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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 »

What if . . . ?

May 14, 2007 | 49 comments
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What if I didn’t believe in God? Would I still be a Mormon? Read more »

Markets and Consumer Activism

April 11, 2007 | 56 comments
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With fair regularity, one hears someone talking of efforts to buy less of some commercial product, either out of a desire for global conservation or because he doesn’t like how it is produced or whatever. Invariably, he comments that his own effect on the market is small, but he wishes to “send a message” or help along some broader movement. Within a plausible model of markets. there are easily understood conditions under which this small effect is actually zero, and remains zero even if he is joined by many like-minded individuals. At which point one wonders if the “message”... Read more »

The ordinary

February 5, 2007 | 22 comments
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However well we do in school or our jobs or in our church callings or in any endeavor, most of our lives are and will be ordinary. Read more »

Making Money off the Mormons: Sacrament Butt-pads

July 12, 2006 | 121 comments
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When I was a senior in college, I worked at Seagull Book and Tape, an LDS book and trinket store across the street from the LA Temple. (The pay was lousy, but working with books was fun. So it turned out to be a decent job.) I was amazed by all the stuff that Mormons buy just because it has some sort of Mormon reference or connection. Read more »

Movie Review: An Inconvenient Truth

June 20, 2006 | 96 comments
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A review in four parts: Read more »

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem

June 16, 2006 | 47 comments
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My wife and I were in Jerusalem for a week in March. Below are some thoughts on the city, its religious heritage, and the current conflict. Read more »

How perfect a union?

May 29, 2006 | 19 comments
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Are the United States substantially a moral union–a union on moral questions? This question has bearing on what belongs in the Constitution. Read more »

The Real Danger?

April 5, 2006 | 75 comments
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Tomorrow morning, at 2 AM

April 2, 2006 | 23 comments
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Once a year, after enduring a grueling six hours of church in one day, I lay down to sleep knowing that during the wee hours of the night I will be robbed of one whole hour. It is time to forever abolish Daylight Saving Time. Read more »