Posted on February 2, 2009 by Dennis
I received the following report in an email newsletter from my friend Don Jarvis (quoted with his permission):
A senior LDS apostle recently told Provoans that “We need to pray for our new president, regardless of party affliction, I mean, affiliation.” Speaking on January 25th in the Provo Tabernacle at the conclusion of an Oak Hills (east Provo) Stake Conference, Apostle M. Russell Ballard spoke warmly of the inauguration, read excerpts from President Obama’s inaugural address, advised members to read it, and said, “I like his emphasis on personal responsibility.” The audience chuckled at the “affliction” slip, but was otherwise unusually hushed and attentive as Elder Ballard voiced his strong support for our the new Democratic President. (more…)
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Posted on November 13, 2008 by Dennis
Since the passage of Proposition 8 in California, there have been several protests aimed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These protests are of course understandable. California Latter-day Saints did, after all, play a formidable role in donations and phone calling in support of the measure. This participation was formally encouraged by the general leaders of the Church in Salt Lake City. Considering how big of a deal this is for so many same-sex couples and others in support of same-sex marriage, these protests are inevitable and I welcome this exercise of free speech.
What I disagree with, however, is the “stop the hate (H8)” rhetoric. As if everyone in favor of Prop 8 is hateful and bigoted. Especially Mormons. This message is coming off to be awfully disingenuous and overly dramatic, and also sidesteps the major issues that need to be debated. Just because someone is not in favor of gay marriage does not mean they are hateful. Nor does it mean they are bigoted. They simply disagree with you, in terms of what should count for marriage.
Filed under: Politics, Relationships | Tagged: African-Americans, bigotry, blacks, California Proposition 8, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, civil rights, discrimination, equal rights, equality for all, Family, gay marriage, gays, Hispanics, Latter-day Saints, lesbians, marriage, Mormon Church, Mormons, No on 8, Obama, Polygamy, Prop 8, Prop 8 protests, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage, Stop the H8, Yes on 8 | 131 Comments »
Posted on November 5, 2008 by Dennis
Like most things in life, this election is bittersweet.
I’m happy Obama won.
I’m sad that so many of my friends and family members are, well, not so happy.
I’m happy that so many people across this country have brighter hopes for America and for the future.
I’m sad for those who think that the end is near.
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: civil rights, Dell "Superdell" Schanze, Democratic Party, filibuster-proof, gay marriage, Jason Chaffetz, Latter-day Saints, LDS, LDS Church, McCain, Mormons, Obama, Politics, Proposition 8, Republican Party, Sarah Palin, SNL, Ted Stevens, Tina Fey, Utah County Democrats, Utah politics, Yes on Prop 8 | 35 Comments »
Posted on October 29, 2008 by Dennis
Don’t like McCain or Obama?
Well, you do have other choices.
Of course, there are the more visible third-party or independent choices: Charles “Chuck” Baldwin (Constitutional), Ralph Nader (Independent), Bob Barr (Libertarian), and Cynthia McKinney (Green).
But I bet you haven’t heard of some of these other “worthy” candidates (be sure to check out the links): (more…)
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Posted on October 27, 2008 by Dennis
We have finally reached the end of our weekly forum on the presidential election. We have had many great discussions on a range of topics, such as character, Iraq, the economy, abortion, relationship with LDS Church, health care, faith and family values, terrorism and diplomacy, education, and political corruption. Click here to see the full list of topics.
One of the great things that has been achieved in these forums, I think, is a respectful demonstration of a diversity of political viewpoints held by faithful Latter-day Saints. This kind of conversation, unfortunately, is rare — and so I applaud everyone for making it happen.
Now is the time, for those who are willing, to declare which presidential candidate you are going to vote for (or have already voted for). Be sure to explain why. Arguments for third-party or independent tickets (or even for staying home, I suppose) are welcome. Feel free to make predictions also. Again, please keep things respectful; if you wish to bash a candidate, this is not the place.
If you feel more comfortable using a pseudonym (fake name), feel free to do so.
(By the way, this is TMB’s 100th post!)
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Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: Latter-day Saints, LDS, LDS Church, McCain, Mormon, Obama, Politics | 46 Comments »
Posted on October 20, 2008 by Dennis
This is the twenty-first of a weekly series of public forums on TMB.
Arguably, one of the most important and consequential factors of a U.S. president is not simply what the president does, but what he/she symbolizes.
What might be the national or international consequences of what a McCain or Obama presidency would symbolize? Feel free to also weigh in on what this might mean, if anything, for the growth of the Church.
Be sure to visit next week (beginning Monday, October 27) for our final round, Who Will You Vote for and Why? This is your chance to declare who you will be voting for and why. Arguments for third-party or independent tickets (or even for staying home, I suppose) will also be welcome.
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Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: Latter-day Saints, LDS Church, McCain, Mormons, Obama, Politics, symbolism of president | 11 Comments »
Posted on October 13, 2008 by Dennis
This is the twentieth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
Only three more weeks!
This week’s topic is race and gender issues. I realize this is kind of a vague topic, so I’ll give some possible issues to talk about:
Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: affirmative action, African American fathers, bisexual persons, educational equality, equal pay for equal work, gay marriage, gays, intersexed persons, LDS, lesbians, LGBT, McCain, Mormons, Obama, parent-friendly employment, primary caretaker benefits, racial profiling, Racism, sexism, transgendered persons | 9 Comments »
Posted on October 6, 2008 by Dennis
This is the nineteenth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
Illegal immigration. McCain. Obama.
