The Gift of Tongues in Politics?
Some early members of the church practiced the gift of tongues in an unusual way. The ritual began when one person fell into a trance-like state and spoke in an unintelligible “language,” generated by mysterious impulses within the speaker. Another participant would claim to have felt the spirit give them translation of what was said. Both participants would then confirm the message.Read more
Wars, rumors of wars, border security: why is it talked about so much
There is an interesting fact that recently occurred to me. There has been a large amount of yelling and discussion amount conservatives about Domestic security, protecting our boarders, the need for a stronger military, etc. This of course is nothing new, and it has been this way for many years. What occurred to me recently is that I would LOVE to know where they get these ideas. Let’s look at the facts of the matter, and see how accurate it is.Read more
Immigration, Obama, and Trump
Confusion around immigration law has caused many Americans to support unrealistic immigration solutions. U.S. immigration law is set by statute passed by the legislative branch. Some parts of immigration law have been shaped by the courts as well. The president is responsible for implementation, which requires a number of decisions that are not necessarily spelled out in the legislation.Read more
The gospel and progressivism go hand in hand
I’m a Latter-day Saint. I’m progressive.
I didn’t put qualifiers of religion or politics on either for a reason.Read more
Why Campaign Zero: Four Stories About Interactions With Police
Cross-posted with permission from FEMWOC: Feminist Mormon Women of Color.
Recently, several young activists and groups of activists have come together to launch a platform called “Campaign ZERO.” The website states:Read more
What To Do When Your LDS Child Comes Out
[This post relates a true story and has been edited to protect the identity of the author's adult child. Names have been changed.]
It’s a quiet evening. You’re sitting watching a little TV and relaxing as the day winds down. Your daughter Cheryl comes into the room and sits near you, but not too close. She is there, but not saying much. You turn off the TV and engage her in conversation. You ask about her classes, what she has been doing, and engage in other small talk. Slowly, somewhat hesitatingly, she superficially answers. After a little verbal interchange, she gets to the point of her conversation.Read more
Science, technology, engineering, and math are important subjects that our schools need to teach. Many groups have come to recognize this and are pushing for better STEM education for a variety of reasons. We do need to make sure our students are gaining useful skill sets, but that doesn't necessarily mean buying into the latest fads. While it is important to promote STEM careers, the success of our economy depends on a variety of people and skills sets.Read more
A New Page in US-Cuban and US-Iranian Relations
In recent weeks, the US has seen dramatic changes with two age-old policies as relations have begun normalizing between our nation and Cuba, and the historic nuclear agreement negotiated between the United States and Iran. These two policy changes are monumental achievements for the Obama administration considering the five-decade embargo and travel ban regarding Cuba, and a warming of relations with Iran that have been icy at best for over 30 years.Read more
Defunding Planned Parenthood: Making a Bad Situation Worse
An all-out attack on Planned Parenthood has begun. Yesterday Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, cut all Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood reasoning, “Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life. It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.” Jeb Bush also followed suit on the campaign trail remarking, “I'm not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women's health issues.” Scott Walker even boasted, “We defunded Planned Parenthood long before these videos came out.” To the emotional pro-life observer these comments are met with warm acceptance and a thunderous applause. The problem with the demonization of Planned Parenthood is such arguments are built on blatant lies fueled by ignorance. Although such attacks are designed to end the practice of abortion and rally the voting base, the real victims are the millions of women who use Planned Parenthood for preventative healthcare and family planning.Read more