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  • Mormonism and the presidency

    10/12/2011 5:06:14 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 41 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10-12-2011 | Sandy Rios
    Does Mitt Romney, an elder and former missionary of the Mormon Church, believe he will one day be a god ... equal to Jesus ... ruling his own planet? Does he agree with Mormon teaching that Jesus and Satan are brothers? That America is the Promised Land where Jesus will return one day to rule from the Garden of Eden, which Mormons believe to be Jackson County, Missouri? And do American voters have the right to know this? When Barack Obama was running for president, he assured us he was a Christian. Pastor Rick Warren brought Candidate Obama to his...
  • Bachmann, Cain won't say Romney is a Christian

    10/09/2011 11:10:24 AM PDT · by Clairity · 227 replies
    Dalls News ^ | Oct 9, 2011 | Wayne Slater
    Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann dodged questions Sunday whether Romney is a Christian. The issue arose during the just-completed Values Voters Summit in Washington, exposing tensions among evangelicals over Romney's religious faith, as we reported today. Dallas Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress kicked things off by endorsing Rick Perry and declaring that Mormonism is a cult and Romney is not a Christian. Speakers went back and forth on the issue -- and Romney himself weighed in, denouncing "poisonous speech" that doesn't help the nominating process. Asked about Jeffress' comments, Perry said he doesn't believe Mormonism is a cult.
  • Texas pastor stands ground on "cult" comment about Mormons

    10/10/2011 7:11:33 AM PDT · by JosephSmithNAW · 33 replies
    Reuters. Please see link
  • Hi. I'm Jeff. [Internet profile of a mormon.]

    10/01/2011 9:47:56 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 118 replies "Our People" ^ | Some guy named Jeff
    Hi, I'm Jeff I am thrilled and honored to belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a devout Christian. About Me I am a husband and father. I was raised in a family of 14 children (9 boys and 5 girls, all from the same parents). I'm the 9th child. I love people. I love to serve and give. I stay active physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. I am an attorney. I also have an MBA and am a certified management accountant. Why I am a Mormon The fundamental reason for which I am...
  • 'The Mormon Murders' -- the Mini-Series the Latter Day Saints Shut Down

    09/30/2011 12:05:32 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    The ^ | Sept. 22, 2011 | Arthur Axelman
    The enormous success on Broadway of "Book of Mormon" brings to mind the longest and most difficult mini-series development in the then-William Morris Agency's history. Feature agent and former New York colleague Fred Milstein called me one morning and spoke about a series of forgeries and murders by a 28-year-old elder of ths Mormon church against fellow Mormons. I could try to explain the convolutions of this story, but the most incisive and coherent analysis comes from a former LDS elder who calls himself "Stray Mutt." It is herein paraphrased. Mark Hofmann [pictured left] was a gifted and masterful forger....
  • Mormons: Did Christ need to be saved?

    09/30/2011 11:12:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 84 replies
    Catholic Answers Forums ^ | Sept. 19, 2011 | Steve VH
    I found this article "Our Relationship With the Lord" written by Bruce R. McConkie and found in the BYU Devotional dated March 2, 1982. This portion of the article left me somewhat stunned : "5. Christ worked out his own salvation by worshiping the Father.After the Firstborn of the Father, while yet a spirit being, had gained power and intelligence that made him like unto God; after he had become, under the Father, the Creator of worlds without number; after he had reigned on the throne of eternal power as the Lord Omnipotent-- after all this he yet had to...
  • Church leadership post for an openly gay Mormon

    09/30/2011 11:32:49 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 24, 2011 | Jessica Ravitz
    (CNN) - Early on in life, Mitch Mayne knew exactly who he was. He would race watch reruns of “Star Trek” and swoon over his crush, Captain Kirk. At 8, after his parents converted, he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... It is where he feels spiritually at home, irrespective of the fact that, for the past 10 years, he’s been openly gay. “I’m a man that lives in two worlds that a lot of people don’t think intersect,” Mayne said... Actively Mormon and openly gay: It's the sort of combo that might leave...
  • Mike Huckabee Would Vote For A Mormon ‘In A Heartbeat’: ‘It Is Not A Disqualifier’

