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  • Satanic Display at Florida Capitol Damaged [by the "Catholic Warrior"]

    12/24/2014 9:18:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/23/14 | Brendan Farrington
    <p>TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Capitol has displayed a Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole, atheist banners and even a tribute to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But a display showing an angel falling into flames with the message "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple" was too much for one woman.</p>
  • Christmas Versus 'Smithmas': Joseph's Usurpation of Christmas Carols [Vanity]

    12/23/2014 5:08:37 PM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 23, 2014 | Colofornian
    Celebrated birthdate of Jesus Christ: December 25 Celebrated birthdate of Joseph Smith: December 23 Needless to say, some seasonal "competition" has arisen between the two through the centuries! #1: Christmas Carol Joseph Smith Usurpation: O Little Town of Jerusalem? Birthplace of Jesus Christ: BethlehemBook of Mormon recorded birthplace of Jesus Christ: Jerusalem (Alma 7:10) Note: The 1830 Book of Mormon author (Joseph Smith) was apparently so scornful of Bethlehem receiving its Old Testament Micah 5:2 prophecy recognition that Jerusalem negated Bethlehem's place within Biblical history! #2: Christmas Carol Joseph Smith Usurpation Vignette: Only One Angel (Heard) From on High? 1840....
  • Ward Christmas Party - Joseph and Emma Smith Family?? [A Humorous 'Merry Smithmas!' chat board!]

    12/21/2014 5:28:54 AM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    NewOrderMormon.org ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | ZelphlessNOM
    Zelphless NOM Dec 01, 2014 This is kinda funny actually. The Exec Sec of our ward just sent out this announcement for the ward Christmas Party: Quote: As a Bishopric we would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to come to the Ward Christmas Celebration...The theme this year will be "Christmas in Nauvoo" and will feature an 1843 Christmas in Nauvoo with the Joseph and Emma Smith family. Everyone is invited to come as you are, or dress in period clothing. The main dinner will be provided and if you wish you may bring your favorite holiday dessert...
  • Smithmas 2014

    12/20/2014 6:16:13 AM PST · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    MormonDialogue.com ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Scott Lloyd
    Rain... I've not heard of "smithmas" before, but as soon as I saw this title I knew what the term meant because for years I did see/hear far more about Joseph Smith in church than about Christ in December and it really irked me... Rain #47   In 2005...And then from there it continued throughout 2006. Talk after talk was centered on his life. I could count months when Jesus was only mentioned in the prayers. So much so that when I moved in 7/2006 I very much struggled to be obedient when I was asked to give a talk...
  • Smithmas FR articles bumping up among top five hits on Google searches! [Vanity]

    12/20/2014 6:15:25 AM PST · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 20, 2014 | Colofornian
    Finally, understanding the sub-culural history of "Smithmas" is making more digital headway! Smithmas Free Republic articles are "bumping up" among top five hits on Google searches! What exactly IS "Smithmas," anyway? Well, Joseph Smith -- THE founder of Mormonism -- was born on December 23. Through the decades, that recognition has often eclipsed a certain Other figure's birthday, Dec. 25. (To be fair to Mormons, who are my beloved extended family members, I would think they could extend a similar critique toward some Christians for allowing a jovial North Pole-based figure to edge out Jesus' birthday!) But if you want...
  • Smithmas

    12/16/2014 9:28:12 PM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    Lds.net ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Mdfxdb
    ...mdfxdb Senior Member Posted 16 October 2014... I posted because I had never even heard of it until I moved into my new ward about a year and a half ago. It turns out it is a real thing and there are active members with callings and stuff that celebrate it. They do a cake and everything... Backroads...Posted 20 October 2014 You celebrate the birthday of someone present. Celebrating the birthday of ssomeone not present takes on a different tone that, yes, does cross into "worship" territory for me. I'm trying to understand why people would celebrate this, but in...
  • 22. "Praise to the Man": A Review of the Annual Joseph Smith Memorial Sermons ['Smithmasing']

