Politics

Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

Richard Nixon started the War on Drugs as a campaign issue to show Republicans were the “law and order” party.  Have we won the war on drugs?  It seems the answer is “no.”  Is it time to re-assess our strategy? Despite the fact that thee United States has just 5% of the world’s population, we […]

Utah’s model of Anti-Discrimination and Religious Rights

A recent law passed in Indiana has put the state in an unusual spotlight.  Proponents claim that their law uses essentially the same language as the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that passed with near unanimous support.  However, one thing Indiana has done that the federal statute did not is expand the reach of the religious […]

LDS Church politics in Utah

There are some people who think that the LDS Church should not be allowed to lobby with regards to political issues.  I am not one of those people.  However, I think there are tactics the church should avoid, or they cross over boundaries with regards to the separation of church and state. Carl Wimmer served […]

Council of 50 – Q&A with Jedidiah Rogers

Jedidiah Rogers has recently published a book on the Council of Fifty.  For those of you who have never heard of the Council of Fifty, it was a “quorum” set up by Joseph Smith in preparation for his U.S. Presidential campaign in 1844.  One of the most unusual aspect of this council was the fact […]

How do we Agitate Faithfully?

In the previous post on my blog Dehlin and Bennett Put on Notice, I was surprised that the discussion of April Young Bennett’s resignation of the board of Ordain Women, instead of John Dehlin’s pending excommunication. (Incidentally, Dr. Nancy Ross of Dixie State University in St. George, Utah and Jessica Finnigan at King’s College London […]

Salt Lake’s Cure for Homelessness

Salt Lake City has reduced homelessness in Salt Lake City 72% since 2005.  How did they do this?  Comedy Central recently highlighted Utah’s cure and it is pretty simple:  they give homeless people homes. But doesn’t that cost a lot of money?  Lloyd Pendleton, the director of the Utah Homeless Task Force says it costs […]

Is ISIS our generation’s version of Nazis?

Edmund Burke was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism.  His most famous quote:  “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” How involved should the U.S. be?  Hitler invaded Poland, Austria, and Czechoslovakia in 1939, and […]

Mitt Running in 2016?

Never mind that midterm elections are just over a month away, let’s start speculating about 2016!  There is increasing speculation that Mitt will run for president in 2016.  Does this mean the Mormon Moment will be revived? The Washington Post gives a timeline that Mitt is backing down from his denials.  After the Mitt Documentary […]

Mitt: the Documentary

This week is the Sundance Film Festival, and one of headlining movies was Mitt:  The documentary (it’s now available on Netflix.)   Don’t forget to participate in the LDS Film Festival coming up Feb 5-8.)  I’m curious if any of you have seen it?

Religious Liberty or Discrimination?

Should a wedding cake owner be allowed to avoid making cakes for a same sex wedding?  Is the owner discriminating against the couple, or simply exercising their religious liberty?  A recent case in the Colorado courts ruled that the owner was discriminating against gays, and ruled in favor of the gay couple.  Now the case […]