Cannons at Kavanaugh

So my first Canonizer.com post that I linked to my Facebook page did somewhat what I expected it would do – it generated a furious Facebook thread that, alas, did not lead anyone to actually use the Canonizer website. We’re trying to figure out how to make the user interface more user friendly in order […]

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Canonizing Kavanaugh

So this post selfishly serves two purposes. The first is that I am being repeatedly asked, publicly and privately, what I think of the smoldering ruins of decency that used to be the Kavanaugh nomination. Since I am white, male, and privileged as they come, I know everything I say is immediately suspect, and I’m […]

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The Sex Education Canonization Process

Several years back, Utah passed a bill that allows schools to stop teaching sex ed. From the Salt Lake Tribune: “To replace the parent in the school setting, among people who we have no idea what their morals are, we have no ideas what their values are, yet we turn our children over to them […]

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Al Gore: Climate Not Canonized?

Al Gore is making news again, insisting that Trump hasn’t been all that bad – or at he “has had less of an impact so far than [Gore] feared that he would.” What does that mean, exactly? What on earth could Trump have done to the climate in two years, even if he had deliberately […]

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Canonizing American Immigration

Donald Trump’s position on immigration is the primary reason I am no longer a Republican, but the immigration issue has long been a wedge between my personal position and the stance of the GOP.  The thought of giving amnesty to lawbreakers enrages Republicans, yet they label any attempt to deal with the issue as amnesty, […]

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Canonizing Donald Trump as Hitler

A Jewish friend of mine who is no fan of Trump posted a Facebook status update asking people to refrain from comparing Trump to Hitler. Acknowledging the fact that Trump was awful, she called it disrespectful to the millions of people slaughtered by the Nazis to equate Trump’s current evils with Hitler’s exponentially more monstrous […]

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Canonizing Free Speech

I begin with a few more words about civility, but to make a different point than my last post on the subject. A few years back, an old acquaintance found me on Facebook and sent me a friend request. I accepted, whereupon he proceeded to launch a lengthy ideological diatribe as to why I was […]

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Canonizing Faith

Every year since the beginning of time, my extended family has attended Aspen Grove Family Camp up in Provo Canyon. Being morbidly afraid of heights, I spent years avoiding Aspen Grove’s massive ropes course, where you climb up into the trees and walk around on metal wires that are about thirty feet above the ground, […]

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A Canonization in Civility

My father is the late Robert F. Bennett, R-Utah, who served as Utah’s junior senator for 18 years. When he passed just over two years ago, the media was filled with laudatory tributes to him that brought a great deal of comfort to all of us in the family. The problem was that most of […]

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