No, Elder Oaks, Trump’s No Santa Claus

Prior to the March 22nd Utah caucuses, LDS Church members may have been surprised to discover that Elder Robert Oaks, a former member of the Presidency of the Seventy (one of the Church’s chief governing bodies) and retired 4-star general, was serving on Donald Trump’s Utah campaign committee. While Mormons typically trend Republican, they have largely given the orange-faced demagogue the cold shoulder, especially in light of LDS icon Mitt Romney’s denunciation of “He-Who-Must-Comb-Over” and the … [Read more...]

From Angst to Enlightenment: Reflections on Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool

Editor's Note: This review comes to us from guest contributor Brandon Habermeyer. You can read more of his reviews and commentary at his blog, DonaMajicShow and follow him on Twitter @DonaMajicShow.  Radiohead’s latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, has been out for a week now and continues to unsettle, dismantle and weirdly uplift me. It plays on auto-loop wherever I go, quietly getting under my skin and dissolving my expectations. This seems to be the standard the band has set since Kid A, alwa … [Read more...]

Trans Win: Federal Government to Sue North Carolina

The Department of Justice recently announced it will be suing North Carolina for House Bill 2--an anti-trans law that requires individuals to use the bathroom of their assigned gender at birth. This is in addition to the other ways that HB 2 hurts the LGBTQ community, such as invalidating several LGBTQ anti-discrimination measures that local North Carolina governments enacted.Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in as US Attorney General just over a year ago, held a press conference this past … [Read more...]

Mormonism Doesn’t Have a Monopoly on Rape Culture: It’s Just an Easy Target

I'm normally a fan of Peggy Fletcher Stack's articles at the Salt Lake Tribune, but her recent article, "How outdated Mormon teachings may be aiding and abetting 'rape culture' " strikes me as irresponsible. In the article, Peggy Fletcher Stack and co-author Erin Alberty recount anecdotal evidence that Mormon culture and teachings support rape culture, such as a bishop who, upon learning a woman had been raped, responded "let's begin the repentance process," or outdated 19th-century language in … [Read more...]

What BYU’s Honor Code Office Doesn’t Understand About Trauma is Endangering Victims

By now, I'm guessing you've heard about BYU's track record of using Title IX investigations about alleged instances of sexual assault as an opportunity to investigate the alleged victim for any potential honor code violation, a track record that may not only discourage victims from coming forward but may even, in one extreme case, interfere with a criminal case. For their part, BYU and the Honor Code Office are firmly denying that they would ever punish someone for being assaulted.the … [Read more...]

Ritual and Renewal in Zootopia

If you haven’t seen Zootopia, go. Despite the fact that it is a Disney animated feature, it deals with some pertinent and broadly applicable social issues with nearly unmatched thoughtfulness. And the thoughtfulness isn’t accidental--the team that made the movie put a lot of effort into crafting it. It’s well worth your time and, as the post below is mostly about the ending of the film, I don’t want to spoil it for you.Furthermore, the use of animals here isn't juvenile, a sort of cutesy Noah … [Read more...]

Where Is Mormonism On Civil Rights?

This week I went to an anti-racism rally here in Lexington, Virginia in response to Ku Klux Klan fliers being dropped around town. It was such a remarkable experience. It was uplifting and awesome for a multitude of reasons. I got to hear people stand and repudiate the KKK. A black Washington and Lee professor stood up and called on us to examine more than just the clearly racist actions of a few; to be introspective in how we are complicit in structural oppression and white supremacy. We stood … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz’s Weak Islamaphobia

In the aftermath of this morning's tragic terrorist attack in Brussels, each presidential candidate is jumping at the chance to say something profound and earth shattering in defense of all that is good and decent. For Ted Cruz, the word that will change everything is simply "Islam."https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/712253015491645442 In his mind, the Obama administration hasn't described terrorism as Islamic enough. Instead, Obama has lectured us on Islamaphobia, and referred … [Read more...]


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