Posts Tagged ‘ Politics ’

505-506: Carrie Sheffield on Leaving Mormonism, Finding Stoicism, Politics, Conservatism and More

November 7, 2014
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In the world of politics and media, Carrie Sheffield is a veritable dynamo. She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, PBS, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, BBC Radio and more, as an expert on politics and the economy. Graduating with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard, she went on to do stints at Goldman Sachs and the Washington Times before settling in as a public policy analyst all over TV and radio. But Carrie also has a Mormon story. Growing up in the church, then later leaving and exploring other faiths before finding peace with Stoicism, she…

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504: Professor David Campbell on Politics, Religion and Mormonism

October 29, 2014
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In this episode of Mormon Stories, J. Nelson-Seawright interviews David Campbell, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and the founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, about his celebrated research on religion and politics in America. Professor Campbell argues that the current partisan environment, in which religious people mostly support the Republican Party and less religious people the Democratic Party, is a recent development — and he explains how this pattern can help explain America’s recent rise in irreligiosity.Campbell also discusses his work on Mormonism and politics. He explains his research…

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387: McKay Coppins – A Mormon Reporter on the Romney Bus

November 30, 2012
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In this episode of Mormon Stories we interview journalist McKay Coppins.  McKay is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a journalist for BuzzFeed.  During the 2011-2012 U.S. presidential campaign, McKay was assigned the task of reporting on fellow-Mormon and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  This is his story. McKay’s reflections on covering the Romney campaign can be found in this excellent article, “A Mormon Reporter on the Romney Bus.”

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147: Mormon May Day with Co-Founder Kate Kelly

April 27, 2010
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147: Mormon May Day with Co-Founder Kate Kelly

(From the Mormon May Day web site): In light of the recent Gallop Poll which calculates that 60% of active Mormons self-identify as Conservative or Republican and that over 60% of inactive Mormons who still consider themselves Mormons are self-identified “Liberals or Moderates” suggesting that the more liberal you are the more likely you are to go inactive; in light of Glenn Beck’s recent public comments where the prominent Mormon declared that social justice was a code word for Communism and Nazism; and in light of the recent invitation by a Nevada Stake to Democratic Senator Harry Reid to speak at a fireside which was met by threats of violence and…

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A Quick Analysis of “What Is It About Mormonism?” — The Amazing New York Times Magazine Article

January 5, 2008
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A Quick Analysis of “What Is It About Mormonism?” — The Amazing New York Times Magazine Article

Holy smokes this guy nails it: a must read for thinking/seeking Mormons. The most interesting parts to me — that are most relevant to our current political and cultural situation as Mormons with the Mitt Romney campaign — are: “This period of resisting persecution by living outside the law taught Mormons that secrecy can be a necessary tool for survival. As one apostle … later put it in a speech … “I am not dishonest and not a liar . . . [but] we have always been taught that when the brethren were in a tight place that it would…

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Mitt Romney Is Really Close to Winning the Republican Nomination

December 19, 2007
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Mitt Romney Is Really Close to Winning the Republican Nomination

I think it is looking more and more likely that Mitt Romney is going to win the Republican nomination (which was my original prediction, and has been my inclination all along). Romney is now tied for the lead with Giuliani in national polls, and I will eat my trousers if Huckleberry, McCain or Thompson win the Republican primaries.  I think Huckabee will go down in flames like Howard Dean….within the next 6 weeks, I predict. I really do think that it is now Mitt’s to lose. Now the general election…that’s another thing entirely.  I’m still putting my money on Billary.

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The LDS Church (Sort of) Answers 21 Questions about Mormon Doctrine at FoxNews.com

December 19, 2007
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It looks as though Fox News worked w/ the LDS Church to publish answers to some of the typical questions regarding Mormon doctrine. Most of the answers seem relatively accurate…here are the few that did not seem right to me (either because they come across as “partial” or “technical” truths, but not the “whole truth”): Q: Does the Mormon Church believe its followers can become “gods and goddesses” after death? The Church’s Answer: “We believe that the apostle Peter’s biblical reference to partaking of the divine nature and the apostle Paul’s reference to being ‘joint heirs with Christ’ reflect the…

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Man….Keith Olbermann did NOT like Mitt Romney’s religion speech

December 11, 2007
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Man….Keith Olbermann did NOT like Mitt Romney’s religion speech. (Warning….brief profanity)

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New Mormon Matters Series on Mitt Romney’s “Faith in America” Speech

December 9, 2007
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For those interested…. Full audio of Mitt Romney’s “Faith in America” speech Part 1 of our analysis Part 2 of our analysis The best way to listen to these podcasts is by subscribing via iTunes. All music from my podcasts are provided by  Clayton Pixton and Skye Pixton.

