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  • Satanic Temple Member Claims State RFRA Exemption To Missouri's Abortion Waiting Period

    05/01/2015 10:40:54 AM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 05-01-2015 | Howard Friedman
    Friendly Atheist reports this week on plans by a member of the Satanic Temple to challenge Missouri's requirement for a 72-hour waiting period for abortions by asserting a religious freedom claim. Missouri has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (MO Rev. Stat Section 1.302.1). Missouri law (MO Rev. Stat. Section 188.027.1) requires that: "The physician who is to perform or induce the abortion or a qualified professional shall provide the woman with the opportunity to view at least seventy-two hours prior to the abortion an active ultrasound of the unborn child and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child if the...
  • Rise of the Mont Order secret society

    04/27/2015 2:41:49 PM PDT · by Arnold Isen · 3 replies
    Unexplained-Mysteries.com ^ | November, 2014 | Arnold Isen
    The Mont Order, a possible revival of several much older and more powerful secret fraternities bearing names like “La Montagne”, “The Inner Order”, “Group Zero”, or simply “The Order”, has proven to have greater influence than anyone expected during 2014. My earlier articles documented some of the first initial reports of this mysterious group’s existence, leading up to this development. Currently, the best existing source compiling all information on the Mont Order society into a single dossier has been put together by author Liam Quaid and is available at a new website called the Mont Order Conspiracy Observatory. An explanatory...
  • Chapter 38: Eternal Marriage ['Eternal Marriage Essential for Exaltation' (living with) Lds god]

    04/25/2015 6:00:50 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Chapter 38: Eternal Marriage [SNIP] Eternal Marriage Is Essential for Exaltation• What is the Lord’s doctrine of marriage, and how does it differ from the views of the world? Many people in the world consider marriage to be only a social custom, a legal agreement between a man and a woman to live together. But to Latter-day Saints, marriage is much more. Our exaltation depends on marriage...[SNIP] Heavenly Father has given us the law of eternal marriage so we can become like Him. The Lord has said: “In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; “And in order...
  • Chapter 47: Exaltation [Requirement #5: 'We MUST be married for eternity...']

    04/25/2015 6:00:40 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    Requirements for Exaltation[SNIP] To be exalted, we first must place our faith in Jesus Christ and then endure in that faith to the end of our lives. Our faith in Him must be such that we repent of our sins and obey His commandments. He commands us all to receive certain ordinances: ... 3. Brethren must receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and magnify their callings in the priesthood. 4. We must receive the temple endowment. 5. We must be married for eternity, either in this life or in the next.In addition to receiving the required ordinances, the Lord commands all of...
  • President Harold B. Lee’s General Priesthood Address ['only' married exalted 'in celestial kingdom']

    04/25/2015 5:33:09 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 35 replies
    Ensign (official Lds Church publication) ^ | January 1974 | Lds "prophet" Harold B. Lee
    ...let me say just a bit more about...marriage. This may sound a little bit bold to urge marriage for those...past the marriageable age;...we are shocked to know that some men are delaying marriage until their later thirties or into their forties, and they have never talked of marriage. [SNIP] ...I have a letter here from a sister that pinpoints something...these girls are going through...There is a man who has been dating her for years and he comes especially at meal time... Here is another one who says, “I am a 40-year-old single woman.” Another one says, “I am a 30-year-old...
  • Polygamy: Demise [Lds polygamy didn't end with 1890 manifesto; nor was it intended to]

    04/25/2015 5:09:20 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    TimesAndSeasons.org ^ | April 15, 2015 | Dave Banack
    This is the third and final post on B. Carmon Hardy’s Doing the Works of Abraham: Mormon Polygamy: Its Origin, Practice and Demise (Arthur H. Clark Co., 2007). The simple story of the end of LDS polygamy is that it ended in 1890 with the Manifesto. The not-so-simple story involves a Second Manifesto in 1904, which raises the obvious question, “If the First Manifesto ended polygamy, why the need for a Second Manifesto?” The First Manifesto did not end the officially sanctioned LDS practice of polygamy. In fact, it took twenty years to fully execute that momentous institutional change of...
  • What challenges will the Mormon church face in its 3rd century?

