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  • Maureen Dowd: Is Elvis a Mormon?

    03/18/2012 1:01:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 17, 2012 | Maureen Dowd
    TRUST Mitt Romney to be on top of the latest trend of the superrich: the trophy basement. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported on the new fashion to look low-key on the outside while digging deep for opulence — carving out subterranean spaces for Turkish baths, Italianate spas, movie theaters, skateboarding ramps, squash courts, discos and golf-simulation centers. The Journal reported that Romney has filed an application to replace his single-story 3,000-square-foot beach house in La Jolla, Calif., with a 7,400-square-foot home featuring an additional 3,600 square feet of finished underground space. It’s a metaphor alert, reinforcing the two...
  • Are Mormons Keeping Mitt Romney Afloat?

    03/16/2012 10:19:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 15, 2012 | Timothy Stanley
    There are six kids in white shirts and black ties standing in a line. One steps forward and dances around the others, hissing and sneering like a bobcat. He moves to the front on the chorus and the boys start slapping their thighs in a steady one-two-three, one-two-three rhythm. The leader cries, "Grab the book from your pants!" They pull out a black book -- one-two-three. "Slap the book on your chest!" They slap away -- one-two-three. "Read the book, read the book, pray, pray!" One-two-three. "We've got the gospel, you get it, you get it?" Then they step towards...
  • Bigot Chris Matthews' War On Catholics And Mormons

    03/15/2012 5:17:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | March 15, 2012 | IBD staff
    Bias: Having lost that tingly feeling up his leg, MSNBC's Chris Matthews savages GOP presidential candidates as belonging to cults. Well, at least they didn't spend two decades listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Imagine the uproar if Rush Limbaugh had called Islam a cult. Yet there was Matthews, whose legs once twitched at every word coming from Barack Obama's teleprompter, telling fellow MSNBC left-winger Ed Schultz in the presence of the Rev. Al Sharpton that the GOP has "two RCs — Roman Catholics — running and a Mormon, so three cultists running." Having Matthews, Schultz and Sharpton on the...
  • Mormon proxy baptism of Daniel Pearl draws family's ire

    03/11/2012 11:15:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNN's Belief Blog ^ | March 1, 2012 | Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
    A muckraking ex-Mormon researcher struck again this week, revealing that some Mormons conducted a proxy baptism for slain Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl last year. The disclosure comes after recent revelations that Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including Anne Frank and a parent of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, had been baptized by proxy by Mormons. Helen Radkey, who has been combing through Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints records for years, told CNN the Pearl incident was one of "the most egregious," because of the circumstances of Pearl's death. Pearl, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped in...
  • Princess Diana baptised as a Mormon

    02/29/2012 6:04:50 PM PST · by Colofornian · 162 replies · 4+ views
    Monstersandcritics.com ^ | Feb. 29, 2012
    Britain's late Princess Diana has been posthumously baptised a Mormon. The royal - who was killed in a Paris car crash in August 1997 - was 'baptised' by the church after her death, even though she didn't belong to the religion. Diana - former wife of heir to the throne Prince Charles - was listed by her maiden name, Diana Frances Spencer, with her address as the family seat of Althorp, Northamptonshire. Her file also includes her birth and death date, according to the Daily Mail newspaper. Other late stars to have been 'baptised' posthumously include Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe...
  • Racist Remarks by popular BYU Religion Professor Spark Controversy

    02/29/2012 2:23:19 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Religion Dispatches ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | Joanna Brooks
    Racist apologetics by a popular Brigham Young University religion professor are sparking controversy, as election-year scrutiny sheds a revealing light on the persistence of racist belief among LDS Church members. On Tuesday, Randy Bott, a BYU professor of religion, told the Washington Post that the LDS Church’s historic prohibition on priesthood ordination for men of African descent was a “blessing” to blacks because they were not “ready” for priesthood authority. “God has always been discriminatory” when it comes to whom he grants the authority of the priesthood, says Bott... Bott compares blacks with a young child prematurely asking for the...
  • Nelson Price: A close look at what Mormons believe

