Five out of seven Mormon members of the U.S. Senate backed a bill to end workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians. After the vote, Sen. Harry Reid said it signaled a shift in perceptions of same-sex relationships
Two missionaries, a straitlaced Brazilian and his brash American companion, forge an unlikely friendship as they try to win souls in South America. That relationship, between Elders Passos and McLeod, is at the heart of the new novel Elders, by Ryan McIlvain.
Only one in five Americans say they could definitely vote for an atheist for President but that has not stopped the recent spate of public intellectuals proudly displaying their unbelief - Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris among them. Author Susan Jacoby will be defending freethinkers and our secular republic at a panel discussion on "Theism/Atheism: Belief and Unbelief in America" at the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV this Thursday at 7pm.
Joshua Kryah is a contemporary poet in Las Vegas. But his poems "would be just as at home in the mouth of a monk in medieval France, a Brazilian missionary, the courtier to his beloved," noted one editor.