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  • The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 3) [IF Lds lone true church, then are rest 'cultic?']

    07/01/2012 8:34:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 137 replies
    The presidential race of Mitt Romney and the success of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon have generated new interest in Mormonism. Stephen Mansfield's book The Mormonizing of America provides a careful study of this growing religion. The Book Stop blog is posting excerpts from the first two chapters of this book. The Mormons and the MediaNowhere in American society does this create an occasion of people talking past each other as when it comes to the media pursuing a prominent Mormon. Reporters naturally want to find something controversial about this visible person, so they ask about holy underwear....
  • The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 2) [Lds: We ALONE only true church; rest 'corrupt']

    07/01/2012 7:48:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 27 replies
    The presidential race of Mitt Romney and the success of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon have generated new interest in Mormonism. Stephen Mansfield's book The Mormonizing of America provides a careful study of this growing religion. The Book Stop blog is posting excerpts from the first two chapters of this book. What Matters to a MormonFor a Latter-day Saint, the heart of Mormonism is the restoration of priesthood authority. It is impossible to overstate this. At the core of everything Saintly is the unshakable belief that something lost for centuries was restored through Joseph Smith. It is now...
  • Mormons quit church in mass resignation ceremony

    07/01/2012 4:05:12 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 44 replies
    reuters ^ | Jun 30, 2012 | Jennifer Dobner
    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...
  • BYU Professor Daniel Peterson Fired as Editor of Mormon Studies Review at BYU’s Maxwell Institute

    06/28/2012 5:53:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    Disreport.net ^ | June 22, 2012 | Trevor Antley
    After rumors circulated earlier in the week, BYU’s Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship confirmed today that Daniel C. Peterson and his associate editors would be removed from the staff of the Mormon Studies Review, previously the FARMS Review. The periodical, which publishes articles and reviews on LDS-related topics and books, was founded by Peterson 23 years ago. Along with Peterson were also dismissed his associate editors Louis C. Midgley, George L. Mitton, Gregory L. Smith and Robert White. In a brief, anonymous statement posted on the Maxwell Institute’s website today the Institute stated, “For many years the FARMS Review has...
  • Poll: Mormon enthusiasm high for Romney

    06/26/2012 10:22:50 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 26, 2012 | Justin Sink
    Mitt Romney has at least one demographic group squarely in his corner headed into November: Mormons. Some 77 percent of Utah Mormons said they are "very excited" or "somewhat excited" that Romney — himself a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — clinched the Republican nomination. And nearly as many say his primary victory is a positive development for the Mormon Church, according to a poll released Monday by Key Research and Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. According to the Religion News Service, studies show that Utah Mormons generally...
  • Bias Against a Mormon Presidential Candidate Same as in 1967

    06/23/2012 2:40:45 PM PDT · by trekdown · 15 replies
    Gallup, Inc. ^ | June 21, 2012 | Frank Newport
    Four in 10 Americans do not know that Mitt Romney is a Mormon. PRINCETON, NJ -- Eighteen percent of Americans say they would not vote for a well-qualified presidential candidate who happens to be a Mormon, virtually the same as the 17% who held this attitude in 1967... The exact percentage of Americans who resist the idea of voting for a Mormon has varied slightly over the eight times Gallup has asked the question, typically when a Mormon was running for president, including George Romney (1968 campaign), Orrin Hatch (2000 campaign), and Mitt Romney (2008 and 2012 campaigns). The percentage...
  • Justice Department sues fundamentalist Mormon sect for discrimination

    06/23/2012 6:07:10 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 22, 2012 | Brad Knickerbocker
    The US Justice Department has filed suit against the adjoining towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, communities populated largely by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). ...FLDS...controls most...law enforcement and other government services in those two communities...It is charged with discriminating against those who are not members of the FLDS. The Justice Department...alleges...the cities’ joint police department “routinely uses its enforcement authority to enforce the edicts and will of the FLDS; fails to protect non-FLDS individuals from victimization by FLDS individuals; refuses to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies’ investigations of FLDS...
  • Polygamy opponents were swept aside in Nauvoo turmoil after Joseph Smith’s death