    09/21/2011 3:18:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 17, 2011 | Frances Martel
    Mike Huckabee‘s faith made up a significant part of his political identity during his 2008 Republican Presidential bid, and as such Huckabee came out this morning to defend the open airing of faith by other Republican candidates this time around. Speaking to the Fox & Friends crew this morning, Huckabee said he appreciated Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s openness with his faith, but didn’t see it as a way of “other”-ing the Mormon candidates in the field, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. “I want to know what a candidate believes,” Huckabee explained, arguing that electing a religious candidate is not the...
  • Bill Clinton Praises Two GOP Candidates

    09/20/2011 4:51:06 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Bill Clinton Praises Two GOP Candidates GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman received some unsolicited praise from a former president today, though it might not be from the one they were hoping for. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, former President Bill Clinton lauded the two former governors for addressing climate change on the stump. When Blitzer asked Clinton to list the candidates he liked and the ones he was concerned about, the former president said: ” Well, it appears that Gov. Huntsman and Gov. Romney, at least, have not come out in just flat out denial...
  • The Mormon Plan for America and The Rise of Mitt Romney

    09/20/2011 12:13:41 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 81 replies
    World view Weekend ^ | 09/20/2011 | Ed Decker
    >Mormonism Teaches That:  The Constitution will hang by a thread, to be saved by the Mormon Church. Will the Constitution be destroyed?  No, it will be held inviolate by this people; and, as Joseph Smith said, "The time will come when the destiny of the nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from destruction." It will be so. (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses [JOD] Vol. 7, page 150). …And when the Constitution of the United States hangs, as it were, upon a single  thread, they will have to call for...
  • Tom Ridge to endorse Huntsman at St. Anselm [Hunstman surge begins, soon to hit 2% LOL]

    09/16/2011 7:45:31 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 153 replies
    NH Union Leader ^ | 16 Sep 2011
    Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman will announce the endorsement of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Gov. Tom Ridge Friday in an event at St. Anselm College in Goffstown. Ridge, a former governor of Pennsylvania, plans to attend a press conference with Huntsman at the college’s New Hampshire Institute for Politics. In a statement by the Huntsman campaign, Ridge said Thursday that Huntsman is “a serious, insightful leader.” Huntsman, 51, a former Utah governor and ambassador to China, said he’ll be counting on Ridge for help and counsel.
  • Utah massacre site dedicated as national landmark

    09/11/2011 10:15:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 43 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/11/11
    The southern Utah site of a wagon train massacre was dedicated Sunday as a national historic landmark 154 years to the day after the tragedy occurred. About 350 people watched as Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth presented plaques to mark the Mountain Meadows Massacre Historic Site 30 miles north of St. George. The 760-acre site is where 120 members of an Arkansas wagon train were shot and killed by a Mormon militia on Sept. 11, 1857. The Baker-Fancher wagon train stopped in the meadows on its way to California when it was attacked. Government officials, church leaders and descendants...
  • Glenn Beck's "pure personal truth," Part 1 [Real Mormonism]

    09/06/2011 8:15:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 958 replies ^ | Sept. 6, 2011 | Marsha West
    By Marsha WestHere Glenn Beck goes again, claiming he's a Christian, this time at Restoring Courage 2011 — Jerusalem. Glenn gets upset when anyone questions his Christianity. That's weird because he's a Mormon who affirms the official teaching of Mormonism aka the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The LDS outright deny many of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Moreover, LDS doctrine contradicts what Scripture teaches. So of course there are Christians who feel Beck's not a true follower of Jesus Christ — not the Jesus of the Bible anyway. When his "I'm a Christian" claim...
  • Mormon men waiting longer to marry, worrying church officials

