Wise, Good and Honest

Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; (D&C 98:10)

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Marriage, Family Law, and the Temple

Notes from "Marriage, Family Law, and the Temple" Bruce C. Hafen, BYU Devotional, 31 Jan 2014

 if man-woman marriage is no longer a big deal for society but just a matter of individual preference, it’s little wonder that many people would now say of gay marriage, “It’s no big deal—let people do whatever they want.” That’s what can happen when we lose track of society’s interest in marriage and children. We know that God loves all of His children and that we must treat one another with compassion and ­tolerance—regardless of private conduct that we may or may not understand. But it is a very different matter to endorse or promote that conduct by allowing the appropriation of a legal concept—marriage—whose primary and historic purpose is to further social interests.
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There is no other single force causing as much measurable hardship and human misery in this country as the collapse of marriage. It hurts children, it reduces mothers’ financial security, and it has landed with particular devastation on those who can bear it least: the nation’s underclass. . . . The poor [have uncoupled] parenthood from marriage, and the financially secure [blast] apart their [own] unions if [they] aren’t having fun any more.
"Is There Hope for the American Marriage?", Caitlin Flanagan, Time Magazine, July 02, 2009
(Quoted in "Marriage, Family Law, and the Temple" Bruce C. Hafen, Emeritus General Authority Seventy, January 31, 2014)
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Pro-Life Reply to "My Body, My Choice"

Here’s how to tactfully shred the “My Body My Choice” argument with Kirsten Watson, wife of Superbowl Champion Benjamin Watson.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=320301801974697


Another clear argument on why abortion is morally wrong by Ben Shapiro interviewed by Dave Rubin, Jan 2018.

"There has got to be some sort of objective definition of human life, at which, it is protected. You agree with that. You agree that it is past birth, right? I'm saying it's not past birth. I'm saying it's much earlier than that.
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When they say safe, legal and rare, the question is 'why rare?' You wouldn't say the removal of a polyp 'safe legal and rare', you'd say 'safe and legal', right? I mean, it's a polyp. If your position is that a baby is not a baby, then who cares if you kill it? If your position is a baby is a baby then you got a whole world of hurt on your hands, morally speaking by saying it is OK to kill it."
https://youtu.be/s9IwamztdqA?t=3558 (59:18 - 1:10:06 )

Monday, March 4, 2019

Government is like Fire



"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
George Washington
https://www.bartleby.com/73/754.html

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Should'd Be Surprised if that Power Would Grow and Grow


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"If the government could determine the extent of its own power, we shouldn't be surprised if that power would grow and grow, no matter who's in charge" (Michael Boldin, Tenth Amendment Center, from twitter post, 13 Aug 2018)
https://twitter.com/tenthamendment/status/1029019748938313733
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

America’s New Religions

From "America’s New Religions" by Andrew Sullivan

Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being. It’s in our genes and has expressed itself in every culture, in every age, including our own secularized husk of a society. 
By religion, I mean something quite specific: a practice not a theory; a way of life that gives meaning, a meaning that cannot really be defended without recourse to some transcendent value, undying “Truth” or God (or gods).
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