Episode 97

Tim Ballard, O.U.R. and White Mormon Nationalism

On this episode of Mormonish Podcast, Rebecca and Landon joined by Dr. Matthew Harris as we delve into the world of Mormon nationalism and the legacy of Ezra Taft Benson. This topic is more relevant than ever as we seem to see a growing faction of Mormonism embracing white Christian nationalism.

In the mid-twentieth century, Ezra Taft Benson was a deeply controversial figure who served not only as Secretary of Agriculture under Dwight Eisenhower but also as a member the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.His ongoing battle to preach against communism and warn memebers that the United States was on the road to moral decay, put him at odds with many both politically and within the church.

The prophet and other members of the Quorum attempted to discipline Benson for allowing his political views to influence his religious leadership, but he continued to advocate for the John Birch Society and other radical causes, while promoting Christian nationalism.

Benson's legacy lives on today and even seems to be gaining momentum, as illustrated by the recent OUR and Tim Ballard information that has come to light. We know you'll be as fascinated as we were to dive into this very important topic.

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Rebecca Bibliotheca

Rebecca Bibliotheca is a mother or three boys, co-founder of "The Good Book Club," a virtual reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, cohost of "Mormon Media Reviews," and leader of the "Mormon Stories Book Club." She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from BYU and worked for many years at the BYU Library. She and her husband, Tom, also founded a youth theater program that is in its 19th year. Rebecca loves the theater, reading, film, spending times outdoors, church watching and iced coffee!
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Landon Brophy

Landon Brophy is the proud father of four children, two grandchildren, three ATVs and a boat. He's a former military officer, the co-founder of The Good Book Club, a reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, ann international manager for a global defense contractor, and a worldwide traveler. He and his wife founded "Utah Wanderers," an online travel guide to exploring Utah. Landon loves the outdoors, ATVing, boating, flying, reading, observing the "ongoing restoration" and second Saturdays!