Finding Hope From The Westboro Baptist Church

A Westboro Baptist Church protest. (Wikimedia Commons, alterations by Cody Ray Shafer).

For years, the Westboro Baptist Church have been synonymous with bigotry. I learned this when they protested at my high school in 2004 over a production of The Laramie Project (documented by my embarrassing teenager blog). A large counter protest was organized, and an event originally sparked with hate turned into a largely positive, jovial affair. The Phelps clan were woefully outnumbered, and they left rather quickly, while the crowd left behind cheered and laughed and prayed together. As an … [Read more...]

So Mitt Romney is Back

Pixbay. Alterations by JJ Feinauer

But not really.So in light of the fact that 47.6% of primary support in the Republican Party currently belongs to the two most ridiculous candidates imaginable, some R's have begun calling for the mighty return of Mitt Romney to claim his rightful throne atop Mount Unelectable. Here's Philip Rucker and Robert Costa at The Washington Post: ...some in the party establishment are so desperate to change the dynamic that they are talking anew about drafting Romney — despite his insistence that he … [Read more...]

I Won’t Go to Church Unless Everyone is Welcome

Charles Lock Eastlake, "Christ Blessing Little Children," (Wikimedia commons).

There is a lot yet to be said about the Church's recent policy changes to Handbook 1 regarding the children of LGBT parents. A few writers here at Peculiar People are still processing this, and our perspectives and opinions are as varied as the church membership itself. This policy doesn't directly affect me, but it does people I know and love. I don't want to distract from their stories, but I thought this was as good a time as any to air out my issues with the Church's position.When it … [Read more...]

Did Back to the Future Really Predict 9/11?

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I know we're a day late, because the future was yesterday, but I did just watch this "Back to the Future Predicts 9/11" video.I fancy myself somewhat of a skeptic, but I think I'm sold. Not really, but maybe Zemeckis heard about this theory and put Joseph Gordon Leavitt in the same outfit as Marty McFly just to add fuel to the fire. That's my best guess.Also, in case you're confused about the whole 2001: A Space Odyssey  monolith thing, this video breaks that down rather w … [Read more...]

Ben Carson’s Islamophobia Could Cost His Mormon Support

Ben Carson, photo by Gage Skidmore; Wikimedia Commons

The 2016 Republican nomination is turning into quite a spectacle, even when we’re not talking about Donald Trump. True, the Donald’s ridiculous xenophobia has set the tone for the race, but he’s not alone in sharing some outrageously racist opinions.Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign has been trudging along steadily. Recently, Carson topped the polls among Utah Republicans. Though his biggest news moment came this weekend when he expressed doubt in whether a Muslim would qualify for President. Carson … [Read more...]

Ahmed Mohamed, and The Need For A New Narrative

Photo courtesy of Anil Dash

  Ahmed Mohamed, a high school student in Irving, Texas, had a rude awakening this past week when he brought a homemade clock to school. Much has already been written about Ahmed’s experience, as he appeared on Good Morning America, had a shout out from Mark Zuckerberg, and President Obama himself.One of his teachers thought the clock looked like a bomb, and alerted authorities. Ahmed was escorted out of class, handcuffed, and interrogated. He was not even allowed to call his p … [Read more...]

Marco’s Mormon Moment


The big news right now for everyone with a "Mormon" Google alert is that Sen. Marco Rubio has made it very clear the "Mormon vote" is important to him, especially in Nevada.As Politico reports, Rubio might be able to turn his brief stint as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints into "his early-state ace in the hole." Mormons in Nevada, Politico's Elena Schneider points out, are an important voting bloc. Many of the elected officials there, past and present, are members o … [Read more...]

Who will get the Mormon vote?


So is this it? Is this how The Republic ends? Not with a bang, but with 16 straight months of presidential debates?That’s right, 2016 is upon us, with the force of a thousand Facebook arguments and your uncle’s hatred for “career politicians.” We’re entering a period of great uncertainty, which can only culminate in the glorious peace of the millennium. Will it be a Clinton? Will it be a Bush? And for heaven’s sake, will it be The Donald?!?!One thing, however, is certain. The plurality of … [Read more...]