    09/01/2011 8:12:06 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 30, 2011 | Jennifer Garza
    Marriage is a fundamental tenet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But church leaders now face a matrimony problem within their flock: Young single Mormons are delaying marriage.-SNIP-Maher and Forsyth reflect a shift that worries national church leaders. Women want to marry. Men want to wait. And church leaders are concerned because they believe marriage is a prerequisite for life in eternity.-SNIP-Mormon church leaders say Mormon men are postponing marriage either for financial, career or educational concerns. And sometimes for other reasons, according to church President Thomas Monson."Men are having a little too much fun being single,...
  • Albemarle Removes Sherlock Holmes Book From Reading List

    08/29/2011 6:50:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Daily Progess ^ | AARON RICHARDSON
    The Albemarle County School Board voted Thursday night to remove Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Study in Scarlet” from sixth-grade reading lists. A parent of a Henley Middle School student originally challenged the book in May on the grounds that it is derogatory toward Mormons. Thursday’s vote was the culmination of the work of a committee commissioned to study the book and two discussions by board members. Board member Diantha McKiel, of the Jack Jouett District, said it was important to note that the school system has a history of reconsidering books. “Sometimes we have declared books age inappropriate, sometimes...
  • Sect member loses appeal (Warren Jeffs' lines of appeal are being shut down)

    08/27/2011 7:51:33 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 22 replies
    The San Angelo Standard Times ^ | Friday, August 26, 2011 | Matthew Waller
    Sect member loses appeal By Matthew Waller Updated Friday, August 26, 2011 SAN ANGELO, Texas — The latest round in the legal fight over the imprisonment of polygamist sect members went to the state, but the fight may not be over. The Texas Third Court of Appeals in an opinion issued Friday upheld the conviction of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints member Michael Emack on a charge of child sexual assault that came from evidence from the Yearning for Zion Ranch raid in April 2008. In the next few weeks, the case could go to the...
  • Was Polygamy, in the Nineteenth Century, Started by the FLDS Church, or the LDS Church?

    08/15/2011 4:53:20 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 99 replies
    Faith and Reason ^ | 2003 | Donna Morley
    During the early 1830s, Emma Smith was beginning to have some strong suspicions that her husband, Joseph (Mormon prophet) might be involved in infidelity. While these were only suspicions, Oliver Cowdery (one of the three “witnesses” to the Book of Mormon) had proof of Smith’s adultery and confronted him on it. Smith denied to Cowdery that he was in any such activity. Cowdery would be excommunicated from the Mormon church on several counts including, “by falsely insinuating that he [Smith] was guilty of adultery.” 1 Emma’s suspicions were confirmed when she caught Joseph and 19-year-old Eliza Partridge locked in a...
  • Polygamist heard on tape training girls for sex

    08/08/2011 10:51:40 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 56 replies
    Prosecutors seeking life in prison for convicted polygamist leader Warren Jeffs closed their case with a final barrage of graphic audiotapes, records of 24 alleged underage brides and writings that ordered followers to "fight to the death" when police eventually came for him. The same jury that convicted Jeffs last week of sexually assaulting two of his child "brides" could now hand down their punishment early as Tuesday. Even in prison, he could continue to lead the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Among the final pieces of evidence was an audiotape of Jeffs having sex and...
  • Polygamy Meets Big Brother

    08/04/2011 8:41:36 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 173 replies
    Daily Beast via Yahoo ^ | August 3, 2011 | Carol McKinley
    Polygamy Meets Big Brother The West Texas jury deciding the fate of polygamy cult leader Warren Jeffs listened through headphones to 21 minutes of heavy breathing yesterday. Some in the room wept. Others held their hands over their mouths. The X-rated recording, a cornerstone of the state’s child-sex-assault case, allegedly chronicled Jeffs’ encounter with a 12-year-old girl, an episode that ended with the self-proclaimed prophet declaring, “In Jesus Christ, amen.” The jurors heard an almost inaudible voice. “Amen,” echoed the child. It got worse. According to prosecutors, Jeffs and his new “celestial wife” were not alone. A dozen of his...
  • Prosecution close to resting case against Jeffs

