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  • Coronavirus suspected in death of Harlem 'cult’ leader whose church required 20% tithes

    04/10/2020 12:53:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | APR 09, 2020 | Leonard Greene
    The leader of a Harlem separatist group whose church used 20% tithes to bilk members out of millions of dollars has died, according to his lawyer and followers. Jermaine Grant, 44, who was sentenced in January to 18 months in federal prison after he admitted to using church funds to personally enrich himself, died April 1 after a brief illness. His prison term was scheduled to begin later this month. His lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, said it was unclear if Grant’s death was related to the coronavirus pandemic, although church leaders revealed on social media that Grant died from COVID-19. “It...
  • Coronavirus brings hundreds of LDS missionaries back to Utah

    03/25/2020 3:58:06 PM PDT · by datricker · 39 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 25 2020 | David Noyce
    Hundreds of missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints streamed through the doors of Salt Lake City International Airport on Sunday and were greeted by a large group of family and friends, marking an atypical detour in their religious service for the Utah-based faith. The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus has prompted the church to adapt its foundational proselytizing program, shuttering Missionary Training Centers worldwide and scrambling to return young men and women to their native countries.
  • 1877: John D. Lee, for the Mountain Meadows Massacre

    03/23/2020 6:59:00 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 50 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | March 23, 2009 | Headsman
    On this date in 1877, Mormon leader John D. Lee was shot at the site of (and for the crime of instigating) the Mountain Meadows Massacre 20 years before. As the only person ever prosecuted for this dreadful affair, which saw 120 California-bound settlers slaughtered by a Mormon militia, Lee “was allowed … to carry to his grave Mormondom’s guilt for this horrible and barbaric act.” (Jan Shipps)
  • Utah earthquake damages Mormon temple and knocks trumpet from iconic angel statue

    03/18/2020 4:48:53 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 485 replies
    CNN ^ | 1:08 PM ET, Wed March 18, 2020 | Daniel Burke
    A statue of the Angel Moroni sits atop the Salt Lake Temple in a 2015 photo. The temple was damaged Wednesday in an earthquake that also dislodged Moroni's trumpet. (CNN)The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Utah Wednesday morning also dislodged a symbolic part of Salt Lake City's iconic Mormon temple: the trumpet of an angel statue atop its highest spire. The temple is the spiritual focal point for the 16 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "The trumpet on the Angel Moroni statue fell off, and there is minor displacement of some of the temple's smaller...
  • New Haven police to distribute ‘crack’ pipes, syringes, in hope of keeping addicts alive

    02/07/2020 6:57:57 AM PST · by lowbridge · 52 replies
    nhregister.com ^ | February 6, 2020 | Ben Lambert
    City police will begin distributing “harm reduction kits,” including clean syringes and glass pipes, with hopes of keeping those battling drug addiction alive until they are able to commit to seek treatment. Police Chief Otoniel Reyes said officers often seize and discard needles and pipes, among other paraphernalia, when making an arrest. But often times, once people are released from custody, they rush to use, driven by addiction — and use unsafe or unfamiliar equipment, placing at them at greater risk of overdosing or contracting HIV. “While many think that the primary responsibility of police is to protect and enforce the laws,...
  • Romney's Religion not the problem. Vanity

    02/05/2020 7:24:31 PM PST · by Dr. Zzyzx · 132 replies
    Self | 2.05.2020 | Dr. Zzyzx
    Several posters today have been criticizing Mitt Romney by simply saying “Mormon”* or something similar, as if that explains it all. I’m sure that every religion has someone who has done something foolish, but somehow, their religion is never mentioned. To help everyone understand that it is not Romney’s religion that is making him act like a buffoon, I’ve compiled a brief list of people that have helped make America great who were either raised Mormon or became Mormon. (In alphabetical order by last name.) Gutzon Borglum: Carved Mt. Rushmore John Moses Browning: Created the Colt M1911 pistol among many...
  • Was Mitt Romney’s vote the fulfillment of a Mormon prophecy?

