The Top 10 Things I have Learned From The Policy Change

 Money makes policy moral:  The Church fears losing its tax exempt status.   Many Saints uncritical of the Church’s policy controversies are unconcerned with The Church’s changing positions on difficult social issues like polygamy, blacks, and gays as long as there was a reason.  Because polygamy affected statehood, blacks affected tax exempt status, and gays may…

The State of Our Faith

The Brethren know there will always be haters who react to every LDS news item.  What they did not know, however, is that they would turn a significant percentage of loyalists into haters over night.  The panic of their folly sweated through poor Elder Christoferson’s make-up at the 10 pm release of a rehearsed interview…

Adam’s Transgressions

I don’t have any gay or polygamist friends.  I don’t think there are any gay parents whose children attend my ward.  I am not immediately affected by the church’s most recent attempt to self sabotage its highly priced but poorly shaped image as inclusive.  (ie “I’m A Mormon”).  Yet, I too suffer.  Me, the guy who…

How We Ought To Teach Church

I have often felt frustrated with the lack of liberal arts interest in church.  While I am glad Mormon membership focuses their formal educations on professional targets, our narrow intellectual interests make our culture much shallower than our founders.  For me, that’s a problem.  It’s a problem because mainstream members fail to convince curious people.…

My Words for Mormonism Are Without Number

When Harold Bloom said he doesn’t believe in god because god wouldn’t permit Auschwitz, I can’t help but smirk and acknowledge his point.  Certainly permitting gross injustice is a reason to not believe.  Yet, I’m surprised that anyone would make that their central reason for disbelief.  After all, facing gross injustice may be better survived…

Teaparty Mormonism

There’s no mystery for why the Teaparty Movement has such wide appeal for Mormons.  Many of the Teaparty’s grievances are reactions to modern economic issues.  Sometimes the Teaparty ventures beyond the name’s connotation and fight against social issues like abortion, gun control, and illegal immigration.  The Teaparty is to conservatives what the 99 Percent are…