    08/03/2011 9:46:46 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 56 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | August 3, 2011 | WILL WEISSERT
    Prosecution close to resting case against Jeffs AP By WILL WEISSERT - Associated Press SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors are still questioning their final witness in the Texas trial of a polygamist leader accused of sexually assaulting two girls he took as brides during so-called spiritual marriages. Texas Ranger Nick Hanna was on the stand for a second day Wednesday, and prosecutors were close to resting their case against Warren Jeffs. The 55-year-old leads the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.
  • Has Warren Jeffs turned his trial into a sermon on polygamy?

    07/30/2011 3:22:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 30, 2011 | Mark Sappenfield
    In a single dramatic hour Friday, the course of the San Angelo, Texas, trial against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs might have changed course. With a rambling outburst that included a malediction against the prosecutors, a defense of polygamy, and direct quotes from "the Lord God," Jeffs broke his prolonged silence in the trial, then continued to interrupt proceedings throughout the rest of the day. The outbursts could merely be a continuation of Mr. Jeffs's apparent legal tactic: delay. But they also have also effectively turned the courtroom into a pulpit for the leader of the breakaway Fundamentalist Church of...
  • Countercult ministries/Tower to Truth Ministries/50 Questions to Ask Mormons

    07/15/2011 12:16:04 PM PDT · by zippythepinhead · 11 replies
    Anti-Mormon literature tends to recycle the same themes. Some ministries are using a series of fifty questions, which they believe will help "cultists" like the Mormons. One ministry seems to suggest that such questions are a good way to deceive Latter-day Saints, since the questions "give...them hope that you are genuinely interested in learning more about their religion." This ministry tells its readers what their real intent should be with their Mormon friend: "to get them thinking about things they may have never thought about and researching into the false teachings of their church." Thus, the questions are not sincere...
  • Unbelievable: TV Reporter Mocks Romney's Mormonism

    07/09/2011 6:52:15 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 579 replies
    Commentary ^ | July 7, 2011
    Polls show there's an anti-Mormon bias among voters - especially Democrats, more than a quarter of whom say they wouldn't vote for a Mormon. But this video of a Memphis Fox affiliate ridiculing Mitt Romney about his religion is a real wake-up call [video]. The whole news segment appears to be about Mormonism and the 2012 election, but skip ahead to the 3:20 mark for the worst of it [video].
  • Mormons on center stage: The religion travels from Broadway to campaign trail

    07/05/2011 6:31:38 PM PDT · by delacoert · 10 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 5, 2011 | JOANNA WEISS
    MITT ROMNEY has said he plans to see “The Book of Mormon,’’ the hilarious Broadway musical from the creators of “South Park’’ and “Avenue Q.’’ And there’s a moment in the show when you can practically imagine him onstage. It comes in the second act, when a group of Ugandan converts puts on a pageant for visiting Mormon leaders: a bawdy, profane, and very incorrect retelling of the story of the Mormon faith. (It involves appearances from certain “Star Wars’’ characters, plus a song-and-dance depiction of how dysentery happens.) As the Mormon leaders watch in shock and disbelief, it’s hard...
  • Polygamy was no Mormon harem, but it tore at marriages and hearts

    07/02/2011 6:05:43 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | June 29, 2011 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) I spent some time re-reading the late Richard S. Van Wagoner’s excellent book, “Mormon Polygamy: A History.” The 19th century tales of harems and never-ending teenage-girl hunting were, of course, lies to excite Eastern U.S. readers. Polygamy was a contradictory doctrine, and extremely dysfunctional. Brigham Young once said that he wished it wasn’t a doctrine, but later also raged that those who disbelieved in polygamy — and even monogomous LDS men — were in danger of damnation. And polygamy led to divorce among LDS elite leaders in numbers...
  • Anti-Mormon Bias Persists, Notably Among Democrats

