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10 March 2012

Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Response: One Year Later

March 9, 2012

mormonnewsroom.org

During a recent visit to Japan, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a senior leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), said the Japanese people are “an example for the whole world” in the exemplary way they have responded to the tragedy of the great east Japan earthquake that struck on 11 March 2011.

“Those who suffered the immediate tragedies have held their faith, and their brothers and sisters throughout Japan … responded with helping hands, with donations, with service, with encouragement,” Elder Oaks said. “It’s increased my faith and my determination to try to serve in a similar way in the circumstances of my life.”

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/japans-earthquake-tsunami-one-year-later

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Mormon church blocks access to Jewish names

March 10, 2012

Detroit News (Michigan)

Mormon leaders have put up a virtual firewall in their massive genealogical database to block out anyone who attempts to access the names of hundreds of thousands of Holocaust victims the church has agreed not to posthumously baptize.

The move comes amid criticism that the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) hasn’t done enough to live up to commitments to stop its members worldwide from performing the baptism ritual on Holocaust victims and other notable Jews.

The new system will immediately block church members’ access should they try to seek out names of Holocaust victims or other notable figures that have been flagged as not suitable for proxy baptisms. The church said the move is aimed at ending the practice.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120310/LIFESTYLE04/203100346/Mormon-church-blocks-access-Jewish-names?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs

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Mormon church restricts online access to Jewish names

March 9, 2012

MSNBC

Mormon leaders have put up a virtual firewall in their massive genealogical database to block out anyone who attempts to access the names of hundreds of thousands of Holocaust victims the church has agreed not to posthumously baptize.

The move comes amid criticism that the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hasn’t done enough to live up to commitments to stop its members worldwide from performing the baptism ritual on Holocaust victims and other notable Jews.

The new system will immediately block church members’ access should they try to seek out names of Holocaust victims or other notable figures that have been flagged as not suitable for proxy baptisms. The church said the move is aimed at ending the practice.

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/09/10622877-mormon-church-restricts-online-access-to-jewish-names

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Mormon Church Letter Again Bars Proxy Baptisms for Unapproved Groups, People

March 9, 2012

Yahoo

For Mormons, it’s not a question of “whether” they’ll baptize a given non-Mormon but “when.” Children as young as 12 are allowed to participate in proxy ordinances, and are taught to look forward to them much younger than that, with songs like “I Love to See the Temple” and with Sunday School lessons. These lessons explain that “everyone must be baptized,” but that “baptisms can be done only by people living on the earth,” and that children “can help people who have not been baptized by doing vicarious baptisms for them.”

Mormon teenagers are taught that “[t]here is no greater blessing that you can have than to stand as a proxy in [baptisms for the dead],” by leaders who call it “your privilege and your opportunity and your responsibility”. Leaders such as the recent prophet Gordon Hinckley have expressed their “hope” that Mormon “children over 12 years of age have the opportunity of going to the temple to be baptized for the dead.”
And while Mormon leaders make it clear that they believe those who are baptized are allowed to reject the ordinances done on their behalf, they also believe that the ordinances are necessary to free the deceased person’s soul from “darkness” and “prison,” and to prevent the earth from being “utterly wasted” at Christ’s Second Coming.

http://news.yahoo.com/mormon-church-letter-again-bars-proxy-baptisms-unapproved-021300069.html

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Mormon Church Blocks Baptism Whistle-Blower From Database

March 9, 2012

Slate

The Mormon church is putting up what it says is a “new technological barrier” in an effort to crack down on baptisms by proxy on well-known Jewish figures, a practice that received a burst of media attention recently after slain journalist Daniel Pearl and Anne Frank were discovered to be on the baptism lists.

But, as the Salt Lake Tribune reports, the new firewall won’t only prevent overzealous Mormons from violating a church policy against the practice–it also blocks the chief whistle-blower who exposed the controversial baptisms from accessing the LDS database.
Mormon leaders say blocking Helen Radkey wasn’t the goal, only a result of their decision to implement the security measures that prevent database users from accessing or submitting the names of Holocaust victims and other prominent Jewish figures unless they can prove they are family members.