    04/23/2015 9:33:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 64 replies
    SLTrib.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    As Mormonism enters its third century, it faces a Goldilocks dilemma: Too much tension with the surrounding culture invites scorn; too little threatens its uniqueness. But finding just the right balance to ensure a thriving — and distinctive — faith won't be easy. {SNIP} So, what are the Baby Bear options in Mormonism's future? Too much conflict with the wider society, say on gay rights or women's roles, premier Mormon sociologist Armand Mauss argues, would bring "not only popular disdain but even repression and persecution." {SNIP} Female elders? • Third, the LDS Church runs into much debate and even clashes...
  • How Much Influence Does the LDS Church Have on the Legislature? Depends on Who You Ask

    04/21/2015 10:20:48 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 36 replies
    UtahPolicy.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Bob Bernick
    Perhaps you will find no issue reflecting a greater divide among Utahns that whether LDS Church leaders have too much influence in the Utah Legislature. A new UtahPolicy poll by Dan Jones & Associates finds that three-fourths of the faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say their church has “about the right amount of influence” on state lawmakers’ political decisions. But when you ask the same influence question of non-Mormons, you find super-majorities – 79 percent of Catholics, 84 percent of Protestants – say the Mormon Church has too much influence on Capitol Hill. Now,...
  • Apostasy Trial - Undercover spycam part 1 [Jehovah's Witnesses' Watchtower Judicial Committee]

    04/16/2015 5:53:44 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | April 12, 2015 | JWStruggle
    As many of you that visit this channel know, the Jehovah's Witness religion does not allow people to have freedom of thought and belief. If a person changes their viewpoint and questions the JW hierarchy and leadership then they will be sanctioned. If a member adopts an "unacceptable" opinion or conviction and dares to speak of it, then the local religious leaders (called Elders) will come after them, using an iron fist in a velvet glove to bring them back in line. If that fails, then they will cut the person off and ostracize them before everyone, announcing them from...
  • 'Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,' Wiccan Priestess Delivers Prayer for Iowa House

    04/11/2015 6:59:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 4/10/15 | Barbara Boland
    “Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,” aren’t the words members of the Iowa House of Representatives are accustomed to hear at the closing of the invocation marking the House’s opening ceremonies, but that’s just what happened yesterday when a Wiccan priestess delivered the prayer. "We call this morning to God, Goddess, Universe, that which is greater than ourselves to be here with us today,” said Deborah Maynard, who delivered the first prayer by a Wiccan in the assembly. “By the Earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those whom we are here...
  • John Travolta breaks silence on ‘Going Clear’: 'Stop picking on Scientology!'

    04/07/2015 1:47:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/07/2015 | By Derrick Bryson Taylor
    In the wake of the explosive HBO documentary “Going Clear,” John Travolta has come to Scientology’s defense. The 61-year-old made it clear he has no plans to see the doc, which alleges the church has physically abused and blackmailed some of its members, among other questionable acts. “No I haven’t and I don’t really care to,” Travolta told the Tampa Bay Times when asked if he’ll see the film. He’s been a member of the church for more than 40 years and claims his experiences have been nothing but amazing. “I haven’t experienced anything that the hearsay has (claimed), so...
  • Biblical Conspiracies 3 of 4: Secrets of the Crucifixion

    04/04/2015 2:31:43 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 23 replies
    Daily Motion ^ | 11/22/2014 | Documentary.su
    Biblical Conspiracies 3 of 4 Secrets of the Crucifixion
  • Obama Huddles Privately With Mormon Leaders in Utah

    04/03/2015 10:34:07 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 40 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 3, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama met privately with Mormon leaders last night in Utah. One topic on the agenda for the meeting? Immigration. "President Obama is meeting with leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, including President Henry Eyring, President Dieter Uchtdorf, Elder Tom Perry and Elder Todd Christofferson," White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told the press. "The President is pleased to meet with top LDS leaders as so many presidents before him have done. Among other issues, they will discuss the church's long record of service, including its work on disaster relief and...
  • LDS Church launches Easter initiative [Church around since 1830 launches second annual initiative]