    06/22/2012 5:26:28 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 86 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | June 5, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post click here) The months in Nauvoo following the murder of the LDS Church founder Joseph Smith were not surprisingly, filled with turmoil and political intrigue. The recent publication of “The Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes” by Signature Books provides detailed accounts of the Nauvoo Stake’s high council meetings. It’s very interesting reading. The High Council was a political tool, a body used to cast out prominent church members who did not support Brigham Young’s claim of leadership, or the church’s still-secret embrace of polygamy. The purge of those who...
  • Anti-Mormon bias facing Mitt Romney is as strong as what his father faced in 1967, poll shows

    06/22/2012 5:12:13 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 288 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 21, 2012 | Callum Borchers
    Mitt Romney faces an anti-Mormon bias just as strong as the one his father confronted during his own presidential run more than four decades ago, according to a Gallup poll. Eighteen percent of Americans say that if their political party nominated “a generally well qualified person for president who happened to be Mormon,” they would not vote for that candidate. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, is a devout Mormon who once presided over the church’s Boston stake. When Gallup asked the same question in 1967, during George Romney’s bid for the White House, 17 percent of Americans said they would...
  • Missionary work [Lds missionaries are themselves a 'mission field'...Christians, witness to them]

    06/20/2012 1:02:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Mark Cares Weblog ^ | June 20, 2012 | Mark Cares
    Chapter 25 of this year’s Gospel Doctrine Class covers Alma 17-22 and encourages LDS members to share the gospel. I’m going to break away from my usual practice on commenting on the content of the lesson and instead talk about some of my experiences with Mormon missionaries. Over the years I have talked with literally hundreds of them. The vast majority of time our discussions have been quite courteous. One of the most encouraging things is how many are genuinely interested in hearing the wonderful news that eternal life is totally God’s gift to them. Sometimes they are eager to...
  • But I’m a good Mormon wife: Sean and I had the perfect life. Then his faith started to crumble...

    06/20/2012 12:17:00 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 189 replies
    Salon ^ | June 1, 2012 | Maren Stephenson
    ...When Sean replaced his temple garments — the sacred underwear he’d promised to wear day and night — with boxers, I couldn’t take it anymore. It was too much betrayal. I called up a neighbor with a husband like mine and cried. But instead of empathy, she offered questions that stunned me into silence. Was Sean addicted to pornography? Watching R-rated movies? What sin had brought him to this terrible place? ...Her questions were so off-base...She was sincere, and trying to help, but she believed what the Church teaches — that a man would only leave because he’s disobeying the...
  • Whether Mormon, Catholic, Protestant, Faith Major Theme Rubio

    06/19/2012 9:13:16 PM PDT · by RitaOK · 11 replies
    yahoo.com/blogs ^ | Juen 19, 2012 | Chris Moody
    Over the course of his life, Marco Rubio has prayed in Mormon sanctuaries, Catholic cathedrals and Protestant worship centers. According to the book, Rubio put forth the same energy he directed to the LDS teachings to the traditions of the Catholic Church, and still considers himself a member of the Church to this day. As a young man, he attended services with his wife at Christ Fellowship Church in Miami, but never felt the same attachment that he did to the ancient church. After years worshiping in a Protestant congregation, Rubio says, a campaign supporter brought him back to Catholicism....
  • Is Mormonism Christian? A Comparison of Mormonism and Historic Christianity

    06/19/2012 12:39:12 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 108 replies
    Is Mormonism Christian? This may seem like a puzzling question to ask. Mormons include the Bible among the four books they recognize as Scripture and insist that Jesus Christ is central to their faith as evidenced by their official name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Furthermore, Mormons’ commitment to high moral standards and strong families is impressive. Doesn’t it follow that Mormonism is genuinely Christian? The question here is not whether individual Mormons are saved (a question we cannot answer) or whether the LDS Church is “Christian” in the sense that any group that professes faith in...
  • Op-Ed: Mitt Romney's proposed career path — President, then God [White House-->Great White Throne]

