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  • Jason Chaffetz reportedly planning to challenge Kevin McCarthy for Speaker

    10/02/2015 2:04:40 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:01 PM ON OCTOBER 2, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The CW this week is that McCarthy’s Benghazi gaffe was a gift to Hillary Clinton but it’s also a gift to House conservatives who are looking for a foothold in electing Boehner’s successor. You won’t convince the centrists in the caucus that McCarthy’s too squishy to rule but you might convince them that he’s a political liability whom the GOP can’t risk having as a major spokesman during next year’s death match with the Clintons. All tea partiers need to mount a challenge is a candidate. Hensarling won’t do it, Jordan won’t do it, Ryan won’t do it. Jason Chaffetz?...
  • Secret Service Targeting of Chaffetz Alarms Lawmakers

    10/03/2015 4:14:24 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 20 replies
    CQ Roll Cal ^ | 10/2/2015 | Hannah Hess and Matthew Fleming
    A Secret Service official’s allegedly deliberate decision to embarrass Rep. Jason Chaffetz could “give pause” to other lawmakers who have applied for federal jobs, cautioned former House Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.
  • Saying McCarthy Lacks 218 Votes, Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Updated)

    10/04/2015 6:56:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/4/15 | Emma Dumain
    Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will run for speaker. The Utah Republican announced his decision on Fox News Sunday, citing support from colleagues who “recruited” him to challenge the establishment favorite, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “We don’t want to fight internally,” Chaffetz told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, “but realistically we can’t vote to promote the existing leadership. “Kevin McCarthy’s a good man,” Chaffetz said, “and he’s a reason we have such a solid majority. But things have changed, and there’s really a math problem.” Chaffetz granted that McCarthy may have the majority of votes to...

    10/05/2015 5:58:56 AM PDT · by shortstop · 30 replies ^ | 10/05/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    Boehner was the lesser of two evils. But not by much. You had Obama on the one side and Mr. Spray Tan on the other, and the hatred of one did not mean the love of the other. And for five years he failed. Handed the speakership by a pissed-off public, he did nothing with it. He didn't figure out how to handle Obama, he didn't figure out how to handle Reid, he was clueless with Pilosi and rudderless with the Republicans. He could neither command nor cooperate. Nor could he speak. As half the population was left without a...
  • Salt Lake City a model for S.F. on homeless solutions

    09/16/2015 9:18:58 AM PDT · by StormPrepper · 11 replies
    SFGate ^ | June 29, 2014 | Kevin Fagan
    Salt Lake City has cut its chronic homelessness rate dramatically during the last 10 years by giving homeless people nice, permanent places to live with lots of counseling on-site. Its experience offers valuable lessons. When Salt Lake and San Francisco began their 10-year plans to end chronic homelessness in 2005 and 2004, respectively, each had about 3,000 people who lived full time on their streets. Today, San Francisco has about 2,000 - and Salt Lake has about 400.
  • The Thing Glenn Beck doesn't get about Christian Churches vs. Mormonism

    09/14/2015 8:05:25 AM PDT · by SoCalTransplant · 31 replies
    Glenn Beck said a very revealing thing on the radio today, which illustrates the difference between Mormonism and Christianity. He was talking about speaking at a Baptist Church this weekend on his Never Again is Now campaign. And as usual, he was making the case that Christian churches should align with him on his refugee campaign to bring thousands of middle eastern refugees (he says Christians only, although he openly says he'd like to bring in muslims if he could only tell the good ones from the bad ones). And in the course of his speech he expressed frustration with...
  • Can Gay Marriage Lead To Polygamy & Can Opposition To Gay Marriage Lead to Religious Sectarianism?