    04/03/2015 8:53:34 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Provo Daily Herald (Utah) ^ | March 31, 2015 | Genelle Pugmire
    PROVO — The Christian world is preparing for its biggest celebratory week of the year: Holy Week. To honor and testify of Jesus Christ and His life, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday will launch an Easter initiative, “Because He Lives,” through social media and other tools. The initiative is expected to reach millions through social media, month-long displays in select LDS Church visitors’ centers, member and missionary tools, and online paid promotion on hundreds of Internet sites. The LDS Church has often been criticized for its less-than-visual participation in Holy Week activities. Throughout Christianity the...
  • LDS Book of Mormon Violence [Mormon Jesus' cross accompanies mass destruction, death]

    04/03/2015 6:39:24 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 82 replies
    Is the Book of Mormon too violent for children? Graphic Murder and TortureMoroni 9:8 8 And the husbands and fathers of those women and children they have slain; and they feed the women upon the flesh of their husbands, and the children upon the flesh of their fathers; and no water, save a little, do they give unto them. Bodily Mutilation and Killing by Jesus's Hero, AmmonAlma 17: 38 Now six of them had fallen by the sling, but he slew none save it were their leader with his sword; and he smote off as many of their arms as...
  • Rules of Engagement [Devout Mormon & evangelical street preacher...dining together on roadkill]

    04/03/2015 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | April 1, 2015 | Carolyn Campbell
    A devout Mormon and an evangelical street preacher exchange words near Temple Square. Next thing you know, they're dining together on roadkill In 2007, Bryan Hall was almost finished filming his documentary, Us and Them: Religious Rivalry in America. He still didn't know how to end the film. A devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the now-42-year-old from Orem, thought about the protesters on Temple Square. He finally said, "Let's go talk to those crazy street preachers." There he met the outspoken leader of the street preachers, Ruben Israel, a 53-year-old Whittier, Calif., native who...
  • Three Minutes to Nine: Yes You Can -- Don Richardson's Peace Child

    04/01/2015 8:34:28 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    ThreeMinuestoNine.blogspot.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2013 | Ginger Kauffman
    Don and Carol Richardson and their seven-month-old son Steven left their home in Canada and moved to the jungles on Papua New Guinea to live among the Sawi tribe in 1962. The Sawi, cannibals, considered killing and treachery to be virtues. It was the Richardsons' earnest desire to share the love of God with these people, but it seemed an impossible task. They asked the Lord to make a way for them to help the people grasp it. When another tribe attacked the Sawi, the killing went on for weeks. Finally Don told the people that they would leave if...
  • In Summation: Does any Church or Council possess infallibility or did Jesus alone possess this?

    03/30/2015 8:34:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 83 replies
    3/30/2015 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Here is the summation for the previous threads and the last of this for some time: Jesus Christ alone possessed the intrinsic quality of infallibility, was unlike any man that has ever lived, and was in a class all by Himself. There were some (like the Ebionites) who believed that Jesus was the messiah but also believed that he lacked divinity. Some, like those who ascribed to Arianism or semi-Arianism, who were somewhere in between the Ebionites and those who believed/believe that Jesus was fully God and Fully Man. Each of these nonetheless believed that Jesus was unlike any man...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 159 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Which Compilations of New Testament Scripture Were Inspired By God and Which Weren't?

    03/27/2015 3:11:53 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    3/27/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Moving back from the Theodosian Code, which stated the scriptures they believed to be heretical, back to the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., which decreed that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were to be in the fixed New Testament Canon of scripture, and back to earlier dates we find the following: A.) The Clermont List - a codex which embraced the Canon as it existed in Egypt (i.e. Alexandria) c.300 A.D. It lists the New Testament books which are the same as ours except that the Gospels are listed Matthew, Mark, Luke (the apostolic authors...
  • Should State Senator Apologize for Calling Hinduism a ‘False Faith’? [Hindu Legislature Prayer]