    06/19/2012 10:07:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 121 replies
    DigitalJournal.com ^ | June 15, 2012 | Bill Schmalfeldt
    Washington- Mitt Romney's Earthly goals seem to mesh nicely with his goals as a high priest in the Mormon church. But why don't we pretend to let the presumptive GOP candidate tell us himself, which he would if he were interested in discussing his religion. Hello. I’m Mitt Romney. I am a Temple Mormon, a High Priest, and as such I have sworn blood oaths of sacrifice, obedience and consecration to the church and the “Kingdom of God.” My perfect obedience to these laws will allow me to become a god in the next life, the literal father of the...
  • How to be a Jack Mormon

    06/16/2012 11:00:56 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 139 replies
    The Cultural Hall Podcast ^ | June 9, 2012 | Carli
    A Jack Mormon is someone who is Mormon, but ”trouble.”They are somewhere in between baptism and excommunication. If they even show up to church, they’re merely in the door, not on the stand, but also not escorted out. Foyer sitters.(That’s how I’ve heard the term used anyway.)In order to be a successful Jack Mormon, you need to incorporate multiple items from the following list into your life: Swear.Church apparel, for men: Wear jeans and any shirt color other than white to church. No tie. Tennis shoes.Church apparel, for women: Wear a sleeveless top and a mini skirt. Never wear panty...
  • I’m a Mormon, Not a Christian [Mega hit piece on Christians]

    06/13/2012 7:46:26 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 216 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 12, 2012 | David V. Mason
    ................... Mormons seem to be everywhere. I want to be on record about this. I’m about as genuine a Mormon as you’ll find — a templegoer with a Utah pedigree and an administrative position in a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am also emphatically not a Christian. -SNIP-In addition, these Christians had to defend their use of additional scripture and their unconventional conception of God and explain why they were following a bumpkin carpenter from some obscure backwater. Early Christianity’s relationship with non-Jews was even worse. Roman writers frequently alluded to rumors about...
  • The 'Mainstream' Scapegoats Minorities [MormonS

    06/12/2012 10:10:11 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 12 replies
    Deseret News ^ | June 11, 2012 | Lane Williams
    ..................................— it’s problematic to say Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, wish to be part of some cultural mainstream.If Latter-day Saints join the “mainstream,” how can they be “set apart” or “a city on a hill?” In short, it’s really not fully possible to be part of the mainstream and be a peculiar people at the same time.-SNIP-To the extent that Latter-day Saints — and other minorities — suffer at the hands of some dominant mainstream culture through persecution and then nevertheless try to become part of that same mainstream, what of the suffering?-SNIP-J. Spencer Fluhman’s recent op-ed in The New York...
  • Black Mormons face a political choice like no other

    06/11/2012 5:23:57 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 11, 2012 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    Twenty years ago, who would have predicted the 2012 U.S. presidential race would pit a black incumbent against a white Mormon?-SNIP-Not so long ago, there were very few black Mormons even to consider.Until 1978, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints barred blacks from its all-male priesthood. After that landmark shift 34 years ago, missionaries found some success winning black converts, but African-Americans still represent only about 3 percent of the Mormons’ 6 million U.S. members.-SNIP-Not every black Mormon connects with Romney — or Obama, for that matter. And Hamilton, who explored reasons for the LDS church’s pre-1978 ban...
  • The Nauvoo Expositor Affair [Death of Mormon Joseph Smith]

    06/10/2012 5:25:57 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 24 replies
    Roger Lanuius's Blog ^ | June 29, 2011 | Roger Lanuius
    Since I wrote a post on the assassinations of Joseph and Hyrum Smith on June 27, 1844, mentioning the the Expositor newspaper as the trigger for these events, located here, several people have asked to know more about the Expositor. This post relays a bit more about this subject. Enjoy.In Mormon-controlled Nauvoo, Illinois, in May 1844, leaders of the Reformed Mormon Church, a dissenting group opposing what they considered abuse by Joseph Smith Jr., the church sect’s founding prophet, launched a newspaper independent of the control of the Latter Day Saint church. Led by William and Wilson Law, brothers who...
  • The Martyrdom: The Prophet Seals His Testimony with His Blood [168th anniversary of Lds censorship]