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Christopher Hitchens on Romney’s Speech

December 7, 2007
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Surprise, surprise. Christopher Hitchens didn’t like Romney’s speech. Can’t you be witty without being just plain rude? If you are so inclined, let Hitchens know how you felt about his article.

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Good Morning America and ABC News Go Crazy on Mitt Romney and Mormonism

December 7, 2007
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Holy flip! Good Morning America and ABC News went crazy on Mitt Romney and Mormonism the past few days/weeks. Check all these out: Mormonism 101: What does it mean to be Mormon The First Mormon Presidential Candidate Thompson Camp: Mormonism a Tough Sell Romney Gambles on Religion Will ‘Pulling a JFK’ Be Enough for Romney? Romney Says Giuliani Would be Wrong for GOP Read Excerpts of Gov. Romney’s Remarks Romney: I’m Not Giving a JFK Speech Romney Delivers Major Speech on Faith The Speech Vote God 2008 Polls: Romney, Clinton Lead in New Hampshire

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Mitt Romney’s Mormon Speech This Week ( Podcast )

December 2, 2007
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Here is a link to Mitt Romney’s “Symphony of Faith” speech as a podcast. ============== Mitt Romney’s giving the religion / mormon speech this week. Should be fun….

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084: Introducing “Project Deseret” Podcast, with Ashley Sanders. Inaugural Episode — “The Mormon Aesthetic”

November 5, 2007
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084: Introducing “Project Deseret” Podcast, with Ashley Sanders.  Inaugural Episode — “The Mormon Aesthetic”

Mormon Stories listeners — today I wanted to introduce you to (again) one of the brightest young minds and most vibrant spirits I’ve encountered within Mormonism — Ashley Sanders. Some of you will recognize Ashley from a previous Mormon Stories episode. Others might recognize her name — as being one of the principal organizers for BYU’s alternative commencement. Regardless — Ashley has an amazing gift of expression, and an ardent passion for social commentary and cultural/political activism within Mormonism. Why am I telling you all this? In cooperation with Mormon Stories and Sunstone, I am proud to announce that Ashley…

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069 & 070: Spirituality of the Rising LDS Generation Part 2 — Ashley Sanders and “Transformation”

October 15, 2007
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In part two of our series on the Spirituality of the rising LDS generation, we interview Ashley Sanders — former BYU student, english/philosophy major, political activist, and chief organizer of the BYU Alternative Commencement with Ralph Nader, in opposition to the invitation to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. Ashley discusses her experiences with BYU, the Alternative Commencement, and her hopes for greater “transformation” within the lives of Mormons. Part 1

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Me on Good Morning America Today

June 19, 2007
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For those of you who didn’t catch, I happened to be on Good Morning America today. You can watch it here. I have a few reactions/thoughts:

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An Arab American Mormon Comedian? — Aron Kader and the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour

April 3, 2007
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An Arab American Mormon Comedian? — Aron Kader and the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour

I was minding my own business, listening to Terry Gross’ Fresh Air — and what to my surprise did I discover? There is a new comedy troup running around called the “Axis of Evil Comedy Tour“. What’s even more interesting (to us, at least) is that one of the comedians was introduced by Ms. Gross as the “son of an Arab father and a Mormon mother.” Turns out it’s Omar Kader’s son (who is also Mormon by the way, or at least was). This may be old news to all of you, but it’s new news to me. When I…

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Mormon Senator Harry Reid: Why I Believe

March 21, 2007
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Mormon Senator Harry Reid: Why I Believe

I’m sure others have blogged about this, but I just discovered (via buddy Eric). A good, classic Mormon Story. Why I Believe: Harry Reid by Harry Reid March 15, 2002 Printed from Mormon Life (http://deseretbook.com/mormon-life) For me, the title of this…would better be Why I’m Glad I Believed. I was born and raised in Searchlight, Nevada, a mining town of about two hundred people. Mining was not the main industry in Searchlight when I grew up; the number-one business was prostitution. At one time in my youth there were thirteen separate bordellos in town. I went to a two-room school,…

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Mormon BYU Professor Steven Jones talking to Tucker Carlson (Older)

September 16, 2006
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“We are safer, but not yet safe!” and “Black Bush”: My 2 favorite political clips on youtube

September 14, 2006
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I just had to share these with you…. (warning, some foul language on the Black Bush clip)

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