Utah Bloghive

A collection of political commentary from throughout the Beehive State.

Right Leaning

The songs I cannot sing

Reach Upward
In the LDS ward where I grew up we frequently sang There Is Sunshine in My...

Sex and the State: An Analysis of Consent

Connor Boyack
One of the most fundamental aspects of a legitimate government is having the...

Making the temple a sacred space

Reach Upward
I recently came home to find my old tattered and yellowed temple...

Can you say, "O death, where is thy sting?" and mean it?

Reach Upward
Within the past couple of weeks I have received news of the passing of two of...

Why are there so few Easter songs?

Reach Upward
"Why do we have so few Easter songs?" my son asked. He was specifically talking...

The "M" Word (Marriage) Doesn't Need to be Scary for LDS Young Adults

Reach Upward
Earlier this month Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve...

A Must Read Essay On The Destructive Force Of Truth Avoidance

Utah Rattler
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Twitter Content Drawdown #FreeStacy

Utah Rattler
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The Offended Society: Killing Freedom To Think And Our Future

Utah Rattler
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Another Warning On Government Private Sector Intrusion (Davis Conference Center)

Utah Rattler
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Free Tennis Lessons in Phoenix

UtahOpinions
I was trying to get started in tennis and was searching high and low for a...

Keeping Making the Sabbath Sacred

Reach Upward
I grew up in a home where my parents took Sabbath observance quite seriously....

Sending off another missionary: It gets easier — in some ways

Reach Upward
Does it become easier each time you send a child out to serve as a missionary?...

The Great and Abominable Church… of Caesar

Connor Boyack
Two prophets, half a world and hundreds of centuries apart, were shown a...

6 common inaccuracies that cloud gun issues

Incongruities
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LDS Church Firearm Policy And The New Reality

Utah Rattler
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Our Star Wars Christmas

Reach Upward
In the run-up to Christmas we made time to watch a few Christmas movies as a...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Mike Ridgway
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Doug Owens’ Ties to Liberal Special Interests

Mike Ridgway
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Sometimes I hide from my inner Good Samaritan

Reach Upward
I felt a familiar surge of irritation as I noticed that traffic was backed up...

Toys for Tots!

Mike Ridgway
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Obamacare

Mike Ridgway
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You can learn a lot about people by going to a buffet

Reach Upward
I took my son to lunch yesterday. What better way to celebrate the day after...

Happy Thanksgiving

Mike Ridgway
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I was a stranger ...

Reach Upward
"I've read most of the Koran," said the man, "and I can tell you that Islam is...

New Political and Communications Director

Mike Ridgway
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Today we Honor and Thank our Veterans 

Mike Ridgway
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Our dog hates the dog park

Reach Upward
Earlier this year our city opened a dog park near our home. I very much...

The fear of self-driving cars

Reach Upward
Big Think recently published this article provocatively titled, "Would You...

I saw a child tormented and did nothing to help

Reach Upward
Childhood social structures can be brutal. Mary (not her real name) entered my...

The internet: a place of wonder and waste

Reach Upward
The internet is a funny place. Actually, it's kind of a funny word. Back in the...

Utah Vote By Mail: No Secret Ballot

Utah Rattler
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Voting Against The 2015 Davis School Bond

Utah Rattler
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Prop 1: Funding The UTA Money Pit With Government Kickbacks

Utah Rattler
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I love it when a product continues to provide delight

Reach Upward
I have seen workplace dress standards change over time. I once worked for a...

A Call For More Candidate Transparency

Mike Ridgway
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(Dis)Connectivity

Reach Upward
Our home is plenty big enough for the size of our family. But it's still pretty...

LDS Church Members Strongly Support Church Staying With the BSA

Reach Upward
One of the big news items this past summer in the circles I travel in was the...

What is Your Agency?

Connor Boyack
A tragically large number of God’s children decided to reject His plan...

Revelation, Authority, and Popular Prepper Prophets

Reach Upward
I recently had a rather disturbing conversation with a friend. Through people...

UTGOP Hires New Executive Director

Mike Ridgway
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Increasingly Public Personal Life Fraught With Challenges

Reach Upward
Many examples of generational shift are quite apparent to my generation. Not...

Dehumanization Through Objectification

Connor Boyack
Perhaps society’s greatest failure is in denying the humanity of the...

A Neighbor Passes Away and Almost Nobody Notices

Reach Upward
Many years ago we built a house in a developing subdivision. Over the next...

An Invitation to Actively Engage In the Sacrament

Reach Upward
Note: A few weeks ago the bishopric asked if I would turn a priesthood lesson I...

The LDS Church Will Stick With the BSA

Reach Upward
Late last month, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America...

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10: Some glitches and frustration, but it works now

Reach Upward
Like everybody else that has a Windows 7 system, I got a new Windows 10 icon in...

My Experience Attending National Order of the Arrow Conference

Reach Upward
Last week I attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) at...

How Going to Church Helps Us to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy

Connor Boyack
I gave the following talk in my ward today. Occasionally I try and ponder the...

The LDS Church And The Gay Scout Leader Decision

Utah Rattler
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The LDS Church Should Abandon the Boy Scouts—But for the Right Reasons

Connor Boyack
At the Boy Scouts of America’s annual meeting in 2014, the...

UTGOP Statement on Legislative District 58 Special Election

Mike Ridgway
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Dear Kate Kelly: “Sparking Joy” is Not a Litmus Test for the Gospel of Christ

Connor Boyack
Kate Kelly was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Early Warning: City Tax Increases For UTA And Kickbacks (Update)

Utah Rattler
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Lazy Conservatives and a Losing Cause: Marriage, Morality, and a Missed Opportunity

Connor Boyack
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a legal opinion on a 5-4 vote,...

Religion and the State: Can Latter-day Man Serve Two Masters?

Connor Boyack
The Jews decided to kill Jesus Christ. It was thought by many Sadducees—the...

Mormons and Medical Marijuana

Connor Boyack
As Libertas Institute has become a leading force in the effort to legalize...

Mormons Making Friends with the Nazi Mammon of Unrighteousness

Connor Boyack
In June 1933, just a few months after Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany, a...

A Widespread Misunderstanding About Satan’s War on Agency

Connor Boyack
Having been raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was...

Why Latter-day Saints are Condemned

Connor Boyack
King Mosiah had many duties, one of them being the charge over the protection...

Torture is okay, because hey, we’re awesome!

Connor Boyack
After four years and forty million dollars, a Senate committee released a...

Can Prophets Come from Outside Church Leadership?

Connor Boyack
I find it troubling that, speaking generally, people seem unable or unwilling...

An Open Apology to Glenn Beck

Connor Boyack
The invite was received. The plane tickets were purchased. The questions were...

Mormon Pharisees and Phylacteries

Connor Boyack
It’s not uncommon for my Facebook posts to receive hundreds of comments;...

Changing Deckhands or Direction?

Connor Boyack
The following op-ed was published this past weekend by the Daily Herald. The...

Transparency, simplicity, publicity: Words for GOP to live by in 2015

Connor Boyack
The following op-ed was published this week by Fox News. It was written, in...

Forced Taxation to Fund Schools — For the Good of Society?

Connor Boyack
I received my annual property tax notice in the mail last week, informing me of...

Clueless

Ladies Logic
If you are a conservative, you have to laugh at the complete cluelessness shown...

What Did She Say?

Ladies Logic
Last night I ended up going to the Magna Town Council meeting (a business I am...

ACA Round Up

Ladies Logic
It's been a couple of weeks, so it's time for another Affordable Care Act round...