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  • Mormon Church Uses Facebook, Apps to Increase Political Outreach [Lds mix politics-faith after all]

    07/04/2012 6:59:06 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    Mashable.com ^ | July 4, 2012 | Neha Prakash
    Members of Jesus Christ’s Church of Latter Day Saints have begun leveraging their evangelizing networks through smartphone apps to help draw support for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. By employing specialized apps like LDS Tools to gather phone numbers and addresses of Mormon church members, political supporters can cross-check the contact info with voter registration data to contact other Romney backers. However, Mormon church rules forbid the use of LDS resources for political purposes. Dave Isbell, a Nevada Mormon, tells CNN, the apps are being used despite official church policy. “The church makes it really easy for you to get a...
  • Lds Temple Haunted? Did Declaration of Independence signers appear as ghosts to leader? [Vanity]

    07/04/2012 6:18:30 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 18 replies
    Colofornian | July 1, 2011 | Colofornian
    St. George Mormon Temple Haunted? Did the Declaration of Independence signers appear as ghosts to a later Lds 'prophet'? Without saying his name, Mormon leaders and grassroots Mormons daily reference Wilford Woodruff when they interact with non-Mormons and the media. How so? Well, they like to tell others how polygamy is a supposed bygone of another era; how a certain Lds "prophet" in 1890 put the kabosh on it...or, at least, started a mainstream Mormon move toward monogamy. Yet, there's a little-known episode that this same Wilford Woodruff said that occurred in the 1870s -- before becoming the head "prophet"...
  • 1856 election sowed the seeds of Utah War, Y. scholar says ['56 GoP & 'twin relics of barbarism']

    07/01/2012 4:16:28 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    Deseret News ^ | June 30, 2012 | R. Scott Lloyd
    CALGARY, ALBERTA — The U.S. presidential campaign of 1856 sowed the seeds that precipitated the Utah War... That is the premise of a paper prepared for the 47th annual Mormon History Association Conference... Ronald W. Walker, professor emeritus of history at Brigham Young University, authored the paper... ...before the campaign ran its course, Mormon polygamy became an issue, with Republican newspapers and politicians attacking...Democrats for supporting legislation that in theory might allow the Utah Territory to favor plural marriage, Walker wrote. The Republican Party platform thus denounced what it called "the twin relics of barbarism": the extension of slavery in...
  • The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 3) [IF Lds lone true church, then are rest 'cultic?']

    07/01/2012 8:34:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 137 replies
    The presidential race of Mitt Romney and the success of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon have generated new interest in Mormonism. Stephen Mansfield's book The Mormonizing of America provides a careful study of this growing religion. The Book Stop blog is posting excerpts from the first two chapters of this book. The Mormons and the MediaNowhere in American society does this create an occasion of people talking past each other as when it comes to the media pursuing a prominent Mormon. Reporters naturally want to find something controversial about this visible person, so they ask about holy underwear....
  • The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 2) [Lds: We ALONE only true church; rest 'corrupt']

    07/01/2012 7:48:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 27 replies
    The presidential race of Mitt Romney and the success of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon have generated new interest in Mormonism. Stephen Mansfield's book The Mormonizing of America provides a careful study of this growing religion. The Book Stop blog is posting excerpts from the first two chapters of this book. What Matters to a MormonFor a Latter-day Saint, the heart of Mormonism is the restoration of priesthood authority. It is impossible to overstate this. At the core of everything Saintly is the unshakable belief that something lost for centuries was restored through Joseph Smith. It is now...
  • Mormons quit church in mass resignation ceremony

    06/30/2012 7:13:48 PM PDT · by Enosh · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jennifer Dobner
    A group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake City on Saturday in a rare display of defiance ending decades of disagreement for some over issues ranging from polygamy to gay marriage. Participants from Utah, Arizona, Idaho and elsewhere gathered in a public park to sign a “Declaration of Independence from Mormonism.” “This feels awesome,” said Alison Lucas, from West Jordan, Utah, who took part in the rally amid soaring temperatures. “I don’t know if I would have had the courage except in a group.” The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of...
  • BYU Professor Daniel Peterson Fired as Editor of Mormon Studies Review at BYU’s Maxwell Institute

