Monthly Archives: May 2010

Early Mormon Sherman died without ever knowing he was called to be an apostle

A lot of men have been called to be LDS apostles since Joseph Smith’s time. Today, an announcement of a new apostle is big news. In the early days of the LDS Church, many apostles became apostates. Some died, some … Read More

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Does a Minuteman endorsement come with a price? (Update)

There’s a very interesting story in The Politico Web site about allegations that Minuteman Project leader Jim Gilchrist has required that money be given to a firm, Election Impact Group, allied with him before an endorsement is given to a … Read More

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Rand Paul needs to be handled with care

I tuned into Meet the Press on Sunday, eager to watch an interview with Libertarian cum Republican Rand Paul, GOP Senate candidate in Kentucky. I was disappointed. Ron’s son Rand had canceled. But maybe that’s for the best. Rand Paul … Read More

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Texas revisions to social studies curricula a good deal for students

Chicken Little has nothing on the uproar over the Texas State Board of Education’s changes to K-12th grade social studies curricula. From some of the complaints, you’d think the collected works of Jerry Falwell and Cotton Mather were going to … Read More

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Rest in peace Bill Stevenson, Utah Republican

The world’s a little bit smaller with the death of Bill Stevenson, former Utah Republican chairman. He was 80 when he died on May 19. It’s a shame that there’s not even a news article about this man’s death in … Read More

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Rigdon was a brilliant orator who failed to be a leader

I have a great deal of respect for Sidney Rigdon. A minister, he was a gold-standard convert for the young Joseph Smith and quickly rose to a leading position in the new Mormon Church. Rigdon walked the talk of early … Read More

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Hell no I'm not part of Washington, says Hatch

“Hell no,” says Sen. Orrin Hatch, in response to conservative talker Laura Ingraham’s statement that he’s a part of Washington. I like Sen. Hatch, and he’s done and does a lot of good in Washington, D.C. But the claim that … Read More

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High court arrogantly decides what punishment juveniles deserve

Let me get this straight: If you are 17 and you shoot someone and kill them, you can receive life without parole. But if you are 17 and rape and beat a young child nearly to death, you cannot be … Read More

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A conservative argument to taking God out of The Pledge?

I was watching Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie kick topics around for a while at Cooper Union in New York City, courtesy of C-Span2′s Book TV. Eventually, the topic meandered toward use of the word “under God” in The Pledge … Read More

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B.H. Roberts spent most of his life defending The Book of Mormon

I ran across an interesting article in the Summer 1979 issue of Brigham Young University Studies. It’s “B.H. Roberts and The Book of Mormon,” and was written by Truman Madsen. Roberts was a remarkable man. Born in England, his birth … Read More

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