Category: Mormon Politics

195: Global Mormonism: Nepia Mahuika – Mormon or Māori? (New Zealand)

During the month of May 2017,  we look at Mormonism across the world and how Mormonism has made its way into cultural, national and social systems beyond the United States.  We discover that Mormonism isn’t the clean and tidy fit…

192: Kava, Culture, Indigeneity and Mormonism: Daniel Hernandez

How do Indigenous folk manage the White Wasatch American cultural capture of Mormonism? Daniel Hernandez, PhD Candidate at the University of Auckland, is an Urban Diasporic Mayan but grew up in Rose Park, Salt Lake City, Utah among a mostly…

189: The Book of Mormon as a 19th Century Political Commentary: Christopher C. Smith

Chris Smith is not LDS but has been fascinated with the tradition since he dated the local Mormon bishop’s daughter in high school.  His research as a religious historian has lead him to the conclusion that Joseph Smith sought to resolve 19th Century America’s…

188: “Exploiting Congruences”: Mormons in Nazi Germany: David Conley Nelson

David Conley Nelson has written an extensive account of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nazi Germany in his book “Moroni and the Swastika’.  Desperate to keep the church alive during World War II  the Mormons exploited…

182: LDS Inc. and the Commodification of Faith: Ron & Josh Madson

How did The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints become an over-bloated corporate bureaucracy?  What are the implications for the way in which the church practices religion, and for the way it inspires faith? Ron and Josh Madson address these…

169: Finding Renewal, Wisdom and Peace Post-Election: Wotherspoon, Colvin and Money

Dan Wotherspoon, host of Mormon Matters and Kristy Money, host of Mormon Transitions join me to discuss, in a non-partisan way, the importance of intellectual clarity, healthy emotional inwardness and consciousness, and embodied action in dealing with this drastically altered…

168: The Mormon Election Autopsy: Madson, Kramer & Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran, Joshua Madson and Brad Kramer discuss the history of the recent US Presidential Election.  They talk about the uncoupling of the Democratic party from the working class, the rise of neo-liberalism, and the way in which identity politics have…

167: Racism, Mormonism, the US Presidential Election and Women of Color

The campaign run by Donald Trump during the 2016 United States Presidential election season leveraged the racism that to this day still divides America.   The outcome has been frightening for people of colour who have either experienced or witnessed…

166: Emily Quinn: “I’m a Girl with Testes”: How intersex upsets our notions of the male/female sex binary

One of the core teachings of the LDS church is that everyone is born with an essential gender identity based on one’s biological sex. Either you are male or female. Intersex upsets the notion that there are always clear biological…

165: Elise Boxer: The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sacred Work of Environmental Protection

Dr Elise Boxer (Oceti Sakowin) joins me to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline.  She provides the context for the issue and explains what is at the centre of the protest at Standing Rock including the environmental and cultural consequences should the…