    03/20/2015 8:42:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    PJMedia ^ | March 19, 2015 | Rod Kackley
    Should State Senator Apologize for Calling Hinduism a ‘False Faith’? Idaho lawmaker says she's "really opposed to having prayer that wasn't Christian" in legislative body. by March 19, 2015 - 2:07 pm (Pic in URL) A crowd of naysayers that ranged from her cousin in the state of Washington, to Buddhist leaders in Boise, Colo., to a rabbi in Nevada has called on Idaho Sen. Sheryl “Sherry” Nuxoll (R) to apologize for calling Hinduism a “false faith with false gods.” While the self-described mother, housewife and co-manager of a farm/ranch in Cottonwood, Idaho, has admitted she could have turned a...
  • Which Bible do you believe to be the true Bible - the Protestant, the Roman Catholic, or the Coptic?

    03/13/2015 12:40:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 107 replies
    3/13/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) The King James Bible and/or Protestant Bible contains 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books. Roman Catholics include all of these books within their sacred canon, with the addition of other books not included within the Protestant Canon. The Coptic Bible contains more books than all of the aforementioned (including the 27/39) and books that Roman Catholics believe to be canonical - and some other books. 2.) The First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD issued the Nicene Creed, adhered to by almost all Christians (Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Protestants and Coptics) with the exception of a...
  • Mormon Nazis: New book uncovers LDS support for the Third Reich

    03/05/2015 4:44:32 PM PST · by Colofornian · 236 replies
    Religionnews.com ^ | Feb. 19. 2015 | Jana Riess
    David Conley Nelson has spent years researching the LDS Church during the Third Reich, resulting in the new book Moroni and the Swastika: Mormons in Nazi Germany.Though it’s not officially out until February 26, the book will be launched Sam Weller’s in Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, tomorrow evening.It’s not right to say I “enjoyed” this book, because it was disturbing to discover how deeply some Mormons bought into Nazi ideology. But it’s required reading for anyone interested in Mormon history and the larger question of a religion’s responsibility to procure justice for the oppressed – even when it means...
  • Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert

    02/23/2015 3:17:12 PM PST · by Gamecock · 43 replies
    The Siberian Times ^ | 02 February 2015 | Kate Baklitskaya
    A mummified monk found in the lotus position in Mongolia is 'not dead' and is instead one stage away from becoming a real-life Buddha, it has been claimed. Forensic examinations are under way on the amazing remains, which are believed to be around 200 years old, having been preserved in animal skin. But one expert has insisted the human relic is actually in 'very deep meditation' and in a rare and very special spiritual state known as 'tukdam'. Over the last 50 years there are said to have been 40 such cases in India involving meditating Tibetan monks. Dr Barry...
  • Robert Jeffress on Obama and ISIS: He Needs to Get Off His High Horse and Acknowledge Radical Islam

    02/18/2015 3:30:43 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/18/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. joined Father Gerald Murray of New York on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night to encourage Americans of all faiths to contact the White House and demand that the Obama administration call out radical Islam and take action to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization. "This is part of a disturbing pattern," Jeffress said when asked by Bill O'Reilly what he made of Obama's initial refusal to call the ISIS beheading victims Coptic Christians [until he publicly acknowledged that the 21 Egyptian men were Christians and not just "citizens"...
  • Hi I'm Tony! I'm a child of God and a member of Christ's church! ['I have been married to HIS wife']

    02/16/2015 3:19:34 PM PST · by Colofornian · 121 replies
    About Me I am originally from Los Angeles, California and currently reside in Orem, Utah. I am an entrepreneur for Eklect Enterprises and a student at Utah Valley University majoring in Software Engineering. I have been a member of the church since 1991, and my parents were converts to the church in 1984. I served a full-time mission in the Colorado Denver North Mission from 2003-2005 where I earned multiple awards, including the Gold Award in the Gospel Scholarship Program. After my mission service, I have held different auxiliary positions and callings in the church, from Nursery to Bishopric; I...
  • Jehovah's Witnesses video slammed for threatening kids with death for not paying attention in church