Regardless of the motivation behind the new firewall, some Jews were quick to criticize its implementation. “The church as just done a very foolish thing,” Jewish genealogist Gary Mokotoff told the Tribune. “They are implying they have something to hide.”

http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2012/03/09/helen_radkey_proxy_baptism_for_gandhi_franke_pear_and_wiesenthal.html

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Mormon church cuts access to Jewish data

March 10, 2012

Times of Israel

Mormon leaders have put up a virtual firewall in their massive genealogical database to block out anyone who attempts to access the names of hundreds of thousands of Holocaust victims the church has agreed not to posthumously baptize.

The move comes amid criticism that the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hasn’t done enough to live up to commitments to stop its members worldwide from performing the baptism ritual on Holocaust victims and other notable Jews.

The new system will immediately block church members’ access should they try to seek out names of Holocaust victims or other notable figures that have been flagged as not suitable for proxy baptisms. The church said the move is aimed at ending the practice.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/mormon-church-restricts-access-to-jewish-names/

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Pastor’s Corner Response: Are Mormons Christians?

March 10, 2012

Times Herald (Georgia)

I have read with interest the article in the Pastor’s Corner dated Feb. 18, and as a leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this area would like to clarify a few points of doctrine.

– God the Father. We believe that God the Father is the supreme ruler of the universe. There are no other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3). All things are subject unto Him. He is the father of the spirits of all mankind. We are created in His image (Genesis 1:26). We are his children (Psalms 82:6). As his children we have the ultimate potential to become like him (Romans 8:17). He has a glorified, perfected body of flesh and bone (see Acts 7:56). Please visit the following links for more scriptures on this subject www.lds.org/scriptures/tg/god-body-of-corporeal-nature?lang=eng and http://www.lds.org/scriptures/tg/man-potential-to-become-like-heavenly-father?lang=eng&letter=m .

– Jesus Christ the Son. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten of the Father in the flesh. (I John 4:9). Jesus Christ is the creator (Genesis 1:26; Ephesians 3:9). He is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind (Luke 1:47; Acts 4:12) www.lds.org/scriptures/tg/jesus-christ-savior?lang=eng . Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God — www.lds.org/scriptures/tg/jesus-christ-divine-sonship?lang=eng .

http://www.times-herald.com/religion/Response–Are-Mormons-Christians—2118574

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Review of ‘The Mormon People ‘ by Matthew Bowman and ‘LDS in the USA’ by Lee Trepanier and Lynita K. Newswander

March 9, 2012

Washington Post

Americans seeking to know more about Mormons this election season could do worse than read the “Twilight” trilogy. Manifesting Mormon virtues in a small town beset by economic insecurity, broken families and rampant crime, the Cullen vampire clan is a living (well, undead) model of purpose-driven lives, self-sufficiency and wholesome values. They even play baseball together! Meyer makes her point without sacrificing her point of view. Moreover, she writes plain, keep-it-moving prose. These are important goals that the authors of these two nonfiction accounts of the LDS church should have taken to heart.

In “The Mormon People,” Matthew Bowman synthesizes previous scholarship to create a church history that is neither truly secular nor wholly sacred. Bowman is himself a Mormon, a fact that he does not mention in the book, yet which can be discerned through an online search, and which inevitably shapes his work and his judgments. The issue is not whether he can write more or less objectively than a non-Mormon, but rather how his commitments inform his approach to the material. Knowing an author’s point of view, especially on sensitive religious subjects, helps readers evaluate the intellectual and emotional arguments threading through a given text. In this case, I spent a lot of the time looking for clues.

