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  • New ABC series features Mormon character wearing nothing but temple garments (Quantico)

    06/24/2015 2:36:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | June 24, 2015 | Scott D. Pierce
    There's a Mormon character in one of ABC's new fall series. And viewers will learn this when they see him wearing nothing but his temple garments. That's just one of the reasons that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may not be particularly pleased with that character in the pilot of "Quantico," which is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 9 p.m. on ABC/Ch. 4. The series is about a bunch of new recruits who arrive at the FBI training base in Quantico, Va., for training.
  • Mitt Romney to Host GOP White House Hopefuls at Utah Conclave (Guess who?)

    06/10/2015 4:36:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2015 | Heather Haddon
    Former two-time Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to host six declared and potential GOP contenders at a Utah retreat next week. Mr. Romney, who considered a third run for president earlier this year but declined to run, will gather big GOP donors and other party bigwigs in Park City, Utah for his annual “E2 Summit.” The private event at a mountain resort kicks off with a dinner June 11 and wraps up with a luncheon on June 13, according to a copy of the invitation. Declared and potential Republican presidential contenders scheduled to speak include Sens. Marco Rubio...
  • The Polygamists are Coming!

    06/01/2015 2:56:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | June 1, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk
    For years, religious conservatives argued against same-sex marriage by saying that it would put society on the slippery slope to (horrors!) polygamy. Now comes the New York Times‘ Ross Douthat, a day late and a dollar short. In yesterday’s column, Douthat seizes upon a new Gallup study that shows a broad shift to the left in Americans’ social values during the present century. The exception, he says, is on abortion, but actually it’s not an exception; the pro-choice position has gained some ground. The exception is adultery — where the old-time disapproval is holding firm at over 90 percent. You’d...
  • Marriage law shouldn’t permit ‘poisonous’ polygamy, says ex-FLDS member

    04/20/2015 1:26:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Al Jazeera America's The Scrutineer Blog ^ | March 19, 2015 | Joanna Walters
    Kat Steed, left, and Dixie Allen hold hands in the Mormon church’s Temple Square, Jan. 14, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Steed, who escaped the FLDS in Colorado City, Arizona, calls polygamy “poisonous.” On a chilly winter morning at sunrise in Salt Lake City, the sun glints on the snowcapped mountains that surround Utah’s state capital and the dazzling white Mormon temple that dominates the downtown area. All is quiet. But change is in the air in this deeply religious, blood-red Republican state — upheaval, even. Same-sex marriage became legal in Utah last October, a dramatic cultural shift for many,...
  • Catholic bishops should learn from the Mormons (No, he's serious. Ref: "Gay Marriage" & Polygamy)

    04/17/2015 10:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 17, 2015 | Father Thomas Reese, S.J.
    The U.S. Catholic bishops could take a lesson from Mormon leaders on how to deal with religious liberty and gay rights. The Mormons have been strong allies of the Catholic bishops in the fight against gay marriage and the protection of religious freedom. But when the Mormons saw they were on the losing side in this fight, they were willing to compromise to protect what they considered essential. Like the Catholic church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respects tradition and does not change teaching easily. But Mormons do have a pragmatic side. With the entire nation aligned...
  • Breaking News . . . Joseph Smith Had Forty Wives . . . I'm Shocked . . .

    02/17/2015 2:22:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 97 replies
    Earlier this month, the Mormon Church officially acknowledged what the most ardent of Mormons did not know (or refused to believe); that Joseph Smith had at least forty wives. According to a recent article in the The New York Times (a once reputable and respected publication), Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old. The church’s disclosures, in a series of essays online, are...
  • Cruz: 'Mitt Romney Didn't Show Up on Broadway Trying to Blow Up' Book of Mormon

    02/11/2015 5:19:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 11, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    At a “Defeat Jihad Summit” hosted by the Center for Security Policy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) noted Wednesday that former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is Mormon, did not travel to New York launch a terrorist attack on “The Book of Mormon."“Right now on Broadway, a play is showing, the Book of Mormon, that is ridiculing and making fun of the Mormon faith," said Cruz. "Last I checked, Mitt Romney didn’t show up on Broadway trying to blow up the stage." (VIDEO-AT-LINK)"It is not a permissible response for anyone of any faith to say if you disagree with or...
  • Mormon leaders call for laws protecting some gay rights as well as religious liberties

