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One more reason I like the Pope

posted by Dave Banack

Pope presses Obama on abortion, stem cells. Pope Benedict XVI stressed the church’s opposition to abortion and stem cell research in his first meeting with President Barack Obama on Friday, pressing the Vatican’s case with the U.S. leader who is […]

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Jon Huntsman, Mormon Republican in exile

posted by Dave Banack

That’s the take in “Huntsman, Interrupted,” a long essay at The New Republic. The essay speculates that Utah Governor Jon Huntsman knows 2012 is too early for the GOP to reinvent itself and be receptive to a presidential candidate positioned […]

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Obama taps Utah Gov. Huntsman for key China post

posted by Dave Banack

The big news over the weekend was the announcement that President Obama has nominated Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, a Republican and a practicing Mormon, as Ambassador to China. Here’s from the Salt Lake Tribune, “Crucial role for Huntsman in China“: […]

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Obama hoping for less fighting, more Irish at Notre Dame

posted by Dave Banack

I’m not sure what all the Catholic commotion is about concerning this weekend’s visit of President Obama to the campus of Notre Dame to deliver the commencement address to this year’s graduating class. See “Notre Dame president catches heat for […]

Mormonism and politics

posted by Dave Banack

At the Boston Globe, journalist Michael Paulson reports on a recent conference held at Utah Valley University on “Mormonism in the Public Mind.” The talks Paulson summarized were largely about Mormonism and politics.

The public vents

posted by Dave Banack

When the going gets tough … find a convenient scapegoat. Not that AIG execs likely deserve their bonuses, but it sure seems like the collective venting going on is just the release of bottled up frustration and anger about the […]

Why I like Harry Reid

posted by Dave Banack

See “The paradox of Harry Reid’s position” at the LA Times. It’s not his tax and spend (and spend and spend) politics that I like. It’s the fact that, as a Mormon and highly visible Democratic leader of the U.S. […]

No LDS position on Illinois marriage bill

posted by Dave Banack

LDS Public Affairs released the following statement today correcting media reports about LDS involvement in reactions to a bill being considered by the Illinois legislature. As is widely known, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the […]

Missionaries might give Utah an extra seat

posted by Dave Banack

Politics makes strange befellows, as the saying goes. See Salon.com’s post, “Will trade: One black Democrat for one Mormon Republican,” reviewing the pending legislation that will give Washington D.C. “actual voting representation in the House” and, at the same time, […]

Free speech or threat to public safety?

posted by Dave Banack

Driving around town late last week, I heard a spirited BBC discussion (carried by my local NPR station) about Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parlaiment who produced a film suggesting the Koran incites violence. Get Religion posted on […]

Is there a future for theocons?

posted by Dave Banack

I recently read Damon Linker’s The Theocons: Secular America Under Seige, a book that chronicles the author’s view of the rising influence of the religious right in politics. I suppose I’m late to the party, but it’s still an informative […]

More on Obama’s faith-based initiatives

posted by Dave Banack

Following up on my earlier post, see this fine post at First Things: “Obama and the Faith-Based Initiative.” The post is a short but informative review of what Pres. Obama is likely to do with his new Council on Faith-Based […]

Faith-based initiatives 2.0

posted by Dave Banack

At the LA Times, “Obama broadens Bush’s faith-based programs.” The same mainstream media that saw President Bush’s faith-based initiative as a threatening breach of the metaphorical wall between church and state seems to think Obama’s faith-based initiative proposals are just […]

LDS Church defends legislative meetings

posted by Dave Banack

The Salt Lake Tribune allowed managing director of LDS Public Affairs Michael Otterson to publish a reply defending the LDS Church’s practice of meeting with Utah state legislators once each year. There are actually two meetings, one with Republican leaders […]

The White House Blog

posted by Dave Banack

Maybe there was a Bush edition and I just missed it, but the Obama White House has a blog — and it is going to use it. One of the first entries, time-stamped at 12:01 p.m., just seconds after Pres. […]

Huckabee still trying

posted by Dave Banack

Mike Huckabee is still trying to make amends for his unfortunate remark about Mormons during the presidential campaign (“Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”). His most recent attempt was in a national radio interview late last […]

A red-state army?

posted by Dave Banack

At the Washington Post, an intriguing op-ed piece noting that per capita participation by citizens in our all-volunteer military varies widely by region and is concentrated in the red states. (You might find the SL Trib version easier to read.) […]

Your crunchy quotient

posted by Dave Banack

I stumbled across Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing natrue lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Republican Party) at the local […]

Huckabee redux, or trying to do the right thing

posted by Dave Banack

At Hugh Hewitt, “A Conversation With Mike Huckabee,” including a text transcript of the entire interview. Governor Huckabee is promoting his new book, Do the Right Thing. The most interesting part of the interview, however, concerned his infamous remark suggesting […]

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The meanings of Zion
This is the third post on Richard L. Bushman's Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008). [See Part 1 and Part 2.] In Chapter Three, Bushman reviews the several meanings of the term "Zion" in LDS doctrine and thinking. The Mormon sense of Zion has no real parallels in Protestant though

posted 11:00:37pm Jul. 29, 2009 | read full post »

A statistical portrait of Mormons
The Pew Forum recently issued a detailed summary of survey information about Mormons gathered as part of a much larger survey of religious life in the United States. It is a very readable summary, noting that Mormons comprise 1.7% of adults in the US; 35% of Mormon adults live in Utah and 13% live i

posted 12:33:08pm Jul. 29, 2009 | read full post »

July 24th: Pioneer Day in Utah
July 24th is a state holiday in Utah, designated Pioneer Day. It commemorates the entry of the first wagon train of Mormons into the Salt Lake Valley in the summer of 1847. They came down Emigration Canyon, somewhat north of the present I-80 corridor which comes down Parley's Canyon. Brigham Young w

posted 5:38:50pm Jul. 23, 2009 | read full post »

Finding heretics in strange places
A very interesting post at Mormon Matters, reviewing a 1989 book titled "Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up?" The book was written by an attorney who grew up a Jehovah's Witness, then became an Evangelical Christian. That lasted until he conducted a thorough reading the original writings of the

posted 6:27:09pm Jul. 22, 2009 | read full post »

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