    06/10/2012 3:26:06 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 18 replies
    From the Life of Joseph SmithThe winter and spring of 1843–44 was a time of great tension in Nauvoo, as Joseph Smith’s enemies increased their efforts to destroy him and the Church. Knowing his mortal ministry would soon come to a close, the Prophet met frequently with members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to instruct them and to give them the priesthood keys necessary to govern the Church. These preparations culminated in a meeting with the Apostles and a few other close associates in March 1844. In this extraordinary council, the Prophet charged the Twelve to govern the...
  • Most Christians Have No Idea What Mormons Believe [LDS truth claims oft' tucked away by Mormons]

    06/10/2012 9:38:54 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 383 replies
    Christian Newswire ^ | June 7, 2012
    TORRANCE, Calif., June 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- There are more than a dozen key differences in the beliefs of Christians and Mormons, yet most Christians have no idea. In a recent article in the Christian magazine, World, author Joel Belz made this statement: "A huge majority of the American public has no idea what Mormons claim to believe. If those holding to the Mormon faith were to place their distinctive truth claims front and center, the public response would be probing, negative, and nasty." -- World Magazine, God's World Publications, online June 16, 2012 edition (Vol. 27, No. 12)...
  • Chris Rock Takes Jab At ‘Romney’s Crew’: Mormons Believed Black People Were The Devil

    06/09/2012 2:46:59 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 95 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | June 8, 2012 | Meenal Vamburkar
    Chris Rock sat down with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday and, after brief acknowledgment of the impending zombie apocalypse, talked politics. Having already offered up his thoughts on our “zebra president,” Rock took this opportunity to discuss Mitt Romney and his religion. SNIP Asked how he feels about what’s going on in the world (particularly regarding Romney and President Obama), Rock replied, “What’s going on? Okay, I just heard this the other day. The Mormons, Mitt Romney’s crew, they believed black people were the devil until 1978. I’m not making this up. Right, right, right?” Fallon and Rock joked abut having...
  • Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith tangles with a quirk of Arkansas history

    06/08/2012 8:21:53 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 198 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 20, 2012
    “There’s families all scattered in through this area who had ancestors in that, so there is a tinge of anti-Mormonism in this area, a little bit of bias I suppose,” said Republican Roy Ragland... SNIP The Mountain Meadows Massacre remains one of the darkest episodes in the history of Mormonism...Romney addressed it during his 2007 presidential campaign in response to a reporter’s question. “That was a terrible, awful act carried out by members of my faith,” he told the Associated Press. “There are bad people in any church, and it’s true of members of my church, too.” SNIP In northwestern...
  • Mormonism in Its Expanding Global Context: Invitations to New Interpretation and Understanding

    06/08/2012 7:21:21 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    ...June 29, 2012 SNIP Session #1A Mormonism and the MediaSNIP Thomas G. Evans Journal of Religion, Identity and Policy: “Cross-Cultural Case Studies: The ‘Mormon Jesus’ in Mexico and in Cyberspace” SNIP Session #2A Reconsidering Joseph Smith’s Marital PracticesLawrence Foster Georgia Institute of Technology: “Why Polyandry Isn’t the Right Term to Describe Joseph Smith’s Marriages to Women Who Remained Legally Married to Other Men: Reflections on a Difficult and Challenging Issue” Brian C. Hales Layton, Utah: “Joseph Smith’s Sexual Polyandry and the Emperor’s New Clothes: On Closer Inspection, What do We Find?” Commentator: D. Michael Quinn ...June 30... Session #4B Early...
  • BBC interview with LDS leader earns controversy [An Lds 'apostle' 'lie' about Romney's oath-taking?]