    01/27/2015 4:50:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 27 January 2015 | Associated Press
    Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a 'balanced approach' in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to the behavior of others. It's not clear how much common ground the Mormons will find with this new campaign. The church insists it is making no changes in doctrine, and still believes it's against the law of God to have sex outside marriage between a man and a woman. Scroll down for video
  • Romney’s Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

    01/26/2015 4:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Ashley Parker and Alex Thompson
    prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. Believing that Mr. Romney, a former Mormon pastor, would be most receptive on these grounds, the Republican made the case that Mr. Romney had a duty to serve, and said Mr. Romney seemed to take his appeal under consideration. Three years ago, Mr. Romney’s tortured approach to his religion — a strategy of awkward reluctance and studied avoidance that all but walled off a free-flowing...
  • Mormons hate polygamy thiiiiiiiiis much

    12/15/2014 8:18:37 AM PST · by Morgana · 92 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | | Jana Riess
    When asked whether they felt an issue was immoral, morally acceptable, or “not a moral issue,” here’s a breakdown of how many Mormons declared that certain activities were “morally wrong.” Drinking alcohol: 54% Having an abortion: 74% Sex between unmarried adults: 79% Practicing polygamy: 86% Hold the phone. 86% of Mormons say that polygamy is morally wrong?* It seems that Mormons hate polygamy even more than abortion. Remember that abortion is discussed in the church handbook as a sin that requires serious repentance — and sometimes disciplinary action on the part of the church. Abortion is permissible only in rare...
  • The Return of Mormon Polygamy?

    11/23/2014 7:48:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | November 21, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Ross Douthat has a thought-provoking reflection on the future of religion, both globally and in America. He says that it’s dangerous to assume that the future will look like the present, only moreso. Which Catholics in 1940 would have foreseen something as epochal as the Second Vatican Council, coming just 20 years later? Who could have anticipated that China is on track to having the largest Christian population in the world, and that Africa would be sending missionaries to the West? But here we are. Douthat calls attention to Will Saletan’s Slate piece saying that the Mormon Church has a...
  • Guest commentary: Muslims, Mormons and Obama, one might think they would do better together

    11/22/2014 7:38:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Contra Costa Times News ^ | November 22, 2014 | Robert A. Rees
    A recent Gallup poll reflecting President Barack Obama's approval rating among American religious groups revealed that the president's highest rating was among Muslims (72 percent) and the lowest among Mormons (18 percent). That's an enormous difference between two groups that actually have a lot in common. What explains such radically divergent views? According to Mormon political analyst Quin Monson, the explanation for Obama's low ranking among Mormons has to do with party affiliation: "It's not surprising, given the fact Mormons are overwhelmingly Republican. There aren't very many Mormon Democrats, and that explains it." That surely is not the whole explanation....
  • On Despising Mormon Polygamy

    11/05/2014 7:40:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    Patheos' KiwiMormon blog ^ | October 28, 2014 | Gina Colvin
    This is my response to the Plural Marriage in Kirkland and Nauvoo essay posted last week to LDS.org. A couple of years ago I was talking to my 16-17 year old Sunday School class about polygamy. They raised it – not me. Our conversation was about the early practice of Mormon polygamy and how it came about. The girls in the class turned up their noses and looked aghast while one boy responded to Joseph Smith’s revelation on polygamy with a snort, and a, ‘Yeah right! That’s convenient!’ To say that polygamy has been a singular nuisance to the...
  • Why Americans want more religion in their politics

    11/04/2014 1:54:07 PM PST · by DNewsNatl · 74 replies
    Deseret News National Edition ^ | 11/3/2014 | Chad Connelly, Religion News Service
    Among Republicans, the numbers are even more dramatic: 59 percent said that they believe that churches should speak out on the political issues of the day; 53 percent don’t believe that political leaders spend enough time talking about their faith; and 72 percent believe that it is important that members of Congress have strong religious beliefs. Clearly, they want to get a better sense of the faith that animates a politician’s values and how grounded they are in their faith. Many Americans have come to understand that if you know about a candidate’s faith then you can get a pretty...
  • TheLutheranSatire presents: Donall and Conall Meet the Mormon Missionaries (YouTube video)

