fix It, It Ain’t Broke”
“IF WE CAN’T FIX IT, IT AIN’T BROKE.” Because I live in Hong Kong,...
September 23, 2013
Why LDS Women Will Not Be Ordained to the Priesthood
Over the last year, a small but growing movement within the LDS church has emerged...
September 05, 2013
Why Mormon Feminism Should Be About Men Too
Anyone who has spent time in a feminist Mormon housewives discussion forum knows how frequently...
July 23, 2013
Be a Man
Every summer, our family spends some time at a cabin in rural Utah and attend...
July 19, 2013
Old Stories and Familiar Tropes: Anti-Catholicism and the Female Body in Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’
In her post “Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’: An Eternal Return” earlier this week, my colleague Susanna...
May 06, 2013
Put Your Mormon Where Your Mouth Is: Gender, Sexuality, and The Second Great Commandment
During Conference in October 2007, at the end of General Relief Society President Julie Beck’s...
April 08, 2013
On Historical Sources, Mormonism, and the Pinterests of the new General Young Women’s President
I've spent the last three weeks carefully handling 18th century manuscripts housed in some of...
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