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Special Feelings (more on Mormon Language)

September 3, 2008 | 42 comments
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This morning I heard a member of Utah’s delegation to the Republican National Convention tell a radio talk show host that “there is a really special feeling among the Republican delegation.” Could you run that by me again? Read more »

Hot Mormon Gossip

August 20, 2008 | 45 comments
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Has the Church really made an unsolicited offer to buy Facebook (see here which spun off to here)? Read more »

The Bridge from Theological to Political

August 20, 2008 | 57 comments
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Yes! Another SSM post! Read more »

The Race-Orientation Comparison

August 19, 2008 | 66 comments
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It comes up often enough, doesn’t it: People compare race to sexual orientation, when discussing questions of marriage, medical access, and so on. Is this comparison legitimate? Read more »

Notes from all over.

August 18, 2008 | one comment
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The week in notes, belatedly. Read more »

Global Warming, Redefining Marriage, and Risk Aversion

August 15, 2008 | 47 comments
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I think we can all agree that, from a risk analysis perspective, global warming and gay marriage share a lot of characteristics. Read more »

A Bad Reason for A Good Policy

August 15, 2008 | 110 comments
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Let me remind everyone that I support the Church’s position opposing same sex marriage. Read more »

Notes from all over.

August 8, 2008 | 3 comments
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Comment on the week in sidebar links. Read more »

Vampires

August 7, 2008 | 92 comments
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You are probably too erudite to discuss this, but I’m bringing it up anyway: vampire books. You know what I’m talking about. Read more »

Interesting P.R. Approach

August 6, 2008 | 17 comments
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Interesting P.R. Approach

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve encountered an interesting banner link in my gmail account: Read more »

Notes from all over.

August 1, 2008 | 10 comments
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The week in sidebar links. Read more »

Notes from all over.

July 25, 2008 | 4 comments
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It Begins

July 13, 2008 | 100 comments
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Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 From: Subject: MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT MONSON Read more »

When The Prophet Speaks

July 11, 2008 | 108 comments
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Dave’s Mormon Inquiry has a post up about a new article in Meridian Magazine today that likens the brewing battle over gay marriage in California to the War in Heaven. The comments of the post link to an editorial from the Daily Universe editorial board this week that I found pretty shocking. The money quote: Consequently, “active Mormons” know that when the prophet speaks, the debate is over. No matter how diligently someone reads their scriptures, attends church or pays a full tithe, unless they sustain President Monson, his counselors and the other 12 apostles, [by supporting the proposed... Read more »

McCain and the Revelatory Economist

June 26, 2008 | 16 comments
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Bloomberg reports the following from McCain about economists who criticized his (lunatic) summer gas plan: Read more »

“We lived after the manner of happiness”

May 27, 2008 | 26 comments
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The other day somebody sent me a YouTube link for a comedian I’ll call Mrs. Jones. Mrs. Jones was a chubby gramdma with hot flashes – not the kind of person you usually see doing stand-up. Most of the “funny” email forwarded to me makes me sigh and hit the delete button. Mrs. Jones made me laugh out loud. It felt sort of weird. Which made me realize that I don’t laugh nearly enough Read more »

A modest, sensible, reasonable proposal that is certain to fail

April 17, 2008 | 61 comments
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Utah’s NBA team needs to change its name, period. The name is silly. There is no jazz in the state of Utah. They should give the Jazz name back to the good folks of New Orleans, for whom the moniker actually makes sense, and pick a new one that actually makes sense for Utah. Which new monikers might work? Read more »

Revisiting the Church’s Stance on Immigration

February 26, 2008 | 168 comments
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Just over a month ago, Kaimi posed a question asking how exactly our Latter-day Saint beliefs should translate into specific ideas on the issue of immigration. His blog post was provoked by press accounts of meetings that Elder M. Russell Ballard and other Church officials had just had with members of the Utah legislature from both parties. These sorts of meetings are nothing unusual; they’ve actually become a matter of tradition. Before each general session, party leaders in both the House and Senate meet separately with Church officials to discuss any issues of importance. What set these particular meetings... Read more »

Mitt Romney’s Speech “Faith In America”: Your Reaction

December 6, 2007 | 191 comments
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Thank you, Mr. President, for your kind introduction. Read more »

Graduate Student Conference at Claremont: Call for Papers — CHANGE!

November 27, 2007 | no comments
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“May These Principles Be Established”: Mormonism in the Political Arena Read more »

Grad Student Conference: Mormonism in Politics

November 23, 2007 | 7 comments
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Graduate Student Conference at Claremont: Call for Papers “May These Principles Be Established”: Mormonism in the Political Arena Read more »

Help out Harry Reid

October 15, 2007 | 112 comments
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When Harry Reid spoke at BYU last week, he brought up a topic he was uniquely suited to address. To paraphrase, how can you be a Mormon and a Democrat? Reid’s response was, well, deeply predictable in the outset but wildly unpredictable after that. Read more »

Evans Political Bull-Bear Indicator: August 2007

August 21, 2007 | 74 comments
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The people who bet money on their ability to predict political events are bullish on Mitt Romney. Read more »

Mormonism and Pluralism

June 2, 2007 | 82 comments
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Mormonism and Pluralism In the U.S. today, many people are wary of religion because they feel it often supports a kind of intolerance. Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy provides an interesting case study on the relationship between faith and pluralism. On the one hand, we see clear examples of religious intolerance from people like Bill Keller. On the other hand, ironically, the Mormon faith to which Romney adheres is committed in its very scripture to a deep and wide pluralism. Read more »