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Mormons quit church in mass resignation ceremony
Reuters ^ | Jennifer Dobner

Posted on 06/30/2012 7:13:48 PM PDT by Enosh

A group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake City on Saturday in a rare display of defiance ending decades of disagreement for some over issues ranging from polygamy to gay marriage.

Participants from Utah, Arizona, Idaho and elsewhere gathered in a public park to sign a “Declaration of Independence from Mormonism.”

“This feels awesome,” said Alison Lucas, from West Jordan, Utah, who took part in the rally amid soaring temperatures. “I don’t know if I would have had the courage except in a group.”

The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is known for its culture of obedience, and the mass ceremony was a seldom-seen act of collective revolt.

After gathering in the park, participants hiked a half-mile up nearby Ensign Peak, scaled in 1847 by church President Brigham Young to survey the spot where his Latter-day Saints would build a city.

At the top, those gathered gave three loud shouts of “Freedom,” cheered, clapped and hugged.

“It’s been a hard journey and this is a symbolic end,” said event organizer Zilpha Larsen, of Lehi, Utah. “I just hope that it boosts people up and helps them feel more comfortable in their decision.”

The church bills itself as the one “true” Christian faith, and its theology promises families eternal relationships among those who remain faithful, sealing those gifts through special religious rites.

Among the reasons cited by those resigning are the church’s political activism against gay marriage and doctrinal teachings that conflict with scientific findings or are perceived as racist or sexist.

Others cite inconsistencies in the Mormons’ explanation of its own history, including the practice of polygamy. The church renounced plural marriage over a century ago as Utah was seeking statehood.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Other Christian; Other non-Christian
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1 posted on 06/30/2012 7:13:53 PM PDT by Enosh
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To: Enosh

Good for them. Now they can all come home to Rome.


2 posted on 06/30/2012 7:17:01 PM PDT by caldera599
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To: caldera599
Among the reasons cited by those resigning are the church’s political activism against gay marriage and doctrinal teachings that conflict with scientific findings or are perceived as racist or sexist.

I doubt those upset with the Mormon church's (nominal -- obviously not practically binding, viz. Mitt Romney in Mass.) opposition to Gay Marriage will embrace the Roman Catholic or any other Christian church of traditional moral views.

3 posted on 06/30/2012 7:25:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: Enosh
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Among the reasons cited by those resigning are the church’s political activism against gay marriage and doctrinal teachings that conflict with scientific findings or are perceived as racist or sexist.

Ok... so they're pro gay marriage and think science trumps their faith. Interesting, and yet not.
4 posted on 06/30/2012 7:25:19 PM PDT by TheZMan (Obama is without a doubt the worst President ever elected to these United States)
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To: caldera599

“Among the reasons cited by those resigning are the church’s political activism against gay marriage”

I doubt they’ll be joining the catholic church.


5 posted on 06/30/2012 7:25:35 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Enosh

This is news why?


6 posted on 06/30/2012 7:25:35 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: caldera599

Ummm ... Did you see the reasons cited? For example, LDS opposition to gay marriage? I don’t think the RCC is a good fit for this crowd..


7 posted on 06/30/2012 7:26:18 PM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: Enosh
Among the reasons cited by those resigning are the church’s political activism against gay marriage...

Got it. The Mormons just went up a notch with me.

8 posted on 06/30/2012 7:26:59 PM PDT by Prince Caspian
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To: KansasGirl
"This is news why?"

Because it happened?

9 posted on 06/30/2012 7:28:58 PM PDT by Enosh (†)
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To: Enosh

Who’s gonna launder all that magic underwear?


10 posted on 06/30/2012 7:29:45 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: TheZMan

This appears a group of mixed motivations, some viewing the Mormon church as too liberal and some as too conservative, and I am surprised they did it together, this herd of cats.

As for science — well, Mormonism DOES have a sci-fi core. But nobody can bring up, say, Kolob with a telescope. Maybe it’s this part that some are rejecting as bunk.


11 posted on 06/30/2012 7:29:45 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: Prince Caspian

Now if they’d only clue in high muckety muck bishop Mitt Romney!


