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Dan McClellan

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    Scripture Translation Supervisor, PhD in Theology and Religion

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  1. No one said a single word about “how oppressed islander actually was.” You keep lying about what people are saying just so it will fit your petty and naive rhetoric, and it’s not fooling anyone.
  2. Yikes, what a ludicrous and malicious tergiversation of my comment, not a single word of which could remotely be twisted to suggest I believe or am suggesting any such thing whatsoever. You’re clearly just groping desperately for some kind of rhetorical prophylaxis. Good grief, do better.
  3. Got a few pieces of news for you: (1) Being a Black immigrant of Hispanic origin does not remotely mean you are magically incapable of promoting ignorant or racist rhetoric. (2) I did not say you were a racist, I said your post was deeply racist and breathtakingly ignorant, and it absolutely is. (3) I didn't in any way, shape, or form say this country is the worst in the world, and I've been to many more countries than you and can tell you with absolute certainly that you don't have the foggiest idea what you're talking about. (4) "Those living in America" are a spectrum
  4. This is deeply racist and breathtakingly ignorant.
  5. This is a flagrant lie. What they state is the following: "We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and 'villages' that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable." They do not seek to disrupt anyone else's nuclear family or replace anyone else's values with "the Marxist goal of 'collective parenting.'" That is an absolutely ludicrous misrepresentation and it is simply and flatly not true. They very clearly and very explicitly state that
  6. What are you suggesting is the misunderstanding in Helaman 1? "About to" means "At the very point when one is going to do something; intending or preparing immediately to do something" (OED lists this usage as beginning in the 16th century), so "actually scheming to persuade others" is already included in the prototypical sense of "about to." He had not yet begun, though, which is made clear by the fact that no co-conspirators were put to death, just him. What would you say are the reasons for better understanding "but" as "unless"? Sherem says as the beginning of the verse "I fear lest
  7. Clearly we have a very long way to go as a community of Saints.
  8. Which is not a demonstration of anything approximating any formal relationship whatsoever to the Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter.
  9. The social identity I share with other people who identity as Utahns is not limited only to those formally elected to represent me or other Utahns in state or federal government.
  10. BLM had kicked Sullivan out well before the Provo incident. He had even moved to Portland, tried to get in with BLM there, and was also kicked out before coming back to Utah. That's when he started up his own organization, "Insurgence USA," which was the group that actually organized the Provo event (BLM was not involved). I'm not aware of any formal connection of any kind between Utah's BLM chapter and Taggart.
  11. I don't claim any affinity for him either, nor do I claim any affinity for our Congressman or our Senators, but with one exception, they all thoroughly embarrass me when they appear in national or international headlines as Utahns doing stupid things. The social identities that we share still exist even if we set ourselves apart in others. I'd suggest if such headlines are not embarrassing because we're happily and unilaterally ensconced on the "other side," we might have identified the root of all this divisiveness.
  12. All atonement models are just attempts to use more basic frameworks we already understand as metaphors for more complex frameworks we don't understand. Nothing is isometric with the actual nature and function of atonement. The best model is whichever model is most meaningful to you and the easiest for you to remember and communicate.
  13. BLM kicked him out long ago because he was always trying to incite violence and always came to everything armed to the gills. He had to start up his own org. The progressive movement in Utah has long been disgusted by his idiocy, and now he's embarrassing the state all over again.
  14. These are very good: https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/articles/new-doctrine-and-covenants-study-resources
  15. I don't think they're exactly synonymous. There's a good case to make that Lehi's "land of inheritance" was outside the city proper. For instance, they "go down" to that land and then "up" to Laban's house, which is described as inside the city walls. That going down and up was conventional when speaking about traveling away from and towards the city of Jerusalem. Nothing in that PDF undermines that understanding. It's really just suggesting if we impose our own contemporary understanding of the prepositions on the text, there doesn't seem to be a difference.
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