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...]

Celebrating Samuel W. Taylor, a Peculiar Person

Sam Taylor

Samuel W. Taylor was born, as we all were at one time or another, on February 5, 1907. But make no mistake, he was no ordinary chum. As it just so happens, Samuel had six mothers. That is to say, his father had six wives. Also, his father was at one time, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.I say at one time because two years before Samuel’s birth, his father resigned as member of The Quorum of the Twelve over the issue of plural marriage. In short, he was still l … [Read more...]

The case for and against Christopher Nolan directing an AKIRA trilogy


 Editor's note: This post literally has nothing to do with Mormonism. That is, unless you think AKIRA is actually about the dark side of human deification. If that's the case, then sure, it's about Mormonism. Recent buzz has made the rounds claiming that Christopher Nolan, the man behind The Dark Knight Trilogy and some other stuff, is attached to somehow be involved with a new live-action adaptation of the manga/anime AKIRA.Den of Geek reports: “We've now heard from a so … [Read more...]

What Mormons can learn from Catholic Mass


Sacrament meetings are boring. Lets just get it out there. Whether you are an active Mormon, a semi-active Mormon, or a less active or former Mormon, you probably agree: Sacrament meetings are not a thing to look forward to.A typical LDS Sacrament Meeting has the following segments : Opening Hymn, Opening Prayer, Ward Business, Sacramental Hymn, Blessing and Partaking of the Sacrament, Two or Three Talks (hopefully the former), Closing Hymn, and a Closing Prayer. Sacrament Meetings should … [Read more...]

Thomas, Meet Francis: The Glory of the Outsider-Leader

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I remember the day he was elected, feeling amazed that a non-European was finally going to be in charge. I'd been LDS for a long time by then, but the prospect of some new outsider of sorts, shaking things up in my church of origin...intrigued and excited me more than might be expected of a temple recommend-carrying Mormon. The past two and a half years since his accession have been the unfolding of what I consider to be a divinely-led series of reforms and refocusings, and with … [Read more...]

Ahmed Mohamed, and The Need For A New Narrative

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  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...]

“The Family” Won’t Save Us

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[Preliminary note: This is the second of two posts (read the other here) offering reflections on Mormon ideas about salvation and family in light of Sam Brown’s study of early Mormonism, In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death.]“Families are impractical!” This was the start of one of the more memorable conversations of my time as a missionary in India. The man who ardently asserted the claim was a father, and he appeared to take good care of his wife a … [Read more...]

The Utah Soda Wars Are Here, So Let’s Hurry Up With The Apocalypse

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In the 1980s, America was subjected to a bizarre race to the bottom between competing soft drink marketing campaigns from Coca-Cola and Pepsi. In 2015, it there is a whole new war brewing over fizzy beverages, and it’s taking place between two Utah-based drive-thru soda fountain companies, St. George based Swig and Provo’s Sodalicious. It’s like the American Civil War if the Civil War was fought not over the nation’s soul but which side wanted the greater responsibility in cases of diabetes … [Read more...]