Monthly Archives: August 2011

Interview with the authors of new Parley P. Pratt biography

As Political Surf readers know, I mentioned the new biography of early Mormon leader Parley P. Pratt, “Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism,” Oxford University Press, 2011, by Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow, in a previous … Read More

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Nut, fringe pastor wants to set up registry of atheists

I need to give a hat tip to StandardBlogs reader Bob Becker for leading me to freethoughblogs.com, where poster Ed Brayton has noted that an online preacher named Mike Stahl of Living Water, an Internet church, wants to set up … Read More

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Mormon apostle Pratt suffered a violent death at the hands of a cuckold

To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here: To read an interview with the authors of the new biography of Pratt, click here. On May 13, 1857, LDS Apostle Parley P. Pratt was murdered near Van … Read More

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Quest for BCS love by BYU, Utah is hypocrisy

College football starts this week. I’m a fan and I’ll be watching BYU and Utah play. I’ve attended both schools. I’m also a fan of Alabama, my dad’s state. But I’m through paying to go to a BYU game, or … Read More

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New York Times to press candidates on their religious beliefs

Bill Keller of the New York Times announced that the Times is planning to ask GOP candidates for president specific questions on how their religion or religious beliefs would affect their actions as president. (Read) I think this is a … Read More

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School should unsuspend teacher who slammed gay marriage

In Florida, a public school teacher, Jerry Buell, has been suspended by the Lake County Schools district for strongly criticizing gay marriage on his personal Facebook page. The district’s flak, Chris Patton, claims that Buell has violated an ethics rule … Read More

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Then-BYU leader Wilkinson led thuggish school spy ring and lied about it

To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here. It’s the Ernest L. Wilkinson Student Center, or as BYU students for nearly three generations have called it, “The Wilkinson Center.” Wilkinson, now dead 30-plus years, was a … Read More

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Is President Obama really tied with Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann?

One of the reasons I discount polls now is they tend to swing so far apart. The one poll I still look at is Gallup, but even those pollsters are starting to publish data that boggles the mind. A poll … Read More

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Sen. Hatch remains opposed to tax increases

Sen. Orrin Hatch was criticized for expressing outrage that half of Americans don’t pay any federal income tax, while at roughly the same time he was defending tax breaks for oil companies. In a conversation with the senator he didn’t … Read More

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Awareness of racism eased Mormon folk tales regarding Cain, Bigfoot

To see Cal Grondahl’s post that goes with this blog, click here. Here’s the best-known LDS folklore regarding Cain as a monstrous figure roaming the earth. In 1835, LDS apostle David Patten was riding a mule in Tennessee. “I met … Read More

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