    12/15/2014 8:48:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 30 replies
    BYU Religious Studies Center ^ | 2005 | Thomas E. Thunell
    One of the most significant ongoing tributes to the Prophet Joseph Smith is the annual Joseph Smith Memorial Firesides...These...began in 1944 and have been held each year since, as close as possible to December 23, Joseph Smith’s birthday...Brother Chase...published a ...volume titled Joseph the Prophet, As He Lives in the Hearts of His People. SNIP ...William E. Berrett...“It is an appropriate thing to remember the birthday of...Joseph...This is the birthday of our greatest countryman. Joseph Smith is the only American whose birthday is heralded around the world...People of every land and of every race are coming to honor the birthday...
  • Column: Sex and the Latter-day Saints [Mormons admit the past]

    12/09/2014 3:47:08 AM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    DailyAstorian.com (NY Times News Service) ^ | Dec. 2, 2014 | Timothy Egan
    ...When ushered into the master bedroom of the Mormon patriarch Brigham Young at his winter home in St. George, Utah, a few years ago, I felt duty-bound to ask an obvious question: Where did the other women sleep? Other women? The church tour guide blushed, and laser-stared me as if I’d blasphemed the Mormon Moses. I wondered about arrangements and jealousies, the conjugal timing of a man who was married to 55 women, by most accounts. I didn’t ask about the sexual acrobatics of the great pioneer, just the spreadsheet logistics of managing all those spouses. ...The Church of Jesus...
  • For Catholics and Muslims: Interreligious Dialogue a Path to Peace

    Pursuing interreligious dialogue and opening hearts and minds to others are the way to face troubled times, stressed participants in the Third Catholic-Muslim Summit held this week in Rome. “Our meeting here, I would think, is a sign of hope for our troubled world. It is a message to all humanity, especially to us, the members of the great family of Abraham – the Jews, the Christians, and the Muslims,” said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, following the conclusion of the Dec. 2-4 meeting, which was themed “Christians and Muslims: Believers living in Society.”...
  • BYU professors discover hidden recording device in classroom ['content inadvertently erased']

    11/17/2014 8:55:35 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Jessica Ivins
    PROVO — Police at Brigham Young University are investigating whether any laws were broken after professors discovered a voice-activated recording device stuck under a chair in a lecture hall on campus. Two professors were working on a PowerPoint presentation in the Joseph Smith Building two weeks ago when they discovered a digital recorder stuck to the bottom of a stool with Velcro, police said. After attempting to play back the recordings, they grew concerned and began searching other classrooms in the building. Upon discovering similar Velcro setups under chairs in other classrooms, the professors called police. The investigation, however, has...
  • Defending the Faith: The story behind James Strang and his sect [and the "Voree" and "Laban" Plates]

    11/14/2014 8:11:23 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | June 9 2011 | Daniel Peterson
    The two sets of inscribed plates that Strang claimed to have found in Wisconsin and Michigan beginning in 1845 almost certainly existed. Milo Quaife's early, standard biography of Strang reflects that, while Strang's angelic visitations "may have had only a subjective existence in the brain of the man who reported them, the metallic plates possessed a very material objective reality." And they were almost certainly forgeries. The first set, the three "Voree" or "Rajah Manchou" plates, were dug up by four "witnesses" whom Strang had taken to the plates' burial place. Illustrated and inscribed on both sides, the Rajah Manchou...
  • The Strawman Cometh-Continuation of threads on Joseph Smith's wives

    11/13/2014 8:53:33 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 213 replies
    exmormon.org ^ | November 11, 2014 | Anonymous
    As the new essay unintentionally hits the fan, Mormons are reeling and responding with their classic denials, claim of victim-hood and their typical repertoire of logical fallacies. Soon, their favorite defender, the straw man argument will be in full regalia, culminating in a passive aggressive indirect platitude statement (such as doubt your doubts, you have to go around the BOM, etc.) in the next general conference to which members will cling to for life. Already I have been contacted by members with their "straw man babies". So I have compiled a list of the quorum of the 15 straw men...
  • LDS.ORG Essay on Nauvoo Polygamy: What did Readers Expect? [LDS apologist on church admissions]

