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Thoughts on Ukraine

By Mark Paredes

March 22, 2014 | 12:16 am

Recent events in Ukraine have hit home for the Paredes family in a personal way. My Romanian wife spent 18 months as a Mormon missionary in Russia, where she developed a great love for... read on

  • The Arizona bill on gays—payback time for fanatics

    By Mark Paredes

    February 25, 2014 | 11:35 pm

    More than a decade ago, the parents of one of my high-school friends started letting the notorious white supremacist preacher James Wickstrom use his furniture store as the venue for his hate-filled speeches. According to Wickstrom, Jews are the evil spawn of Eve and Satan and... read on

  • The Unsettling Anti-Semitism of Zionism Unsettled

    By Mark Paredes

    February 12, 2014 | 10:19 pm

    A church in which true doctrine is no longer taught is … useless. It cannot guide us back to our Heavenly Father and our eternal home. – Mormon Apostle L. Tom Perry
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    It’s a sad day when a prominent Christian church outsources its theology on Israel and Jews to a fanatical... read on

  • When counting Mormons is as difficult as counting Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    February 3, 2014 | 12:00 am

    Since today is Super Bowl Sunday , I had plenty of time to blog after church (never seen a game, never will). This week is when Mormon bishops worldwide have to send a report to Church headquarters that declares the tithing status of each member of their wards (congregations) for... read on

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  • A rabbi’s visit to a Mormon temple

    By Mark Paredes

    January 28, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    Many thanks to my friend Eric Ringger, the smartest Computer Science professor at BYU, for sending me this inspiring account by a rabbi of his recent visit to the open house for the Mormon temple in Gilbert, Arizona. Before LDS temples are dedicated, the public is allowed to tour... read on

  • Polish Anti-Semitism and Mark’s Law of Anti-Israelite Hatred

    By Mark Paredes

    January 21, 2014 | 12:18 am

    Like many of my Jewish friends who care about religion in Eastern Europe, I was disappointed to read in a recent survey that more than 6 in 10 Poles continue to believe in a Jewish conspiracy to control banking and the media. Disappointed, but not surprised.

    I recall hiring a... read on

  • BYU and the ASA’s Israel boycott

    By Mark Paredes

    January 4, 2014 | 12:05 am

    Several readers and a prominent young Jewish journalist wrote me over the holidays to ask why Brigham Young University, a member of the American Studies Association (ASA), has not joined over 100 universities in denouncing the ASA’s recent vote to support an academic boycott of... read on

  • Duck Dynasty, Piers Morgan, and real Catholicism

    By Mark Paredes

    December 24, 2013 | 10:07 pm

    Thanks to all who contacted me following my most recent post on the legalization of gay marriage in Utah by one federal judge, a decision with which most of the state’s residents are likely to disagree. Another person who probably isn’t toasting the Utah ruling is Phil Robertson,... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mark Paredes is a Mormon Bishop and a member of the Jewish Relations Committee of the LDS Church’s Southern California Public Affairs Council. He has worked for the ZOA, the...

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