    07/02/2011 5:11:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies ^ | July 7, 2011 | Byron York
    Ever since Mitt Romney's unsuccessful run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, there has been much discussion of whether GOP voters would accept a Mormon candidate. Would evangelical conservatives, in particular, look past the former Massachusetts governor's faith to vote for him? The underlying assumption was that the more conservative the views, the more intolerant the voter. Now, it turns out a better question might be whether Democratic voters would accept a Mormon candidate. In a survey that cuts against the media stereotype, a new Gallup Poll has found that more Democrats than Republicans say they would not vote for...
  • 'Book of Mormon' wins big at the Tony Awards

    06/12/2011 9:21:49 PM PDT · by Borges · 152 replies
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 06/12/11 | MARK KENNEDY
    The profane and hysterical "The Book of Mormon" took home nine Tony Awards on Sunday including the prize for best musical, a considerable achievement for a pair of first-time Broadway playwrights known more for their raunchy cartoons featuring potty-mouthed kids. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the Emmy Award-winning "South Park," found a kindred soul in Robert Lopez, who co-wrote the Tony-winning "Avenue Q," and all three found themselves with plenty of awards when they collaborated to gently mock Mormons and send-up Broadway itself. Collecting the best musical prize, a subdued Parker, who tied Josh Logan of "South Pacific"...
  • A Vote for Romney Is a Vote for the LDS Church: One evangelical explains why he cannot support Mitt

    06/06/2011 10:36:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Patheos ^ | May 24, 2011 | Warren Cole Smith
    In the prevailing wisdom of polls and pundits, Mitt Romney is a "top tier" contender for the Republican nomination for President. The prevailing wisdom also says that Romney's Mormonism will not be, or should not be, a factor in the election. Romney's Mormonism is purportedly like Kennedy's Catholicism: interesting, perhaps troubling from a theological point of view, but irrelevant to his governing philosophy. I believe this prevailing wisdom is all wrong. His religious worldview will be vital to his governing philosophy, and will ultimately be the issue that undermines his candidacy. Let's begin by noting that several prominent social conservatives...
  • 'Book of Mormon' leads Drama Desk nominations (musical from South Park creators)

    04/29/2011 1:33:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    AP - Yahoo ^ | April 29, 2011 | Mark Kennedy
    NEW YORK — The profane musical "The Book of Mormon" and the zany revival of "Anything Goes" received the most nominations Friday from the Drama Desk, which honors both Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
  • Gallup shows Trump tied with Huckabee among GOP primary voters (Romney Close Behind)

    04/22/2011 11:49:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/22/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Keep one thing in mind when looking at the data from Gallup’s latest poll of the Republican field. Their sample includes “Republican-leaning independents” as well as registered Republicans. That’s important, because it helps explain Donald Trump’s sudden resonance in the field: Donald Trump debuts in a first-place tie in Gallup’s latest update of Republicans’ preferences for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination among potential contenders. Trump ties Mike Huckabee at 16%, with Mitt Romney close behind at 13%. Sarah Palin is the only other potential Republican candidate to earn double-digit support.The April 15-20 Gallup poll finds Trump leading the field among...
  • Jesus Christ, the Son of God

    04/08/2011 7:39:38 AM PDT · by ZULU · 181 replies
    Mormon Church ^ | 2010 | Jeffrey R. Holland
    By and large any controversy in this matter has swirled around two doctrinal issues—our view of the Godhead and our belief in the principle of continuing revelation leading to an open scriptural canon. In addressing this we do not need to be apologists for our faith, but we would like not to be misunderstood. So with a desire to increase understanding and unequivocally declare our Christianity, I speak today on the first of those two doctrinal issues just mentioned.
  • Andrew Sullivan: Exceptional And Unexceptional America(Ultra Mega Hurl warning)

