A newly-published article, this one by Craig Foster, has just appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:
Abstract: Some people have suggested a strain of violence within nineteenth- century Latter-day Saint culture as violent as and perhaps more so than that of most Americans around them. Critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints point to a few well-known acts of extralegal violence as evidence of a culture of violence that permeated the early Church. But were these examples of violence really out of the norm of nineteenth-century American society? This article looks at examples of extralegal punishment for certain crimes, placing them and the examples of extralegal punishment in Utah within a greater historical and cultural context.
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Not even the coronavirus pandemic should be permitted to interfere with the zealous but patient accumulation of materials for your Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File. So, in a spirit of helpfulness, I offer the following potential candidates for inclusion. Some of them may be a bit dated. I just haven’t been able to keep up:
Regarding these next several items, which I also recommend for inclusion in your Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File, I apologize that some are old. I mention them, though, not only for your Hitchens File but because I hope that people will continue to volunteer until the five million face masks have been donated. I personally lack any ability to sew (or to do much else of practical usefulness). However, if you would like, I would be happy to do a dramatic recitation of the book of Leviticus as online background entertainment for any face-mask sewing party:
“Latter-day Saint Charities Partners with Utah Health Care Entities to Donate 5 Million Clinical Face Masks: Personal protective equipment will be donated to the state’s health care professionals treating COVID-19 patients”
Out of Maryland: “LDS Relief Society members make face masks”
And then there are these, which are also perfect for placement in your Hitchens File:
From Maryland and Pennsylvania: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Delivers More than 320 Thousand Pounds of Food to Mid-Atlantic Area Food Banks: Church coordinates with partners in the Muslim community to alleviate hunger amid Local COVID-19 reality”
From the area of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donating 21 tons of food to Second Harvest”
Since I have close family members in Peru, I was particularly pleased to read about this, which includes a Latter-day Saint component: