Name-calling has always been an effective strategy in a fight, as any kid on an elementary school playground could tell you...But in political debates, harsh labels have additional power, and few politicians and advocacy organizations today seem able to resist.
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New study shows Democrats sharply divided along educational lines on whether life is easier for men than for women.
I am deeply saddened at the recent reports of how many women in the entertainment industry have been affected by sexual harassment and assault. I’m also gutted to discover through social media how many people in my own personal sphere have been victims of similar predatory behaviors. It’s upsetting, but I’m not surprised. Here's why.
Many years ago, I received an angry note from a young returned missionary, husband, and father, a graduate student in a distant state, denouncing the Church for lying about its history and denouncing me for my alleged role in defending those lies. An exchange ensued.
Some Mormons regard Martin Luther as a kind of hero. Maybe for various reasons that could be true, but most of the things that Luther was against, Mormons would be for. Russell Stevenson of LDS Perspectives Podcast interviewed Luther biographer Craig Harline about Luther’s motivations for questioning the Catholic Church.
As of 2015, Utah ranks 6th in the nation in suicides of people ages 10 to 24, so clearly there is a problem in our state that needs to be addressed. And yet I’m concerned about statements that continue to push the unproven claim that gay youth commit suicide in Utah at rates higher than other states because of Utah’s religious culture.
The House of Representatives has to its credit passed a bill that would limit abortions performed after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is offered on the theory that at 20 weeks, unborn children have developed the sensory apparatus necessary to feel the abortion procedure.