Liberation Theology in the Book of Mormon

By Dennis Potter
I attended Dartmouth Elementary School in Richardson, Texas. Two of my friends were Shelton and Brent. Shelton was black and Brent was white. In the Fourth Grade we talked about the history of slavery and segregation. The teacher attempted to explain to us why these institutions were wrong. Brent raised his hand and said that it would have been good if we still had slavery because then Shelton (the only black in the whole school) would be our servant. Most of the class laughed. Read more here.

An Introduction to Christian Anarchism
An Interview with Dr. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos
Leo Tolstoy said that “Christianity in its true sense puts an end to the State. It was so understood from its very beginning, and for that Christ was crucified.” The basic idea behind Christian anarchism is that when it comes to politics, “anarchism” is what follows (or is supposed to follow) from “Christianity”. Read more here.

Fight Back to Protect Our Undocumented Mormon Brothers and Sister’s in Utah!

By William Van Wagenen
Recently, many people in state governments across the country have been trying to pass racist laws that attack our undocumented brothers and sisters. The first state to pass such a law was Arizona. This required the local Arizona police to check the papers of anyone they suspected might be in the country illegally, and have these people arrested and put in jail with the hope of deporting them. Read more here.

A Non-Violent Reading of the Book of Mormon
By Joshua Madsen
Within Mormon culture it has become common to justify war and conflict by an appeal to the Book of Mormon. Many have used The Book of Mormon to dismiss Jesus’ words, teachings, and life as a statement on how we should approach violence and war. Despite historical and scriptural evidence that early Christian communities refused to engage in warfare and violence, the Book of Mormon has seemingly allowed members to ignore the New Testament and Christian traditions of non-violence, and move these traditions to the margins. Read more here.

My Family is Illegal
By Tristan Call and Katy Savage
When I returned home from Central America in 2006, I learned that the state of Utah was outlawing my father. Of course, in the exclusionary parlance of Utah politics, Antonio was already ‘illegal’. Before arriving, he had scooted under a chain-link fence and spent three days crossing the Arizona desert on foot. Back in Central America, before we left for Utah in our respective ways (me a 4-hour flight; he a multi-week trek), I remember Antonio sitting me down and explaining why he was leaving his family to work in the United States. Read more here.

Popping our Bubbles of Denial
By Tariq Khan
Besides being a pioneer of Christian anarchism and one of the most brilliant novelists of his time, Leo Tolstoy – best known for writing War and Peace and Anna Karenina – was also a vegetarian who described the practice of killing animals for food as immoral and unnecessary in a modern society. Tolstoy was a great teacher, finding good-natured, simple ways of imparting meaningful, complex lessons to those around him. Read more here.

Cuba Libre: An Anarchist in Havana
By Nate Perkins
For a while last year it seemed like the Obama administration would make good on its vehement campaign promises to improve United States – Cuba relations and gradually end the longstanding trade embargo between the two countries. Legislation was proposed that would permit American tourists to legally visit the Caribbean country, although accompanied by the high cost of allowing carbon-monoxide and volatile chemical emitting Archer Daniels Midland and other agro-industrial imperialists to rake in billions from Cuban sources. Read more here.

How Socialism Helped Save the Mormon Church
By William Van Wagenen
When many people think of Mormons, wealthy advocates of capitalism like Mitt Romney and Glenn Beck often come to mind. Because of this, many people are very surprised to learn that Mormons have a long and proud socialist heritage. Read more here.

What The Arab Revolts Teach Us About US Foreign Policy
By William Van Wagenen
Most people in the United States have the impression that the US government places a high priority on promoting democracy through its foreign policy. This is not true however. The US government promotes its own strategic military interests as well as the economic interests of American businesses. Read more here.

Who’s the Terrorist? The Case of Arid Uka
By Cliff Burton
“Nobody should expect Muslim people in this country to feel no affinity towards their brother and sisters dying every single day in Iraq. To feel no kinship towards the 1.4 million people who have been made refugees in Pakistan by Obama’s bombs. You cannot expect Muslim people to feel no kinship toward their brothers and sisters in occupied Palestine, and you cannot expect Muslim people to feel no affinity toward their brothers and sisters in Afghanistan.” –British Rapper Lowkey
Read more here.

Undocumented Immigration: Legalization is the Solution
By William Van Wagenen
Opponents of undocumented immigration claim that “illegal aliens are invading America,” causing a new “wave of crime,” “stealing” jobs from American workers, committing wide spread identity theft, and bankrupting our government run social service programs. Former congressman Tom Tancredo sums this all up by contending that “illegal immigration is one of the greatest threats to our nation.” As a result, he and others advocate efforts to militarize and “secure the border” and deport as many undocumented immigrants as possible. While it is true that undocumented immigration causes some problems, they are not the problems just cited. Further, the problems undocumented immigration actually does cause can be easily solved through a legalization program that would divert illegal flows through legal channels. This is a much better approach than wasting money to deport undocumented workers and militarize the border. Let me first debunk some of the myths surrounding undocumented immigration. After that I will explain why legalization is the proper approach to the current immigration problems we face today. Read more here.