Monthly Archives: May 2011

Evolution of LDS prayer circles mirrors church’s move from eccentricity

To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post click here.  It’s been two generations since LDS prayer circles were cast out of the world and relegated to temple-ritual status. Its members-only status ironically has robbed the prayer circle … Read More

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The right-right wing starts its war on Huntsman

Interesting film is playing the rounds of YouTube that comes from the righty blog Verum Serum. It’s a somewhat witty faux campaign ad for ex-Utah GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman. It begins with a rhino (Get it, RINO, har, har) and features … Read More

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Get ready for Glenn Beck Web TV

Glenn Beck may be leaving Fox News, but the poli-evangelist who can cry on cue is not leaving his fans’ adoring eyes. In what will be closely watched by industry observers, Beck will soon launch a Web TV channel GBTV, … Read More

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Will Huntsman get the ‘magic underwear’ treatment that Romney receives regularly

To see Cal Grondahl’s post that goes with this blog, click here I’m beginning to wonder, Is Jon Huntsman the type of Mormon the media is wishing for? Is he a Bill Maher- or Laurence O’Donnell-favored Mormon. My friend, Michael Paulos, who … Read More

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Is Chris Christie the Republican Obama fears the most?

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey keeps telling everyone he won’t seek the Republican presidential nomination next year, but that hasn’t stopped President Barack Obama’s campaign team from launching an opposition research team to dig up whatever dirt can be … Read More

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Call for 1967 borders by President Obama a step back in Mideast

Anyone who claims a perfect answer to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is either a grifter or a fool, and President Obama is neither, but his statement — which now must be construed as U.S. policy — that … Read More

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Orson Pratt Jr., Erastus Snow, apostasy and excommunication

I’ve been reading a lot about Orson Pratt, the early Mormon apostle and leader who almost left the young church over allegations of seduction and adultery involving his wife, Sarah M. Pratt, the prophet Joseph Smith and Smith’s assistant, John … Read More

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The apocalypse begins Saturday, so make sure to see Pirates 4 on Friday

I’m getting lots of e-mails warning me that the Apocalypse begins Saturday with a major earthquake that will kill millions across the earth and usher in the Rapture of God collecting his souls back to heaven. Those left after the … Read More

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Will not calling a tax a tax doom Obamacare?

The White House’s point woman on defending ObamaCare, Stephanie Cutter, argues on the White House Blog (here) that not choosing to buy health insurance is a form of economic activity and therefore subject to the commerce clause. Cutter writes, “Those who … Read More

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Man’s Search for Happiness: From Temple Square to cult film

(Updated) Who remembers “Man’s Search for Happiness,” the 1964 LDS 13-minute film on the “plan of salvation?” That movie played constantly when I was a child and into my teens. It played at LDS visitors centers, in church, at firesides, … Read More

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