    02/29/2012 6:02:58 AM PST · by Colofornian · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Marietta Daily Journal ^ | Feb. 26, 2012 | Nelson Price
    This column is in response to requests for insights into the difference between Mormonism and traditional Christianity. I have dear friends who are Mormons. They, like most Mormons, are gracious socially, exceptional family people, and in general good citizens. As such they personally are objects of my regard. Their faith, the Church of Latter Day Saints, better known as Mormonism, has been very much in the news as a result of a prominent member of their faith being a primary candidate for president. I would not deliberately misrepresent any person’s faith so I hope Mormons find the following to be...
  • Poll: Romney's Mormon faith may not hurt him in TN

    02/27/2012 9:32:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 63 replies · 2+ views
    Nashville Tennessean | 2/27/12 | Chas Sisk
    Subheadline: Voters fear Romney's 'cult' less than they do Obama Gannett Newspaper - Link Only: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120227/NEWS0201/302260089/Poll-Romney-s-Mormon-faith-may-not-hurt-him-TN?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  • Anne Frank has been posthumously baptized (Mormon)

    02/21/2012 3:11:31 PM PST · by colorcountry · 61 replies
    Sandra Tanner's Facebook ^ | 2-12-20012 | Helen Radkey
    By HELEN RADKEY Tuesday, February 21, 2012 SALT LAKE CITY - Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank, (June 12, 1929 – March 1945), one of the most renowned Jewish victims of the Holocaust, was posthumously baptized in a Mormon temple, on Saturday, February 18, 2012, under her full name, "Annelies Marie Frank." Mormons have submitted versions of Anne Frank's name at least a dozen times for proxy rites. She has been posthumously baptized in Mormon temples, at least nine times from 1989-1999, and now again in 2012. Anne Frank's latest baptism was performed in the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic (LDS) Temple. Frank...
  • Too sexy in long sleeves and tights? Student at BYU passed a note. attacking her 'provocative' dress

    02/17/2012 2:13:47 PM PST · by C19fan · 99 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 17, 2012 | Louise Boyle
    Being Valentine's Day, it might have been hoped that an impromptu letter would be filled with admiring comments and sweet remarks. Unfortunately for one young woman she was passed a note by a fellow student.. offering some stern words about her sense of style. Brittany Molina, 21, who studies accountancy at Brigham Young University, Utah, was walking through campus when a young man approached her with a sheet of paper - and then dashed away. On Valentine's Day, Miss Molina posted on Twitter: 'So this boy came up to me... I thought he was giving me a love note. Turns...
  • Sarah Palin tips her hand

    02/17/2012 12:01:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 16, 2012 | Bart Marcois, Romney volunteer & RNC LDS Outreach Liason
    Has Sarah Palin just announced her candidacy for president? On Wednesday night she told Fox Business host Eric Bolling that she still has the fire in her belly and is still game to run for office. More telling, however, is what she said about the current GOP nomination battle and the possibility of a brokered convention. Palin’s comments leading into the South Carolina primary, encouraging people to vote for Newt Gingrich because the party is strengthened by a long primary battle, were bewildering at the time. “I want to see this thing continue, because iron sharpens iron, steel sharpens steel....
  • Mormonism Obsessed with Christ

    02/14/2012 7:11:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 139 replies
    First Things ^ | February 14, 2012 | Stephen H. Webb
    Mocking Mormonism is one of the last frontiers of verbal lawlessness to be untouched by the vigilante powers of political correctness. What other group is ridiculed equally by Christians and secularists—and not just any kind of Christian or secularist but the most fervent and hard core? Fervent Christians see in Mormonism a mirror distorting their own faith, reflecting an image strangely recognizable yet recognizably strange. Hard-core secularists think Mormonism is the best example of the strangeness and danger inherent in all religious belief. Deriding Mormonism pulls off the neat trick of making the devout and the godless feel as if...
  • Bloomberg Report Takes Aim At Mormon Church For Online Gun Sales

    02/06/2012 1:13:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies · 1+ views
    BuzzFeed ^ | February 6, 2012 | McKay Coppins
    The Mormon Church owns one of the most active and unregulated gun sale portals on the web, according to a national investigation released by the New York City Mayor's office. The website in question is KSL.com, the online hub for Utah's NBC affiliate and sister radio station, which are both owned and operated by the for-profit arm of the Mormon Church. In addition to local news, KSL.com produces a popular classifieds section that reaches millions of users well beyond Utah.The LDS connection drew little notice when Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a leading financier of the gun control movement, published the report...
  • Yes, Mormons tithe, but most others don’t

