Jewish Journal

  • Mormon opens Jewish deli

    By Mark Paredes

    6 days ago

    I wanted to share this wonderful JTA story of a former Mormon bishop who runs a Jewish deli in Utah. It was reprinted in J., the Jewish newspaper in the Bay Area, which used to have a blog on Jewish-LDS relations written by my friend Christa Woodall.


  • Archbishop Cordileone, a Catholic mensch

    By Mark Paredes

    2 weeks ago

    When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him. – Jonathan Swift


    If I could have lunch with any religious leader in California, it would be Salvatore Cordileone, the courageous Catholic Archbishop of San... read on

  • Mormon Church’s Proposal: Protection for Gays, Protection for People of Faith

    By Mark Paredes

    3 weeks ago

    Last month top Mormon leaders made gay activists an offer that they shouldn’t refuse: Support by the church for laws in all states protecting gays from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation, so long as such laws contain religious liberty exemptions. Since... read on

  • John Dehlin: A Mormon Jew for Jesus?

    By Mark Paredes

    January 26, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    Last night, as on most nights, I fulfilled a vow that I made when I was a bachelor who wanted to be a father more than anything in the world: I put my arms around my daughter and sang Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” to her as part of our bedtime ritual. The song reminds... read on

  • Mormon gays living heterosexual lives on TV—not that there’s anything wrong with that

    By Mark Paredes

    January 12, 2015 | 10:58 pm

    Kudos to cable channel TLC for refusing to bow to the demands of the GLAAD and change.org crowd to cancel the show My Husband’s Not Gay, the first episode of which aired last night. I never cease to be amazed by the level of intolerance displayed by some gay activists, who... read on

  • Charlie Hebdo: The French Sony Complex

    By Mark Paredes

    January 8, 2015 | 5:33 pm

    "In France, there is a principle of freedom of expression, which should not be undermined. In the present context, given this absurd video that has been aired, strong emotions have been awakened in many Muslim countries. Is it really sensible or intelligent to pour oil on the... read on

  • Israel conquered “Palestine” in 1967? Time for a rewrite

    By Mark Paredes

    December 19, 2014 | 11:34 pm

    The LDS Church-owned Deseret News is published in Utah and is one of the two largest newspapers in the state. Every week it features a column written by Daniel Peterson, a professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at BYU, and LDS author William Hamblin. They address religious issues... read on

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