12 posted on 06/30/2012 7:30:41 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: Enosh
Curious...I wonder why this is happening *now* rather than 6 months from now or 9 months ago? And why does the AP,by some chance,think it's important? I smell Osama Obama’s stench in this one.
13 posted on 06/30/2012 7:34:26 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Gay State Conservative

Exactly. Wonder if activists infiltrated the church.....just like they do unis and other institutions to bring them down.


14 posted on 06/30/2012 7:37:40 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Wings cannot be redistributed, they can only be broken. ~ Oleg Atbashian (People's Cube))
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To: Prince Caspian

That particular teaching didn’t catch on with Mitt. He invented gay marriage out of wholecloth in Massachusetts.


15 posted on 06/30/2012 7:42:15 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Enosh

I still don’t see where they are promoting sodomy.


16 posted on 06/30/2012 7:46:48 PM PDT by 23 Everest (When seconds count. The police are just 23 minutes away. 831 Bonnie)
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To: driftdiver

Or any Church worth its salt.


17 posted on 06/30/2012 7:46:48 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile (Are you not entertained?!)
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To: TheZMan

You know that the leftists are always making these grandstanding displays, you can bet that there is some leftist advocacy group behind this and they probably get some of our tax payers money. This is how the communist controlled foundations work. These foundations have been taken over by communists a long time ago and they have been using them to wage war on America ever since. First they put up billboards urging people to leave the Catholic Church and now it is the Mormons, anyone who defies the sacred cows of the left will get this treatment.


18 posted on 06/30/2012 7:51:04 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Enosh

Of course, the question begs - what drove them to “resign” (withdraw) from the “church”? Was it that they just grew weary of the legalism? Was it the politics Mormonism (internal, not governmental)?

Was it because some wanted to exercise sinful behavior that Mormons are particularly strict in enforcing?

Or is it because they have truly been called out of the cult by the Holy Spirit, leading them to a real, true, and saving faith in Jesus Christ?

And sorry - but to “go home to Rome” would be to go from legalism to legalism, skipping the personal relationship that Christ calls us to.


19 posted on 06/30/2012 7:58:01 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: TheBattman

Is romney wearing magic underwear and does he believe Jesus appeared in New York? That’s all I want to know.


20 posted on 06/30/2012 8:02:42 PM PDT by marygonzo
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To: caldera599
Good for them. Now they can all come home to Rome.

Not ruddy likely. If they're leaving because they didn't like the Mormon teachings against homosexual 'marriage' and polygamy, what makes you think they'd agree with the teachings of the Catholic Church?

21 posted on 06/30/2012 8:07:06 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: muawiyah
That particular teaching didn’t catch on with Mitt. He invented gay marriage out of wholecloth in Massachusetts.

Nah, that was the doing of the Chief Justice of the MA Supreme Judicial Court, her husband, Anthony Lewis of the NY TIMES, and their group of political friends. They saw an opportunity and took it. Mitt just didn't fight it. Don't know if he didn't think he could, or what, but the Supreme Judicial Court ruled and that was that.

22 posted on 06/30/2012 8:18:55 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Enosh

150 people constitutes a “massive” whatever for this reporter?

Really? LOL!


23 posted on 06/30/2012 8:20:05 PM PDT by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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To: SuziQ
no, that wasn't that ~ the mass constitution prohibited the supreme judicial court from making such rulings.

Romney had a fit of megalomania and went ahead and imposed it himself. The court didn't tell him he had to do anything.

The reason we can all recite that particular story is because you guys keep telling us it didn't happen that way.

Do you want us to believe he didn't invent gay marriage in mass or what? This is not Alice in Wonderland ~ it's cold blooded politics, and mitt 'came out'

24 posted on 06/30/2012 8:22:47 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Enosh

LOL. 150, eh? 150 liberals masquerading as family loving Mormons.


25 posted on 06/30/2012 8:26:53 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: caldera599

“Among the reasons cited by those resigning are the church’s political activism against gay marriage”

Why would they go to Rome?


26 posted on 06/30/2012 8:33:08 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We must get down on our knees each day and thank God that McCain/Palin didn't win in '08.)
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To: cradle of freedom

Zilpha Larsen is a co-host on a podcast with her husband called Mormon Expression.

I do believe that Zilpha and her husband are left leaning but judging by their podcast they are decent enough folks.

With a name like Zilpha you have to be from Utah, I am sure it is a Book Of Mormon name or at least finds its origins there.


