Sign the Petition to Make Pornography “Opt-in”

My friend Kristopher writes a lot on Facebook, and many folks miss it. This topic is important enough for his thoughts to be published widely.

hand-signing-petition-lg[1]Every day, I’ve been offering some thoughts. Some of the following could be slightly mistaken, vouching for my inexperience with the law. In a crash course review online, my sense is that (1) ardent pro-porn advocates are dominating search results, indeed, the entire bandwidth; (2) we have moved rapidly downstream, to the point of consistently losing recent court cases, though most people probably haven’t the faintest idea about the history; (3) more of these topics are up in the air, while simultaneously already a matter of judicial province, than most current discussion would have you believe. Continue reading


The Unrestrained State

burkeThe greatest enemy to the Church is an unrestrained State. But the State has power only as people give it. In other words, the level of State power is inversely proportional to the level of public and private virtue exercised by the people. Edmund Burke once wrote, “Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without.”

Society must exist, and either the people will maintain the peace through voluntary associations which promote Virtue, beginning with the Family, or the State will step in to maintain the Peace, but at the expense of liberty. The family fails at the cost of liberty. Christopher Dawson pointed out, “If…marriage is transformed into a temporary arrangement for the satisfaction of the sexual impulse and for mutual companionship, which is not intended to create a permanent social unit, it is clear that the family loses its social and economic importance and that the state will take its place as the guardian and educator of children.” Continue reading


Gay marriage redefines marriage down, not up

love_ring_heart_marriageMany years ago, I attended a wedding ceremony of a man and a woman who married solely for the tax benefits. The groom was gay, a fact of which the bride was fully aware, and their desire to be joined in this union came from personal financial interest. They figured they would be better off as a “married” couple. Marriage, as traditionally defined, has been historically available to anyone with any sexual preference. The only “requirement” was that it be composed of two people of opposite genders–male and female. There was no law that prevented either of them from marrying the other, even considering the fact that the marriage was purely one of financial convenience. Continue reading


Church Reaffirms Position on Marriage as Court Deliberates

LDS MarriageThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today.

Today the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments regarding the definition of marriage in this country.

We firmly support the divinely appointed definition of marriage as the union between a man and a woman because it is the single most important institution for strengthening children, families, and society.

We hope the court will agree, and we look forward to the decision on this important matter.


Eyes to See, and Ears to Hear

The time will come when no man or woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within themselves. If you do not have the knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, how can you stand? -Heber C. Kimball

jaundiced_eyesI once believed that the encouragement from our Church leaders to gain and nourish our own testimony of the work of the Lord was a hedge against a future day when the word of the Lord would not be readily available. I believed the policies of an oppressive government would eventually silence the voices of religion. We would be driven into the wilderness to fend for ourselves, to rely upon our testimonies and the Spirit of the Lord to preserve us while we waited out the storm, separated from one another and taking the Spirit for our guide as we felt our way in the dark. I interpreted the calls for self-reliance and independence from the world to bolster that belief.

I am wiser now and I see that it indeed was a hedge, but not against a modern diaspora. Continue reading


A Great Quote on War and Our Duties

Pres. Stephen L. Richards

“In the first place, we are sending out our young men into battle sometimes, I feel, without having fully interpreted for them the issues at stake and the purposes for which they are expected to fight. I am sure that every soldier would receive encouragement and fortitude to enable him to bear his trials if he had a perfect understanding of why freedom and liberty are essential to the consummation of the great purposes of the Almighty.

“We never could have begun this work in any country other than America. American freedom has furnished the environment in which and out of which the Church of Christ has grown and developed. The preservation of that freedom is not only essential for our civic rights, but it is essential also for the growth and ultimate consummation of the kingdom of God. In my humble judgment every soldier who consciously and conscientiously devotes himself to the preservation of that freedom is making a distinct contribution to the great work with which we have the honor to be identified. Continue reading


Thomas Hobbes and Secular Humanism

Thomas Hobbes

The last 100 years have been a continual erosion of traditional values in favor of a more Hobbesian attitude, i.e. that rights are simply expressions of our desires, therefore we have a right to whatever we desire. In that mindset, Good equates to getting whatever you want, and Evil is anything that prevents you from getting it. Hobbes wrote,

“The desires, and other passions of man, are in themselves no sin. No more are the actions, that proceed from those passions.”

That, in turn, sounds a lot like something else I read once, Continue reading


On Judgment

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency delivered a message this past conference about avoiding judgmentalism. I am not posting this as a critique to his talk; I agree with him 100%. My purpose is to point out what should be obvious to all Latter-day Saints, but which apparently is not for some.

Many people use an incorrect understanding of the command to “judge not” as an excuse to avoid confronting wrong behavior in themselves or their friends. Fear is the likely motivator for this enabling attitude–fear of losing one’s friends, or fear of being ostracized.

Let’s be clear about two things. Continue reading


Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgiving-serenityPres. Hinckley counseled us to be grateful. Gratitude keeps the great sin of Pride from finding lodging in our hearts, leading us to greater evils. I express thanks to God for this land, which he has said is a chosen land above all other lands upon the face of the earth. I am grateful for the government He prompted wise and good men to establish on this land, so that the Rights and Privileges and Freedoms of all men might be laid out for all to see. That single act sounded the death knell of every base tyranny and petty dictatorship on earth. No longer would men be free to oppress their fellow men under the claim of divine right, or the privilege of high birth, or the justification of advanced education. No-one on earth must now simply accept slavery as his lot in life, a destiny established for him before his birth and beyond his control. Now all men may look to the great Constitution of this nation as a Title of Liberty, calling to them to awake and arise, and take upon themselves the mantle of their birthright, which says they are equal to all other men on earth. Continue reading