For example, Bowman’s retelling of LDS founder Joseph Smith’s religious journey in the 19th century takes all events at face value. Bowman treats Smith’s decision to marry for the first time and his discovery of gold plates inscribed with divine revelations as equally important. One would think that the irruption of divinity into the world would rate more than Bowman’s calm and measured narration and prose. Maybe he believes that, in Smith’s world, the secular and sacred intermingled. If so, he should say as much for the sake of readers who are less starry-eyed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-mormon-people-the-making-of-an-american-faith-by-matthew-bowman-andlds-in-the-usa-mormonism-and-the-making-of-american-culture-by-lee-trepanier-and-lynita-k-newswander/2012/02/14/gIQAro4x1R_story.html

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Mormon Church Limits Access to Controversial Baptism Records

March 9, 2012

National Public Radio

Persistent pressure and criticism have prompted the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to erect a new “technological barrier” in the system used for controversial posthumous or proxy baptisms.

“The church is committed to preventing the misguided practice of submitting the names of Holocaust victims and prominent individuals for proxy baptism,” says Mormon Church spokesman Michael Purdy. “Anyone trying to access names that have been restricted will have their account suspended and be required to… establish their family relationship in order to have their access reinstated.”

The Mormon practice of posthumous baptism for deceased souls has been scrutinized in recent months after the names of Holocaust victims, prominent Jews and celebrities were found in church baptism records.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/03/09/148318491/mormon-church-limits-access-to-controversial-baptism-records

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Mormons Revamping Proxy Baptisms

March 9, 2012

Daily Beast

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said this week that it will be changing its policy of proxy baptisms, in what some say is an effort to crack down on the practice following a wave of negative press. A spokesman for the Mormon church, Michael Purdy, said in a written statement that they church is “committed to preventing the misguided practice of submitting Holocaust victims and prominent individuals for proxy baptism.” Helen Radkey, the whistle-blower who recently made the baptism records public, said she has been “effectively stopped” since her access has been denied. The Mormon church faced significant backlash when word spread a few weeks ago that the practice has been continuing.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/03/09/mormons-revamping-proxy-baptisms.html

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Black Clergy And Other Concerned Christians Ask Governor Mitt Romney To Renounce His Racist Religion

March 9, 2012

Paramus Post (New Jersey)

Rev. O’Neal Dozier and a group of concerned Clergy and other Christians will hold a News/Press Conference to publicly ask Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney to openly renounce his racist Mormon Religion.

The purpose of this request is to foster and maintain good race relations here in America.

The Mormon religion is prejudiced against Blacks, Jews and the Native American Indians. These allegations are substantiated and validated by the writings of the former Prophets and Seers of the Mormon Church. The Mormon Church says that the Book of Mormon is “the most correct book, even more correct than the Bible.” The Book of Mormon in 2nd Nephi, Chapters 5:21-23 accuses God of cursing African people and causing them to have black skin in order for them not to be attractive to white people. These verses also accuse God of causing the black African people to be disgusting and detestable to white people. Furthermore, these verses accuse God of being against inter-racial marriages between blacks and whites. The Mormon Prophet, Brigham Young in the (Mormon) Journal of Discourses further degrades black African people by saying that they are uncultured, unattractive, unpleasant, low-life, wild and unintelligent. Prophet Brigham Young further states that “if the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain (black person) the penalty under the Law of God is death on the spot.”

http://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/20120309111825236

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CLERGY SEEK MITT ROMNEY’S RESPONSE TO HILTER POSTHUMOUS BAPTISM ALLEGATIONS

March 10, 2012

South Florida Times

A group of black pastors in Florida are demanding Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney address allegations that the Mormon Church performs posthumous proxy baptisms, including one for Holocaust leader Adolph Hitler.

“It is a racist religion and we want him to denounce it,” said the Rev. O’Neal Dozier, senior pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center church in Pompano Beach.

Efforts to reach the Romney campaign for comment were unsuccessful.

Dozier and a group of other religious leaders will hold a press conference on Monday, March 12, they said, to “educate people about what Romney and other Mormons really believes.”

http://www.sfltimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9406&Itemid=199

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/08/4312588/commentary-are-some-suffering.html#storylink=cpy

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Florida pastor to Romney: Renounce ‘racist’ Mormonism

March 9, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

A Florida pastor plans a news conference Monday to call on presidential candidate Mitt Romney to renounce his “racist” Mormon faith.