    09/08/2015 1:21:55 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    9/8/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    For quite some time now I have stated that the same arguments that have been used in support of consensual gay marriage can also be used in support of consensual polygamy. With that in mind, I am also one of the few who has argued for some time now (long before Kim Davis appeared on the scene) against the dangers of religious sectarianism (i.e. pre-Cromwell RC times in Europe and also Cromwell using God's authority to close down the theaters, etcetera) and that the citing of scriptures in opposition to gay marriage can lead to or at least open the...
  • Breaking: Mormon Church to Keep Affiliation With Boy Scouts Despite Decision to Allow Gay Leaders

    08/26/2015 8:59:06 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 41 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | 08/26/2015 | AP
    Mormon church to keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite decision to allow gay leaders.
  • World Meeting of Families president supported pro-abortion, gay ‘marriage’ candidates: report

    08/26/2015 4:08:24 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews | 8/25/15 | Lisa Bourne
    The president of the upcoming papal event in Philadelphia backed political candidates who support homosexual “marriage” and abortion, including a former Planned Parenthood director, a new report says. World Meeting of Families President Robert Ciaruffoli gave thousands of dollars to several pro-abortion and pro-homosexual candidates over the last 16 years, according to the Lepanto Institute, one that founded a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood facility and opposed restriction of interstate transportation of minors for abortion. While Ciaruffoli did contribute to a number of candidates who uphold life and marriage, the report says, his record of support for those promoting abortion and homosexuality...
  • Mormon church to support Boy Scouts despite gay troop leaders

    08/26/2015 7:31:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 8/26/15 | Jessica Mendoza
    The Mormon church will continue to support the Boy Scouts of America despite the group’s decision to allow gay troop leaders, say church leaders. After a month of deliberation, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – which is the nation’s largest sponsor of Boy Scout units and continues to restrict gay and lesbian members from participating fully in church activities and leadership – said in a statement Wednesday that it would maintain its 102-year-old association with Scouting following the BSA’s controversial July decision to let gay men lead Scout units. The announcement, which comes after the BSA assured...
  • LDS Church will continue Boy Scout program

    08/26/2015 1:17:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies ^ | august 26, 2015 | Tad Walch
    After a month of deliberation following a vote by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay Scout leaders, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that they will go forward with the faith's 102-year association with Scouting, according to a statement released Wednesday morning. The statement came from the church's Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who said the BSA assured the church it would be able to appoint Scout leaders based on the faith's values. "In the resolution adopted on July 27, 2015, and in...
  • Utah guv orders state agencies to stop disbursing federal funds to Planned Parenthood

    08/14/2015 10:09:19 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 22 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | By MICHAEL MCFALL | and Annie Knox The Salt Lake Tribune
    Gov. Gary Herbert has ordered all state agencies to stop funneling federal funds to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. The federal government provides grants to Planned Parenthood, which are distributed through the Utah Department of Health. Utah law bars any organization from using state funds for abortions, and that prohibition extends to Planned Parenthood's federal grants, Herbert said in a statement Friday afternoon. The move came in response to the release of secretly recorded videos by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials in Houston describing how they provide fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.
  • Mormon Church Releases Photos of ‘Seer Stone’ Used by Founder

    08/04/2015 3:31:18 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 34 replies ^ | 8/4/2015 | Brady McCombs
    The Mormon church’s push toward transparency about its roots and beliefs took another step forward Tuesday with the first published pictures of a small sacred stone it believes founder Joseph Smith used to help translate a story that became the basis of the religion. The pictures of the smooth, brown, egg-sized rock are part of a new book that also contains photos of the first printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon. Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unveiled the photos at a news conference in Salt Lake City.
  • LDS Church Re-evaluating Scouting Program (official statement)

    07/27/2015 6:04:53 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 66 replies ^ | LDS CHURCH
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today after a vote on a policy change by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to admit openly gay leaders: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board. In spite of a request to delay the vote, it was scheduled at a time in July when members of the Church’s governing councils are out of their offices and do not meet. When the leadership of the Church...
  • LDS church comments on boy scouts of america resolution on gay adult leader standards.

