Hal Boyd is executive editor of Deseret National. He was an associate professor of family law and policy at Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life and previously worked as the opinion editor and as an enterprise reporter for the Deseret News. He is a fellow of the Wheatley Institution. Twitter: @halrobertboyd

The core “social identity” of believers influences whether saints stand fast in the faith.
How the city navigates the next decade may chart a future for not only the gulf, but the broader Middle East.
Democracy’s status is contested around the globe, and America’s man in Turkey is speaking out: freedom and stability hang in the balance.
Too much real-life anger comes from Tinseltown. It’s time for Dustin Lance Black to let go of his angst toward Latter-day Saints
In an era of pandemics and displacement, one of Brazil’s richest men is helping refugees find a home.
BYU and Pepperdine independently settled on the word “belonging” to define the kind of Christian community they’re seeking to cultivate.
Harry Reid’s legacy started with his rise from poverty in rural Nevada, eventually becoming the U.S. Senate majority leader.
The Southern California school has a long history with Latter-day Saints that doesn’t involve expletives.
The principles of true Christianity demand better politics.
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The word “surrender” is rarely used to describe American foreign policy. Yet that is how H.R. McMaster characterizes our Afghanistan withdrawal.
BYU’s godly mission means fidelity to commandments and orthodoxy. It also means calling out cruelty and bigotry.
On matters of core importance it’s not hard to discern where the publication stands.
In the run up to Father’s Day, many are reflecting on a father’s impact. Watch what these public intellectuals have to say about why Dad matters.
The Utah senator joins a panel of distinguished scholars and experts today for a Deseret News and Institute for Family Studies webinar.
Facebook’s ban on Trump worries me. And Germany, France — and even Russia’s opposition leader — seem to share my concerns.
Utah Republicans booed Senator Romney this weekend at the party’s state convention. Lamentably for the GOP, this is not an isolated incident.
Sure, Romney may have missed his opportunity to become president of the United States, but he could still help heal the nation.
The Atlantic published perhaps the most consequential magazine-length feature on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in more than a decade.
Debates about Amy Coney Barrett’s faith are more often surrogate skirmishes for larger conflicts about who in American life rightly owns the judiciary.
The carefully written document outlining the church’s doctrines and principles on marriage and family life was the fifth such “proclamation” in the church’s history.
“We’re all familiar with popular portrayals of no-strings-attached sex, but human sexual systems don’t actually work that way,” writes Mark Butler, Hal Boyd and Kaylin Cash in the Deseret News Opinion Section.
Seemingly personal choices of consenting adults can’t help but impact society. And, in the face of a pandemic, we ignore this reality at our own peril.
In underscoring the vital role teachers play within religion, Justice Alito reached for a scripture familiar to Latter-day Saints
The LGBTQ community must have rights. How, then, do we break the minority-majority persecution?
The Supreme Court will at long last reveal what specific religious rights the Constitution continues to protect during these contested and increasingly laical times.
Thomas B. Griffith — a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals and a BYU alumnus — has been the subject of baseless, partisan angling.
It takes only a cursory reading of Randall Guynn’s vita to appreciate that his work portfolio typically doesn’t include self-employed plumbers or Uber drivers.
Suggestions that the church should have forgone devotional elements of its recent conference fail to appreciate the full breadth of Christian worship.
In times of normalcy, social cohesion is usually great. But when it comes to a pandemic, helping your neighbor means keeping away.