Let’s have a talk about “privilege”

“Check your privilege.” One simple phrase, yet it embodies so much arrogance and condescension. In a quest to see who can prove the most awareness and deepest expression of their white liberal guilt over things previous generations inflicted upon other groups, this catchphrase has become a shorthand insult to disqualify someone else from participating in the conversation, ostensibly because they were born in fortunate circumstances. It’s a sad, pithy, and petty approach, a “personal insult posing as social critique” as The Atlantic put it. It’s also ineffective at actually making…

HOUSE OF CARDS: The Gospel According to Francis Underwood — Part I

(Note: this piece contains no season two spoilers.) Francis Underwood is the main character of the Netflix original series House of Cards. Francis is the Democrat House Majority Whip, and a consummate politician. When he is passed over as Secretary of State, he decides to rain hellfire on Washington and amass as much power in himself as possible. In Francis’s world, everything is about power and control. Religion is no different. It is nothing more than another means to an end. In House of Cards, the Gospel of Jesus, which…

The Salt City Throwdown Podcast: A Conversation with Pat Bagley

On The Salt City Thowdown, we try to have a little touch of humor, even when we are discussing serious topics. In my opinion, however, no one does that in Utah quite like Pat Bagley. Pat has been doing political cartoons (and other artwork) for almost three decades. Though he works at The Salt Lake Tribune, his work has been syndicated, and published on national and international levels. We spoke about his beginnings as a student at BYU, drawing for The Daily Universe (BYU’s student-run newspaper) to his thoughts on his…