    07/13/2015 4:46:11 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 98 replies ^ |
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Monday regarding the Boy Scouts of America resolution for adult leader standards: “As a chartering organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always had the right to select Scout leaders who adhere to moral and religious principles that are consistent with our doctrines and beliefs. Any resolution adopted by the Boy Scouts of America regarding leadership in Scouting must continue to affirm that right.”
  • Supreme Court Decision Will Not Alter Doctrine on Marriage[LDS - Mormon]

    06/29/2015 7:03:19 AM PDT · by StormPrepper · 80 replies
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church issued the following statement Friday: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today's ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court's decision does not alter the Lord's doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice."
  • New ABC series features Mormon character wearing nothing but temple garments (Quantico)

    06/24/2015 2:36:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | June 24, 2015 | Scott D. Pierce
    There's a Mormon character in one of ABC's new fall series. And viewers will learn this when they see him wearing nothing but his temple garments. That's just one of the reasons that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may not be particularly pleased with that character in the pilot of "Quantico," which is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 9 p.m. on ABC/Ch. 4. The series is about a bunch of new recruits who arrive at the FBI training base in Quantico, Va., for training.
  • Bill Protecting Defenders of Traditional Marriage Reintroduced in Congress

    06/21/2015 2:22:57 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 4 replies ^ | June 17, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    ( – Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) reintroduced legislation in their respective chambers on Wednesday that would prohibit the federal government from denying tax exemptions or other government benefits to individuals and institutions that promote traditional marriage. "Protecting religious freedom from Government intrusion is a Government interest of the highest order," the bill states. If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Obergefell v. Hodges that gay marriage is a constitutionally protected right, the First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598, H.R. 2802) would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from denying tax-exempt status to churches that refuse to...
  • Former middleweight world champion boxer Gene Fullmer dead at 83

    04/28/2015 9:37:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 27, 2015 | Jay Drew
    West Jordan • Many professional boxers have colorful and jarring nicknames designed to instill fear in opponents, capture the imagination of the general public and perhaps bring some extra publicity and headlines. But when it came to having a trademark moniker, Utah's Gene Fullmer wasn't like many of his counterparts. In a 2009 interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Fullmer said he just preferred to be called by the name his parents, Tuff and Mary Fullmer, gave him when he was born in 1931. The former world middleweight boxing champion died late Monday night at a care center near his...
  • 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...
  • I Have A Question For A Mormon

    04/02/2015 1:10:22 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 308 replies
    4/2/2015 | MosesKnows
    Question for a Mormon How does the Mormon community react when one Mormon tells lies about another Mormon and brags of the lie's success.
  • Glenn Beck: 'I'm out of the Republican Party — I am not a Republican'

    03/18/2015 4:30:09 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 190 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/18/2015 | Dylan Stableford
    Glenn Beck says he is no longer a member of the Republican Party. “I’ve made my decision — I’m out," Beck said on his radio show Wednesday, according to "I’m out of the Republican Party. I am not a Republican; I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I’m out.” The former Fox News host and founder of the Blaze supported the GOP during the last election cycle but has become disillusioned with the party in recent years over what he believes was its failure to stand up to the Obama administration — specifically, the Affordable Care...
  • D.Todd Christofferson, LDS Elder, Says Mormons Are Free To Back Gay Marriage On Social Media

    03/18/2015 1:38:17 PM PDT · by dragonblustar · 20 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 03-17-2015 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) An LDS apostle reaffirmed recently that Mormons who support gay marriage are not in danger of losing their temple privileges or church memberships — even though the Utah-based faith opposes the practice.
  • Utah House passes church-backed anti-discrimination bill [Mormon Church endorses]

    03/11/2015 10:20:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 40 replies
    seattlepi ^ | March 11, 2015 | By MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights received final approval at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday. The House of Representatives voted 65-10 to pass the bill, which was only unveiled last week. The Senate passed it Friday. The bill earned a rare endorsement from the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which helped fast-track the measure through the Legislature. Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican and member of the church, has said he'll sign the bill.
  • NRA Backed Secret Legislative Committee Kills Idaho Constitutional Carry

    03/07/2015 4:01:24 PM PST · by Domandred · 25 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 3/7/2015 | Domandred
    Constitutional Carry is currently available in five States.  Fourteen States have active legislation pending to move the State to a Constitutional Carry model, including Maine, New Hampshire and Colorado.  Idaho’s legislation (HB89) has been blocked and declared dead by an ad-hoc secret committee. This ad-hoc secret committee has no published members, no scheduled meetings, and no public hearings on bills being voted on.  This committee has handles all bills introduced that cover firearms in the State of Idaho.  It is rumored it is a joint House and Senate committee. Idaho’s multiple concealed carry levels Idaho currently has multiple levels of...
  • Mormon Nazis: New book uncovers LDS support for the Third Reich