    06/28/2012 5:53:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    Disreport.net ^ | June 22, 2012 | Trevor Antley
    After rumors circulated earlier in the week, BYU’s Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship confirmed today that Daniel C. Peterson and his associate editors would be removed from the staff of the Mormon Studies Review, previously the FARMS Review. The periodical, which publishes articles and reviews on LDS-related topics and books, was founded by Peterson 23 years ago. Along with Peterson were also dismissed his associate editors Louis C. Midgley, George L. Mitton, Gregory L. Smith and Robert White. In a brief, anonymous statement posted on the Maxwell Institute’s website today the Institute stated, “For many years the FARMS Review has...
  • Marco Rubio Says He Felt 'Called' to Leave Mormon Church for Catholic Church

    06/25/2012 8:22:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 6/24/12 | Napp Nazworth
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he felt "called" to leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), or Mormon Church, to join the Catholic Church in a Sunday interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."Rubio – who is currently being considered as a vice presidential nominee by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon – explained that his mother decided to join the LDS Church after the family moved to Las Vegas when Rubio was eight years old. Some of Rubio's relatives were, and still are, members of the LDS Church, so the family had some familiarity...
  • Justice Department sues fundamentalist Mormon sect for discrimination

    06/23/2012 6:07:10 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 22, 2012 | Brad Knickerbocker
    The US Justice Department has filed suit against the adjoining towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, communities populated largely by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). ...FLDS...controls most...law enforcement and other government services in those two communities...It is charged with discriminating against those who are not members of the FLDS. The Justice Department...alleges...the cities’ joint police department “routinely uses its enforcement authority to enforce the edicts and will of the FLDS; fails to protect non-FLDS individuals from victimization by FLDS individuals; refuses to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies’ investigations of FLDS...
  • Pentecostalism and Its Impact

    IntroductionIn writing this analysis, it is important to note that the Pentecostal movement is diverse and heterogeneous. Some charismatic Christian groups are extremely adhoc and fluid in technique, such as the Wesley and quasi Pentecostal-Baptists churches, whilst other groups are more organized and rigid. For example, the United Pentecostal Church, other so-called independent "Oneness" Pentecostals and at times the Assemblies of God. And as a result, the diversity of Pentecostal movements must be taken into account when reading this analysis. This paper attempts to examine the main differences between mainstream fundamentalist and/or evangelical Christianity and the Pentecostal movement. As a...
  • Polygamy opponents were swept aside in Nauvoo turmoil after Joseph Smith’s death

    06/22/2012 5:26:28 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 86 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | June 5, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post click here) The months in Nauvoo following the murder of the LDS Church founder Joseph Smith were not surprisingly, filled with turmoil and political intrigue. The recent publication of “The Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes” by Signature Books provides detailed accounts of the Nauvoo Stake’s high council meetings. It’s very interesting reading. The High Council was a political tool, a body used to cast out prominent church members who did not support Brigham Young’s claim of leadership, or the church’s still-secret embrace of polygamy. The purge of those who...
  • Anti-Mormon bias facing Mitt Romney is as strong as what his father faced in 1967, poll shows

    06/22/2012 5:12:13 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 288 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 21, 2012 | Callum Borchers
    Mitt Romney faces an anti-Mormon bias just as strong as the one his father confronted during his own presidential run more than four decades ago, according to a Gallup poll. Eighteen percent of Americans say that if their political party nominated “a generally well qualified person for president who happened to be Mormon,” they would not vote for that candidate. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, is a devout Mormon who once presided over the church’s Boston stake. When Gallup asked the same question in 1967, during George Romney’s bid for the White House, 17 percent of Americans said they would...
  • Missionary work [Lds missionaries are themselves a 'mission field'...Christians, witness to them]

    06/20/2012 1:02:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Mark Cares Weblog ^ | June 20, 2012 | Mark Cares
    Chapter 25 of this year’s Gospel Doctrine Class covers Alma 17-22 and encourages LDS members to share the gospel. I’m going to break away from my usual practice on commenting on the content of the lesson and instead talk about some of my experiences with Mormon missionaries. Over the years I have talked with literally hundreds of them. The vast majority of time our discussions have been quite courteous. One of the most encouraging things is how many are genuinely interested in hearing the wonderful news that eternal life is totally God’s gift to them. Sometimes they are eager to...
  • But I’m a good Mormon wife: Sean and I had the perfect life. Then his faith started to crumble...

