Our politics, which once had at least a modicum of respect and consensus, has become a ritualized cycle of outrage and denunciation. Running for office seems to more of a performance art than an exchange of ideas. But there’s hope. Occasionally we can find a voice of reason. I found one such voice in Arthur C. Brooks. He gave a 12-minute graduation speech at Brigham Young University. It was the most articulate and reasonable plea I’ve heard for a return to comity in all our relationships.
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new data shows that Americans actually want religion to play a larger role in society than it currently does. According to a new Pew study released Monday, roughly half of Americans say they favor a greater role for religion in society, compared to only 18% who say they oppose that. That’s a surprising number, particularly when compared with countries in Western Europe, which are not so hot on religion.
A substantial majority of Americans – 64% – say they have a favorable opinion of the Israeli people, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center. However, fewer than half (41%) have a favorable view of the Israeli government; a larger share (51%) views the government unfavorably.
On March 24, I attended the first annual conference of Mormon Women for Ethical Government at the Tanner Building on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah. Listening to these women talk at the conference and the dinner following, I was impressed with how often they spoke from both sides of the political spectrum.
The former Republican presidential nominee extolled Utah's values as a better option for his party, and his country, as he announced his bid for Senate.
The U.S. Senate effectively voted this afternoon against banning late-term abortions on most five-month-old babies who can feel pain, with 46 out of 97 senators voting to continue debate on the bill, thus not allowing the Senate to vote on the bill itself.
Hatch, Herbert, Mormon observers blast Bannon’s attack on Romney’s LDS faith as ‘disappointing and unjustified’
Insulted by former presidential adviser Steve Bannon’s verbal attacks this week on Mitt Romney, Mormons, elected leaders and scholars decried the rhetoric as “disappointing,” “unjustified” and “ugly politics.”