    10/24/2014 11:11:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 3, 2013 | TheLutheranSatire
    Hilarious video from the point of view of a Lutheran Pastor. Among the highlights is this exchange: "You can know the Mormon church is the One True Church, because we always have twelve living Apostles!" "Let me get this straight...according to the Mormon church, the Apostle John never died and is fact still roaming this Earth?" "According to Section 7 of Doctrines and Covenants, that is correct." "Patrick - is St. John the Evangelist currently an Apostle in the Mormon church? You're telling me that, after eighteen hundred years with no church to worship in, no fellow believers to gather...
  • Mormons address mystery surrounding undergarments

    10/22/2014 6:52:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 145 replies
    AP ^ | October 22, 2014 | Brady McCombs
    The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God. The four-minute video on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' website compares the white, two-piece cotton "temple garments" to holy vestments worn in other religious faiths such as a Catholic nun's habit or a Muslim skullcap.
  • Some Mormons pushing church on gay marriage

    10/12/2014 8:17:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members. The church's stance toward gays has softened considerably since it was one of the leading forces behind California's ban on gay marriage in 2008, but high-ranking leaders have reiterated time and again the faith's opposition to same-sex unions....
  • Utah appeals ruling striking down polygamy ban in case involving 'Sister Wives' family

    10/09/2014 9:37:10 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 10-9-2014 | Brady McCombs, AP
    A federal appeals court will review a ruling that struck down parts of Utah's anti-polygamy law and was hailed as a landmark decision removing the threat of arrest for plural families in Utah. The Utah's attorney general's office filed an appeal Thursday with the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, two weeks after it ended speculation by announcing it would challenge the ruling. The lawsuit was brought by the family on the TLC reality TV show "Sister Wives." In December, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled in favor of reality show star Kody Brown and his four wives, saying...
  • Mormons Accept SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision While Catholic, GOP Groups May Continue To Fight

    10/08/2014 2:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | Zoe Mintz
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says its doctrine on marriage will remain unchanged despite Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, including Utah, and opened the door for legalization in six more. “As far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have spoken,” the church said in a statement reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision. “Church leaders will continue to encourage our people to be persons of good will toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.” In...
  • The Utah Polygamy Ruling and the Tale of the Slippery Slope

    09/29/2014 6:41:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | September 1, 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    “Same sex marriage leads away from polygamy, not for it,” said the Brookings Institution’s Jonathan Rauch in 2012. Joining him was the Economist, which wrote just last year that “gay marriage” to polygamy was “A not-so-slippery slope.” But more and more it seems that these and other crystal-ball watchers have slipped on their own prognostication. Headline Aug. 28, 2014: “Federal Judge Opens Door Further to Group Marriage.” That’s from Breitbart’s Austin Ruse, who reports: The Utah ban made it illegal and punishable by up to five years in prison for anyone to cohabit with someone they are not legally married...
  • 80 Utah Lawmakers Tell Supreme Court Gay Marriage Will Lead To Incestuous Marriage, Polygamy: READ

    09/16/2014 2:33:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Towleroad ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sean Mandell
    Eighty legislators from Utah have submitted an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which the legislators warn the Court that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to the legalization of incestuous and polygamous marriages. The brief comes following the request for a writ of certiorari from both Utah's Attorney General, Sean Reyes, and the plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, the case that found both both a district court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of marriage equality in Utah. As Joe.My.God points out, "the brief is signed by 22 of the 29 members of the state...
  • Is Polygamy the Next Gay Marriage?

    09/13/2014 5:10:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 12, 2014 | Sally Kohn
    Should we really care if more than two consenting adults want to marry each other, or if polygamy advocates see the LGBT movement as an inspiration? A few years ago, when I was rushing my daughter to pre-school one morning, a similarly tardy and exasperated-looking mom passed us on the stairs. My daughter took this as an opportunity to announce, “I have two moms.” The exasperated mom picked up her hunched shoulders to turn to Willa and, after a sigh, say, “You don’t know how lucky you are.” This has happened to us a lot. On more occasions than I...
  • Dear Mormon Chicks: Why Don’t You Stop Boycotting Carl’s Jr.’s And Boycott Islam?