    02/06/2020 12:14:38 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/5/20
    SALT LAKE CITY —    Utahans reacted to Sen. Mitt Romney’s decision to break Republican ranks with a mixture of pride and dismay Wednesday, with some in this majority-Mormon state even suggesting that his vote to remove President Trump from office recalled a prophecy attributed to the church founder Joseph Smith. Although generally debunked as apocryphal by modern historians, the so-called White Horse Prophecy dates to 1844 when Smith himself was a candidate for president of the United States. The Mormons — members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — have long regarded the U.S. Constitution as a divinely inspired...
  • Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith motivated him to vote for Trump’s removal from office

    02/05/2020 8:06:29 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2020 | Julie Zauzmer
    As Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) delivered a history-making speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first U.S. senator to ever vote to remove from office a president of his own party, Romney did not express his greatest emotion when he called the actions of President Trump “grievously wrong.” He was most emotional when he talked about God. “As a senator-juror, I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am,” Romney said at the start of his speech. Clearly moved, he paused for...
  • Child molester’s wife sues Mormon church for $9.5 million, says husband is in prison because clergy reported his confession

    01/09/2020 8:08:05 AM PST · by Rio · 140 replies
    OregonLive ^ | January 08, 2020 | Aimee Green
    The wife of an Oregon man serving a 15-year prison sentence for sexually abusing the couple’s daughter has filed a $9.5 million lawsuit against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, saying a clergy member violated a promise of confidentiality by reporting her husband to authorities.
  • Mexican official with suspected cartel ties arrested in connection to Mormon family Massacre

    12/28/2019 8:10:31 AM PST · by ptsal · 15 replies
    SaraCarter ^ | 12-27-2019 | Jennie Taer
    A Mexican official overseeing security in Chihuahua, Mexico was arrested Tuesday in connection to a massacre that left three American women and six children dead last month, according to the New York Post. The group found itself ambushed by cartels as they were making their way through Sonora, Mexico to visit family in the United States. Fidel Alejandro Villegas Villegas, the Director of Public Safety in Janos, was arrested by the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime Investigation (Seido) for his suspected connection to Juarez drug cartel, according to the Herald of Chihuahua.
  • GOP Sen. Mike Lee Predicts Quick Passage of S.386 Visa-to-Voter Bill

    12/19/2019 9:11:56 AM PST · by NobleFree · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Dec 2019 | NEIL MUNRO
    Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and GOP Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) predicted Wednesday that they would pass their revised S.386 bill, which opens a new pathway for more foreign temporary workers to stay, take Americans’ jobs, and lobby for more green cards. […] Utah GOP Sen. Lee said […]: "I’m going to make sure we’ve got the buy-in that we need [from GOP senators]. I want to make sure the [GOP] cosponsors of the legislation are comfortable with what we negotiated, and they understand it … I have every hope and expectation and confidence that this is going to result...
  • How the US military has embraced growing religious diversity

    11/17/2019 11:31:25 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 23 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | November 12, 2019 | Ronit Y. Stahl
    Vice President Mike Pence joins military officers and a chaplain on Aug. 23, 2019, in a prayer for two Army men who died during operations in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (The Conversation) -- In 1919, Lee Levinger buried four soldiers in France. The responsibility to preside over a funeral was not unusual for military chaplains. But during World War I, most Americans would have been surprised to learn that a rabbi led a service for four Christian soldiers. In 1917, when the United States entered the war, chaplaincy was a majority white and fully Christian organization. No law specifically stated...
  • Prominent Muslim leader meets with First Presidency to build interfaith friendship (Mormons)

    11/06/2019 3:46:17 PM PST · by LiberalismDestroys · 85 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 11/6/2019 | Sydney Walker
    His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League and president of the International Organization for Muslim Scholars, met with the First Presidency on Tuesday, Nov. 5.Dr. Al-Issa also met with Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and toured Welfare Square.
  • Trump names Robert O’Brien as national security adviser