    02/16/2015 2:14:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    NYDailyNews.com ^ | Feb. 16, 2015 | Lee Moran
    The clip, meant to stress the importance of paying attention in church and meetings, has been criticized for insinuating that not fully focusing during such gatherings can result in dying, even connecting the concept to the story of Noah’s Ark. JW.org has not yet responded to the backlash. A Jehovah's Witness promotional cartoon has been slammed for appearing to threaten children who don't pay attention in church with death. Viewers have dubbed the controversial animated clip, posted to YouTube by JW.org, as "stupid," "dumb" and "mind control." It begins with two youngsters attending a service with their parents. A little...
  • Episode 29: Christian vs. Mormon view of the Atonement ['Walk with us through our faith transition']

    02/12/2015 3:32:16 PM PST · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    AnotherMormonPodcast.com ^ | Feb. 8, 2015 | Sarah
    On this episode, Richard, Sarah, and Jordan discuss different theories of the atonement, comparing mainstream Christian views to the Mormon view.
  • Mormons kick out dissenter; ran website for doubters [Lds claim local decision tho datelined 'SLC']

    02/12/2015 12:20:33 PM PST · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | Feb. 10, 2015
    SALT LAKE CITY- A Mormon man who gained notoriety over the past decade for running a website that offers doubting Latter-day Saints a forum to chat has been kicked out of the religion. John Dehlin announced the decision from regional church leaders Tuesday. He becomes the second high-profile church member to be excommunicated in the past year in what Mormon scholars consider to be the Utah-based faith's way of keeping dissenters in line. Regional church leaders in North Logan told Dehlin in a letter that they made a unanimous decision to excommunicate him for apostasy. The church defines apostasy as...
  • And it came to pass, one day the Book of Mormon overtook the Bible — in LDS eyes

    02/11/2015 7:25:07 PM PST · by Colofornian · 66 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune (Sltrib.com) ^ | Feb. 10, 2015 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    Ezra Taft Benson, the only Mormon apostle ever to serve in a U.S. Cabinet, was known as a forceful foe of communism and a dedicated disciple of conservatism. Benson's most enduring religious legacy...may be his dramatic reordering of LDS scriptural priorities. In a word, Benson — during his 50-plus years as an LDS authority, including 8½ as president — elevated the faith's signature scripture, the Book of Mormon, to its pre-eminence in the LDS canon, so that leaders and members alike now quote and read it more often than the Bible. This year, as members of the 15 million-member Church...
  • Mormon Stories founder Dehlin's spread of 'false concepts' results in excommunication from LDS...

    02/11/2015 12:10:20 PM PST · by Colofornian · 38 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2015, | Tad Walch
    SALT LAKE CITY — The founder of the Mormon Stories podcasts announced Tuesday that he has been excommunicated from the LDS Church for apostasy. John Dehlin, who had criticized senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spread what his local church leader called "false concepts" about the faith, made the announcement in a press release Tuesday morning and on the KUER radio program, "RadioWest." North Logan Utah Stake President Bryan King convened a church disciplinary council for Dehlin on Sunday night after eight months of correspondence and meetings with Dehlin. King delivered a letter to...
  • Obama: "No god condones terror."

    02/10/2015 3:46:50 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 62 replies
    2/10/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    President Obama, during his National Prayer Breakfast speech, Thursday: "No god condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives or the oppression of those who are weaker of fewer in number." All people at all times and locations have the right to defend themselves from terror. Despite Obama's words that have clearly angered people, we can see the following as an example: Christians within the confines of the Byzantine Empire had a right to defend themselves from Muslims who terrorized them, but we all know that Pope Urban II could in no way possible know that anyone who...
  • LDS Church Wants Mormons' Opinion About Temple Garments [Give Mormon church underwear feedback]

    02/04/2015 9:00:32 PM PST · by Colofornian · 68 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Feb. 3. 2015 | Doug Staples
    The LDS Church is asking for Mormons to weigh in about Temple garments. LDS officials are requesting public comments about the fit, fabric, size and style in an effort to propose changes and improvements. The move comes after last year when the Utah-based faith posted photos and videos of the misunderstood clothing to explain them to so-called gawkers.
  • Documentary At Sundance Looks At Warren Jeffs, FLDS Church

    01/31/2015 6:47:52 AM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Jan. 27, 2015 | Doug Staples
    A new documentary screening this month at Sundance sheds some light on Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints community. The film “Prophet’s Prey” from Academy Award nominated director Amy Berg delves into the influence that Jeffs had and has over the FLDS faithful. The film includes audio recordings of Jeff’s instructions to his followers along with footage filmed at Alta Academy in Salt Lake City. The film has five more showings this month at Sundance.
  • Do non-Mormons face discrimination in Southern Utah?

