Monthly Archives: June 2012

Slim book ‘Talking with Mormons’ makes a lot of sense

On page 38 of theologian Richard J. Mouw’s new book, “Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals” (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), the author recounts a telephone call from an LDS man who, 10 years after his baptism, was questioning … Read More

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High court majority reaffirms Citizens United, rubs opponents noses in it

Everyone’s talking about the U.S. Supreme Court’s call to strike down three of four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law. And there’s a lot of chatter about what SCOTUS will say on ObamaCare when it rules on Thursday. But there’s another … Read More

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More hostile races this GOP primary season

Hostile rhetoric and attacks have been the norm for two Utah statewide elections and one Davis County Commission seat. The big race is for the U.S. Senate, where if you listen to Dan Liljenquist supporters, Sen. Orrin Hatch — seeking his … Read More

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Book of Mormon Musical songs may be profane, but that profanity has heart

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) I haven’t seen “The Book of Mormon Musical” but if it gets to Utah I’ll pay the scores of dollars it will cost to see it. I enjoy … Read More

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We need more rancor and polarization to solve the really tough problems

Ron Brownstein, of NationalJournal,  has a “clucking hen” column on the Wisconsin vote where he waggles a disapproving finger at Gov. Scott Walker’s direct, in-the-face efforts to reform public unions in that state. Brownsten approvingly cites Connecticut, where that state’s governor, … Read More

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LDS Church, pols failed to enforce cigarette prohibition in 1920s Utah

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) One of the more amusing episodes in Utah history is the LDS Church-directed effort to ban cigarette smoking in the state. Passed by a compliant legislature after a … Read More

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Debate over public workers unions is about sustainability

President Barack Obama is not going to waste political capital joining progressives in protesting the loss of benefits and collective bargaining for most public employees unions in Wisconsin. Obama won’t act like this, or this.

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Polygamy opponents were swept aside in Nauvoo turmoil after Joseph Smith’s death

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post click here) The months in Nauvoo following the murder of the LDS Church founder Joseph Smith were not surprisingly, filled with turmoil and political intrigue. The recent publication of “The … Read More

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