    06/20/2012 12:17:00 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 189 replies
    Salon ^ | June 1, 2012 | Maren Stephenson
    ...When Sean replaced his temple garments — the sacred underwear he’d promised to wear day and night — with boxers, I couldn’t take it anymore. It was too much betrayal. I called up a neighbor with a husband like mine and cried. But instead of empathy, she offered questions that stunned me into silence. Was Sean addicted to pornography? Watching R-rated movies? What sin had brought him to this terrible place? ...Her questions were so off-base...She was sincere, and trying to help, but she believed what the Church teaches — that a man would only leave because he’s disobeying the...
  • Is Mormonism Christian? A Comparison of Mormonism and Historic Christianity

    06/19/2012 12:39:12 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 108 replies
    Is Mormonism Christian? This may seem like a puzzling question to ask. Mormons include the Bible among the four books they recognize as Scripture and insist that Jesus Christ is central to their faith as evidenced by their official name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Furthermore, Mormons’ commitment to high moral standards and strong families is impressive. Doesn’t it follow that Mormonism is genuinely Christian? The question here is not whether individual Mormons are saved (a question we cannot answer) or whether the LDS Church is “Christian” in the sense that any group that professes faith in...
  • Op-Ed: Mitt Romney's proposed career path — President, then God [White House-->Great White Throne]

    06/19/2012 10:07:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 121 replies
    DigitalJournal.com ^ | June 15, 2012 | Bill Schmalfeldt
    Washington- Mitt Romney's Earthly goals seem to mesh nicely with his goals as a high priest in the Mormon church. But why don't we pretend to let the presumptive GOP candidate tell us himself, which he would if he were interested in discussing his religion. Hello. I’m Mitt Romney. I am a Temple Mormon, a High Priest, and as such I have sworn blood oaths of sacrifice, obedience and consecration to the church and the “Kingdom of God.” My perfect obedience to these laws will allow me to become a god in the next life, the literal father of the...
  • The Martyrdom: The Prophet Seals His Testimony with His Blood [168th anniversary of Lds censorship]

    06/10/2012 3:26:06 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 18 replies
    From the Life of Joseph SmithThe winter and spring of 1843–44 was a time of great tension in Nauvoo, as Joseph Smith’s enemies increased their efforts to destroy him and the Church. Knowing his mortal ministry would soon come to a close, the Prophet met frequently with members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to instruct them and to give them the priesthood keys necessary to govern the Church. These preparations culminated in a meeting with the Apostles and a few other close associates in March 1844. In this extraordinary council, the Prophet charged the Twelve to govern the...
  • Most Christians Have No Idea What Mormons Believe [LDS truth claims oft' tucked away by Mormons]

    06/10/2012 9:38:54 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 383 replies
    Christian Newswire ^ | June 7, 2012
    TORRANCE, Calif., June 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- There are more than a dozen key differences in the beliefs of Christians and Mormons, yet most Christians have no idea. In a recent article in the Christian magazine, World, author Joel Belz made this statement: "A huge majority of the American public has no idea what Mormons claim to believe. If those holding to the Mormon faith were to place their distinctive truth claims front and center, the public response would be probing, negative, and nasty." -- World Magazine, God's World Publications, online June 16, 2012 edition (Vol. 27, No. 12)...
  • Chris Rock Takes Jab At ‘Romney’s Crew’: Mormons Believed Black People Were The Devil

    06/09/2012 2:46:59 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 95 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | June 8, 2012 | Meenal Vamburkar
    Chris Rock sat down with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday and, after brief acknowledgment of the impending zombie apocalypse, talked politics. Having already offered up his thoughts on our “zebra president,” Rock took this opportunity to discuss Mitt Romney and his religion. SNIP Asked how he feels about what’s going on in the world (particularly regarding Romney and President Obama), Rock replied, “What’s going on? Okay, I just heard this the other day. The Mormons, Mitt Romney’s crew, they believed black people were the devil until 1978. I’m not making this up. Right, right, right?” Fallon and Rock joked abut having...
  • Mormonism in Its Expanding Global Context: Invitations to New Interpretation and Understanding