    09/18/2019 6:46:40 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 18, 2019 | Mark Moore
    President Trump announced in a tweet on Wednesday that he will name Robert O’Brien to succeed John Bolton as his national security adviser. “I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor​,” the president said. “I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!​”​ ​The announcement comes a day after Trump released the five finalists on his list and called O’Brien “fantastic.”
  • ‘Star Wars’ character placed on Latter-day Saint church program

    09/06/2019 4:07:19 PM PDT · by fishtank · 32 replies
    Fox ^ | 9-3-19 | David Wells
    PRIOR LAKE, Minn.— Members of the congregation at a Latter-day Saint church in Minnesota may have noticed a familiar, but out-of-place face on the front of their church programs on Sunday. An image of Obi-Wan Kenobi, as portrayed by Ewan McGregor in the "Star Wars" prequels, was used in a collage depicting images of Jesus Christ.
  • Mormons Launch Sacred Underwear Store 'Brigham's Secret'

    08/14/2019 12:57:44 AM PDT · by Norski · 94 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | August 9, 2019 | Staff
    SALT LAKE CITY, UT—A specialty underwear shop targeting Mormons has opened in Salt Lake City's Temple Square. If the venture is successful, "Brigham's Secret" stores will become a reality in malls and shopping centers all over the country. The store allows men and women to shop for various temple undergarments, which are designed to offer both maximum comfort and be a constant reminder of the covenants made with God in the temple. Coming in multiple colors, types of material, and various different cuts, the luxury temple garments will allow Latter-Day Saints to look their very best while going about their...
  • An Excellent Adventure in the Semi-Big City

    04/09/2019 7:38:20 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 4-9-19 | MOTUS
    We made a supply run into the city yesterday. We were running low on your basic paper supplies and coffee which always triggers a Costco run and Raj wanted to go to his favorite ethnic stores in order to pick up some weird ingredients that he may or may not use at some point in a future. The first stop of the day was the Chinatown Supermarket on State street in South Salt Lake.Entryway to the Chinatown Supermarket and food emporiumThis is really more entertainment than shopping. The shelves and coolers are filled with every Asian ingredient you’ve ever heard...
  • Former DIA Officer Who Spied for China Hated Trump

    03/20/2019 6:03:56 AM PDT · by robowombat · 39 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2019 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    Former DIA Officer Who Spied for China Hated Trump Court documents reveal Chinese intelligence targets BY: Bill Gertz A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer who spied for China worked secretly as a Beijing agent for five years and revealed in an intercepted phone call he was motivated in part by hatred for President Trump. Ron Rockwell Hansen, a DIA operations officer until 2006, was arrested June 5 and pleaded guilty on Friday in Utah to attempting to sell national defense secrets to China. He faces 15 years in prison under a plea deal. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24. Court...
  • We Need Mitt Romney. And We Need Him Now. (The Bulwark)

    02/23/2019 10:06:48 AM PST · by rintintin · 106 replies
    The Bulwark ^ | Feb 22 2019 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    With Donald Trump’s proclamation of a phony national emergency in response to a phony invasion on our southern border, the country has entered a genuine constitutional crisis. Military funds have been diverted under emergency presidential authority only twice before in our history: by Bush 41 after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, and by Bush 43 following 9/11. Never before has a president run roughshod over Congress in this manner, abusing statutorily granted emergency powers for an obviously pretextual and nakedly political purpose, and thereby usurping Congress’s constitutionally allotted power of the purse.
  • Mormon gay conversion therapist now "choosing to pursue life" as homosexual

    01/23/2019 3:30:34 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 32 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 22th January 2019 | EWAN PALMER
    A prominent gay conversion therapist and active member of the “ex-gay” scene has announced his intentions to start a new life as a homosexual. David Matheson, author of the book Becoming a Whole Man and creator of several experimental programs which seek to “address incongruous same-sex attractions” revealed he is now seeking to date men. The announcement was revealed by fellow gay conversion advocate Rich Wyler, founder of the People Can Change organization, in a post to a private Facebook group obtained by Truth Wins Out (TWO), a group who fight against anti-LGBT prejudice and discrimination. “David…says that living a...