Monthly Archives: March 2011

So what exactly is a Son of Perdition?

To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here We Mormons have a name for hell — it’s called Sons of Perdition. We’re pretty confident that Satan, Cain and Judas will be residents there, but after that … Read More

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The adults are starting to win on immigration reform

Arizona said “no” recently to several hard-line anti-illegal immigration bills sponsored by state Sen. Russell Pearce, the architect of that state’s SB170, which allows state law enforcement to check Hispanics for citizenship for almost any reason. SB170, which is tied … Read More

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Utah Camelot: Adultery between Cannon, Wells roiled 1886 Salt Lake City

I’m haunted by the ragged PDF copied photograph, courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society, of Louisa “Louie” Wells, who 125 years ago was a princess in late 19th century Mormon Salt Lake City. The poor quality of the reproduced photo … Read More

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Heartbeat bill set to test the limits of Roe v. Wade

In Ohio’s Legislature recently, the room was silent as everyone listened to the heartbeat of a 15-week-old fetus. Also “testifying” at the hearing was the barely audible heartbeat of a nine-week-old fetus. Read

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MGM tries desperately to find a politically correct bad nation for Red Dawn

MGM has produced a remake of the guilty pleasure Red-Scare ’80s film, “Red Dawn,” the Soviet invasion film with a vengeful Patrick Swayze, evil Russians and — as a bone to lefties — a conflicted Cuban war commander. My favorite … Read More

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Mormon folklore as diverse, tragic and humorous as other religions

To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here A friend loaned me a book published in 1956, “Saints of Sage and Saddle: Folklore Among the Mormons,” by Austin and Alta Fife, that turned into a treasure … Read More

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Baby Joseph medical case revives worry of government deciding medical care

I’m following the case of “Baby Joseph” with a lot of interest. Joseph Maraachli, 13 months, was moved last night from a Canadian hospital to a U.S. Hospital, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis. “Baby Joseph” has a … Read More

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History of LDS temple worship includes second anointings, floating temple idea

To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here Ask an active Mormon if she or he knows what a “second anointing” is, and I’d wager most of the time you’ll receive a blank stare. However, second … Read More

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Rep. Brad Dee is no fan of sackcloth and ashes

A few Utah Republican legislators are trying to defend their hasty passage of House Bill 477; you know, the one that guts open government, transparency and allows lawmakers to break your wallet billing you for GRAMA requests. The bill is … Read More

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Davies was booted off BYU hoops team because he got caught

There’s a subtle distinction that some people I think I missing about BYU suspending its starting hoops star Brandon Davies for the rest of the season. It’s not because he engaged in pre-marital sex; it’s because he got caught having … Read More

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