Ethics

Yes or No to the Inauguration?

On Dec 22, the LDS Newsroom announced that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has agreed to sing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.  This has drawn fierce criticism from many, and the Deseret News reported that reactions were mixed to the announcement.  Many of my friends on Facebook were appalled at the announcement.  One friend […]

Can the Nation Heal?

In 2015, a Vox article noted that it is now socially acceptable to discriminate based on political affiliation.  Some excerpts: “Political identity is fair game for hatred”: how Republicans and Democrats discriminate The experiment was simple. Working with Dartmouth College political scientist Sean Westwood, Iyengar asked about 1,000 people to decide between the résumés of […]

A Different Take on the Samaritan Story

I want to subtitle this post: Defending the Priest and the Levite. Not long ago, we had a lesson in priesthood on the Good Samaritan.  This is one of my favorite parables, but the lesson quickly devolved into the traditional platitudes.  People began to point fingers at the “hypocritical” priest and the Levite walking past the […]

Lying for the Lord (Paul Dunn)

I’m about halfway through Lynn Packer’s book, Lying for the Lord.  Packer is nephew for former apostle Boyd K. Packer.  I didn’t know that Paul Dunn and Boyd Packer had a little bit of a CES rivalry going on.  Both came up at the same time in the LDS Seminary program.  Paul got a theology degree […]

Are Cops in Schools a Good Thing?

With the recent school shootings, many have called upon armed police officers to be stationed in schools as a protection measure for students from school shooters.  Of course nobody wants mass shootings.  Many of the people calling for police officers don’t seem to address the issue of how much extra tax money it will take […]

Church for Saints and Sinners

I really enjoyed an interview a few weeks ago with Nadia Bolz-Weber.  She is a Lutheran Pastor who founded The House of All Saints and Sinners, and she prides herself on literally welcoming the outcasts to her church.  These people include junkies, drag queens, and transgender.  Here are some excerpts from the interview.  How is she […]

Sanders Appeals to Conservatives

Bernie Sanders is a socialist.  Yup, I said it.  Apparently Karl Marx thought that Socialism leads to Communism (as is the USSR – Union of Soviet Socialist Republic)  or Naziism, which was headed the the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.  But the opposite seems to be true.  Both Naziism and the Soviet Union have died, although certainly […]