When Political Opinion is the New Religion

When Political Opinion is the New Religion September 8, 2020


Bayt al-Shams
Among the ruins of ancient Beth Shemesh (“House of the Sun”)
(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)


This item is newly posted on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:


Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 37 “Arise and Come Forth unto Me”: 3 Nephi 8-11

On 16 August 2020, Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson, and Mike Parker were the discussants in an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 37, “Arise and Come Forth unto Me,” on 3 Nephi 8-11. Freed of commercial interruptions, the roundtable was extracted from the 16 August 2020 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show.  It has now been archived and made accessible, at no charge, for your listening pleasure and edification.  The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-august-16-2020/.


Also new today, from Jonn Claybaugh, and (again) available at no charge on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:


Come, Follow Me — Study and Teaching Helps: Lesson 37, September 14-20: 3 Nephi 8-11 — “Arise and Come Forth unto Me”




“Digging Stopped in Ancient Biblical Cities: For US archaeologists, major discoveries will have to wait until next year, at least.”




He’s always worth listening to:


“Discussing Politics When Opinion is the New Religion”


And, in a few days, you can listen to him via the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University:


““Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times”: The Wheatley Institution’s Truman G. Madsen Lecture with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks”




I know, I know.  It’s been several days since I’ve provided any items for your ravenous Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File.  I’m terribly sorry.  But these links should tide you over and perhaps even sate your appetite, for at least a little bit:


“Helping Hands Work Over Holiday Weekend to Provide Relief in Louisiana: Hundreds of Latter-day Saints from neighboring areas gather to help with Hurricane Laura disaster cleanup effort”


“Saving Sight in Malawi: Latter-day Saint Charities, in partnership with Sightsavers, helps children receive treatment to improve their eyesight.”


“Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, August 31, 2020”


“Mask-Making Relief Society Sisters in Colombia Deliver Protection and Hope”


And this one is rather inspiring.  Or, I should really say, appalling and terrifying:


“You are Latter-day Saint Charities”


This is one of the ways in which evil, wicked theists join in on such horrifying acts:


“Donate to Humanitarian Services”


Here is another way, one that is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but that is open to people of any background whatever:


Just Serve



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