    09/07/2014 7:21:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 125 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Last week onClashDaily.comwe ran a story about Mormon twin sisters who founded “Beauty Redefined”, who are calling on folks to boycott Carl's Jr.’s hamburger joint because they run adverts with hot models. According to the religious twins, these ads, “objectify women”; and I guess, by that inference, girls everywhere, because of the ads, will start to feel badly about themselves, adopt some eating disorder and/or get ocean-buoy-sized breast implants in order to look like Kate Upton. Or something to that effect. Now, before I go on, here’s an FYI for forlorn ladies wanting to look like Kate after watching a Carl's...
  • Mitt Romney 2016? Advisers try to squelch effort, but it's gaining steam. (Barf Bag)

    08/12/2014 8:08:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 11, 2014 | Linda Feldman
    Talk to any of Mitt Romney’s closest political advisers, and the answer is the same: He won’t run for president in 2016. “I take Mitt at his absolute word. He’s not running,” says Ron Kaufman, Republican national committeeman for Massachusetts and a senior adviser to Mr. Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. ........................................................ But in Chicago last week, when asked about his draft effort, Utah GOP chairman James Evans was happy to talk. “We are mindful of Romney insiders’ concerns, but we’re not going away,” says Mr. Evans.
  • Will 'Sister Wives' Kids Be Polygamists Too? It Depends on the Kid

    08/03/2014 6:22:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Bustle ^ | August 3, 2014 | Jodi Walker
    There are plenty of concerning things about the Browns’ lives on Sister Wives that the average audience member wouldn’t be accustomed to — for example, just how do they afford four McMansions in Nevada? Perhaps the most unfamiliar thing about the Browns’ unusual lifestyle choice, however, is just how many children they have. Like the Duggars before them, the Browns are working in the high teens of offspring (17, to be exact), but unlike the Duggars, the Brown children have… mother-aunts? And if you’re at all curious about their parents’ polygamist lifestyle, then certainly you’ve wondered: Will their 17...
  • B&B opens at site of former polygamous compound

    07/30/2014 7:26:01 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 21 replies
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | July 29, 2014 | AnnieKnox
    HILDALE — Continental breakfasts are now being served at a bed and breakfast that has opened on the site of a sprawling, mostly unoccupied compound in southern Utah that was built for the leader of a polygamous sect. America’s Most Wanted Suites and Bed and Breakfast takes its name from Warren Jeff’s time on the list of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives. Accommodations in the Hildale bed and breakfast run from $85 to $200 a night. Hildale and neighboring Colorado City, Arizona, are both home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Former Jeffs...
  • 10 Shadowy Biblical Characters No One Can Explain

    07/26/2014 7:09:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Listverse ^ | July 24, 2014 | Brent Sanders
    The canonical Bible is filled with mysterious characters, many of whom drop in for a cameo, do their thing, and then slide out, never to be heard from again. Some are merely extras, but some have a contextual presence that begs further examination. And some are, well, just weird. 10 MelchizedekProbably the single most mysterious figure in the Bible, Melchizedek was a priest-king of Salem (later known as Jerusalem) in the time of Abram (Abraham), suggesting a religious organization, complete with ritual and hierarchy, that predated the Jewish nation and their priestly lineage from the tribe of Levi. He is...
  • Gallup Poll: Muslims Most Supportive of Obama; Mormons, Least

    07/11/2014 9:22:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/11/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A Gallup poll released Friday shows that President Barack Obama enjoys the highest approval rating from Muslims among religious groups. Mormons are the least supportive of Obama. The poll, which asked how Obama was doing during the first six months of 2014, found that 72 percent of U.S. Muslims approve of the job he is doing, while 20 percent disapprove. Among "other non-Christians," 59 percent approved of Obama's job performance, 55 percent of "Jewish" adults expressed approval, and 54 percent of those under the "No religion/theist" category said they approve. Roman Catholics had a 44 percent approval and 51 percent...
  • Are There Other Kinds of Polygamy Besides 'Sister Wives'? It Doesn't Stop with the Browns

    07/07/2014 10:01:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Bustle ^ | July 6, 2014 | Caitlin Gallagher
    In the US, polygamy seems to be most commonly associated with Mormons. TV shows like Big Love, Sister Wives, and My Five Wives offer looks at polygamy, but only from a specific viewpoint. For some Americans, TLC’s reality series Sister Wives, which centers on a fundamentalist Mormon family, may even teach them all they know about polygamy. But the practice of polygamy hasn’t been sanctioned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which is the official name of the Mormon church) since 1890 when Church President Wilford Woodruff ended the practice. The Mormon church has actually denounced the...
  • ‘Sister Wives’ Recap: Polygamy Not Appealing To Most Of Brown Teens