The Rev. O’Neal Dozier, senior pastor of The Worldwide Christian Center Church on Pompano Beach, Fla., says Democrats and President Barack Obama would use Romney’s “racist religion as a secret weapon” to attack the Republican in the general election.
“The Mormon religion is prejudiced against blacks, Jews and the Native American Indians,” Dozier says in a release previewing the news conference. “These allegations are substantiated and validated by the writings of the former prophets and seers of the Mormon church.”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/53684212-90/church-romney-dozier-faith.html.csp

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Romney’s faith adds an extra obstacle in South

March 10, 2012

Boston Globe (Massachusetts)

As one of 20,000 Mormons living in a state dominated by evangelical Christians, Van J. Bodin’s own life experience tells him what Mitt Romney is up against in the South.

“People don’t understand us,” said Bodin, purchasing manager at a lumber company in central Mississippi. “The South is the Bible Belt, and that’s how it is. There are not that many people open to listening and gaining more knowledge.”

There are other strikes against Romney in the Deep South. He is a multimillionaire with strong Wall Street ties. He hails from Massachusetts, a liberal, Yankee state. His conservative credentials have gaps, given his change from supporting abortion rights to opposing them and his universal health care plan in Massachusetts.

But his Mormon faith also exerts a drag on his candidacy in places like Mississippi and Alabama, which hold primary elections on Tuesday. Romney has done especially poorly in the 2012 primaries among religious conservatives, who dominate Republican primary elections in the South.

http://bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2012/03/10/mormon-faith-exerts-drag-mitt-romney-candidacy-south-but-extent-bias-difficult-measure/ZKwMVzKw5iGmRHKZastLhK/story.html

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Is Pat Robertson’s Reefer Madness Code for Resisting Mormon Advances?

March 10, 2012

Daily Beast

I have always thought of Jesus as a nice Jewish boy who excelled at anger management. It never occurred to me that he might be a lush. I did know that the Catholic Church’s use of wine to symbolize the blood of Christ in Communion had a tremendous effect on my Irish friends when I was a teenager. But the idea that Christ himself had a drinking problem is, in the current political context, pure genius. It means that an abstinent Mormon couldn’t possibly claim to speak for a Christian America. It means that Santorum’s attempt to join Catholic obsessions to evangelical anxieties now has a new life. It means that if your average Christian male is sloshed as a matter of religious doctrine, there will be fewer–how can I put it–sustained erections, and therefore no need for birth control.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/09/is-pat-robertson-s-reefer-madness-code-for-resisting-mormon-advances.html

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Why Romney Will Dominate The American Samoa Caucuses

March 9, 2012

Buzz Feed

In Mitt Romney’s methodical quest to pick up delegates from all corners of the Republican map, the South Pacific island of American Samoa, whose Republicans gather to caucus votes next Tuesday, could be an obscure gold mine for him.

That’s because the U.S. territory — which carries nine primary delegates despite not having a vote in Congress — is more than 25 percent Mormon.

In fact, there are more Latter-Day Saints per capita in American Samoa than almost any other country or territory in the world, according to statistics published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

It may be a little-known piece of trivia outside the Church, but it seems clear the Romney campaign has connected the dots. At a strategy briefing earlier this week in Boston, an aide specifically cited the South Pacific as a place where they expected their candidate to perform well.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/why-romney-will-dominate-the-american-samoa-primar

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The Brody File

March 9, 2012

Christian Broadcasting Network

Watch Mitt Romney talk about his Mormon faith and the church’s views on the second coming of Jesus Christ and the millennium period. It’s interesting to watch because we NEVER hear Romney talk about his faith so candidly.

This video was shot during the 2008 campaign during a commercial break when he was being interview by Jan Mickelson on WHO Radio in Iowa. This clip got some brief attention during the 2008 campaign but many casual political observers probably never saw it.