    11/11/2014 6:50:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 75 replies
    FairMormon.org blog ^ | Nov. 10, 2014 | Brian Hales
    On October 22...LDS.ORG posted three essays dealing with the practice of plural marriage by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between the 1830s and 1904... Several major controversies have been generated in conjunction with the introduction of plural marriage in Nauvoo in the early 1840s. All of these are briefly discussed in the introductory essay, Polyandry (paragraphs 20–23, endnotes 29–30). The essay acknowledges that “Joseph Smith was sealed to a number of women who were already married,” estimating the number of these sealings at 12–14 (endnote 29)... Fanny Alger... Sexuality... Children with plural wives... Number of...
  • Mormon Church Finally Admits Founder Joseph Smith Was Polygamist With 40 wives

    11/11/2014 6:06:13 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | November 11, 2014
    Mormon Church Finally Admits Founder Joseph Smith Was Polygamist With 40 wives Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints admits its founder was a polygamist, having long glossed over his marital history Emma Hale Smith was the first of 33 wives of Mormon founder Joseph Smith Philip Sherwell 11 Nov 2014 The Mormon founder Joseph Smith married as many as 40 women, including a 14-year-old girl, church leaders have acknowledged for the first time in a surprising revelation about their most important prophet. Although the Mormon church was closely associated with polygamy during its first decades, its teachings had long...
  • Mormon Bishop Under Fire for Harry Reid Criticism [Reid spokesman responds to Lds bishop]

    11/09/2014 6:07:57 PM PST · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    AP/ABC News ^ | Nov. 8, 2014
    A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support for Democratic Party positions. Mark Peredes' blog, titled "Good Riddance to Harry Reid, the Mormon Senate Leader," has drawn criticism from the church and Mormon Democrats. [SNIP] Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman on Saturday released a letter from a Mormon Democrat in Las Vegas to Paredes. "Our comment to this is to show you one of many comments Sen. Reid has received from his friends," Orthman said. The letter was written by...
  • The Development of the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 7:49:55 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 102 replies
    DialogueJournal.com ^ | 1987 | David John Buerger
    ...FOR FAITHFUL LATTER-DAY SAINTS, the temple endowment ceremony is one of the most...powerful ordinances received in mortality. One authoritative source called it the temporal stepping stone which all people must pass to achieve exaltation with God the Father and Jesus Christ...1 ... 1 Gospel Essentials, rev. ed., sunday school manual (Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), 1979, 247. [SNIP] Another element of literalism disappeared in 1927 when kissing over the altar during vicarious sealings for the dead was abolished.129 Probably the greatest twentieth-century catalyst to increase the number of vicarious endowments was Heber J. Grant's emphasis...
  • Does Mormonism Have “Dead, Zombie Rituals”? [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 5:22:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    I recently listened to an interesting podcast episode of Buddhist Geeks called “Creating Living Ritual” included a critique of modern Buddhism’s “dead” ritualism. The discussion included some thoughts about what modern ritual should include to be successful and ironically, many of those suggestions Joseph Smith included in the first endowment ceremony which have recently been removed or altered. It got me wondering: did Joseph Smith create better ritualistic practices than we have today? He goes on to lament that “Buddhist rituals, definitely including most Tantric Buddhist rituals, are nothing like that. They are dead, zombie rituals.” (emphasis mine) He also...
  • Temples: Administration of Temples [The Mormon OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 5:12:21 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Baptisms for the dead often involve young people, ages twelve to seventeen. By appointment, they will spend two to three hours in the temple baptistery area, each person being baptized typically, for a score or more deceased persons. They dress in all-white baptismal clothing, attend a brief worship service, and then participate in the proxy baptisms. Those performing the baptism often include the adult male supervisors traveling with the group. It is understood that in the spirit world all persons for whom temple work by proxy is performed will have heard of the gospel and its ordinances
  • Film on LGBT Mormons to screen at BYU

    10/28/2014 5:28:11 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 47 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Simon Liu
    The Department of Theatre and Media Arts is releasing the first public screening of the student film “Pride and Faith” on Oct. 24. The documentary, written and directed by BYU alumnus Scott Raia, explores the complex lives of two LGBT students as they reconcile their identity and faith. Raia filmed “Pride and Faith” during his senior year for his capstone project as a film student. He hoped to become an ally of the LGBT community after broadening his awareness on the subject. “As I prepared for graduation, I looked to my future and some of my friends and their futures,”...
  • Seven Sub-Topical Samples Proving Mormonism's Occultic Origins [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/28/2014 5:23:04 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 172 replies
    Colofornian | Oct. 28, 2014 | Colofornian
    1: 'Lucifer was one of us...' The so-called 'premortal' world Mormons claim they had as alien spirits on a distant planet, supposedly located near the star they call "Kolob": Joseph Fielding Smith, 10th "prophet" of the Mormon Church: "Before the foundations of this earth were laid, WE were ALL in the presence of the Father as spiritual children. Lucifer was one of us..." (Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., Religious Truths Defined: A comparison of Religious Faiths with the Restored Gospel, Bookcraft, Salt Lake City, p. 67, 1959/1962) 2. Per a Mormon Seminary and Institute teacher in Salt Lake City, the so-called...
  • Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon 3 [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/27/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 76 replies
    LifeAfter.org ^ | Jan. 11, 2014 | Michelle Grim
    In the past six or so years I’ve written countless articles on many subjects regarding Mormonism, but there are a few subjects that continue to show up for another view and additional insight. The subject of this article is my case in point. The first time I wrote on this subject I received many horrible reviews – all by members of the Church. The reviews that were favorable of course were from the Christians. At the request of former Mormons and Christians I was asked to write a sequel so I acquiesced – that was three years ago. Now I’m...
  • Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon 2 [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/27/2014 9:59:21 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    LifeAfter.org ^ | Jan. 11 | Michelle Grim
    Over five years ago I wrote an article entitled ‘Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon’. Since then I have been asked by numerous people to write more on this particular subject so here it is! Back by popular demand I went through my old notes and found some other names that I think would be of interest to the Mormon and non-Mormon alike. There were more than 50 names of people and/or places that contradict what the Biblical accounts report. Here are just a few of them. ChemishThe name of Chemish so closely resembles the name of...
  • Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon 1 [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/27/2014 9:58:49 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    LifeAfter.org ^ | Jan. 11 | Michelle Grim
    While studying some points of interest in Masonry, I came across some names within their books that sounded familiar to me. The familiarity became abundantly clear when I opened the Book of Mormon. I began researching some of the names in the Book of Mormon and their meanings. I compared them with the Bible, bible dictionaries and even Webster’s dictionary. I found 57 names of people and places that are demonic or names of false gods and their derivatives, however I have chosen to narrow this down to three names that I thought was most relevant. Someone mentioned to me...
  • Essay: Mormon founder had teen bride during early days of faith when polygamy was practiced

    10/26/2014 7:11:46 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 128 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/24/2014 | Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY – A new church essay reveals Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had an underage bride and was married to other men's wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says most of Smith's wives were adults, but one was a 14-year-old girl who was the daughter of Smith's close friends. Research shows the marriage might not have involved sex.
  • Lecture by Dr. Adam Miller, Professor of Philosophy: 'Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon'

