Being a Legislator in Utah Doesn’t Sound Fun

For the second time in as many weeks, a Utah legislator who identifies as an active, believing Mormon has expressed frustrations with the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.State Sen. Steve Urquhart, a Republican who represents Utah's 29th Senate district, is the chief sponsor of S.B. 107, a hate crimes amendment that would among other things specify the protected classes under current Utah hate crime law and strengthen punishments. Here's a brief description of t … [Read more...]

How has Obamacare Helped Queer People?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA or colloquially termed ‘Obamacare’) has now defied the odds within America—passing judicial review, congressional arguments, multiple failed Republican efforts to repeal the ACA, and the list continues. The Clinton Administration, and other past presidents, have attempted to pass some form of universal healthcare or reform, with little to no success. The Obama Administration’s push to enact the Affordable Care Act through congress was based primarily within content … [Read more...]

What Is Morality in Mormonism?

Here in Utah, State Senator Mark Madsen is proposing a bill that would legalize medicinal marijuana. And, because it is Utah, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were called to pressure lawmakers against passing this bill. There was an update and still, I just wonder why these guys think they can weigh in at all? Why do they think that whatever they have to say about the issue is relevant whatsoever?The Church rarely comments on political issues (or so we’re told) but when they d … [Read more...]

On Not Being an Ex-Mormon

I recently had the opportunity to see Jeremy Runnells talk at a café off Main and Broadway in downtown SLC. He was there to talk about his pending church disciplinary court (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go here), and though I’m glad I went, I have to admit it was a pretty awkward experience for me. From what I could tell, the crowd was overwhelmingly ex-Mormon — which is pretty understandable, given the circumstances — and I am still an active believing member. I don’t think I had ev … [Read more...]

Netflix’s Daredevil and The Ghost of Frank Miller

Frank Miller is more powerful than he's ever been.His political rants have left his longtime fans embarrassed. His lackluster work of recent years has left younger generations of comic book fans uninterested. But there is no denying that in 2016, we are on the verge of peak Miller.The most obvious reason would, of course, be because Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero epic Batman vs Superman has taken its cues from Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Despite the fact that his name tends to … [Read more...]

Emergent Theology: Steven Peck’s “Evolving Faith”

Drawing dragons got me seriously thinking about evolution for the first time.My earlier attempts at drawing had almost all been tracing, but I found none of the images of dragons I found satisfactory. What was more unfortunate was that dragons didn’t exist (spoiler), so I had no reference photos. Consequently, I had to break them down into their component parts. For the first time in my life, I found myself studying bones and muscles.I not only studied how my own muscles expanded and … [Read more...]

Drones and Realism in the Middle East

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) by the military, have become a contentious issue within American foreign affairs. Neoconservatives have called for stronger military engagement within the Middle East, with those on the left wishing to back away from any military intervention within the region. Though these opinions are not often based within political theory. Realism has been used as a guide within American foreign policy for multiple presidential administrations, and … [Read more...]

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 that landed Martin Luther King, Jr. in a Birmingham jail, King warned his fellows: I want to make a point that I think everyone here should consider very carefully and decide if he wants to be with this campaign. . . . I have to tell you that in my judgment, some of the people sitting here today will not come back alive from this campaign. And I want you to think about it. Deadly violence … [Read more...]


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