A War on Religion

by Johnny Townsend Religious conservatives often accuse secular or inclusive people of conducting a “War on Christmas!” or “War on Religion!” or “War on God!” I would rephrase that. I and many others are anxiously engaged in conducting a war against ignorance, a war against bigotry and selfishness and greed and short-sightedness, a war against […]

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Moral Tyranny

by Johnny Townsend Elder Boyd K. Packer, as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, said back in the April 2013 conference what many of us had long understood and what is still true today. For Mormons, it is a sin to be tolerant. Packer describes tolerance of “legalized immorality,” […]

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Thoughts on RFRAs and Nondiscrimination

Renewed interest in Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (e.g., Indiana, Arkansas) has arisen because everyone knows the US Supreme Court will okay gay marriage for the country in a few months. Conservative religious people and entities want to be in a comfortable position when this uncomfortable reality hits — they want to still feel like this […]

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Those Uppity Gays

The whole Chick-fil-A controversy reminds me of a period of time in recent American history when a segment of our society that tried to assert what it believed to be its civil rights and dignity was brutally repressed, particularly in a certain section of the country. I refer, of course, to African-Americans which is certainly […]

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A noteworthy pair of serial answers to Dallin H. Oaks and Robert P. George

Alan Westermark @ Scrum Central: Oaks Rebutted, Chapter One: New Mexico photographer; Oaks Rebutted, Chapter Two: New Jersey pavilion; Oaks Rebutted, Chapter Three: Illinois and Wisconsin professors; Oaks Rebutted, Chapter Four: Georgia and Michigan grad students; Oaks Rebutted, Chapter Five: The Valiant Little Pastor; Oaks Rebutted, Chapter Six: Catholic Charities of Boston; Oaks Rebutted, Chapter […]

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Respect versus Idolatry

When Republicans read the United States Constitution in the House of Representatives, they censored the embarrassing passages of the document, you know, the part about slavery and African American being 2/3s people in Article I, Section 2. I am glad that people are ashamed of slavery. On the downside, the efforts to depict the Constitution […]

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