    04/01/2011 5:51:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 30, 2011 | Andrew Sullivan
    Glenn Greenwald, in that way he has, asks the toughest question about American exceptionalism. Yes, it's clear Obama believes in the unique role of the US in global politics, and world history, despite the Big Lie from Romney et al. But do we all mean the same thing when we talk of this idea? And is this more than mere national solipsism and myth? It's easy to see where Romney, for example, gets his belief. Mormonism is the only all-American religion, placing Jesus in America itself ("I just got crucified, you guys"). But for Christians, the notion of God preferring...
  • Sen. Harry Reid On MSNBC: The Tea Party With Their ‘Extreme Positions’ Is ‘Short-Lived’

    03/17/2011 11:29:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/17/11 | Matt Schneider
    Sen. Harry Reid On MSNBC: The Tea Party With Their ‘Extreme Positions’ Is ‘Short-Lived’by Matt Schneider | 11:14 am, March 17th, 2011 Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sat for an interview with Lawrence O’Donnell and discussed nuclear power plants, nuclear waste and budget battles. However, his most interesting comments came when he revealed his thoughts on the longevity of the Tea Party and when he told everyone from Congressional Republicans to President Obama to back off on trying to “fix” Social Security. O’Donnell asked if now there are three parties in Washington with the Tea Party and wondered whether...
  • Harry Reid: ‘The time has come for us to outlaw prostitution’

    02/23/2011 9:26:01 AM PST · by rellimpank · 272 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 23 feb 2011 | , David McGrath Schwartz, Anjeanette Damon, Cy Ryan
    (CARSON CITY — Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday called for “an adult conversation” about prostitution in Nevada, saying it is an impediment to economic development because it discourages businesses from moving here. “Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment – not as the last place where prostitution is still legal,” he said in a speech to the Nevada Legislature. Reid told the assembled lawmakers that he met recently with a group of business leaders who run data centers for technology companies. They visited Storey County in search of a new location for their businesses...
  • Word Of "Big Shakeup" In Polygamous Communties (Warren Jeffs at it again)

    02/23/2011 4:25:29 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 50 replies
    KUTV ^ | 2/22/11 | Brian Mullahy
    A purge may be underway in the polygamous communities of Hildale-Colorado City on the Utah-Arizona border. 2News has been told even men who were in FLDS leadership positions have been ousted from the sect. "There's a big shake up," said Isaac Wyler, long-time resident of Colorado City. "There are a lot of people who are shaken by what's happened with their families." Wyler was one of three people, close to the communities, who spoke to 2News Tuesday night. Perhaps as many as three dozen men have been told to leave over the past two months, and the orders to get...
  • Former Latino leader requests halt of LDS missionary visas

    02/18/2011 6:19:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    FOX 13 ^ | February 14, 2011 | Brittany Green
    SALT LAKE CITY — The immigration controversy has reached the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with one Latino member of the Utah community's request that Mexico suspend all LDS missionary visas to the nation. Raul Lopez-Vargas, former vice president of Centro Civico Mexicano, one of Utah's oldest Latino community centers, has sent a letter to Mexican Presdient Felipe Calderon seeking the temporary suspension of visas for LDS missionaries. He also delivered the letter in person Monday to the Mexican consulate in Utah. Lopez-Vargas says the request is a response to his view that the LDS Church won't take...
  • Should 'Magic Underwear' Disqualify a Presidential Candidate?