    10/21/2014 5:16:46 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    When: September 18, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmWhere: Albrecht Auditorium Claremont Graduate University The Claremont Colleges,925 North Dartmouth Avenue,Claremont,CA 91711 USA Title: “Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon” Abstract: Zombies and vampires bend the rules of time. Death arrives for them but, even after its arrival, their lives continue. They die but, rather than passing on to the next world, they continue in this one. In this sense, zombies and vampires model an important aspect of Christian life: the Christian’s preemptive abandonment of their own life (their willingness to be crucified with Christ), in order to begin...
  • Mormon Vampires in the Garden of Eden [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/20/2014 8:16:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    TouchstoneMag.com ^ | November/December 2009 | John Granger
    ...Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books...featuring atypical vampires and werewolf champions are allegories...a re-telling of the Garden of Eden drama—with a Mormon twist. Here, the Fall is a good thing, even the key to salvation and divinization, just as Joseph Smith...the Latter-day Saint prophet, said it was... The key word in...Meyer’s dream is not “vampire”...but “meadow.”...“Mountain Meadows,”...means something much less pastoral and positive and much more visceral and painful to...LDS. ...2003 saw the publication of three books...focused on the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, in which...Mormon faithful in Southern Utah executed...120 men, women, and children on their way to California from Arkansas. All...
  • Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie?

    09/30/2014 8:53:32 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Challies.com ^ | May 12, 2010 | Tim Challies
    he other day I ate some rather extraordinary Thai food for lunch and, on my way out, grabbed a fortune cookie. I cracked it open and read a silly little proverb meant to inspire, I suppose. I wish it had said “Brisk uphill walk after all-you-can-eat Thai is a bad idea.” Never mind. As I waddled my way home, regretting that last bowl of curry (so delicious…), I thought “This fortune sounds like something Joel Osteen would say.” And then it struck me—there is very little difference between Joel and those fortune cookies (except that the cookies are delicious, of...
  • A Mormon St. Peter’s in Rome

    09/30/2014 11:31:35 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 52 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 28, 2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    A Mormon St. Peter’s in RomeA new Latter-day Saints temple looms large on the Roman horizon, and the Vatican’s prelates, truth to tell, are not too enthusiastic about what they see. ROME, Italy — On the outskirts of Rome along the ancient Catholic pilgrim route known as the Via Francigena and not far from a giant shopping center featuring a massive IKEA and the French do-it-yourself Mecca called Leroy Merlin, cranes are hoisting giant spires onto the top of a Baroque-revival-style church. But unlike most of the religious edifices erected in Catholic Rome, this Roman temple is being built by...
  • Planned Parenthood Promotes Prayer Event to Pray for More Abortions

    08/27/2014 3:15:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood abortion business officials in Ohio are looking for volunteers to pray at a pryer event. No, Planned Parenthood is not asking people to pray for an end to abortion in the way pro-life advocates pray at prayer events like 40 Days for Life. Instead the abortion giant is hoping Buckeye State residents will pray for more abortions. plannedparenthood118As this Planned Parenthood announcement indicates, the abortion corporation wants people to join an abortion activist who is calling for prayer in response to the state’s refusal to expand Obamacare, which funds abortion and sends taxapayer dollars to the abortion giant....
  • Satanist Claims Catholic Priest Gave Him Host for Black Mass

    08/20/2014 7:00:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 8/20/14 | John Burger
    Archbishop Coakley sues satanic group to hand over consecrated Host.With one month to go before a satanic group in Oklahoma City a public “black mass,” the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is suing to force the group to hand over a consecrated Host it claims to have. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the District Court of Oklahoma County, claims Satanic leader Adam Daniels and his religious organization, the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, have "unlawfully taken possession of property belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, specifically a Consecrated Host." Daniels, who has claimed publicly to have the Host, clarified in an interview...
  • '10 Things I Hate About You' star starts his own religion

    08/15/2014 3:03:19 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/15/2014 | ETonline
    You may remember Andrew Keegan as the teen dad on "7th Heaven," the bad boy Zach in "Camp Nowhere" or the high school heartthrob/jerk in "10 Things I Hate About You." But for many, he's now the leader of a "spiritual movement" in Los Angeles' Venice Beach. Vice reports that the 35-year-old has made a major career transition and is now overseeing the new-age church Full Circle. Though even the members don't seem super certain of the mission statement of the religion, there is a talking parrot named Krishna and a guy named Third Eye who greets you at the...
  • ISIS sweep forces religious minority to die of thirst on mountain

