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  • Mormonism and Mitt Romney’s “Weirdness”

    08/11/2011 4:29:28 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 235 replies
    New York Times ^ | Aug. 9, 2011 | Ross Douthat
    ...we pretty much know what kind of re-election campaign Barack Obama is going to wage: A relentlessly negative one, which...will focus almost exclusively on making the challenger seem unacceptable rather than defending the sitting president’s accomplishments. Thanks to Ben Smith at Politico, we also know roughly how the White House plans to “destroy Mitt Romney,”...By “attacking him as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, ‘weird.’” Weird how, you ask? Here’s Smith: The character attacks on Romney will focus on what critics view as a makeover, both personal (skinny jeans) and...
  • Mormon Women, Twilight, and Internalized Sexism

    06/09/2011 8:06:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 22 replies ^ | June 6, 2011 | Jana Riess
    A couple of years ago, I published a BYU Studies article about Mormon themes in Twilight that was picked up by Meridian, an LDS website. I received some feedback on the piece, mostly positive, though several readers took issue with one criticism I made about Stephenie Meyer’s series: “I find myself concerned about the retrogressive gender stereotypes in all of her novels, particularly the ineptitude of Bella. Although the novels repeatedly tell the reader that Bella is smart and strong, they repeatedly show her powerlessness. She passes out; she trips repeatedly; she is victimized three times in the first novel...
  • Naive assumptions about New World Christians (Mormon)

    05/09/2011 7:58:00 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 32 replies
    Mormon Times ^ | May 9, 2011 | Michael R. Ash
    In last week’s issue I explained that even if evidence for an early Christian community in Mesoamerica could be found, that still wouldn’t satisfy most critics or prove that the Book of Mormon is true. The task of finding the evidence of a real ancient community of New World Christians becomes difficult once we understand the complexity and nature of what might be found.First, it’s important to remember that the Nephites were “Christian” for, at the most, 400 years. Second, the Nephite-Christians were a small group of persecuted believers among a sea of non-Christian believers in the ancient Americas. Some...
  • Utah's largest child porn bust nets 39 arrests across the state

    04/30/2011 4:47:49 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies · 3+ views
    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force arrested 39 suspects on suspicion of dealing in child pornography after a month-long investigation. It is part of Operation FrostyLime Squeeze. The unique name stems from FrostWire and, two of many file-sharing websites local police, the FBI and the Utah Attorney General cracked down on from February 28 to March 31. The most arrests came out of Utah County with many of the suspects in positions of trust and lived a double lifestyle, according to investigators. “These are your next door neighbors, pastor, scout master, teacher, the coach....
  • Mormon leader faces deportation

    04/30/2011 4:38:37 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    KSTU (Fox 13, Salt Lake City) ^ | April 29, 2011 | Arikka Von and staff
    DRAPER, Utah— Federal officers arrested 53 year old Felix Callejas, his wife and two of their children at their home April 19. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a judge ordered Luca Callejas to return to El Salvador in 2008. Callejas' other family members got the same deportation order in 2009. The family appealed and their case was dismissed earlier this month. Callejas is the president of a Spanish speaking LDS Church branch in Draper. Concerned church members called local activist Tony Yapias saying they're now afraid to go to church. “The whole membership was devastated over what happened,” says Latino...
  • Lying for the Lord [Not the typical version / Well worth the read]

    04/05/2011 2:04:14 AM PDT · by delacoert · 10 replies
    Mormon Think ^ | Ken Clark
    "The right to lie in the service of your own interests is highly valued and frequently exercised"-Nero Wolfe I began this list when I was a full time employee of the LDS Church Education System (CES). I worked as a Seminary Principal/teacher, Institute teacher/Director, and Stake CES Coordinator from 1975 - 2002. My last assignment was brief. I signed a Letter of Agreement with CES to serve as the Director of the Pullman, Washington LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to Washington State University in July 2002. I resigned from CES a month later. I carry fond memories of the students,...
  • Mormon Profits and Lying

    04/05/2011 1:15:18 AM PDT · by delacoert · 78 replies · 8+ views
    Steve Cuno ^ | 10/26/2010 | Steve Cuno
    I once observed to a Mormon friend that Gordon B. Hinckley, late president of the Mormon Church, publicly lied when it suited him. No, I didn’t simply up and assault my friend’s faith. That would be bad manners. He and I discussed religion often; this happened to come up in the course of one of our conversations. “Lied?” said my Mormon friend. “Name one instance.” Without having to think hard or research, I came up with three: 1. When Hinckley served as an assistant to his predecessor, Ezra Taft Benson, he repeatedly assured church members that Benson was actively engaged...
  • Joseph Smith's successful and unsuccessful proposals to church leaders' wives (Mormon)

    03/31/2011 3:17:24 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 42 replies
    Recovery from Mormonism ^ | March 31, 2011 | Various-sourced
    When the family organization was revealed from heaven—the patriarchal order of God, and Joseph began, on the right and the left, to add to his family, what a quaking there was in Israel. Says one brother to another, "Joseph says all covenants [previous marriages] are done away, and none are binding but the new covenants [marriage by priesthood sealing power]; now suppose Joseph should come and say he wanted your wife, what would you say to that?" "I would tell him to go to hell." This was the spirit of many in the early days of this Church. ....
  • BYU devotional, Elder Glenn L. Pace: The divine nature and destiny of women

