Dear Brother Romney,
On the grounds that it makes judges not seem impartial when it comes to matters affecting gays and lesbians. The question of judicial impartiality towards Christians and, indeed, the Boy Scouts, is one that does not arise.
An LDS judge may have a stronger than average case that the ban infringes his exercise of religion.
One Aaron in the Book of Mormon is the brutal, slaying Lamanite king.
That shouldn’t surprise you. The Lamanites always attacked the Nephite claims to legitimacy. Commemorating Aaron is just another way to do that. If the Cold War went on for centuries, off and on, you could see an occasional vogue for American kids names Nicholas Martyr, or Alexei Nicolayevich, just to rub in the point that the Bolshies were usurping murdering scum. Whereas you might see Russkis named Tecumseh or Martin Luther King for the same reason.
The other Aaron is the oldest son of King Mosiah, who gave up the throne.
Pretty curious, because the Nephites didn’t possess the Aaronic priesthood. I really don’t have an explanation for it. Maybe its countersignaling.
There’s power in numbers and power corrupts. We tend to forget that when Lord Acton coined the phrase “power corrupts,” he was not referring to the corruption of the powerful, he was talking about the corruption of people — specifically historians — who write about the powerful. Just look at how many people make allowances for the Kennedys they’d never make for their neighbors or employees. By any objective standard of morality, JFK and Teddy were scummy dudes. But countless liberal writers give them pass because . . . Camelot! Or something.
Real communities involve extended networks of trust and goodwill. Fake communities have regulations, fees, subsidies, and checklists.
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The IQ of public officials of all persuasions always rises when they speak in private.
— Richard A. Epstein, The Classical Liberal Constitution
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