    08/06/2014 8:45:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Not Christians or Shi’ites this time, but the Yazidis, whose numbers reach as high as 600,000 in Iraq — and dropping, especially in Sinjar. The sacking of Sinjar has forced the Yazidis to flee to nearby Mount Sinjar to escape brutal execution. What they face on the mountain is a death just as certain, though, and perhaps as torturous: Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst. Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between...
  • Iraq's Yazidis in danger

    08/05/2014 5:58:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Economist ^ | Aug 5th 2014 | JA
    THE Iraqi and American authorities are rushing to arrange airdrops of food and water to the Yazidis as tens of thousands of followers of the secretive religion flee fundamentalist gunmen who took over the Iraqi town of Sinjar on August 3rd. A Yazidi elder reached by phone said they were trying to climb high enough into the nearby mountains that members of the Islamic State would not follow. ..Yazidis consider themselves a distinct ethnic and religious group from the Kurds with whom they live (and who consider them Kurdish). Their religion, which combines elements of Zoroastrianism with Sufi Islam and...
  • Naomi Wolf interprets scripture

    07/25/2014 5:19:56 PM PDT · by utford · 18 replies
    Facebook ^ | 7/25/2014 | Naomi Wolf
    Okay, so I was challenged below: "Read the Bible! God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people." So....I may get crucified for this but I have started to say it -- most recently (terrified, trembling) to warm welcome in a synagogue in LA: Actually if you read Genesis Exodus and Deuteronomy in Hebrew -- as I do -- you see that God did not "give" Israel to the Jews/Israelites. We as Jews are raised with the creed that "God gave us the land of Israel" in Genesis -- and that ethnically 'we are the chosen people." But actually...
  • Guest Post: Ignoring Logic And The Misrepresentation Of Ordain Women [Non-OW questions Lds leaders]

    07/07/2014 9:11:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    The Exponent ^ | July 2, 2014 | LoriAnn
    As I’ve thought about the issues of asking questions, faithful agitation, and looking for a much-needed change regarding gender inequality in the Church, I have come to the conclusion that we as a church don’t know all there is to know about God. None of that has to take away from the truthfulness of the Gospel, but the suggestion that the Church is perfect makes the declaration of having a living prophet seem a bit confusing. If there are not things that we are waiting to open our eyes to (which means God is waiting on us to ask him)...
  • Former part-time BYU instructor charged with sexual abuse

    07/05/2014 5:14:44 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | May 28, 2014 | Dallin Morris
    An arraignment hearing has been set for a former BYU-UVU part-time faculty member charged with sexual abuse. Michio Zushi, 55, is set to appear on July 14 on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child after the victim recently came forward to talk to investigators. According to 4th District Court records, Zushi inappropriately touched her beneath her clothing. The incidents occurred between August 2010 and August 2011, and police arrested Zushi in March. Zushi taught Japanese calligraphy at both BYU and UVU but is no longer employed by either university following his arrest. If he is convicted, the presumptive...
  • St. George Utah Temple: 1st operating temple [Dead 'Founding Fathers...appeared' in Mormon temple?]

    07/04/2014 6:49:54 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 110 replies
    Announcement: 9 November 1871 Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 9 November 1871 by Brigham Young Private Dedication: 1 January 1877 by Wilford Woodruff, Erastus Snow, and Brigham Young Dedication: 6–8 April 1877 by Daniel H. Wells (with Brigham Young presiding) SNIP The St. George Utah Temple is the first temple where endowments for the dead were performed. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America appeared twice to Wilford Woodruff in the St. George Utah Temple asking why their temple work had yet not been performed on their behalves. A striking painting depicting this singular event hangs in the temple...
  • [Public] Black Mass Planned for Oklahoma City

