Obama vs. McCain 2008: Round 9: Health Care

This is the ninth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday. The schedule and comment policy are available here.

This week’s forum is on a topic that seems to have not received as much attention lately as it did in the primaries: health care. Continue reading

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Obama vs. McCain 2008: Round 6: Economy

This is the sixth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday. The schedule and comment policy are available here.

I’ll leave this forum very open-ended.

The economy. McCain. Obama.

Discuss. Continue reading

Mayan Weaving, American Relations with China, and Remembering Suffering through Narratives


This post comes from a presentation I gave this semester in response to a lecture on Mayan weaving given by Allen Christensen, a talented Maya scholar at BYU.

I am also writing this in response to the discussion on relationships with China that Doug raised several days ago.

There is an interesting correlation between how Mayans and Christian Americans connect themselves with their religious narratives and how they produce clothing. This is one small way of exploring how Americans have become insensitive to human suffering in relationships with China and other poor countries. Continue reading

Why Mormons Should Consider Backing Obama

Obama FamilyWith Mitt Romney out of the presidential race, who might the Mormon faithful back?

Of course, the Church is officially neutral on political candidates and parties (thank goodness). But let’s be honest, Romney’s failed attempt at the presidency has got to upset a lot of Latter-day Saints, who overwhelming backed Romney (at least in Utah), and who seem to not be very fond of John McCain or Mike Huckabee, not to mention Hillary Clinton.

But Latter-day Saints I have talked to have a fairly favorable view of another presidential candidate: Barack Obama. Continue reading