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  • Israel Festival - Good Times at Rancho Park

    By Mark Paredes

    April 29, 2012 | 10:56 pm

    Under the inspired leadership of Director Ron Smith, the Jewish Relations Committee for the LDS Church in Southern California has sponsored a booth at the Israel Festival in Los Angeles for the second time. Thousands of people attended today’s event, and many stopped by our booth... read on

  • Jewish Survey: Mormons, Muslims much more popular than Evangelicals

    By Mark Paredes

    April 23, 2012 | 12:07 am

    While Mormons may baptize the occasional dead Jew, Jews can at least appreciate the thought and concern. Evangelicals just tell the Jews their ancestors are going to hell. This is probably why Jews prefer Mormons. – online comment on the Deseret News
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    Whenever I’m looking for a... read on

  • Rosen, Romney, and Respect

    By Mark Paredes

    April 15, 2012 | 8:52 pm

    A lot of Romney supporters were outraged over Hilary Rosen’s recent claim that Ann Romney “has actually never worked a day in her life” during a discussion about women and the economy on CNN. While Hilary was clearly referring to a regular 9-to-5 job, many thought that the... read on

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  • Hagee, Aish, and Interfaith Respect

    By Mark Paredes

    April 8, 2012 | 10:09 pm

    What better occasion than the celebration of Easter/Passover this weekend to consider the limits and expectations of interfaith cooperation. The catalyst for this essay was the recent visit of pro-Israel Pastor John Hagee to Jerusalem, where he videotaped a sermon about Jesus Christ... read on

  • Dump Starbucks over gay marriage? Not this Mormon

    By Mark Paredes

    April 1, 2012 | 9:17 pm

    I’ve been contacted by several people this week who want me to endorse the “Dump Starbucks” campaign sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Starbucks’s sin? According to the campaign’s website, the socially-conscious company has “taken a corporate-wide... read on

  • Messi the Greatest Ever? Sorry, wrong Argentine

    By Mark Paredes

    March 26, 2012 | 6:10 pm

    I’ve decided to write today on another of my passions, soccer. I figure that if a serious writer like George Will can dedicate one or two columns a year to a boring sport like baseball, I can post an essay on the world’s most beautiful game. If you’re not a soccer fan, read no... read on

  • What a Mormon CUFI would look like

    By Mark Paredes

    March 18, 2012 | 8:44 pm

    I was delighted to read this week that Christians United for Israel (CUFI), Pastor John Hagee’s pro-Israel Evangelical organization, is now 1 million members strong, making it the largest pro-Israel organization in the world (I think the LDS Church holds that honor, but I digress).... 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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