    07/03/2014 5:53:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/1/14 | John Burger
    Archbishop Coakley calls on organizers to change plans.For the second time this year, a public “Black Mass” is being planned—this time in Oklahoma City. According to the Oklahoma City Civic Center website, the event is planned for Sept. 21. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. The website announces: "The Black Mass has been a feared ritual, and now it's being brought into the light! This will be not only enlightening but educational as well. This Black Mass will [be] conducted for the public to attend with certain adaptations to allow for a legal celebration." That includes clothing the "female altar," which...
  • Sex abuse lawsuit filed against Mormon church [allegations re: Lds missionary & cover-up]

    06/27/2014 9:09:58 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    Palm Springs Desert Sun ^ | May 2, 2014 | Reza Gostar
    Lawsuit claims teen girl was repeatedly abused by Mormon missionary in 1985 in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert.PALM SPRINGS – A lawsuit filed Friday against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a church bishop and a missionary, claims a woman was repeatedly sexually abused when she was a teenager in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, and it was covered up. The lawsuit, which was filed in Riverside County Superior Court in Palm Springs, contends that from July to November 1985, Jacqueline Tyler, then 13, was repeatedly abused by a missionary and that after a church bishop learned of...
  • Tao Te Ching: The "Ancient Child" Fallacy [Lao Tzu = 'bully...picking a fight']

    06/26/2014 1:08:36 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    Taoism.net ^ | Derek Lin
    In certain circles, it is popular to talk about the name Lao Tzu (or Laozi) having the dual meaning of "Old Master" and "Ancient Child." ...Another MeaningIn spoken Chinese, the two characters lao tzu can have another meaning when used in another context, but it's like absolutely nothing imagined by Western academics. In this other context, the tzu character looks the same but is pronounced in a different pitch. An English speaker probably won't be able to tell the difference. When pronounced this way, the meaning is 1) father and 2) a rude and crude way to refer to oneself....
  • Did Kate Kelly’s Local Leaders Follow the Handbook [Lds leaders circumvent established procedures]

    06/26/2014 8:59:27 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 56 replies
    RationalFaiths.com ^ | June 17, 2014 | James Patterson
    In his landmark work Jesus the Christ, James E. Talmage spends several pages outlining the “high priest’s unrighteous adjuration” of the Savior. The Sanhedrin wanted so badly to not only stem the growth of Jesus’ growing disciples, but to take back control of what he continued to point out as a broken religious system of Pharisees, Sadducees, hypocrisy, judgment and adherence to outdated laws that ignored the heart of his message of love, tolerance and spiritual growth. Before I proceed, let me make it clear with those who are looking closely for opportunities to cry foul that I am not...
  • Mormon Church Kicks the Beehive [ex-communications lined up]

    06/25/2014 5:57:31 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 63 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | June 16, 2014 | Sharon Lindbloom
    ...The Herald Journal of Logan, Utah is running an online poll asking readers, “Would you support the excommunication of Mormon activists John Dehlin and Kate Kelly?” At the time of this writing, the “No” response outnumbered “Yes” by nearly 4 to 1. Mormon blogger Jana Riess is very troubled by the Church’s actions toward Kelly and Dehlin. She asked, “Are we looking at a Mormon purge?”... “If the point of these pending excommunications is to strike fear in the hearts of other Latter-day Saints who love the Church but do not always agree with it on matters of social justice,...
  • More Mormons facing church scrutiny for online comments

    06/20/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 75 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | June 19, 2014 | LAURIE GOODSTEI
    ....From California to Virginia and states in between, more than a dozen Mormons interviewed in the past week said they had recently been informed by their bishops that they faced excommunication or risked losing permission to enter a temple because of comments they had made online about their faith, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.SNIP "When it goes so far as creating organized groups, staging public events to further a cause, and creating literature for members to share in their local congregations," Otterson said, "the church has to protect the integrity of its doctrine as well as...
  • Cardinal Müller vs. Hubbard's Heresy

