Category: Religion

Jesus Was The One Yelling At LDS General Conference

Easter is a time when most Christians tend to focus on Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. However, I feel spurred to briefly discuss Christ’s life due to an incident that happened Saturday at the LDS Church’s General Conference meeting in Salt Lake City. During the conference’s afternoon session, Crystal Legionaires shouted from the audience “Stop protecting […]

Immigrants, Muslims, Mormons, Jews: From Small Atrocities to Large Massacres

Recently news outlets across the country have been lighting up like a Christmas tree with stories of  beloved family and community members facing deportation (see here and here for just a couple examples). This, along with items like the Muslim travel ban, have led to widespread rebuke among progressives in the United States – with some even […]

Response to “What’s Wrong with the LDS Church” – Why Those Who Believe(d) Speak Out

In her post “What’s Wrong with the LDS Church” Fat N’ Fitness blogger Kyli Summerhays has some things to say about misconceptions surrounding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While I believe the post is well-intentioned and well thought out, it had its own misconceptions about why people leave or speak out against the church. […]

Counterfeit Lifestyles: The real threat to family isn’t coming from the LGBT community

In the Spring 2015 session of LDS General Conference, church leaders railed against “counterfeit and alternative lifestyles,” upholding marriage between a man and a woman as the one good recipe for raising a family. This has led to backlash from individuals both inside and outside of the LGBT community and organizations like the Human Rights […]

Family vs. the world (How buzzwords can kill thoughtfulness)

Words are incredibly powerful. Even small nuances and phrases can unconsciously influence the way someone acts or thinks. One of the recent refrains heard by religious establishments these days is some form or another of “Families are being threatened by the world.” Us vs. Them Without even realizing it, by using the phrase “the world” one sets themselves […]

Elder Ronald Poelman: LDS Church is a guide to enlightenment, not the end goal

With the LDS Church’s General Conference this weekend, I wanted to take a minute to discuss one of the most illuminating General Conference talks I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Spoken by Elder Ronald E. Poelman of the First Quorum of the Seventy, it covers the difference between the Gospel and the LDS Church, […]

Live and let live: Religion, atheism, and being caught in-between

Religion has been a part of human life in some form or another for at least 4,000 years. It has provided support for communities, given people a common cause to group around, and been a source of charity and service. Yet, for those who do not belong to a religion or believe in a God, […]

The Religion Test: Homosexuality vs. environmentalism and charity

There is a lot of talk these days about how homosexuality, transsexuality, gender roles, and the like are leading us on a road to ruin. Apocalyptic predictions are full of omens of increasing disasters — earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and famine. And I can absolutely see all of that happening. But not for the reasons you may think. […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s golden age, and science’s place in religion

I recently got the chance to attend a lecture presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson — a rock star in the science world and well known even among those without an inclination toward science. The lecture dug into some of the most depressing traits of humanity, but also some of the most empowering and uplifting. Humanity’s […]

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