    02/04/2012 10:06:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 161 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | February 2, 2012 | Bruce Nolan
    When Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney released his federal tax returns for the past two years, he disclosed that he and his wife, Ann, gave about 10 percent of their income to their church, a well-known religious practice called tithing. In that way, the Romneys are typical Mormons, members of a church that is exceptionally serious about the Old Testament mandate to give away one-tenth of one's income. But compared to other religious Americans, the Romneys and other Mormons are fairly atypical when it comes to passing the plate. Across the rest of the religious landscape, tithing is often preached...
  • Mitt's Mormon Army: How It Works

    02/04/2012 6:53:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 555 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | February 3, 2012 | McKay Coppins
    Very, very good e-mail lists — and an internal debate over whether to use them. “I'm getting really tired of the ads for Romney campaign trips coming from this list serve,” writes one young Mormon. LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- At Mitt Romney’s first rally here earlier this week, there were plenty of hints that the enthusiastic crowd of 1,000 was stacked with Mormons. Kids walked around in BYU sweatshirts, moms chatted about LDS youth groups, and at least one supporter was overheard talking about making phone calls for the candidate as part of "family home evening" -- a weekly family...
  • Meet Mitt Romney’s cousin (Uh-oh!)

    02/03/2012 6:05:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 166 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 2, 2012 | Dana Milbank
    Park Romney says some pretty wild things. Mormonism, he writes on the Web site parkromney.com, “is an insidious contemporary fraud.” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is “an American cult,” he professes. Mitt Romney, he claims, would be conflicted in office because “obedience to the leadership of the Mormon Church is part of the covenant of the temple ordinances to which Mitt Romney is absolutely a party.” Were you to come across a man articulating such views on a street corner, you probably would give him a wide berth and look over your shoulder to make sure he...
  • The Mormon moment

    02/03/2012 9:47:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 188 replies · 2+ views
    Politico ^ | February 2, 2012 | MJ Lee
    As Mitt Romney solidifies his frontrunner status with a double-digit win this week in the Florida Republican primary, Mormons are embracing a unique moment in their political history that has been dubbed the “Mormon moment” — but not without concerns about what the increasing prominence could mean for their community. In extensive interviews with 10 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who live and work in the D.C.-area, POLITICO discovered a close-knit community that is enjoying, granted with some reservations, the national spotlight that Romney’s second White House bid is helping to shine on Mormons across...
  • Mormon Numbers Not Adding Up

    02/03/2012 7:30:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Religion Dispatches ^ | February 2, 2012 | Joanna Brooks
    The ascendancy of Mormonism as a world religion once seemed inevitable. The year was 1984, and sociologist named Rodney Stark made a startling projection: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would grow to 267 million members by 2080. ..................................................... But new data suggests that Mormonism may no longer be (as it is often described) among the fastest growing faiths in the United States. Instead, American Mormons appear to be settling into the twenty-first century as a maturing minority having an increasingly hard time holding onto younger members.
  • Mitt Romney’s Mormon firewall

    02/03/2012 7:25:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | February 3, 2012 | Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman
    Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith — once viewed as a potentially dangerous drag on his 2012 campaign — may quickly become an invaluable asset that helps him lock up the Republican presidential nomination. Now that he has survived, if only barely, the evangelical-dominated contests in Iowa and South Carolina, Romney is poised to benefit as the geography of the GOP race moves west to states such as Nevada, Arizona and Colorado.
  • Nevada Mormons for Mitt (faithful voting habits, overwhelming loyalty should help him to victory)

    02/02/2012 6:59:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/02/2012 | Katrina Trinko
    In the Nevada caucus, Mitt Romney has a crucial advantage: his Mormon faith. Just 7.5 percent of Silver State residents are Mormon, but when it comes to Saturday’s caucuses, Mormons will likely constitute a significant chunk of voters. In 2008, about a quarter of Republican caucus voters were Mormon. “Not only will they vote for Romney,” says Nevada GOP strategist Robert Uithoven of the state’s Mormons, “but they always turn out. No matter what election, no matter who’s on the ballot, they are as reliable voters as you can find in Nevada.” “Typically political strategists in this state try to...