    07/01/2014 12:42:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | June 30, 2014 | Bonnie Fuller
    On the June 29th episode of ‘Sister Wives,’ Kody Brown and his wives were confronted by the troubling truth that the family’s practice of polygamy could come to an end with their own generation, as their teens spoke out. Sister Wives‘ Kody Brown and his four wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn — risked jail time and the breakup of their family out of devotion to their Mormon fundamentalist polygamist faith. So it must be pretty hard to listen when they hear that their oldest children — Logan, 19, Madison, 17, Mykelti, 17, and Aspyn, 18 — speak out...
  • News roundup: Judge: Most traditional marriage was polygamy

    06/14/2014 5:05:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | June 9, 2014 | Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
    Federal judge: Most traditional marriage has been polygamy. Records: Swallow aide tried to cover up deals with Johnson. Huntsman Sr. interested in buying The Tribune. Happy Monday. A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, saying that state officials need to learn a few things about the history of marriage, i.e. that plural marriage is actually more traditional over time. "As an initial matter, defendants and amici have overstated their argument," wrote Judge Barbara Crabb. "Throughout history, the most 'traditional' form of marriage has not been between one man and one woman, but between one man and multiple women,...
  • RED ALERT: Romney To Gather Aides In Utah

    03/10/2014 7:01:15 PM PDT · by xzins · 111 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 3/10/14 | CHQ Staff
    The Washington Post reports that failed establishment Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is gathering his “political brain trust” at a swanky Park City, Utah ski chalet later this month. If political brains were a prerequisite for an invitation it seems like Romney could have held the gathering in the broom closet of one of his mansions, but conservatives should not dismiss the threat to the prospects for a conservative victory in 2016 that Romney revanchists represent. As The Post reports, and we hear from time to time with incredulity, there is chatter among some powerful GOP donors about another Romney...
  • America's Religiosity Is Increasing: Gallup

    02/25/2014 11:35:37 PM PST · by Viennacon · 5 replies
    Washington'sblog ^ | 2/4/2014 | Washingtonsblog
    Gallup publishes in February of each year a survey of the extent of self-described religiosity in each state; and they report that religiosity is rising throughout the country. Gallup headlined this year’s survey on February 3rd, “Mississippi Maintains Hold as Most Religious U.S. State; Vermont is the least religious.” Last year, it was “Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious.” No change there: in fact, the rank-orders of the 50 states (plus D.C.) are almost unchanged during the past 12 months. What’s notable is instead that the percentages of people saying that they are “Very religious” have increased in almost...
  • Polygamy And American Constitutional Law (Now the Left wants to cry "Halt!"?)

    02/03/2014 4:21:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WAMC-FM Northeast Public Radio ^ | January 7, 2014 | Professor Stephen Gottlieb
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)A conversation on The Roundtable convinced me to address polygamy. A judge in Utah decided that state could ban formal legal polygamy but could not ban people living in comparable arrangements without formal legal sanctions. Some people argue that legalization of polygamy follows from constitutional protection of gay and lesbian relationships. If one consensual relationship is OK, therefore so are all the others. That is a mistake. The law does not work that way. Missing from that argument is any mention of whether anyone is hurt and how. There are many ways that law takes account of injury, both constitutional...
  • What Drives Success? (Why are some ethnic groups in America doing better than others?)

    01/27/2014 12:52:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2014 | Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld
    A SEEMINGLY un-American fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well. It may be taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall. Indian-Americans earn almost double the national figure (roughly $90,000 per year in median household income versus $50,000). Iranian-, Lebanese- and Chinese-Americans are also top-earners. In the last 30 years, Mormons have become leaders of corporate America, holding top positions in many of America’s most recognizable companies. These facts don’t make some groups “better”...
  • Smartest Nerd in the Room: Why Melissa Harris-Perry is America's foremost public intellectual...