    06/08/2012 7:21:21 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    ...June 29, 2012 SNIP Session #1A Mormonism and the MediaSNIP Thomas G. Evans Journal of Religion, Identity and Policy: “Cross-Cultural Case Studies: The ‘Mormon Jesus’ in Mexico and in Cyberspace” SNIP Session #2A Reconsidering Joseph Smith’s Marital PracticesLawrence Foster Georgia Institute of Technology: “Why Polyandry Isn’t the Right Term to Describe Joseph Smith’s Marriages to Women Who Remained Legally Married to Other Men: Reflections on a Difficult and Challenging Issue” Brian C. Hales Layton, Utah: “Joseph Smith’s Sexual Polyandry and the Emperor’s New Clothes: On Closer Inspection, What do We Find?” Commentator: D. Michael Quinn ...June 30... Session #4B Early...
  • BBC interview with LDS leader earns controversy [An Lds 'apostle' 'lie' about Romney's oath-taking?]

    06/07/2012 5:50:38 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 66 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | June 5, 2012 | Stephen Dark
    Posted // 2012-06-05 - A BBC investigative journalist's interview with Jeffery R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, raises intriguing questions about the LDS Church and its beliefs. The documentary, released in March but yet to be broadcast Stateside, is called The Mormon Candidate and featured a sit-down interview in the LDS Church Headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City between British reporter John Sweeney and Holland. Among Sweeney's questions were several relating to whether U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney would have pledged to cut his own throat or disembowel himself before revealing the secrets of the...
  • More Than Christian? [Lds wrestle with definitions, mainstreaming & becoming 'another' denomination]

    06/02/2012 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 72 replies
    Times and Seasons.org ^ | May 31, 2012 | Dave Banack
    Two recent essays provide a new perspective on the never-ending discussion centered around the question, “Are Mormons Christian?” Mormons claim to be Christian, while at the same time denying divine authority and full legitimacy to all other Christian denominations. Consider the specific topic of rebaptism. Previously baptized Christians who join the LDS Church are required to be rebaptized by an LDS priesthood holder, which seems quite natural to Mormons. Baptized Mormons who later choose to join another Christian denomination are generally required to be rebaptized by that denomination because, in their eyes, Mormon baptism doesn’t count, which rather incongruously strikes...
  • Mormon doctrine and how it is established: an official explanation?

    05/31/2012 10:36:42 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | May 31, 2012 | Eric Johnson
    At the April (2012) General Conference of the Mormon Church, Apostle D. Todd Christofferson told the congregation, “…we must admit there has been and still persists some confusion about our doctrine and how it is established. That is the subject I wish to address today.”In his remarks, Apostle Christofferson explained, “The President of the Church may announce or interpret doctrines based on revelations to him (see, for example, D&C 138). Doctrinal expression may also come through the combined council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (see, for example, Official Declaration 2)… At the same time it...
  • Mormons struggling with doubt turn to online support groups.

    Brian Johnston was desperate. The pressures of raising six children on one accountant salary were crushing, but worse was that he was starting to doubt the entire reason he and his wife had created a big family with a stay-at-home mom in the first place: Their Mormonism.-SNIP-The official church historian Marlin Jenson made news last year when he said that the loss of members in the last five or 10 years has been greater than perhaps any period since Mormonism was founded in 1830. -SNIP-For Mormons grappling with doubts, the potential spiritual consequences can appear frightening. Mormon scripture teaches that...
  • ‘The time is finished’: Religious sect erects billboards in Toronto ahead of the ‘transformation’

    05/06/2012 9:27:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut · 47 replies
    National Post ^ | 5/1/12 | Armina Ligaya,
    ST. CATHARINES, ONT. — Doris Rosado watches her teenage daughters, Ninette and Kiara Mongrut, get the numbers “666” tattooed on their wrists, beaming with pride. The number typically conjures up biblical symbolism tied to the Antichrist, but this St. Catharines, Ont., family belongs to a obscure Christian sect for which “666” is a positive symbol of their group’s messianic leader. “They wanted to do it,” Ms. Rosado, 45, said at the St. Catharines tattoo parlour where her daughters were inked. “But now it’s more important because we’re counting down… I’m so proud.” For this family, and other members of Growing...
  • Minister Critical of Romney and 'Mormon Cult' Suggests Third-Party Options [Obama slammed, too]

