Monthly Archives: February 2011

Westboro Baptist Church is evil, but it may win in high court

Very soon the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a decision in Snyder v. Phelps. Every decent human being finds Phelps loathsome and repulsive, but the snakes might prevail with the high court. As much as I hate to admit it, … Read More

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Frank J. Cannon was a thorn in the Mormon Church 100 years ago

Editor’s note: There have been small edits as suggested; also, to see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here: Frank J. Cannon, son of the LDS leader, George Q. Cannon, was Mormonism’s most famous apostate, led the … Read More

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Atheists are more likely to be angry at God — why not?

This anger at God is high among college students. There’s a bit of irony in having those most likely to be angry at God be self-described atheists or agnostics. That’s the result of a study from Case Western Reserve University released … Read More

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Obama makes a big mistake taking sides in Wisconsin labor tiff

I think President Barack Obama has made a huge mistake by taking sides with the public unions in the battle in Wisconsin over a bill that would require many public sector unions to pay more for health care and pension … Read More

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Mitt Romney leads among sane Republicans

I know that these types of polls occur when political passions are up, but a new poll showing that 51 percent of Republicans believe Obama was born outside of the U.S. needs to be a wake up call for many … Read More

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The LDS Church cannot win on immigration

The Mormon Church’s hierarchy must be scratching its collective gray hairs on news that illegal immigration rights advocates want Mexico to deny visas for LDS missionaries until the church signs the Utah Compact, a document against states getting involved in illegal … Read More

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Ida Smith has her say on my age-of-reason blog

A while ago, I published a blog on whether there should be an age of reason test for elderly LDS church members. The catalyst was an article I read about Ida Smith, a former prominent LDS church member who has … Read More

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Lee tells Hatch: Do not count on my support in 2012

Interesting news from The Hill magazine’s blog: Utah’s junior senator, Mike Lee, will not endorse his Republican colleague, Orrin Hatch, if Hatch faces a Senate primary. Of course, getting to a primary may not be Hatch’s toughest task next year … Read More

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1940 big-budget film Brigham Young was very favorable to LDS Church

Just watched the 1940 film, “Brigham Young”: Two major observations; It was a pleasant surprise to see how favorably a major Hollywood studio would treat the Mormons less than 20 years after “Trapped by the Mormons” scared British audiences. The … Read More

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Government should get out of the marriage business

There’s a state rep from Draper, LaVar Something, who wants to take my faith’s (LDS) proclamation on the family and codify it into Utah law. Really dumb idea; the bill (HR270) would declare that God approves of marriage between a … Read More

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