    01/06/2014 9:37:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 6, 2014 | Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor
    On Saturday, Melissa Harris-Perry apologized on air for segment that made light of the Romney clan's adoption of a young black boy. On Sunday, Mitt Romney accepted Harris-Perry's "heartfelt" apology, noting, "I've made plenty of mistakes myself." I've watched the offending segment several times now. I can see how a white parent who'd adopted a black child (or vice versa) would find the segment flip and offensive. It would not have surprised me if those concerned about adoption, equality, and racism voiced some protest about the segment. Instead what we got was week of invective driven mostly by a...
  • Drunk Mormons accused of random bashing of man on Surfers Paradise street [Lds play knockout 'game']

    12/31/2013 6:28:22 PM PST · by Colofornian · 170 replies
    Queensland Courier Mail ^ | Dec. 31, 2013 | Jeremy Pierce and Leah Fineran
    TWO Mormons on the Gold Coast for a church camp stand accused of a shocking attack that left a passing stranger in a coma.Amanaki Kaufusi, 21, and Onesi Taufui, 18, yesterday faced Southport Magistrates Court charged with grievous bodily harm over a violent attack on a tourist in Surfers Paradise. Hundreds of Mormons have gathered on the Gold Coast for a Latter-day Saints conference at Tallebudgera. But as their friends listened to the teachings of church leaders, Kaufusi and Taufui, both from western Sydney, headed to the bright lights of Sin City for a night on the town. The court...
  • Glenn Beck Makes a Very Exciting Offer to the Cast of ‘Duck Dynasty’

    12/19/2013 10:13:41 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 63 replies
    Duck Dynasty on TheBlaze” has a nice ring to it, according to Glenn Beck. One day after Phil Robertson’s comments about homosexuality earned him an indefinite suspension from the hit series “Duck Dynasty” on A&E, Beck offered the entire Robertson family a place on his own network.“[All the other networks] will fold to pressure,” he said. “They will all fold to sponsors. They will all fold to money because they are all in over their eyeballs are debt … the only reason why Phil was put on hiatus and not the rest is because it is a money-printing machine.”Beck said...
  • Author of 'Mormon Christianity' Claims Christians Can Learn From the LDS Church

    11/14/2013 9:24:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 358 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Tyler O'Neil
    A Roman Catholic scholar and former philosophy and religion professor has released a new book that defends Mormonism as "one of the youngest branches on the Christian tree," and claims that Christians can learn from the Mormon religion. Stephen H. Webb, former 25 year professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College and author of the book, Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints, told The Christian Post that, among other things, "Mormon theology teaches us to think of matter in new and creative ways." "Traditional theology teaches that matter is lifeless, without the soul it's...
  • Mormons in Africa (Good story)

    11/08/2013 7:49:14 AM PST · by StormPrepper · 85 replies
    Whole articleWhile Africa is one of the fastest growing areas of converts for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, proselyting and maintaining over 900 congregations is just part of the impact the Church has in these countries. In the last ten years alone the LDS church has: ·Distributed nearly 40,000 wheelchairs as well as trained people to construct a wheelchair from basic bicycle parts. ·Aided more than 130,000 Africans with their vision treatment program. Volunteer ophthalmologists assist medical care providers around the world with training and equipment to treat simple vision problems. · Been able to provide access...
  • Lawsuit filed against church for coverup of sex abuse [Lds church accused of cover-up]

    11/07/2013 4:15:46 AM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies
    Journal-News.Net (Martinsburg, WV) ^ | Oct. 25, 2013 | Edward Marshall
    MARTINSBURG - A lawsuit filed in Berkeley County against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church, and local church officials accuses church leaders of covering up allegations that the son of local church officials sexually abused 12 children over the course of more than five years. Christopher Michael Jensen, 22, of Cheswick Drive, Martinsburg, was found guilty of one count of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian Feb. 6 following a jury trial in Berkeley County Circuit Court. The criminal charges involved only two of the 12...
  • ABC Plans Miniseries About Gay Rights Movement

    08/17/2013 10:13:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | August 15, 2013 | William Bigelow
    ABC is going to air an eight-hour miniseries that documents the history of homosexual political activism, written by a well-known gay activist. Dustin Lance Black, the writer and director of The Journey of Jared Price (2000) a same-sex romance, and >I>Something Close to Heaven, a story of gay adolescents, will write the miniseries. The miniseries is reputed to start with the 1969 Stonewall Riots, when a police raid on a gay bar precipitated violent protests from gays for days, and is scheduled for the holiday season. Black, who is Mormon, is a co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights,...
  • Police in Colorado warn of self-described Islamist jihadist (going after Catholics & Mormons)

    08/03/2013 1:27:23 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 96 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2013
    <p>FORT COLLINS, COLO. – Police in Fort Collins, Colo., are alerting religious organizations to a self-described "Islamist jihadist" who is threatening the demise of Mormons and Catholics at sites across Arizona and Colorado.</p>
  • Will The Decriminalization of Polygamy Increase The Number of Republican Voters?

