The Balance of The Ballerina
Joseph Delli Gatti
A dark reflection dances
just below her surface –
an angel and a devil
balancing upon a sole.
The pink-ribboned shoe
takes a turn and leaves the floor –
an angel flying closer to heaven,
a devil falling closer to hell.
They reunite again and again –
each time with soft taps
until the notes of the music stop
and the dancer leaves the stage.
by Joseph Delli Gatti
June 1, 2016
Recently, in a televised interview, Donald Trump for President campaign manager Corey Lewandowski made the claim that if Mitt Romney were to run for President, that our 2nd Amendment rights would be confiscated by the federal government. The underlying message plays to Trump-supporters’ fears that liberals are attempting to establish or to fortify a new-world-order Socialist government that can control the population via gun-control measures such as those found in the United Nations Small Arms Treaty.
By Joseph Delli Gatti
“Full Conversion” food is a name given to a concept that I discovered during my year-long sojourn in Mauritius while serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I considered how close some traditional Mauritian-Indian food ingredients were to traditional Mexican or Central American food ingredients.
Some of my favorite things to eat in Mauritius were roti with beans, halim, curry-fried noodles, Indian-made Chinese rice, and chicken or lamb biryani (made both Indian style and Muslim/Middle Eastern style). It was probably the best food in the world.
Much like the Mauritian creole language resulted from various nationalities sharing a language while trying to maintain segregated religion and cultures, the food tended to follow the same approach. What would African/creole or Chinese people have for dinner if they only had access to Indian and middle-eastern cooks and ingredients?
By Joseph Delli Gatti
In 2008, I fell into the same trap as a lot of voters: I learned about the candidates from the arguments and accusations of the competition. I watched the mainstream news media, and accepted what they said at face value. I didn’t know that it was a problem either – until shortly into the 2012 Republican primaries.
In 2012, I lightly researched the candidates, and settled on Tim Pawlenty because of the fiscally and morally conservative values that I believed he held. When Tim bowed out of the primaries early, and endorsed Mitt Romney, it caught me off guard. I went online and argued with people about how I couldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because of his positions on abortion, taxes, healthcare, and marriage. Someone responded to a comment that I made: it was a plea to research Mitt Romney’s positions to more depth on at least one issue. So, half out of spite and half out of curiosity, I did. Continue reading
By Joseph Delli Gatti –
This article was originally written as a response to someone on FaceBook who asked about the origins of the Zionist movement, and asked why Jews have to live in Israel at all. My approach to answering this inquiry was as follows: as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I believe in the Bible: in its historicity, and in its doctrine. Most of my understanding of Jewish history comes from the Old and New Testaments, from modern Prophets like Joseph Smith, Jr., and from LDS Scriptures like the Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants. It’s from this perspective that I responded (see below).
By Joseph Delli Gatti –
How would you like to take my 10-hour non-accredited, diploma-less online study course in LDS American History? Here it is. I promise that at minimum, you’ll learn something new.
I’m often confronted about my political and religious beliefs and about my views on various aspects of the LDS (Mormon) church. At one online discussion forum, I found that I had written over 1,200 comments on my beliefs (totaling nearly as many pages when cut and pasted into a MS Word document). And people still weren’t done asking questions or challenging me – although a lot of their questions were sort of cyclical or rhetorical in nature.
As I’ve thought about similar experiences I’ve had since that time, I’m reminded not only that I could have probably written a few thick books instead, but also that a lot of people – even really well educated people – don’t consider context and perspective as well as they should, nor do they think beyond the immediate or near-term results of their political or religious positions. And I know that it’s impossible in many instances to have all the facts, but a lot of people don’t even try to come up with simple logical reasoning or a complete functioning paradigm – even just a simple one – for their viewpoint.
It’s in thought of those things that I’ve compiled these Web links to 8-10 hours of videos and reading that present an awesome view of our nation’s origins. Of course it doesn’t contain every variable and facet of our country or of the LDS faith, but I feel that it at least paints a simple complete picture of our nation’s origins and also provides some great insights to the Prophet Joseph Smith, and to the circumstances and environment in which the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints emerged.
These videos and resources have been helpful to me, and I hope they can be helpful to someone else too. I went to some effort to put these in the best order possible so that they build on the understanding of each other. The early pilgrims came to North America largely for religious freedom and for economical opportunities. This series of videos begins with the origins of these pilgrims, continues with the Mormon pioneers being persecuted for their religious practices, and concludes with resources about the importance of religious freedom to Americans and to people all over the world.
If you complete the study course, please also post a comment below letting us all know how it went.
Below is the eMail I received shortly after the BSA voted to abandon it’s devout Christian membership in favor of LGBT youth and funding.
My response follows this letter from the BSA asking me to renew my support for the Scouting program.
To whom it may concern,
Due to the recent emphasis by the Boy Scouts of America placed on child sexuality and alternative forms of it, I have pledged to no longer support the Boy Scouts of America. I’m disheartened by the fact that accommodating and promoting deviant childhood sexual expression was valued over accommodating and promoting religious values and basic portions of the long-standing Oath and Law. In other words, you chose homosexuals over religious adherents who oppose and desire to protect their children from that behavior. You had to know that you would be trading out one demography for another. Our values are incompatible with the promotion and express endorsement of such gross immorality.
Homosexuality and other forms of “alternative” sexuality should not be tolerated or promoted within the BSA. The Boy Scouts of America is no longer the stellar organization that it once was, and no longer represents the family virtues that sustain American vitality, culture, and greatness. As a result, you no longer have my support.
I wish the Boy Scouts of America success in back-stepping out of this policy change, and look forward to the time when my values and concern for the safety of my son are held in higher esteem than this risk and immorality falsely advertised as “inclusiveness”.
Former Arrow of Light Recipient, former Order of The Arrow member, former Eagle Scout, former Cub Master, and former Boy Scout Leader,
Joseph Delli Gatti
By Joseph Delli Gatti
April 18, 2013
We were all taught in Scouts, in church, in school, and by our parents that appropriate times to say no will confront us throughout our lives. Many methods of delivery for this lesson have been tried on us from our youth until the present time. Some of these methods have proven more effective than others.
The BSA’s Children’s Bill of Rights states the following: Continue reading
Friends of the Boy Scouts of America, Please sign this petition to show your support for the BSA to keep its “morally straight” policy in place. Please have your friends of scouting sign it too. http://www.libertyaction.org/376/petition.asp
LGBT&P activist groups (some well funded) have been harassing the BSA for over 15 years to shut down or change its membership policy to include child and adult homosexuality. Without your active support, the efforts of those activist groups inflict great damage. In their most recent effort, they managed to raise 1.4 million signatures from activists all over the world to present to the national BSA council. Continue reading
Because this topic is of vital importance, I wanted to share my open letter to the voting members of the national council for the Boy Scouts of America concerning the upcoming “morally straight” policy vote.
Dear voting members of the national committee,
Some advocates for changing the “morally straight” policy of the BSA insinuate that all BSA participants can find cohesion based on tolerance – extreme tolerance only exercised by all members and chartering organizations that appreciate the long-standing national policy as is.
This one-sided tolerance essentially denotes that we would embrace behavior that we’re morally compelled to resist and repel – for the direct purpose of accommodating the opposing behavior and lifestyle. It would only serve to tie our hands behind our backs so that the homosexual ideals and behavior could have a place to flourish within the organization as well as to facilitate the promotion of homosexuality to the rest of society. Continue reading