    05/04/2012 5:36:22 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | May 2, 2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Christian minister Bill Keller of LivePrayer.com, who has frequently spoken out on the so-called dangers of voting for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in this year's general election due to his Mormon faith, suggests that the only real option for Christian voters are third-party candidates. Keller recently compared the choice of voting for Mitt Romney or for President Barack Obama as "flipping a coin where Satan is on both sides." "How can anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ vote for our current president who in every word and deed has proven to be a true enemy...
  • Man arrested, accused of extorting money and sex from BYU student [Jumpstarts homosexuality promo]

    05/04/2012 4:30:45 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Fox13 (Salt Lake City) ^ | March 12, 2012 | Ben Winslow
    PROVO — Police here have arrested a man, accused of trying to blackmail a Brigham Young University student for sex and money by threatening to “out” him to his family, fiance and the LDS Church-owned university’s Honor Code Office. Brad Ray Adams, 36, was arrested last week on suspicion of extortion and attempted forcible sodomy. He was expected to make an appearance before a judge in Provo’s 4th District Court later this week. Police said it began last month, when the alleged victim met Adams over Craigslist. The two began texting and e-mailing and the two arranged a sexual encounter,...
  • How NOT to Investigate Mitt Romney’s Mormon Ties

    05/04/2012 4:04:53 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    Religion Dispatches.org ^ | May 2, 2012 | Joanna Brooks
    Earlier this week, Mother Jones' Tim Murphy tried to connect the dots between Mitt Romney and Cleon Skousen, the ultra-conservative, anti-Communist LDS political theorist made famous by Glenn Beck. Murphy dug out an August 2007 radio interview Romney did with a Rush Limbaugh-esque political talk jock in Iowa, who, after goading Romney on his faith, turned the subject to Skousen. Romney gamely played along. He told radio host Jan Mickelson that he once took a class from Skousen at Brigham Young University, admitted that had not read much of Skousen, and agreed that Skousen's The Making of America might be...
  • Bridges of faith between Mormons and Muslims

    05/02/2012 10:40:06 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 93 replies
    mormon muslim.com ^ | Debra Richardson, Ph.D.
    Bridges of Faith Between Mormons and MuslimsChapter Six What Think Ye of Christ? Throughout the account of the Savior’s three-year ministry as recorded in the New Testament, we read of the many attempts by the Pharisees and Sadducees to discredit him and his teachings. These groups of learned religious men would pit their lawyers and spokesmen against Jesus in public forums where they would seek to trap him in rhetorical play by twisting his words around. However, their efforts were in vain as Christ would speak in parables and pose questions in return that they could not possibly answer...
  • Irish Government to Give Full Legal Status to Pagan Weddings

    05/02/2012 6:33:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 5/1/12 | Patrick Counihan
    Minister also supports legislation for Humanists ahead of final readingNon-religious and Pagan weddings are to finally become law in Ireland under proposed new legislation. The Irish government is expected to back legislation giving humanists the same status as organised religions and civil registrars in conducting marriage ceremonies. The Irish Times reports that the proportion of couples choosing a non-religious, civil wedding ceremony in Ireland has increased from six per cent in 1996 to more than 23 per cent in 2006. Social Protection minister Joan Burton is to ask ministerial colleagues to support the Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill. The paper reports...
  • Same-sex relationship sent LDS Church patriarch into exile [Yet restored to Lds stake high council]

    05/02/2012 4:26:06 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 4 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | April 17, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    In October 1946, Joseph F. Smith II, LDS Church patriarch, was released from his calling in LDS General Conference. He had not served for several months, the official reason being that he was ill, confined to his home in Centerville, Utah. What wasn’t known publicly was that Smith had been forbidden to give patriarchal blessings since May 1. In fact, after that day, his secretary never saw him again. As historian Gary James Bergera recounts in the winter 2012 issue of The Journal of Mormon History, Smith’s tenure stopped after this course of events: President George Albert Smith received communication...
  • Mormons who fear Mitt: Young people...leaving...a Romney presidency will only make things worse