    05/26/2014 7:04:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/24/14 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    It may be called the "New Age Movement" but there is little new about it.In 2012 Barbara Marx Hubbard was the keynote speaker at the national assembly of the Leadership of Catholic Women Religious in the United States. The LWCR is the largest organization of Catholic sisters -- representing many different orders and over 57,000 nuns. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had some blunt words to say about the American sisters’ choice of speaker when he addressed the leadership on April 30. Cardinal Müller voiced "increasing concern" about the LCWR's promotion of...
  • Satanic Black Mass 'Postponed Indefinitely' Amid Outcry

    05/12/2014 7:59:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/12/14 | Adelaide Mena and Michelle Bauman
    Cambridge, Mass., May 12, 2014 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A satanic black mass re-enactment being planned by a student group at Harvard University has been ‘postponed indefinitely’ and will not take place May 12. The news was announced by the school’s newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, just over an hour before the event was scheduled to occur May 12. Originally, the black mass re-enactment was to take place on campus, at a pub in the basement of Memorial Hall. The Harvard Crimson reported late on the afternoon of May 12 that the event had voluntarily been moved to The Middle...
  • The Scholars and the Goddess

    05/12/2014 11:16:41 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jan 2001 | Charlotte Allen
    Wicca, sometimes known as the Goddess movement, Goddess spirituality, or the Craft, appears to be the fastest-growing religion in America. Thirty years ago only a handful of Wiccans existed. One scholar has estimated that there are now more than 200,000 adherents of Wicca and related "neopagan" faiths in the United States, the country where neopaganism, like many formal religions, is most flourishing. Wiccans—who may also call themselves Witches (the capital W is meant to distance them from the word's negative connotations, because Wiccans neither worship Satan nor practice the sort of malicious magic traditionally associated with witches) or just plain...
  • Harvard University Will Host a Satanic Mass

    05/12/2014 11:11:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/12/2014 | A.J. Delgado
    The Ivy League continually sinks to shockingly low depths, but the latest news is particularly chilling. Today, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club will host the Satanic Temple group as it reenacts a “Black Mass” on Harvard’s main campus. Just what is a “black mass”? Said to have been created in the Middle Ages by those who practiced witchcraft, the black mass is a Catholic Mass, except inverted — for example, Communion bread is desecrated and mocked. As for the New York–based Satanic Temple, it is the same group that recently proposed erecting a large statue of the devil beside...
  • Satanic Mass Organizers: Catholic Outcry Paranoid, Intolerant

    05/11/2014 9:34:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/9/14 | Michelle Bauman
    Cambridge, Mass., May 9, 2014 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Harvard student group organizing a re-enactment of a satanic black mass on campus has dismissed Catholic critics, calling their views arrogant and their objections ignorant and intolerant. “Satanists have a ritual that they perform for their own affirmative reasons,” the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club told CNA May 8, adding that these reasons “currently have absolutely nothing to do with Catholicism beyond the symbols themselves.” “Offense is anachronistic and based on intolerance and ignorance about the practice (of) Satanism.” The club has faced controversy since it announced its plans...
  • Oklahoma Satanic Monument Revealed: Have a Look

    05/05/2014 6:16:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 82 replies
    News OK ^ | 5/2/14 | Richard Hall
    Remember all the commotion earlier this year about the proposed Satanic monument to be installed in front of the Oklahoma Capitol? Well, Vice has the first look at it in all its glory.
  • Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Mormon Church

    05/04/2014 11:07:49 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 12 replies
    The Desert Sun ^ | May 2, 2012 | Reza Gostar
    PALM SPRINGS – A lawsuit filed Friday against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a church bishop and a missionary, claims a woman was repeatedly sexually abused when she was a teenager in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, and it was covered up. The lawsuit, which was filed in Riverside County Superior Court in Palm Springs, contends that from July to November 1985, Jacqueline Tyler, then 13, was repeatedly abused by a missionary and that after a church bishop learned of the alleged abuse, her family was told to stay quiet and the bishop "made advance payment or...