    03/12/2010 7:02:37 AM PST · by Colofornian · 447 replies · 3,243+ views
    LDS Church News ^ | March 9, 2010 | Marianne Holman
    Women have a sacred role in the sanctification and purification of men, Elder Glenn L. Pace of the Seventy told students and faculty during the campus devotional in the Marriott Center at BYU on Tuesday, March 9. Reflecting on the love he felt from his mother, sister, wife and daughters, Elder Pace spoke of the positive influence women have had on his life. Speaking specifically about a time when his daughter fell asleep in his arms, Elder Pace noted the comfort it must have brought his daughter to be held by her father. He realized afterward that even greater was...
  • Obama may attend Copenhagen summit if there is climate change progress (Gumby likes Copenhagen)

    10/20/2009 6:10:09 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 17 replies · 515+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/20/2009 | Editorial Staff
    Barack Obama agrees that a deal on climate change must be made Photo: Bloombergpeaking at a special meeting in London to progress the talks, Todd Stern, the US Special Envoy for Climate Change, said Mr Obama agrees that a deal on climate change must be made in December. “If the kind of progress is made that warrants the presence of leaders then we will certainly consider that,” he said. Earlier in the day Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister, had warned there is “no plan B” if the world fails to stop global warming, and urged Mr Obama to...
  • A study in contrasts: President Obama's Rosh Hashana message compared to EID-UL-FITR and Ramadan

    09/21/2009 5:43:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 1,253+ views
    IMRA ^ | 9-21-09
    A study in contrasts: President Obama's Rosh Hashana message compared to message for EID-UL-FITR and Ramadan #1 ROSH HASHANAH THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ___________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release September 17, 2009 Below is a transcript of the President's videotaped remarks on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah. To watch the video or read translations of this message, please visit: REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE OCCASION OF ROSH HASHANAH As members of the Jewish faith here in America and around the world gather to celebrate the High Holidays, I want to extend my warmest wishes for...
  • Present Elect Obama Presser - LIVE THREAD

    01/07/2009 7:04:44 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 119 replies · 6,277+ views
    on all cable news start in uh uh about 30 minutes.
  • I was wrong; so please join me in supporting Harriet Miers.

    10/09/2005 3:28:25 PM PDT · by Pukin Dog · 1,145 replies · 20,658+ views
    I decided to end my self-imposed exile from posting due to information that I received this past weekend from ‘a little birdie’ in Washington, which I subsequently had confirmed by another ‘insider’ if you can call him that. You know I won’t tell, so don’t bother asking me for names, links, or further information. I trust these individuals, and have received accurate information from them before and shared it here on Free Republic. Of course, all are free to either accept or reject what I am about to share, but if you know anything about the Dog, I don’t change...
  • Al-Qaida's U.S. Nuclear Targets

    07/18/2005 3:39:51 AM PDT · by Man50D · 125 replies · 3,451+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/18/05 | FROM JOSEPH FARAH'S G2 BULLETIN
    Al-Qaida's prime targets for launching nuclear terrorist attacks are the nine U.S. cities with the highest Jewish populations, according to captured leaders and documents. As first revealed last week in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, the premium, online intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND, Osama bin Laden is planning what he calls an "American Hiroshima," the ultimate terrorist attack on U.S. cities, using nuclear weapons already smuggled into the country across the Mexican border along with thousands of sleeper agents.
  • Rep. Slaughter Calls on President Bush to Explain Emerging White House Briefing Room Scandal

    Washington, DC - Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (NY-28), long time champion of media reform and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Rules, sent a letter to President George W. Bush today asking him to explain how discredited "reporter" Jeff Gannon was credentialed as a member of the legitimate media by the White House. The letter follows: Wednesday, February 9, 2005 The Honorable George W. Bush President of the United States 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: In light of the mounting evidence that your Administration has, on several occasions, paid members of the media to advocate...
  • CEO of Fannie Mae retires with $100,000 a month for life!

    12/30/2004 12:14:30 AM PST · by GipperGirl · 5 replies · 373+ views
    On Dec 29th I posted that the CEO of Fannie Mae will leave his job with $1000 a month for life the ACTUAL number is $100,000 a month a month for life! This amount adds insult to injury, considering his salary will be paid by the tax payers & considering this CEO is a CLINTON DEMOCRAT who, by all accounts cost Fannie Mae (& the tax payers) approx 9 billion in mismanaged funds. $1000 a month is bad enough for incompetence, but $100,000 is typical reward for CORRUPT DEMOCRATS (in my opinion) ~ Sorry for the error in my original...
  • Lincolnian Totalitarians

    09/01/2004 11:38:25 AM PDT · by GOPcapitalist · 30 replies · 779+ views
    LRC ^ | 8/31 | Thomas DiLorenzo
    Lincolnian Totalitarians by Thomas J. DiLorenzoby Thomas J. DiLorenzo In his book Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the Civil War the literary critic Edmund Wilson explained the most important consequence of that war in a single profound paragraph: The impulse to unification was strong in the nineteenth century . . . and if we would grasp the significance of the Civil War in relation to the history of our time, we should consider Abraham Lincoln in connection with the other leaders who have engaged in similar tasks. The chief of these leaders have been Bismarck and Lenin....
  • Mysterious Mid Easterners On Board Air Force One!?

    07/25/2004 11:30:37 AM PDT · by Joe Hadenuf · 175 replies · 3,683+ views
    Does Air Force One have nameless, anonymous, or mysterious Mid Easterners on board while cruising at 30,000 feet? Can you imagine the utter shock and concern of the President, his family and the Secret Service if a number of suspicious, mysterious Mid Easterners started to board Air Force One? We all know this would never happen as the Secret Service and Homeland Security would never allow this to occur, as the safety and security of the President and his family are a priority and paramount. My point is, why are the rest of the flying public subjected to this on...
  • 9 DEAD 11 shot, 9/11!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10/16/2002 4:11:48 AM PDT · by repub32 · 83 replies · 416+ views
    does the shooting stop here??????????