    04/28/2012 5:55:13 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 55 replies
    Salon ^ | April 27, 2012 | Troy Williams
    “I would not vote for him just because he is Mormon. I want to know what he is going to do for the people. I want to see the compassion.” Gladys Knight is not voting for Mitt Romney. In a recent interview with BET the famed singer, herself a Mormon... You see, last time a Republican was president, he became just about the least popular person in the world. So some Mormons are a little bit nervous that having one of their own in the White House could interfere with the church’s true mission of spreading the gospel — something...
  • Trust in the LORD, and believe and follow Jesus who is the author of our faith!!

    04/24/2012 12:06:47 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 9 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Give all praises to the FATHER, follow the Son, and listen to the Holy Spirit!
  • Liberty's choice of Romney leads to angry student response [Cultic commencement speaker outrage]

    04/23/2012 8:15:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 20, 2012 | Laura Bernardini and Dan Merica
    Washington (CNN) – Liberty University students and alumni are accusing the Christian school of violating its own teachings by asking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the...Latter-day Saints whose adherents are called Mormons, to deliver its 2012 commencement address. By Friday morning, more than 700 comments had been posted on the school's Facebook page about the Thursday announcement - a majority of them decidedly against the Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.’s invitation, citing that the school had taught them Mormonism isn’t part of the Christian faith. “I can’t support Romney and I am happy I decided not to walk...
  • ROMNEY AT LIBERTY LEADS TO ANGRY STUDENT RESPONSE [Falwell's U. issues Mitt commencement invite]

    04/22/2012 1:25:08 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 102 replies
    WorldNetDaily/CNN ^ | April 21, 2012
    'University should have gotten a Christian to speak not someone who practices a cult' (CNN) Liberty University students and alumni are accusing the Christian school of violating its own teachings by asking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of...Mormons, to deliver its 2012 commencement address. By Friday morning, more than 700 comments had been posted on the school’s Facebook page about the Thursday announcement – a majority of them decidedly against the Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.’s invitation, citing that the school had taught them Mormonism isn’t part of the Christian faith.
  • What is "Celestial Polygamy"? [Mainstream Mormons say polygamy still occurring near Kolobian colony]

    04/22/2012 12:50:55 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 83 replies
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seems to be engaged in an uphill battle in its effort to convince the public that they no longer practice polygamy. An LDS Newsroom release posted on September 7, 2007, stated: “For the record, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discontinued its practice in 1890, and for 117 years Mormons have followed a monogamous lifestyle. Yet careless headline writing or sloppy reporting still causes millions of Mormons to have to answer questions from their neighbors, coworkers, friends and neighbors: ‘Are you a polygamist?’ ‘Is that your church I read about...
  • Buddhists demand demolition of Mosque and Muslim shrine

    04/21/2012 5:36:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Vlad Tepes ^ | 4/21/2012 | People of Shambhala.
    Over 1,000 protesters in the area of Dambulla, Sri Lanka, have rallied against the Masjidul Khaira mosque, which they claim did not obtain the proper planning permission. The protesters, led by Ven Inamaluwe Shri Sumanagala, included a large number of Buddhist monks, who waved the international Biddhist flag and carried placards. The issue of planning permission does not seem to be the real objection to the mosque, however. According to the Ceylon Times, Akmeemana Dayarathna Thera, one of the monks on the rally, said, “We asked them to remove the mosque as Dambulla was declared a holy city with a...
  • Exhibit A for Explaining the LCWR Report

    04/21/2012 10:41:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Patheos ^ | 4/19/12 | Thomas L. McDonald
    The keynote speaker for the annual conference of the LCWR is New Age quack Barbara Marx Hubbard. If you’ve never heard of her, just try to imagine a combination of Deepak Chopra and Ray Kurzweil with an extra helping of crazy. Her big thing is Conscious Evolution, which is the latest repackaging of “est” with an added transhumanist/post-humanist subtext. Here she is on her website explaining Conscious Evolution, which sounds like a combination of X-Men comics, techno-fetishizing, narcissism, New Age nonsense, paganism, trite bromides, bad grammar, Gnosticism, and good old heresy. (Emphasis added.) It has become obvious that a creative...
  • Bashir Uses Book Of Mormon To Sentence Romney To Damnation [For Lying...per Lds 'scripture' verses]