    06/07/2012 5:50:38 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 66 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | June 5, 2012 | Stephen Dark
    Posted // 2012-06-05 - A BBC investigative journalist's interview with Jeffery R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, raises intriguing questions about the LDS Church and its beliefs. The documentary, released in March but yet to be broadcast Stateside, is called The Mormon Candidate and featured a sit-down interview in the LDS Church Headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City between British reporter John Sweeney and Holland. Among Sweeney's questions were several relating to whether U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney would have pledged to cut his own throat or disembowel himself before revealing the secrets of the...
  • The Mormon Revival: Once Again Religion is Fair Game [Fred Thompson]

    06/05/2012 10:30:57 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 4 replies
    Fred Thompson's America ^ | June 5, 2012 | Fred Thompson
    Remember the good old days (a few weeks ago) when the media frowned upon talking about a candidate’s religion? The eagle eyes in the press were all over those right-wing Neanderthals who might in some way allude to Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion. It was totally out of bounds, benighted, a holdover from a darker, uglier time.Religious prejudice was a box that John F. Kennedy broke out of, setting a new standard for legitimate political discourse. So during the Republican primary every candidate was expected to proclaim that “a person’s religion should have no bearing on their fitness to hold office....
  • Romney names former Utah gov. to lead potential transition [Polygamy rearing ugly head]

    06/04/2012 8:06:33 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 181 replies
    CNN ^ | June 4, 2012
    Mitt Romney has named former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt to lead his presidential transition team should he win November's general election, the Republican presidential candidate's campaign confirmed Monday.-SNIP-Leavitt, Romney's pick to lead a potential transition, was elected governor of Utah in 1992, and went on to hold the office for ten years. He was governor of the state when Romney headed the Salt Lake City Olympic Organizing Committee in 2002.In 2003 Leavitt was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He later became Bush's Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • More Than Christian? [Lds wrestle with definitions, mainstreaming & becoming 'another' denomination]

    06/02/2012 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 72 replies
    Times and Seasons.org ^ | May 31, 2012 | Dave Banack
    Two recent essays provide a new perspective on the never-ending discussion centered around the question, “Are Mormons Christian?” Mormons claim to be Christian, while at the same time denying divine authority and full legitimacy to all other Christian denominations. Consider the specific topic of rebaptism. Previously baptized Christians who join the LDS Church are required to be rebaptized by an LDS priesthood holder, which seems quite natural to Mormons. Baptized Mormons who later choose to join another Christian denomination are generally required to be rebaptized by that denomination because, in their eyes, Mormon baptism doesn’t count, which rather incongruously strikes...
  • Idaho says 'Five Wives' Vodka offensive to church

    06/01/2012 7:13:33 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 14 replies
    KLEW-TV ^ | 30 May 2012 | Paul Foy & John Miller
    Five Wives Vodka was named in bad taste and won't be stocked or special ordered at stores operated by the state of Idaho, regulators said. The middle-shelf vodka is made by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based. Its label carries the name and an image of five women, an apparent reference to polygamy, a practice abandoned by the church more than a century ago. Idaho State Liquor Division administrator Jeff Anderson said the brand is offensive to Mormons who make up over a quarter of Idaho's population. Regulators in Idaho notified Elite Spirits Distributor that...
  • Mormon doctrine and how it is established: an official explanation?

    05/31/2012 10:36:42 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | May 31, 2012 | Eric Johnson
    At the April (2012) General Conference of the Mormon Church, Apostle D. Todd Christofferson told the congregation, “…we must admit there has been and still persists some confusion about our doctrine and how it is established. That is the subject I wish to address today.”In his remarks, Apostle Christofferson explained, “The President of the Church may announce or interpret doctrines based on revelations to him (see, for example, D&C 138). Doctrinal expression may also come through the combined council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (see, for example, Official Declaration 2)… At the same time it...
  • Mitt Romney’s nomination marks milestone for Mormon faith

    05/30/2012 7:20:38 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2012 | Sandhya Somashekhar and Jason Horowitz,
    America quietly observed a major milestone in its history Tuesday when Mitt Romney became the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party.-SNIP-“If you look at it in a historical perspective, it’s absolutely incredible,” said Richard Lyman Bushman, a leading Mormon scholar and longtime acquaintance of Romney’s. “A century-and-a-half ago, Mormons were detested as a people as well as a religion. They were thought to be primitive and crude. And now to have someone overcome all the lingering prejudice, that’s a milestone.”-SNIP-If the silence serves a political purpose for Romney, it serves a pastoral one for the church. Mormonism...
  • Five Wives Vodka deemed offensive to Mormons