    02/16/2011 4:40:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 15, 2011 | Anthony Ventre
    At CPAC, Mitt Romney underscored President Obama's shortcomings, describing him as a "weak president." Romney hasn't announced candidacy for the presidency of the U.S. but his CPAC speech last week officially signaled it was open season. Amid largely insincere calls for "civil discourse" in politics, 2012 promises to be just the opposite. The Internet, a double-edged sword often wielded anonymously, carries dark messages which sometimes bubble to the media surface. The same internet that bristles with the "news" that President Obama is a Muslim tells us that Mitt Romney wears "magic underwear." If there were such a thing, I would...
  • Mormon Q&A for the Upcoming Presidential Election

    02/11/2011 12:44:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Jewish Journal's Jews and Mormons Blog ^ | February 10, 2011 | Mark Paredes
    “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?” – Southern Baptist preacher (and presidential candidate) Mike Huckabee, 2007 ——- It looks increasingly likely that there will be two serious Mormon candidates (Mitt Romney and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.) running for president this year. One hopes that they will do a better job handling the religion issue than Mitt did in 2008. If past campaigns with LDS candidates are any guide, we can expect to see theological cheap shots like Mike Huckabee’s being taken by other campaigns, political pundits, and journalists. It is unlikely that substantive answers...
  • Rove: Why couldn't U.S. president be LDS?

    02/04/2011 2:49:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | February 3, 2011 | Bryon Saxton
    LAYTON -- A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can become president of the United States of America, says Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush. "Absolutely," said Rove, who was in Layton on Thursday night for a stop-over to address a room full of fellow Republicans at the Davis Conference Center. While he was at it, Rove, who served as the keynote speaker for the Davis County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner, autographed copies of his book. More than 400 people attended the event at a cost of $50 per person, which...
  • Using trust to steal (Utah Affinity Fraud)

    02/03/2011 5:35:46 AM PST · by Utah Binger · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Standard Examiner ^ | 02/03/2011 | Editorial Board
    One consequence of Utah being a mostly Mormon state is that the potential for affinity fraud can be higher than in other states. A fraudster can use his activity or status within the Mormon Church to fool church members into trusting him. An example of this in Ogden was Val Southwick, who cheated investors out of millions. Fortunately, Southwick sits in prison now. Of course, affinity fraud is not confined to the LDS Church. Probably the best-known case of massive affinity fraud is that committed by Bernie Madoff, who is alleged to have defrauded investors of up to $50 billion....
  • Major Publication on the Ghost Dance Religion, Mormons, and American Indians Reissued (LDS/Mormon)

    01/28/2011 5:45:39 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies ^ | January 28, 2011
    Boulder, CO, January 28, 2011 --( Bauu Institute and Press, a leading research institute and publisher of books, news, and information on indigenous peoples around the world is pleased to announce the publication of Mormons, Indians, and the Ghost Dance Religion of 1890, Second Edition. On the occasion Director Peter N. Jones, Ph.D. explained the importance of the publication: “With this book, Dr. Barney has presented an informative historical analysis of both the Ghost Dance Religion and Mormonism, two phenomena that arose in the American West during the 19th century. Until now these two phenomena – which have played large...
  • Spotlight From Glenn Beck Brings a CUNY Professor (Frances Fox Piven) Threats

    01/22/2011 5:38:16 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 146 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2011 | BRIAN STELTER
    On his daily radio and television shows, Glenn Beck has elevated once-obscure conservative thinkers onto best-seller lists. Recently, he has elevated a 78-year-old liberal academic to celebrity of a different sort, in a way that some say is endangering her life. Frances Fox Piven, a City University of New York professor, has been a primary character in Mr. Beck’s warnings about a progressive take-down of America. Ms. Piven, Mr. Beck says, is responsible for a plan to “intentionally collapse our economic system.” Her name has become a kind of shorthand for “enemy” on Mr. Beck’s Fox News Channel program, which...
  • A note to mormon FReepers

    01/17/2011 10:42:49 AM PST · by Notwithstanding · 395 replies ^ | 1/17/2011 | self
    FReepers should all understand that we can’t post ANYTHING without it being subject to analysis and challenge. When I post a Catholic item, I know it will be scrutinized by FReepers and grenades will be lobbed at it by non-Catholic FReepers who consider the Church to be in error. But history, theology and science make it nigh impossible to damage the Truth claims made by Catholics and even the perception of Catholic Truth (even people who believe that the Catholic Church is severely corrupted also understand that archeology, history, literature and theology all support its claim to be THE original...
  • Latter-day Saints aren't Christians?