    04/20/2012 12:45:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | April 19, 2012
    On his MSNBC program this afternoon Martin Bashir not only accused presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of lying, but dragged Mormonism into the fray. "It doesn't matter how many times he hears the truth, Mitt Romney prefers to tell lies," Bashir said after castigating Mitt Romney as a liar three times. "Which brings us to the moral codes of Mormonism that Mr. Romney claims to live by. In Section 63, in verse 17 of the Doctrine and Covenants of the Mormon Church we find this: 'All liars, and whosoever loveth and and maketh a lie, and the whoremonger, and...
  • Why Mitt Romney Is Hobbled by His Mormon Faith [Lds prophet's son calls Christians 'corrupt']

    04/20/2012 3:28:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    Spiegel ^ | April 19, 2012 | Gerhard Spörl
    SNIP ...Could anybody seriously object to such a candidate? The answer...: Yes, they can. Among the main objectors are Baptists and Evangelical Christians...as well as members of the Tea Party...Together, they form a majority within the Republican Party, and they are all suspicious of Romney because he's...Mormon. Traditionalists hold that Mormons like him are not Christians because they claim that God was a human being and that human beings can be gods... Romney is too cautious to confidently address the issue of his faith. Nevertheless, his friends are telling him that the only way to make peace with the religious...
  • The Anti-Mormon Moment: LDS critics capitalize on Romney's GOP nom [Shine light on dark UT corner]

    04/19/2012 9:03:29 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 41 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | April 18, 2012 | Eric S. Peterson
    When presidential contender Rick Santorum bowed out of the GOP White House race April 10, it cleared the way for Mitt Romney’s all-but-inevitable nomination. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will for the first time see one of the faithful nominated for president by a major political party. But while the faithful rejoice, so do the church critics, whose cries of hosanna may be just as loud as LDS members’. For them, Romney’s nomination is an opportunity for the nation to finally pick up on their rebuke of the church’s beliefs and practices, as a wider...
  • Updated: The Mormons (Part III) [Counterfeit Christianity evidenced by anemic blood of Christ]

    04/19/2012 7:31:52 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Fetch Your News.com (Fannin County, GA) ^ | April 16, 2012 | Ralph Barker
    In the first two parts of this series we discussed Mormonism’s positive points including its belief in a strong family unit, impressive missionary activities, and an exemplary moral code. We discussed its founder, Joseph Smith, and the history of the Mormon faith. Today we will look at what clearly sets Mormonism apart from other traditional Christian denominations; its theology. Here we cannot escape controversy. Facts are facts and history is history. There is far too much material to detail in this short presentation, but I will highlight just a few of the areas that most Christians would consider the most...
  • CNN, MSNBC Attack Mormons, Romney [Breitbart.com: Obama religion deflection tries a lib tactic]

    04/19/2012 1:32:13 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Tony Katz
    CNN has been having repeated discussions about Romney, his religion...MSNBC...had the same conversation... ...I find the concept of baptizing the dead off-putting (and baptizing Holocaust victims absurd.)...Newsbusters...remarked on how MSNBC is trying to connect Romney and the Mormon church to issues of race...: ...(BuzzFeed writer and Mormon McKay) Coppins cited...MSNBC regulars...Marc Lamont Hill and Joy Ann Reid: ...Reid...said Romney deserves to be challenged on his church's past. "I think if he were a child when anti-black policies were in place, that would be different," said Reid. "But he was an adult, active in the ministry of his church, and it's...
  • CNN’s Jack Cafferty: ‘Lingering Questions About Mormonism … Odd and Insular’ [MSM Unleashing]

    04/19/2012 12:10:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    The Other McCain.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    A steady drip, drip, drip from the major media continues, and notice how this is framed as helpful advice to Mitt Romney: Now that Mitt Romney is likely the Republican nominee he may begin talking about his Mormon faith. Politico reports a lot of Republicans think he should embrace his Mormonism publicly so people can better understand him. . . . Mormonism is a big part of who Mitt Romney is. He traveled to France on a two-year mission for the church as a young adult, and who raised his five sons as Mormons and has held several church leadership...
  • Manufactured Outrage, Religious Edition [Team Romney sees boogiemen critiquing Ldsism everywhere!]