    05/30/2012 3:03:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/30/12
    It is made by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based. Its label carries the name and an image of five women, an apparent reference to polygamy, a practice abandoned by the church more than a century ago. Idaho State Liquor Division administrator Jeff Anderson said the brand is offensive to Mormons who make up over a quarter of Idaho's population. Regulators in Idaho notified Elite Spirits Distributor that the brand's concept is "offensive to a prominent segment of our population and will not be carried," according to a letter sent on Thursday. "The bottom line...
  • Romney's Mormon faith in spotlight (They've Started in earnest now?)

    05/28/2012 2:54:46 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 54 replies
    Politico ^ | May 28, 2012 | By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | 5/28/12 5:06 PM EDT
    Mitt Romney wants voters to see him as the man to save the economy and right the country, the redeeming American hero riding in on the proverbial white horse. Just not that White Horse. That’s the one in the old Mormon prophecy attributed to Joseph Smith, which predicts that after the banks fail and when the Constitution is nearing collapse, Mormons flush with wealth — the White Horse, in the prophecy’s metaphor — will rise and lead America back to greatness. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76776.html#ixzz1wChqilli
  • Mormons struggling with doubt turn to online support groups.

    Brian Johnston was desperate. The pressures of raising six children on one accountant salary were crushing, but worse was that he was starting to doubt the entire reason he and his wife had created a big family with a stay-at-home mom in the first place: Their Mormonism.-SNIP-The official church historian Marlin Jenson made news last year when he said that the loss of members in the last five or 10 years has been greater than perhaps any period since Mormonism was founded in 1830. -SNIP-For Mormons grappling with doubts, the potential spiritual consequences can appear frightening. Mormon scripture teaches that...
  • [Mormon] Bishop’s handling of Vernon incest case was correct

    05/23/2012 9:20:15 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 68 replies
    Tooele Transcript Bulletin ^ | May 8, 2012 | Merrill Nelson
    A recent Transcript article described the conviction of a 67-year-old Vernon man for the molestation of his minor daughter 18 years ago ( “Father gets six months in jail for seven years of incest,” April 19). The focus of the article appeared to be whether the sentence imposed by the court was too lenientis headline not only shifted the focus from the offender and his sentence, but wrongly assumed that the bishop had a legal duty to report and disparaged the bishop by concluding that he “failed” in that duty.. However, the sub-headline to the story was that the “LDS...
  • Ted Kennedy's Anti-Mormon Moment

    05/23/2012 4:18:22 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 5-23-12 | Daniel Allott
    Those looking for hints about what role faith might play in the presidential election campaign would do well to recall Ted Kennedy's bitter and bruising 1994 Massachusetts Senate campaign against Mitt Romney. Facing the prospect of losing his well-worn seat to the political novice, Kennedy and his surrogates unleashed a broadside against Romney's Mormon faith. The episode may offer a preview of how the Obama re-election campaign will address Romney's faith, and how Romney will respond. Sen. Kennedy was the weakest he'd ever been as he sought re-election in 1994. In his six terms in office, Kennedy had never trailed...
  • Palin endorses Sen. Hatch

    05/22/2012 7:49:10 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 84 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | 5-22-12 | Paul Mirengoff
    Sarah Palin has just announced that she is endorsing Sen. Orrin Hatch in the Utah Senate primary. Palin revealed this on Greta Van Susteren’s show. She emphasized Hatch’s record and position on balancing the budget........"
  • Hope and Change on Ice

    05/22/2012 5:41:39 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 4 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | May 22, 2012 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Leroy Eldridge Cleaver(8/31/1935 to 5/1/1998) Remembering Eldridge Cleaver* By: Larry Walker, Jr. *"Right-wing conservatives and left-wing radicals here in the U.S. must be willing and able to sit down at the same table, look across the table at each other and see not an enemy, a target or a statistic, but a brother, a sister, a fellow American, another child of God. We must expand our hearts and enlarge our identity beyond ‘my people’ to include and embrace all of Creation." ~ Eldridge CleaverIn the late 1960’s, after leading a troubled youth, Leroy Eldridge Cleaver became a prominent member...
  • Washington, D.C., becoming a 'Mormon stronghold'