    01/07/2011 2:21:27 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 162 replies
    Latter-day Saints aren't Christians?    Criticism Critics claim that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are not "Christian." A related claim is that the Church has only recently begun to portray itself as "Christian" in order to gain adherents. See also: Source(s) of the criticism  Response It is evident from what has been said, that the Mormons, as such, can have no part or lot in the religion of Jesus Christ—and we do not see how any one can be their friend, (as Mormons,) without being an enemy to God. —James M’Chesney, An Antidote To Mormonism, revised by...
  • Hey, Who Are You Calling a Cult?

    Hey, Who Are You Calling a Cult?   The LDS Church is less of a cult than many of the religions that accuse it of being one. BY: Orson Scott Card    He wrote to me in all innocence, a reader from a Catholic country where Mormon missionaries had only recently begun to gather congregations of believers. "I asked my priest," he said, "and he told me that Mormons are a cult." Setting aside the obvious riposte ("What did you think your priest would tell you, that Mormonism was true Christianity as restored by God to living prophets?"), I think...
  • Top LDS news stories of 2010

    12/31/2010 5:39:30 PM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Dec. 31, 2010 | Trent Toone
    Top LDS news stories of 2010...
  • Why the LDS Church is a Cult: Theological Differences Between Christian and LDS Doctrines

    12/20/2010 2:19:50 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 243 replies · 2+ views
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) claims to be the true Christian church. The LDS church does not like being referred to as a cult,1 but they are a cult because their teachings differ significantly from historic Christian theology. This page explains what specific LDS doctrines make the LDS church a cult. As you will see, these differences are not merely minor changes in theology, but major disagreements about the nature of God, Jesus Christ, and mankind. All material presented on this page comes directly from LDS scripture (the “Standard Works”) or the current LDS teaching...
  • Not enough research done to determine if polygamy is harmful, professor says

    12/15/2010 9:43:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 41 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | December 13, 2010 | Daphne Bramham
    There hasn't been enough research done on Canadian polygamous communities to draw any conclusions about whether the practise is harmful, according to professor Lori Beaman. Beaman teaches classics and religious studies at the University of Ottawa and holds the Canada Research Chair in contextualization of religion in a diverse Canada. She testified Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in the constitutional reference case to determine whether Canada's polygamy law is valid. While she noted that there have been several autobiographical accounts of former members of fundamentalist Mormon communities, Beaman says in her affidavit that assessing harm from that would be akin...
  • Warren Jeffs returned to Texas to face bigamy case

    12/02/2010 5:09:54 AM PST · by humblegunner · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | TERRI LANGFORD
    Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs faced a Texas judge Wednesday more than two years after authorities discovered his followers married underage girls at an Eldorado ranch, prompting the removal of 438 children, the largest child custody case in U.S. history. A wan Jeffs, 54, appeared before state District Judge Barbara Walther in San Angelo where he was arraigned on three charges involving two underage brides, unidentified girls who were 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged crimes. He's accused of sexually assaulting one girl in 2005 and committing bigamy and aggravated sexual assault with the other girl in...
  • A Mormon not for Romney for President

    11/20/2010 4:20:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Liberty Musings Blog ^ | November 16, 2010 | David Hall
    Monday evening, Special Report’s 12 in 2012 series featured Mitt Romney, and his likely 2012 run for President. I was for Romney in 2008 and supported him in the Republican caucuses in Colorado. But not this year. To me, he crashed and burned over his Romneycare. It’s not that he pushed this through in Massachusetts, it’s his blindness in how he continues to defend it. They played his answer on Special Report, and it’s so weak. He talks like there is a difference of night and day between Romneycare and Obamacare because his was a state program and Obamacare is...