    04/19/2012 1:16:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 17, 2012 | Alec MacGillis
    Well, that didn’t take long. You had to figure it would just be a matter of time before Team Romney alleged anti-Mormon bias by its opponents or the press, and bingo, today we had two separate instances of the charge being raised... ...on Mike Allen’s Playbook this morning, suggesting...Obama campaign’s argument that Romney has a “penchant for secrecy” has a hidden anti-Mormon message. WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING about the “penchant for secrecy” attack line against Romney: “These are exactly the kind of questions we asked about Obama in 2008 and were accused of race baiting, or suggesting he was somehow...
  • How Mitt Romney's supporters Are Like Uncle Leo: Is Anti-Mormonism Lurking Everywhere?

    04/19/2012 12:53:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    Prospect.org ^ | April 18, 2011 | Paul Waldman
    We always knew that Mormonism was going to be a touchy issue in this presidential campaign. After all, there are still many Americans who express discomfort with the idea of a Mormon president (up to 40 percent, depending on how you ask the question). But it's one thing when you ask that question in the abstract, and quite another when we're talking about a particular Mormon. In that case, I'm fairly sure that nearly everyone is going to decide their votes on how they feel about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, not how they feel about Joseph Smith. Even Robert...
  • Are Mormons Christian?

    04/17/2012 9:55:18 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 65 replies
    Stand Up for the Truth.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | Faith
    NO. I’d end this article here, because that is your answer, should anyone ever ask you. And with the presidential election on the horizon, it is more than likely that Mormonism and Christianity might come up in conversation. Already the high-profile Christian leaders are being asked about it. Saddleback Church’s Rick Warren sort of answered it by saying that Mormons don’t believe in a trinity as we do, calling it a “sticking point.” And Christian apologist Ed Stetzer completely muffed it recently by asking the question and then dancing completely around it without giving the answer we all so desperately...
  • The Passing of the Primitive Church: Forty Variations on an Unpopular Theme [Lds: JC's church died]

    04/17/2012 5:51:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    Maxwell Institute (BYU) ^ | 1987 | Hugh W. Nibley
    Reprinted by permission from Mormonism and Early Christianity, vol. 4 in The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1987),168—208. ...By its very definition church history requires unquestioning acceptance of the basic proposition that the church did survive. ...the normal reaction to the question—did the church remain on earth?—has not been serious inquiry in a richly documented field, but shocked recoil from the edge of an abyss into which few can look without a shudder. Yet today that question is being asked again... ...The purpose of this paper is to list briefly the principal arguments supporting the...
  • When Mormons were socialists [From 'United Order' communism --> Lds Church, Inc.]

    04/16/2012 7:12:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    Salon.com ^ | April 15, 2012 | Troy Williams
    SNIP One hundred and eighty-two years after its founding, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is certainly prospering. The Church has diversified into commercial enterprises, owning television and radio stations, universities, farms, banks and...retail. Last month, the Church opened City Creek Mall, a stunning billion-dollar downtown renovation in Salt Lake City... Mitt Romney and City Creek represent the culmination of a great transformation within Mormonism. As an outcast faith, early Mormons experimented with communal living and alternative marriages. This original brand of Mormonism was typified by their rugged frontier prophet and polygamist outsider Brigham Young... Young’s egalitarian separatism...
  • The Apostasy [What Lds believe re: Christians: Label us 'apostates' like Islam calls us 'infidels']

    04/15/2012 3:02:11 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 43 replies
    The Church...of Latter-day Saints affirms...there was a falling away...The long night of apostasy lasted well over a millennium. During this period, man-made creeds and practices were substituted for the plan of salvation that Jesus...taught. SNIP C. A universal apostasy occurred... “For over seventeen hundred years on the eastern hemisphere, and for more than fourteen centuries on the western, there appears to have been silence between the heavens and the earth. Of direct revelation from God to man during this long interval, we have no authentic record...The passing of the apostles was followed by...a universal apostasy...“...an absolute apostasy of the Church...”...