Tag Archives: Mormons

UTAH: State Senate Votes To Decriminalize Polygamy

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: A bill that would effectively decriminalize polygamy and dispel fears of prosecution for plural marriage among consenting adults sailed through the Utah Senate on Tuesday. Sen. Deidre Henderson’s bill would reclassify bigamy as an infraction, codifying the practice of the Utah attorney general’s office not to prosecute otherwise law-abiding polygamists. An infraction, like a traffic …

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Mormon Group: Our Prayers Made It Rain In Australia

The Friendly Atheist reports: The part of the Mormon Church that oversees the Pacific region has claimed responsibility for causing it to rain in Australia, saying a prayer and fasting event brought life-saving precipitation down on a country where fires have burned 12.35 million acres of land (so far). The Pacific Area Presidency, made up of an area president and …

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LDS Church Accused Of Secretly Stockpiling $100B

The Washington Post reports: A former investment manager alleges in a whistleblower complaint to the Internal Revenue Service that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has amassed about $100 billion in accounts intended for charitable purposes, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Washington Post. The confidential document, received by the IRS on Nov. 21, …

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Mormons Include Gay Couples On Genealogy Site

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: A year and a half ago, FamilySearch.org projected it would include same-sex parents and same-sex couples in its genealogy website sometime in 2019 — and it has, with three weeks to spare. The site, which is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced Tuesday that FamilySearch Family Tree now …

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Junior Flips Out Over “Bullshit” Report On Murderous History Of “Mormon Manson Family” Killed In Mexico

The Los Angeles Times reports: The roadside killings of nine U.S. citizens in northern Mexico has brought renewed attention to the scattered communities of Mormons who settled in the country more than a century ago to escape persecution. The family is perhaps best known for a series of killings perpetrated in the 1970s and 1980s, in both Mexico and the …

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Farewell Speech: Sen. Orrin Hatch Calls For “Protecting LGBTQ Individuals From Invidious Discrimination”

“Religious liberty is a fundamental freedom. It deserve the very highest protection our country can provide. At the same time, it’s also important to account of other interests as well — especially those of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. “Pluralism shows us a better way. It shows us that protecting religious liberty and preserving the rights of LGBTQ individuals are …

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Mormon President: “The Lord Has Impressed On My Mind” That We Won’t Be Called Mormons Anymore

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really, truly, absolutely wants to be known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Not the LDS Church. Not the Mormon church. It made that clear Thursday — even though the last attempt to eradicate those nicknames for the Utah-based faith flopped. The new push …

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UTAH: Anti-Gay Family Values GOP State Rep Resigns, Used State Funds For Hookups With Hooker [VIDEO]

Salt Lake City’s CBS affiliate reports: Former lawmaker Rep. Jon Stanard,(R-Dist. 62), who resigned from his position on Tuesday citing “immediate personal and family concerns,” met with a Salt Lake escort twice for sex. Stanard was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. He resides in St. George and is married with three children. The 43-year-old former state …

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Opposite-Married Mormon Ex-Gay Torture Therapist Announces Divorce Because He Needs Some Gay Love

Salt Lake City’s CBS affiliate reports: Josh and Lolly Weed, viewed as proof, and used as an example, that a gay man and a straight woman can make a successful Mormon marriage, have announced their divorce. And in the same blog post where they announce their divorce, they offered an apology to the LGBTQ community. “Today, we need to let …

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Brigham Young Fires Professor Over Pro-LGBT Post

Salt Lake City’s CBS affiliate reports: She is a life-long member of the LDS church with the needed ecclesiastical endorsement to hold a current temple recommend — her faith’s standard of being a believer in good standing. Now she has taught her final class at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, after she declined to retract a Facebook statement supporting the LGBT …

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Mormon Choir Singer Resigns Rather Than Perform For Donald Trump: “I Could Never Throw Roses To Hitler”

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s acceptance of the invitation to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration has spawned widespread debate among the faithful and thousands of signatures on a petition demanding the decision’s reversal. Now the choir’s participation has even more fallout: the resignation of a female singer. “Since ‘the announcement,’ I have spent several sleepless nights …

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UNLIKELY: Petition Calls On Mormon Tabernacle Choir To Cancel Inauguration Day Performance For Trump

Hemant Mehta writes at the Friendly Atheist: While big-name singers are evidently saying no to performing at Donald Trump‘s inauguration, one of the only well-known acts to say yes has been the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They’re on a slate filled with Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and an apparently divided group of Rockettes. The Church made clear that this isn’t a …

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Lou Dobbs: Evan McMullin’s In The Mormon Mafia

RedState’s Caleb Howe goes off: Look deeper? Lou. Buddy. That is not deep. As per our expectation from you. And the MAGA, Trump Train, hashtag word vomit didn’t help either. Unless by help you mean “made this look even more paranoid and hysterical.” People who live off ratings are sure sinking as far to the bottom as they can as …

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The Salt Lake Tribune Endorses Hillary

Whoa. From the editorial board of the Salt Lake Tribune: It is time to get serious. It has been amusing, to a degree, to watch the circus that was the Republican primary process struggle and fuss and finally produce such a disappointment to be its presidential nominee. And there is no question that there are many Americans who feel lost …

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UTAH: Mormon Support Pumps Evan McMullin To Effective Three-Way Tie With Hillary And Trump

Via Mediaite: A new Utah poll finds that quixotic third-party candidate Evan McMullin is in striking distance of the two major political party candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. The poll conducted by Salt Lake City-based Y2 Analytics finds that Trump’s double-digit lead in the state has evaporated after his “grab ’em by the pussy” remarks. Trump is …

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Joseph & Smith – Hello [VIDEO]

Two real life Mormon missionaries are going viral on YouTube with parody of Adele’s Hello than has hit 200,000 views in its first day. Marcus Joseph and Korey Smith (Joseph Smith, get it?) are Brigham Young students and you might not glom onto the fact that they’re actually pitching Mormonism until the final credit appears for LDS Smile, a group …

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Glenn Beck Introduces Mormon Child Fasting For Ted Cruz: “This Is The Priesthood Rising!” [VIDEO]

“Dale is from Provo. I met him just a few minutes ago. I want to tell you why I have hope. Dale introduced himself to me. And he didn’t tell me this, his father did. Dale has been fasting without anybody knowing it every Tuesday for the last three weeks for the right outcome in this election. This is the …

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CHILE: US Mormon Leader Tells LDS Group “There Are No Homosexual Members Of Our Church” [VIDEO]

For real. He said that. The Huffington Post reports: A top Mormon leader made some eyebrow-raising claims about the gay community during a visit to Chile last week. During a Feb. 23 meeting, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Elder David A. Bednar claimed that he and his fellow Mormons “do not discriminate” against gay and lesbian …

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Sen. Orrin Hatch: The Wall Of Separation Between Church And State Must Come Down

“Our history tells us that faith and public life are complementary parts of American life. But invocation of the “wall of separation” between church and state has become shorthand for a particular narrative about the history and status of religion in American life. This narrative is wrong. “Such an approach undermines religious liberty and limits the ways in which faith …

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Mormon Church: Same-Sex Marriage Is “Apostasy” And Children Of Gays Can’t Be Baptized

From Salt Lake City’s CBS affiliate: The LDS church has clarified to its leaders that being in a same-sex marriage is considered a form of apostasy. The update came to what is known as Handbook #1, which is used as a guide for administering in the church, and is only available to LDS bishops and stake presidents. A screen shot …

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