    05/22/2012 8:47:57 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 480 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 16, 2012 | Joseph Walker
    The stunning expansion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington, D.C., area is profiled in a long, interesting and meticulously accurate CNN story that suggests "the nation's capital has become a Mormon stronghold, with Latter-day Saints playing a big and growing role in the Washington establishment."-SNIP-"It's hard to point to federal legislation or a White House initiative that bears distinctly Mormon fingerprints," Gilgoff writes, "while it's easy to do the same for other faiths." He cites as an example a recent White House "compromise" on contraception funding, which he says was "mostly a reaction to...
  • Shocker: The “Romney’s a Mormon” media suddenly aghast at mention of Jeremiah Wright

    05/17/2012 9:46:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5/17/12 | Ed Morrissey
    Here’s a fun exercise for Hot Air readers. Go to the New York Times website and do a 12-month search for “Romney Mormon,” and see how many hits come back. I’ll end the suspense — “about 12,000 results,” according to the search I conducted earlier today. Now, do a search on “Obama Jeremiah” in the same time frame, and you’ll get 4,190 hits, which is more than I expected but only about a third of the Romney-Mormon search results. Actually, the same search only turns up 4,330 hits since 1851, which means that before mid-2011 the Times only had less...
  • Romney’s faith could fix compassion gap

    05/16/2012 8:26:24 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 15, 2012 | Christian Heinze
    Democrats are weaving together a string of anecdotes about Mitt Romney to argue he lacks compassion, and the former Massachusetts governor might have to fight back using something he doesn’t like to talk about— his Mormon religion. The tales about Romney range from the trivial to the traumatic, from the political to the personal. But the Obama campaign’s hope is that they create a synergistic, decidedly negative portrait of a candidate who is still largely unknown to many voters. Romney’s sins, according to Democrats: He once strapped his dog, Seamus, to the roof of his car during a family vacation;...
  • Mitt Romney: Mormon Candidate at Baptist Liberty University Moves Catholic Editor

    05/14/2012 9:41:32 AM PDT · by tcg · 65 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/14/12 | Keith A Fournier
    ...The fact that a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, would be the commencement speaker at the Baptist University founded by Dr Jerry Falwell speaks to the urgency of the hour. Add to this the fact that this Catholic Editor in Chief of Catholic Online would consider the speech important enough to make it the lead article, and the point is made even clearer... ...The Romney candidacy raises a certain irony. Here we had a Mormon candidate who went to Liberty University and addressed a crowd which has major disagreement with his religious...
  • Is Mitt Romney’s love for America a Mormon thing?

    05/13/2012 6:30:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 126 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2012 | Michelle Boorstein,
    When it comes to American exceptionalism, Mitt Romney is going all in. His book “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” is a love song to the idea that this country merits “the protection of Providence” and has a singular “calling” to be a beacon for freedom. A major theme for him on the campaign trail is the nation’s divine destiny, a heritage Romney said has made him “stand a little taller, a little straighter” when overseas. But what Romney doesn’t say is that, for followers of his made-in-America religion, Mormonism, exceptionalism isn’t political metaphor. It’s theology. The faith’s sacred...
  • Romney seeks evangelical votes; opposes gay marriage

    05/12/2012 12:52:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 12, 2012 2:54pm EDT | Sam Youngman
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought on Saturday to calm fears that his Mormon faith would be an obstacle to evangelical Christian voters, stressing shared conservative values while acknowledging religious differences. In a speech at conservative Christian Liberty University—where it is taught that Mormonism is a cult—Romney stressed their common goal of service to God and declared his opposition to gay marriage, a position essential for winning the majority of evangelicals in November. "People of different faiths like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology,"...
  • Minister Critical of Romney and 'Mormon Cult' Suggests Third-Party Options [Obama slammed, too]