27 posted on 06/30/2012 8:36:17 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Even a RINO will chew its foot off when caught in a trap.)
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To: caldera599

You are kidding right? These freaks are going further into the wild blue yonder to marry multiple wives, have 50 children apiece etc.


28 posted on 06/30/2012 8:43:23 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: driftdiver

Why not..they can just become priests?


29 posted on 06/30/2012 8:59:28 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Enosh

ping for later reference


30 posted on 06/30/2012 9:06:00 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Enosh

ping for later reference


31 posted on 06/30/2012 9:06:12 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Enosh

ping for later reference


32 posted on 06/30/2012 9:06:39 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Enosh

ping for later reference


33 posted on 06/30/2012 9:06:54 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Enosh

They can join one of the churches whose members vote for gay marriage, Episcopalian, Roman Catholic, Community of Christ or other liberal denominations.


34 posted on 06/30/2012 9:21:47 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: driftdiver

But if they repent and amend their life, why not?


35 posted on 06/30/2012 9:35:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: muawiyah
Whatever you think of Mitt, he didn't 'invent' homosexual marriage in MA. There had been a push for it, and there was even a referendum that was on the ballot that would have outlawed it, but it never made it on the ballot, because the Democrats in the legislature didn't allow it. The actions of the Supreme Judicial Court circumvented that legislation.

We continued to try to get it on the ballot, and were almost there, but when Deval Patrick was elected, he bribed 5 Legislators into changing their votes, and by their actions, kept the citizens of MA from being able to vote on the issue.

36 posted on 06/30/2012 9:40:54 PM PDT by SuziQ
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place marker


37 posted on 06/30/2012 10:00:37 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: caldera599

frying pans and fires?


38 posted on 06/30/2012 10:07:54 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: SuziQ

“Not ruddy likely. If they’re leaving because they didn’t like the Mormon teachings against homosexual ‘marriage’ and polygamy, what makes you think they’d agree with the teachings of the Catholic Church? “

Or any religion.


39 posted on 06/30/2012 10:14:25 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: marygonzo

Hey Newbie.....you sound a tad rude.


40 posted on 07/01/2012 3:26:48 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Enosh

YEAH. SURE.

so they didn’t have the courage to do it quietly according to their conscience, but did it en mass, just in time to embarass Romney.

Coincidence?

Wonder why the numbers were so low: there’s a lot more than 150 Jack mormons in SLC...I guess most of the Jack Mormons decided that this was political, not religious...


41 posted on 07/01/2012 4:00:58 AM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: Enosh; All
I didn't see anybody comment upon this one graph from the article? (Why not?)

From the article: The church bills itself as the one “true” Christian faith, and its theology promises families eternal relationships among those who remain faithful, sealing those gifts through special religious rites.

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The middle portion of that graph -- "its theology promises families eternal relationships among those who remain faithful" -- means that mainstream Mormons still practice eternal polygamy in their own eyes...as long as they get sequentially married to serial partners in their temple.

So much for the Mormonistic PR lie that even in their own eyes, polygamy somehow went by the wayside!

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And the first part of that graph -- "The church bills itself as the one “true” Christian faith..." -- is based upon Mormon "scripture" below cited below:

Snapshot of Joseph Smith’s Slanderous Invectives vs. Christian Sects

Mormon Source

Mormon church the only ‘Christ-sanctioned’ church on earth: “…the foundation of this [Mormon] church…the ONLY true and living church on the face of the whole earth” [Obvious ‘scorched earth’ implication: All other churches are false and dead] Lds “scripture” Doctrines & Covenants 1:30

I find it absolutely amazing that we have so many FREEPER conservatives...
...reared in fairly tolerant homes...
...and having rec'd secular high school and college campuses "multi-cultural" education -- including religiously "multi-cultural" education --
--yet somehow their voices utterly fail to even comment upon Mormonism's exclusive claim that "We're the only real church in town."

Why is that? (If you're a FREEPER and you go to a non-Mormon church, why do essentially "Amen!" the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as it goes on singing how "dead" and how "false" your church is?????????)

So much for the Mormonistic PR lie that it's "tolerant" toward other churches!!!!!!!!!!!

42 posted on 07/01/2012 6:30:41 AM PDT by Colofornian (Saying Mitt would keep past political promises is like prophesying that Gumby won't bend anymore)
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