David Mason

David Mason is an associate professor at Rhodes College. He is the author of "Theatre and Religion on Krishna's Stage" and "My Mormonism." His biography of Brigham Young will be available later this year from Routledge. Follow him on Twitter: @fatsodoctor.

Stories by David Mason

On July 24, Mormons Celebrate Their Own Independence Day

Pioneer Day is a state holiday in Utah and a symbolic day for Mormons. But what does it symbolize?

Nones on a Mission

Why I’m drawn to the religion of the Nones.

Sacrificing Free Speech in the Name of Free Speech

When Penguin pulped Wendy Doniger, they may have set the stage for free speech — and more profit.

Is Religion Just an Act?

A Mormon bishop in Utah went to church disguised as a homeless man to teach his congregation about compassion.

Mormons — Yes, Mormons — Are Having an LGBT Moment

Mormon support for gay marriage grows.

Praying for true religious freedom at the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case “Town of Greece v. Galloway,” and then decide, once and for all, whose religion is best.

Pope Francis hearts atheists

Atheists search for a response to the heartfelt new Pontiff.

A gay Mormon with a dog problem

(Flickr) Michael Jensen was supposed to become a published author before the year was out, but the whole deal was … Continued

Baby ‘Messiah’ not welcome in the land of the free?
Baby ‘Messiah’ not welcome in the land of the free?

Heidi Wigdahl/Associated Press – This photo provided by Heidi Wigdahl of WBIR-TV shows seven-month old Martin DeShawn McCullough being held … Continued

The big gay Boy Scout agenda

(David Manning/Reuters) Who knew that those green socks and neckerchiefs were so darn sexy? Before I go to my son’s … Continued

Where Spock and Kirk bring us OUT of darkness

Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine) in “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” I’m not a Trekkie. I barely know my … Continued

When Spock and Kirk brought us OUT of darkness

Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine) in “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” I’m not a Trekkie. I barely know my … Continued

What my Mormon mother taught me about God

I remember when my mother told me to hit someone. A junior high school classmate had adopted the habit of … Continued

A Mormon glass ceiling shattered

In recent weeks we’ve seen some grand changes in the world. A pope unexpectedly resigned, and a new one selected … Continued

With Boy Scouts delay on gay members, what else is up for debate?

Eric Gay AP A Boy Scout wears an Eagle Scot neckerchief during the annual Boy Scouts Parade and Report to … Continued

Mormonsandgays.org: Almost impossible to explain this site

Rather on the QT last week, the LDS Church launched “mormonsandgays.org”, a head-scratcher of a Web site that makes one … Continued

Pro-Putin youths: Mormons, go home

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Activists of pro-Kremlin youth groups “Moldaya gvardiya” and “Nashi” (“Young guard” and “Ours”) attend a rally as they … Continued

An ode to Twinkies

AP Twinkies baked goods are displayed for sale at the Hostess Brands’ bakery in Denver, Colo. In a simpler time, … Continued

‘Mormon Moment’ RIP

GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romneyconcedes the race on Nov. 7, 2012 in Boston. Thank goodness that the Mormon … Continued