    03/05/2015 4:44:32 PM PST · by Colofornian · 236 replies ^ | 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...
  • Police: Man booked for child sex abuse charges after incident in pool

    03/05/2015 4:25:11 PM PST · by Colofornian · 49 replies (Provo Herald) ^ | Feb. 25, 2015 | Kurt Hanson
    LEHI — Officers booked a man Wednesday afternoon after a 10-year-old girl disclosed the suspect had sexually abused her last summer. During an interview at the Children’s Justice Center, the victim said she was swimming at a neighbor’s home in Lehi during the summer of 2014. During that time, the neighbor’s uncle, Jeff Hunt, came out and got in the pool with the victim and with her friends. They started to play a game of “shark,” but during the game, Hunt, 42, reportedly made the victim grab and squeeze his crotch underwater. She also stated he had reached up and...
  • Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

    03/04/2015 5:45:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 4, 2015 | Michelle L. Price
    Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals. The measure has a rare stamp of approval from the Mormon church and stands a high chance of passing in Utah, where the church is based and many state lawmakers and the Republican governor are members of the faith.
  • LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE: POLYGAMY GETS SIZZLE: 'We should strive to have it legalized'

    02/12/2015 5:50:33 PM PST · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Aug. 20, 2012 | Chelsea Schilling
    Is polygamy becoming the new “gay” movement in America? With television shows such as HBO’s “Big Love” and TLC’s “Sister Wives,” polygamy is the once-taboo lifestyle that appears to be gaining wider acceptance–especially on the heels of homosexual marriage victories across the nation. [SNIP] Historically, polygamy has had little support in the U.S. since the Republican Party in 1854 declared it, along with slavery, one of the “twin relics of barbarism,” and Congress banned it in 1862. However, recent decisions of activist judges that thrust homosexual marriage on the American public are now being used, chapter and verse, to argue...
  • Polygamist reality TV star Kody Brown divorces his 'official' wife so he can marry youngest

    02/04/2015 6:39:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 3, 2015 | Hannah Parry
    Polygamist reality TV star Kody Brown has traded his 'official' wife for the youngest of his four 'spiritual' brides. Kody appears to live in marital bliss with his four wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn and their 17 children on TLC's show Sister Wives. The polygamist was only legally wed to Meri after their wedding in 1990, while the the next three were 'spiritual' or 'sister' marriages. But it has now emerged that his first wife has become his first ex-wife after he divorced Meri Brown last September.
  • High-Schooler Told to Cover Up for Exposing Her Shoulder

    01/29/2015 2:54:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 165 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rachel Bertsche
    When 16-year-old Gabi Finlayson went to Paris with her mother and brother in December, she only bought one thing: a light pink dress with lace overlay that fell just below the knee. She planned to wear it to an upcoming high school dance. “I loved it,” she tells Yahoo Parenting. “It reminded me of Audrey Hepburn. It seemed like a classic dress I could wear forever.” So on Saturday night, the Utah high school junior couldn’t wait to show up at the dance. “Being a 16-year-old girl, it’s hard to find something that makes you feel pretty and when you...
  • Do non-Mormons face discrimination in Southern Utah?

    01/29/2015 4:52:10 PM PST · by Colofornian · 39 replies (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...
  • The Mormon Church’s Gay Rights Charade

    01/28/2015 8:14:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 28, 2015 | Samantha Allen
    Here’s a simple algebra equation to describe what it’s like to grow up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Take the year, subtract 20, and that’s the year it really is inside the Mormon gerontocracy. When I was a child, I was told that black people couldn’t hold leadership positions until 1978 because it “just wasn’t their time yet.” To explain their opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment, my parents cited some paranoid logic about unisex bathrooms. I had left my family’s faith by the time church members were supporting California’s Proposition 8 to the tune of...
  • Mormon Church: We Vow to Fight for LGBT Rights, but Don't Trample Our Religious Freedom