    05/04/2012 5:36:22 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | May 2, 2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Christian minister Bill Keller of LivePrayer.com, who has frequently spoken out on the so-called dangers of voting for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in this year's general election due to his Mormon faith, suggests that the only real option for Christian voters are third-party candidates. Keller recently compared the choice of voting for Mitt Romney or for President Barack Obama as "flipping a coin where Satan is on both sides." "How can anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ vote for our current president who in every word and deed has proven to be a true enemy...
  • Man arrested, accused of extorting money and sex from BYU student [Jumpstarts homosexuality promo]

    05/04/2012 4:30:45 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Fox13 (Salt Lake City) ^ | March 12, 2012 | Ben Winslow
    PROVO — Police here have arrested a man, accused of trying to blackmail a Brigham Young University student for sex and money by threatening to “out” him to his family, fiance and the LDS Church-owned university’s Honor Code Office. Brad Ray Adams, 36, was arrested last week on suspicion of extortion and attempted forcible sodomy. He was expected to make an appearance before a judge in Provo’s 4th District Court later this week. Police said it began last month, when the alleged victim met Adams over Craigslist. The two began texting and e-mailing and the two arranged a sexual encounter,...
  • How NOT to Investigate Mitt Romney’s Mormon Ties

    05/04/2012 4:04:53 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    Religion Dispatches.org ^ | May 2, 2012 | Joanna Brooks
    Earlier this week, Mother Jones' Tim Murphy tried to connect the dots between Mitt Romney and Cleon Skousen, the ultra-conservative, anti-Communist LDS political theorist made famous by Glenn Beck. Murphy dug out an August 2007 radio interview Romney did with a Rush Limbaugh-esque political talk jock in Iowa, who, after goading Romney on his faith, turned the subject to Skousen. Romney gamely played along. He told radio host Jan Mickelson that he once took a class from Skousen at Brigham Young University, admitted that had not read much of Skousen, and agreed that Skousen's The Making of America might be...
  • BYU Hawaii’s First Non-Mormon Student President Credits Mormons for Making Him a Better Muslim

    05/03/2012 12:26:10 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 39 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | April 23, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Mustapha El Akkari recently became the first non-Mormon student body president at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Interestingly, El Akkari is a Muslim who credits the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-affiliated school with making him a better Islamic adherent. In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune the business management student, who is at the school on a basketball scholarship, highlighted the ways in which LDS has assisted his faith. El Akkari, who was born in Tripoli, Lebanon, will be a senior next fall. During the interview, he shared his experience living with a Christian family in America. Additionally, he...
  • Bridges of faith between Mormons and Muslims

    05/02/2012 10:40:06 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 93 replies
    mormon muslim.com ^ | Debra Richardson, Ph.D.
    Bridges of Faith Between Mormons and MuslimsChapter Six What Think Ye of Christ? Throughout the account of the Savior’s three-year ministry as recorded in the New Testament, we read of the many attempts by the Pharisees and Sadducees to discredit him and his teachings. These groups of learned religious men would pit their lawyers and spokesmen against Jesus in public forums where they would seek to trap him in rhetorical play by twisting his words around. However, their efforts were in vain as Christ would speak in parables and pose questions in return that they could not possibly answer...
  • Mormon Bishop Mitt Romney’s Anti-Christian Religion

    05/01/2012 7:33:08 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 563 replies
    http://defendchristians.org ^ | April 13, 2012 | http://defendchristians.org
    Many naive Americans believe that Mormonism is merely another branch of protestant Christianity. Well that’s not what the founders and leaders of Mormonism believed. According to its founder, Joseph Smith, and Brigham Young, Smith’s successor, Mormons are the only true people of God on the earth. All non-Mormons and their religions are “wrong, an abomination, blind, damned, of the devil, whores, not Christians, groveling in darkness, heathens, ignorant, devoid of fact, pagan and hatched in Hell.” When Romney made a speech about his religion in 2008 he refused to distance himself from his faith and fully affirmed his Mormonism. Responding...