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Robert F. Smith

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  1. You are almost, but not quite there. There has never been a time in recorded history when the rate of marriage in America has been so low. Who can afford to marry with such huge student debt? Couples aren't even just living together anymore. They just live alone at the highest known rate. Woman are now in higher ed in greater numbers that men, who are dropping out. Women can't find suitable partners (equal in income, etc.) to date or marry. White men are supposed to be "privileged," but it isn't clear what that privilege is. However, they are held in contempt and get blamed just the same. Dual-parent families are now in a minority. We might look at successful families and groups to determine what works, but no one really wants to do that -- it might be embarrassing to find out that the best results come from politically incorrect sources (practices and beliefs now considered déclassé).
  2. I have noticed that the beards are proliferating in all ages and types of men in my ward, one a former bishop who is now the EQ Pres. Others are leaders in non-bishopric positions. It is starting to look normal, and I was wondering whether it is the new normal. Is my ward the only place this is happening?
  3. However, I have noticed in recent years a proliferation of beards among the men in my ward (thankfully not the women, yet). Is that a sign of rebellion, or is it a new trend?
  4. We cannot even prove that anything contained in the NT was said by Him. However, if He was a rabbi, He certainly preached Judaism, and Judaism clearly rejects homosexual behavior: Jacob Milgrom, “Does the Bible Prohibit Homosexuality,” Bible Review, 9/6 (Dec 1993):11ff., online at http://members.bib-arch.org/publication.asp?PubID=BSBR&Volume=9&Issue=6&ArticleID=3 , which brought reader replies in BR 10/2 at http://members.bib-arch.org/search.asp?PubID=BSBR&Volume=10&Issue=02&ArticleID=01 . Leviticus 18:22, 20:13.
  5. Scholars, maybe not, but here are some official LDS sources: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/same-sex-attraction?lang=eng&_r=1 https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/same-sex-marriage?lang=eng
  6. You can see by my stats that I've been on this board for awhile, and I think that any changes have been for the better. For one thing, we don't have as many rude and crazy people. So you may have this board confused with some of the impolite and incivil blogs. To my mind, that is all to the good. I hope that you agree that we need ad hominems like we need a hole in the head. The very few who leave the LDS Church for "greener pastures" are welcome to leave, and I wish them well. I like our pluralistic and variegated society. That is a strength, not a weakness.
  7. One other question we should have about this report is: Was it a scientific sampling of the population, or simply an open invitation to respond if you want to? Scientific sampling has value, the other not so much.
  8. Any church HQ is a bldg, not a human, and buildings are not aware of anything. People have ideas, not churches. It is a common mistake to attribute human qualities to things -- a fallacy. That's a pretty extreme statement, with no backing. So your impression is that, if Mormons on this board are not hard core yokels, that means that they have lost faith? You should appreciate civil and polite Mormons.
  9. As has been pointed out, there may be far more at stake here than just the research cited. It may be tat the proposals based on these stats are themselves faulty or misguided. By the way, "Church HQ" doesn't know anything. Some people at Church HQ may have some ideas on this issue. Whoever such people may be, they may have concerns which are not obvious to everyone reading about this.
  10. Any stats on the percentage of youth who are suicidal after undergoing Sex reassignment surgery (SRS) -- aka gender reassignment surgery (GRS)? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7541679/Hundreds-youths-gender-surgery-wish-hadnt-says-head-advocacy-network.html , and see
  11. Fortunately, the members of the Supreme Court are seldom moved by such woke nonsense. And most Federal judges will slap such idiotic interpretations down in a heartbeat.
  12. Texas State law allows churches to prohibit firearms on the premises, as long as they notify the public through the proper channels (announcement and signs)..
  13. Charles Murray agrees with you that there are consequences, but that goes both ways. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXIsEHFCBns..
  14. Religious organizations are free to preach on political and social policies and legislation, even if they are partisan, without endangering their tax-exempt status. At the same time, they may not preach on behalf of a particular candidate. The LDS Church, for example, legally injects its opinions into Utah legislative proposals, and has strong influence (most state legislators are LDS). There is nothing wrong with that, and all churches do it.
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