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The Just-Like-You theory of politics

March 31st, 2010 by G.

This is an interesting problem for missionaries. Being a missionary is wierd. It is not “just like you.” But if the missionaries do too much to overcome this barrier, its not obvious that they have anything different to offer. Maybe its not coincidence that in Spain most of the members came from the minority of Catholics who took Catholicism pretty seriously.

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March 31st, 2010 13:40:24

Snow on the Mountains, A Sunday in Spring

March 30th, 2010 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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March 30th, 2010 09:24:29

The grass whisperer

March 27th, 2010 by Vader

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March 27th, 2010 10:02:52

Neologism I can’t quite bring myself to use

March 27th, 2010 by Vader

Even if it seems right on the money(more…)

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March 27th, 2010 09:56:05

Quatloos == quarts

March 27th, 2010 by Vader

In Triskelionese.   (more…)

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March 27th, 2010 09:44:41

Georges Dumezil

March 26th, 2010 by G.

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March 26th, 2010 09:34:05

Flash Mob Violence

March 25th, 2010 by G.

I’m guessing Philadelphia is a gun-free zone. (more…)

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March 25th, 2010 17:10:47

Science versus democracy

March 25th, 2010 by Vader

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March 25th, 2010 16:18:35

Bon mot of the day

March 25th, 2010 by Vader

From James Q. Wilson’s Bureaucracy: (more…)

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March 25th, 2010 12:54:11

How to allow large banks to fail

March 25th, 2010 by Vader

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March 25th, 2010 11:06:14

Can Anything Good Come Out of Ute Football?

March 25th, 2010 by G.

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March 25th, 2010 09:39:57

The cane mutiny

March 25th, 2010 by Vader

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March 25th, 2010 07:59:49

Mandatory Insurance and the Amish

March 23rd, 2010 by John Mansfield

“A clause in the bill likely would allow most Amish families an exemption from the insurance requirement, but the bill could still create sticky issues for the young people who have not formally joined the church.” (link)

A disturbing aspect of laws with religious exemptions is the notion that religious beliefs are the only legitimate kinds of personal preference. Something matters so much that we pass a law or ruling to make that the way things are, yet there are exemptions for members of religious bodies that don’t think that’s the way things ought to be? Kind of lousy for the person who also disagrees with the law, but for non-religious reasons.

Liberty has to be upheld for everyone. Any law that can justifiably have a religious exemption is a law that shouldn’t exist at all. A person shouldn’t have to belong to a church to get relief from laws running his life. If religious people are only defending religious liberty, and that becomes the only liberty left, then soon enough it will be curtailed as well.

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March 23rd, 2010 10:25:39

Religion in Science Fiction

March 22nd, 2010 by G.

Mormon SF readers will enjoy this First Things essay.

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March 22nd, 2010 09:13:33

Forgive Him and Fry Him.

March 19th, 2010 by G.

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March 19th, 2010 09:33:18