Next week: Race and Gender Issues
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Posted on September 29, 2008 by Dennis
This is the eighteenth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
This topic is arguably more important than any other, as far as the next President is concerned. Especially considering the recent economic crisis on Wall Street. (Feel free to comment on what each candidate had to say about this at the recent debate.)
Which candidate will do the best at handling these kinds of crises?
We can certainly look to events of recent months to compare the way the candidates handled things: Wall Street, energy concerns, the Russia-Georgia conflict, and Hurricane Ike. (There are separate forums for discussing Iraq; the economy; oil, energy, and the environment; and terrorism and diplomacy.)
What do you think?
Next week: Illegal Immigration
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Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: crisis intervention, diplomacy, energy, Hurricake Ike, Iraq, McCain, Obama, oil, Politics, Russia-Georgia conflict, terrorism, Wall Street crisis | 15 Comments »
Posted on September 22, 2008 by Dennis
This is the seventeenth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
Urban concerns. Something that has not been talked about all that much for the general election. And something that I know little about, as far as McCain and Obama are concerned (especially McCain).
Possible topics: Homelessness, poverty, gang violence, drug abuse, welfare, teen pregnancy, AIDS, health care, and educational equality.
Reminder: The first presidential debate is this Friday (Sept. 26).
Next week: Crisis Intervention
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Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: AIDS, drug abuse, educational equality, gang violence, hate crimes, Health-care, homelessness, McCain, Obama, Politics, Poverty, public school, teen pregnancy, urban America, violence | 7 Comments »
Posted on September 16, 2008 by Dennis
We’ve heard a lot this campaign season about playing the gender card or race card. But there’s another kind of card-playing that is unique to highly conservative areas, such as Utah County, Utah: playing the “Democrat card.” This is the story of a Utah County Republican who is playing the Democrat card in order to distract voters from the real issues surrounding his campaign for reelection.
Republican Stephen D. Clark, a four-term representative for Utah House District 63 (East Provo), has never had a challenger printed next to his name on a November ballot.
Until now. (more…)
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: abortion, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Democratic Party, Democrats, Don Jarvis, Donald K. Jarvis, education, ethics reform, gay marriage, Gordon B. Hinckley, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Jim Matheson, John Edwards, John Kerry, marriage, McCain, Nancy Pelosi, Obama, Politics, pro-choice, pro-life, public education, Republican Party, Republicans, Stephen D. Clark, Steve Clark, traditional families, Utah, Utah Constitutional Amendment 3, Utah County, Utah House District 63, Utah politics, Utah Valley University, Utah Values, Utah vouchers | 20 Comments »
Posted on September 15, 2008 by Dennis
This is the sixteenth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
The topic of this week’s forum regards the two potential First Ladies: Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama. I’ll leave this fairly open, but I want to keep it focused on what is most important (e.g., who will be a better First Lady, who will be a good role model, etc.). Degrading comments are inappropriate and will be deleted.
Substantive comments concerning possible roles of the First Lady are welcome.
Next week: Urban Concerns
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Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: Cindy McCain, First Lady, McCain, Michelle Obama, Obama, Politics | 12 Comments »
Posted on September 10, 2008 by Joe O.
If you wish to know the real truth about Obama, click here:
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Posted on September 8, 2008 by Dennis
This is the fifteenth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
This week’s forum topic is timely considering the recent makeover of McCain-Palin as the mavericks who will take on political corruption.
What do you think? Which candidate is best suited to fight political corruption in Washington?
Next week: Cindy McCain vs. Michelle Obama
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Posted on September 4, 2008 by Dennis
Wow, you’ve got to see this clip. This is fantastic.
Be sure to watch it clear until the end; it’s only about 5 minutes long. (The first few seconds of video are kind of messed up.)
VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED: Sorry, but it looks like the video I uploaded from YouTube was pulled for copyright reasons. I didn’t realize there was a copyright issue. Here’s the link to the clip from Comedy Central. (more…)
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Bill O'Reilly, Bristol Palin, Brittany Spears, Dick Morris, double standards, FOX News, gender card, GOP, Hillary Clinton, hypocrisy, Jamie Lynn Spears, Jon Stewart, Karl Rove, LDS, McCain, media bias, Mormons, Nancy Pfotenhauer, Obama, Palins, Richmond, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, sexism, teen pregnancy, Tim Kaine, Wasilla Alaska, working women | 42 Comments »
Posted on September 2, 2008 by Dennis
This is the fourteenth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
In keeping with the start of a new school year, the topic of this week’s post is on education (I apologize the post is a day late, due to Labor Day).
The key similarities and differences, as far as I can tell, between McCain and Obama (source is CNN’s Election Center): (more…)
Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: college tuition, early childhood education, education, McCain, No Child Left Behind, Obama, online courses, Politics, public education, Utah politics, Utah voucher referendum, virtual schools, vouchers | 29 Comments »
Posted on August 25, 2008 by Dennis
This is the thirteenth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
(Keep in mind that there is a separate forum for Iraq.)
Next week: Education
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Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: Afghanistan, al Qaida, diplomacy, foreign policy, Iraq, McCain, Obama, Obama-Biden, Politics, terrorism, war | 16 Comments »
Posted on August 23, 2008 by Dennis
I just left the following comment on the McCain vs. Obama VP forum. I’d like to hear what you think about it, but I’ve closed comments on this post and am encouraging you to leave comments on the original VP post instead.
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Posted on August 18, 2008 by Dennis
Posted on August 11, 2008 by Dennis
This is the eleventh of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
OIl. Energy. The environment.
Next week: Age and Experience
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Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: energy, environment, McCain, Obama, oil, Politics | 11 Comments »