The Brody File thinks evangelicals will find it interesting to listen to a glimpse of Romney’s biblical views simply because he never goes there (Then again, why would he go there since he’s running for president of the United States and not president of the Mormon church).

http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2012/03/09/2007-clip-mitt-romney-talks-about-second-coming-up-jesus.aspx

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Mormons limit genealogical access to stop baptisms of Shoah victims

March 9, 2012

Jewish Journal

The Mormon Church is restricting access to its genealogical records relating to Holocaust victims in a move to protect their names from posthumous baptisms.

“The church is committed to preventing the misguided practice of submitting the names of Holocaust victims and prominent individuals for proxy baptism,” church spokesman Michael Purdy said this week, according to The Associated Press. “In addition to reiterating its policy to members, the church has implemented a new technological barrier to prevent abuse.”

Access to names flagged as not eligible for proxy baptism would be denied, according to Purdy.

http://www.jewishjournal.com/religion/article/mormons_limit_genealogical_access_to_stop_baptisms_of_shoah_victims_2012030/

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‘Rick and Bubba’ press Romney on Mormon faith, Iran

March 9, 2012

CNN

The hosts of the Birmingham-based radio program, Rick Burgess and Bill Bussey, pressed Romney on his Mormon faith, asking him if he believes the United States reigns over Israel as the true Judeo-Christian “Promised Land.” The Book of Mormon teaches that America is a “land of promise.”

“Do you as a Mormon believe that America is the new ‘Promised Land,’ yes or no?” asked Burgess.

“You’re gonna have to go to the church and ask what they think about that,” Romney responded with a laugh, referring to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, of which Romney is a member.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/09/rick-and-bubba-press-romney-on-mormon-faith-iran/

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Romney’s Evangelical Problem on Display in South

March 9, 2012

Newsmax

Romney also is lacking in the kind of charisma that has buoyed other candidates, especially in the South, said Jim Guth, a political scientist at Furman University in South Carolina. “Evangelicals like their leaders with a little zing — and that Romney doesn’t have,” Guth said. “And, of course, his social milieu and cultural expression just doesn’t match theirs very well.” Many Christians do not consider Mormons part of historical Christianity, although Mormons do. Republicans who say Mormonism is not Christian are less likely to support Romney for the GOP nomination, according to a November 2011 survey by the Pew Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Romney-Evangelicals/2012/03/09/id/432076

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Why is LDS Church denying past doctrine?

March 10, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Just hours after the story broke, the church’s public affairs department issued a statement condemning Bott’s views, saying they “absolutely do not represent the teachings and doctrines” of the church. “We do not tolerate racism in any form,” the statement read. “Some have attempted to explain the reason for this restriction but these attempts should be viewed as speculation and opinion, not doctrine.”

But did Bott teach false doctrine? Were his views incompatible with Mormon theology? If so, how did a man who gets paid to teach students at an LDS university about Mormon theology not understand this crucial theological point? This is a man who spends the better part of his adult life immersed in the writings and teachings of the men who run The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — someone who asserts on his university web page that he’s an expert on the “doctrines of the gospel.”

Today’s church leaders say “we do not know why God denied blacks the priesthood,” but earlier leaders never made that claim. In fact, they made it very clear why blacks couldn’t hold the priesthood: God cursed them with the mark of Cain because they lacked moral purity in a pre-Earth life.

If such words make us wince, they didn’t have that effect on early church leaders. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the church was thoroughly awash in such teachings.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/53667380-82/church-doctrine-blacks-bott.html.csp

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Phoenix to widen road by new Mormon temple

March 9, 2012

Tucson Citizen (Arizona)

Phoenix proposes to widen a two-lane road that darts past a Mormon temple under construction in north Phoenix.

The $5 million project between 44th and 55th avenues on Pinnacle Peak Road has been scheduled to begin in 2013. Construction work on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Phoenix Temple, 5104 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, meanwhile, is moving along.

Work on the 1.3-mile stretch is expected to start in the fall, city officials said.

District 1 Councilwoman Thelda Williams said the plans “look good” for the neighborhood and nearby park, which is south of the temple site.