    07/03/2013 8:50:16 AM PDT · by pinochet · 28 replies
    Whenever I hear of Republicans supporting the prosecution of Mormon Fundamentalist sects which practice polygamy, I often shake my head in amazement. Republicans are often called the stupid party, because they support liberal policies that harm the interests of the the party and its supporters. First of all, polygamous lifestyles are perfectly legal in America, for people associated with leftist causes. Hippie Communes were very common in America in the 1960s and 1970s, and they received high-profile favorable coverage in the liberal media. Communes were places where many men and women lived together in a spirit of free-love, and most...
  • Southern Baptists consider resolution on scouting

    06/12/2013 8:45:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    HOUSTON (AP) - Southern Baptist Convention leaders have proposed a resolution expressing their opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts. The resolution also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove from executive and board leadership the individuals who earlier sought to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor Scout troops. While the resolution does not recommend that Southern Baptists drop ties with the Scouts, it expresses support for those churches and families that decide to do so. It also encourages churches and families who choose to remain...
  • Memo to the South: Go Ahead, Secede Already!

    04/30/2013 7:00:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 221 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 30, 2013 | Lee Siegel
    Let’s face it—on nearly every important issue, from gun control to immigration to gay marriage, red states are holding America back. Lee Siegel on why the South should get the hell out of the union. Let’s not be fooled by all the bipartisan rhetoric that has been streaming out of the GOP since Romney’s self-destruction. Hundreds of thousands of petitioners in a handful of red states still want to secede? Well, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. A solid block of Southern states continues to refuse to expand Medicaid, thus squashing one of the linchpins of...
  • LDS Church Criticized for Endorsing Boy Scouts' Proposal on Accepting Gay Members

    04/28/2013 6:35:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/27/2013 | By Anugrah Kumar
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the nation's largest sponsor of the Boy Scouts of America, is being criticized for endorsing a BSA proposal that would allow gay youths to join local troops while continuing to exclude gay leaders. "While the church has not launched any campaign either to effect (sic) or prevent a policy change, we have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA has made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have said, remain 'among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today,'" said a...
  • GOP rep with gay son: I’m still a no on gay marriage (Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona)

    04/01/2013 6:07:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 1, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Via NRO, Rob Portman was criticized by gay-marriage supporters for reconsidering his stance on SSM only after it affected him personally. This guy, naturally, will be criticized harshly for not reconsidering his stance after it affected him personally. His choice of words is interesting, though. Not only does he not think that his son chose to be gay, he uses a term more often heard from gay-rights supporters when he says he hasn’t “evolved” to the point of supporting SSM. More backstory via WaPo: Salmon voted for the Defense of Marriage Act and for a ban on gay adoptions in...
  • BYU conference explores Joseph Smith and the ancient world [speaker lists Smith with other cultists]

    03/11/2013 7:18:41 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    Deseret News ^ | March 9, 2013 | Joseph Walker
    Hundreds of students of all ages — including at least one LDS apostle — gathered at locations in Provo and Salt Lake City Thursday and Friday to listen and take notes as 26 scholars examined the extent to which LDS Church founder Joseph Smith was familiar with ancient writings, scriptural or otherwise. “Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith’s Study of the Ancient World,” a two-day BYU Church History Symposium, drew capacity audiences to the BYU campus and the LDS Church Conference Center Little Theater. SNIP Another highly attended session on the first day of the symposium featured Dr. David F. Holland, associate...
  • LDS leader backs outline of Obama immigration plan

    03/10/2013 10:57:55 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 39 replies
    AP/ CacheValley Daily ^ | March 10, 2013
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Mormon church leader says the faith is largely in line with President Barack Obama on what needs to be included in a comprehensive immigration bill. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' governing First Presidency, joined 13 other faith leaders at a private meeting on the issue with Obama on Friday. Uchtdorf said Obama urged the church leaders to stand together and ensure the U.S. remains a place where immigrants can come in a lawful way and not live in fear. The president expressed support for a...