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June 15, 2017
Confederate Symbols and the Black Flag of ISIS: Two Sides of the Same Coin
A terrorist symbol looms over my hometown. It stands for an intolerant, un-American ideology, one...
April 02, 2017
The Anti-Trump General Conference
Like many Mormons around the world, I’ve spent this weekend watching the Church’s General Conference,...
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 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...
March 28, 2016
Where Is Mormonism On Civil Rights?
This week I went to an anti-racism rally here in Lexington, Virginia in response to...
January 18, 2016
The Courage and Light of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In a meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for the 1963 civil rights protests in Alabama...
October 20, 2015
Mitt Romney Still Doesn’t Want to Talk About Race in the Mormon Church
So the guy who was in charge of getting Barack Obama elected both times, David Axelrod,...
October 06, 2015
Souls, not Skin: Why I stand with the 3 new Apostles
Yes, I admit the natural woman in me was somewhat dismayed that the 'white American...
September 18, 2015
Ahmed Mohamed, and The Need For A New Narrative
Ahmed Mohamed, a high school student in Irving, Texas, had a rude awakening this...
September 01, 2015
James Bond becoming more interesting and relevant isn’t a bad thing
Idris Elba basically oozes everything one associates with James Bond. Pretty much everyone recognizes...
July 08, 2015
The Risks and Revelations of Protest and Lament
On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave voice to the unspeakable injustice of American slavery...
January 19, 2015
Selma deserves a Best Picture win, because even with all of its imperfections, it is...
August 28, 2013
A Plea for Identity on the Internet
I recently watched a preview for The Fifth Estate, the new film about WikiLeaks co-founder...
August 12, 2013
LL Cool J, Accidental Mormon?
Last week, I logged onto facebook to see my newsfeed crowded with excited links from...
June 12, 2013
Review: Russell Banks, Cloudsplitter: a novel.
Partway through Cloudsplitter, Russell Banks's ambitious fictional account of John Brown's adult life, our narrator,...
April 24, 2013
“Matt and Me (But Mostly Me)”*: A Conversation about _The Book of Mormon_ on Broadway
The Book of Mormon, the musical comedy co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and...
August 20, 2012
What Does It Mean to Be ‘Friend’
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