Williams said the project has been on the books several years and the Phoenix Temple made it “a high priority” for the the Street Transportation Department.

http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-news/2012/03/09/phoenix-to-widen-road-by-new-mormon-temple/

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After Gandhi baptism, Hindus want Mormon Church guarantee of no ancestor baptism

March 3, 2012

Baltic Review (Lithuania)

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Gandhi baptism reports appeared in the media on February 27, but the LDS President Thomas S. Monson or its other leaders are yet to come out with an apology and explanation on how this happened despite calls by Hindus. It was insensitive and hurtful to the feelings of about one billion Hindus spread worldwide.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that LDS being a responsible organization with over 14 million membership and worldwide presence should show some maturity and transparency in this matter. Besides immediate apology, they should also come up with detailed report on how many Hindus had been baptized without the will or request of their living relatives.

http://baltic-review.com/2012/03/after-gandhi-baptism-hindus-want-mormon-church-guarantee-of-no-ancestor-baptism/

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Commentary: Are some suffering from Marco Rubio Derangement Syndrome?

March 9, 2012

Sacramento Bee (California)

Compare that story to the liberal New Yorker earlier this month, which blogged that Rubio was at least “half Mormon” because from the ages of 8-12 he was a member of, and had been baptized in, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

“Marco Rubio and the All-Mormon Ticket,” said the headline in the New Yorker’s blog, which was wrapped around the hokey premise that Rubio can’t be on Mormon Mitt Romney’s ticket because the Senator is a Mormon.

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/08/4312588/commentary-are-some-suffering.html

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Santorum Appears On Talk Show Of Romney’s Anti-Mormon Nemesis

March 9, 2012

Buzz Feed

Rick Santorum appeared on American Family Association executive Bryan Fischer’s talk show “Focal Point” yesterday to discuss the presidential race. Fischer is perhaps the furthest right of the social conservative leaders who participate in the Republican mainstream, and holds controversial views on gays, Muslims, women, and a number of other hot-button issues. His opinions on Mormons led Mitt Romney to publicly distance himself from him at the Values Voters Summit, telling the audience that “One of the speakers who will follow me today has crossed that line, I think. Poisonous language doesn’t advance our cause.”

Unlike Romney, Santorum’s attitude towards Fischer is congenial. Fischer is a Santorum fan and told the former senator that his wife was early to the Santorum bandwagon.
Fischer has also suggested that gays and lesbians are responsible for the Holocaust, and said that President Obama “wants Indian tribes to be our new overlords.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/santorum-appears-on-talk-show-of-romneys-anti-mor

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“FAIR Conversations,” Episode 16: Max Mueller, on blacks and the priesthood

March 9, 2012

FAIR Blog

The most recent public discussion on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and race was spurred by the comments of a BYU religious education professor which were published in the Washington Post. Professor Randy Bott related justifications for the ban which included ideas about the curse of Cain, and the restriction being a means of divine protection. An official response from the LDS Church quickly appeared online at mormonnewsroom.org. It read, in part:

The positions attributed to BYU professor Randy Bott in a recent Washington Post article absolutely do not represent the teachings and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints….The Church’s position is clear–we believe all people are God’s children and are equal in His eyes and in the Church. We do not tolerate racism in any form…We condemn racism, including any and all past racism by individuals both inside and outside the Church.

Max Mueller, a Ph.D. candidate in religious history at Harvard University, wrote a response for Slate which stated:

For many Mormons, reading Bott’s words was like unearthing a theological dinosaur long thought extinct but suddenly rediscovered in the corner of an obscure BYU office. His positions seem radically out of place in a modern church with an international membership that includes probably some 500,000 Mormons of African descent. The church’s expensive and ubiquitous “I’m a Mormon” public relations campaign has been carefully and deliberately multiethnic; Mormon leaders want the world to view the religion as the diverse global community it has become. Unfortunately, Bott’s beliefs, though arcane, represent a strain of Mormonism that has persisted well past the 1978 revelation.

Mueller, also the associate editor of a forthcoming online journal called “Religion & Politics,” joins host Blair Hodges for the latest episode of FAIR Conversations.

http://www.fairblog.org/2012/03/09/fair-conversations-episode-16-max-mueller-on-blacks-and-the-priesthood/

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