    01/28/2015 6:39:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/28/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, announced Tuesday it would back legal efforts to protect LGBT people from discrimination along with religious freedom protections. This middle ground approach is consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ, church leaders said. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, called the effort "well-intentioned but naive." LDS leaders acknowledged that the LGBT community has faced discrimination and violence against them. LGBT people should be protected from discrimination in housing, employment and other places where discrimination exists, they said, but religious...
  • 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...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • The Mormon Church's official statement on abortion [rape+ incest+mom's 'health'+'defect'+prayer-ok]

    12/16/2014 4:38:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 63 replies
    "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life... The Church allows for possible exceptions for its members when: Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or A competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. The Church teaches its members that even these rare exceptions do not justify abortion automatically. Abortion is a most serious matter and should be considered only after the persons involved have...
  • 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...
  • Defending the Faith: The story behind James Strang and his sect [and the "Voree" and "Laban" Plates]

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

    11/13/2014 8:53:33 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 213 replies ^ | November 11, 2014 | Anonymous
    As the new essay unintentionally hits the fan, Mormons are reeling and responding with their classic denials, claim of victim-hood and their typical repertoire of logical fallacies. Soon, their favorite defender, the straw man argument will be in full regalia, culminating in a passive aggressive indirect platitude statement (such as doubt your doubts, you have to go around the BOM, etc.) in the next general conference to which members will cling to for life. Already I have been contacted by members with their "straw man babies". So I have compiled a list of the quorum of the 15 straw men...
  • One-in-five share faith online, opening door to face-to-face evangelism

    11/12/2014 12:32:14 PM PST · by DNewsNatl · 42 replies
    One out of every five Americans shares something about their faith online, the Pew Research Center reported this week, and 46 percent of Americans saw a faith-related posting online. While sharing a Bible verse or religious image isn't the same as walking up to a stranger and offering a religious tract, several evangelical observers point out that the more common sharing of faith online can lead to more serious conversations.
  • Mormon Bishop: Harry Reid “Isn’t a Man of Serious Faith” Because He’s Pro-Abortion

    11/11/2014 10:00:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 11/11/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    As LifeNews previously reported, pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid lost his position when pro-life candidates took over the U.S. Senate. This is very good for the pro-life movement because Reid has repeatedly supported pro-abortion President Barack Obama. He’s also refused to allow pro-life bills to come to a vote in the Senate. In 2013, after the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R 1797) through the U.S House of Representatives, Reid said that we shouldn’t focus on “fringe issues” like late abortion. However, he failed to realize it is those who support late abortion that are...
  • Sorry, What? The Huffington Post says Mia Love Enjoys WHITE PRIVILEGE

    11/09/2014 5:43:54 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 70 replies
    Website will not allow me to cut and paste text on a tablet.
  • Mormon bishop: Harry Reid unworthy to enter temples

    11/08/2014 2:48:50 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 91 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 8, 2014 | By - Associated Press - Saturday, November 8, 2014
    A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Sen. Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith’s temples because of his support of Democratic Party positions.
  • Mia Love in Utah makes history, becomes first African American female republican elected to US Congr

    11/04/2014 10:34:06 PM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 136 replies
    Mia Love in Utah makes history, becomes first African American republican elected to US Congress
  • Meet Mia Love. You’ll be seeing a lot more of the Republicans’ first black congresswoman.

    11/05/2014 4:26:43 AM PST · by Raymann · 56 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Moyer | Justin
    For at least half a century, the party of Lincoln has battled charges that it is racist, sexist and anti-immigrant. Today, voters from a conservative state made those arguments a little bit harder to make. In Utah, Mia Love became the first black Republican woman — and first Haitian American — elected to Congress. For the GOP — a house divided that faces significant demographic hurdles to winning the White House in 2016 even as it celebrates President Obama’s shellacking — this was huge. A party threatened with extinction among African Americans and immigrants now has someone to brag about...
  • Mia Love, the Obama of the Republican Party?

    11/05/2014 12:40:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/5/2014 | Michael Thurston
    Even her name is media friendly. Mia Love instantly became the darling of the Republican Party on Wednesday, after being elected as its first black female member of Congress -- and a Mormon to boot. And she has also rapidly drawn comparisons with Barack Obama, not least since she wowed her party's 2012 national convention with a tale of rags-to-political riches, much like the young Senator Obama did in 2004. "Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect, a black Republican LDS woman to Congress," she said at her victory rally, referring to the Church of...