    01/29/2015 4:52:10 PM PST · by Colofornian · 39 replies
    SUIndependent.com (Southern Utah Independent) ^ | Jan. 29, 2014 | Michael Flynn
    “It is oppressive to live in the city of St. George as a non-Mormon,” St. George City Council applicant Tara Dunn announced to a crowd comprised of some of Southern Utah’s most influential people, many of whom are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her words seemed to hang in the air on Jan. 23 during the brief but tense pause that followed her speech in the St. George City Council chambers. Many were shocked to hear such strongly worded criticism of Latter-day Saint culture. Some were offended at what they felt was an attack on...
  • No grand bargain with the sexual revolutionaries [Biblical Studies Prof: LDS culturally naive]

    01/28/2015 8:34:23 PM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    DennyBurk.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | Denny Burk
    Yesterday, Mormon leaders announced a kind of via media on gay rights. In a public statement, leaders agreed to …support legislation where it is being sought to provide protections in housing, employment and some other areas where LGBT people do not have protections, while ensuring that religious freedom is not compromised.In other words, the church proposes to give a little in order to get a little. If I understand their statement of principles correctly, they are now willing to acknowledge sexual orientation as a protected class along with religion, race, and sex. They are willing to do this in certain...
  • Michael Moore invokes Jesus in 'Sniper' rant, [Fox News] Todd Starnes fires back

    01/26/2015 1:33:14 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 86 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 1/26/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" had another jaw-dropping weekend, reaching an impressive $200 million at the domestic box office. Despite the film's colossal success, liberals like former DNC chairman Howard Dean and director Michael Moore just won't let "American Sniper" go. Over the weekend, Moore invoked Jesus in a slew of incendiary tweets aimed at dishonoring American soldiers and the Iraq war. One tweet stated "Tomorrow's Sunday School (1 What Would Jesus Do? Oh, I know what he'd do --hide on top of a roof and shoot people in the back!" He followed that tweet with: Sunday School: (2) But What...
  • Post-Paris, Canada gurdwara has brush with racial vandalism (Sikh Temple)

    01/10/2015 2:20:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Times of India ^ | January 11, 2015 | Yudhvir Rana
    AMRITSAR: Within days of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, some unidentified people vandalized a gurdwara in Canada and defaced it walls. Legal counsel of World Sikh Organization (WSO) Balpreet Singh Boparai told TOI over phone from Canada on Saturday that Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in South Edmonton bore the brunt of "racist vandalism", with some unidentified people spray-painting its walls with 'leave Canada' and '**** Indians' graffiti. "I can't say the incident is a reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attack, but it is worrisome nevertheless. Unfortunately, there are many people who still mistake the Sikhs for Muslims," Boparai...
  • When the Constitution “Hangs by a Thread”–The White Horse Prophecy in Modern Mormonism[Mitt Motive?]

    01/09/2015 10:41:17 PM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    Check out this 2-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series originally airing in October 2012 by clicking on the following links: Part 1 Part 2When the Constitution “Hangs by a Thread” – The White Horse Prophecy in Modern MormonismFollowing the Mormon expulsion from Missouri in 1838, Joseph Smith made a trip to Washington, D.C. “to present to the National Congress the petition of the Saints for a redress of their grievances, suffered in Missouri” (History of the Church 4:xxvi). Arriving in November 1839, Smith met with several powerful politicians of that day, including President Martin Van Buren, and left Washington in...
  • Satanic Display at Florida Capitol Damaged [by the "Catholic Warrior"]

    12/24/2014 9:18:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 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 · 22 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...