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16 April 2012

Will Evangelicals Vote for a Mormon Candidate?

April 16, 2012

Christianity Today

In the general election, most Republican evangelicals will likely vote for Romney, based on previous elections. Overall, around two-thirds of evangelical voters are expected to vote Romney in the general election. In head to head between Romney and President Obama, 72 percent of evangelicals would vote for Romney, compared to 25 percent who would vote for Obama, according to Pew. Just 21 percent of evangelicals approve of Obama, compared to 51 percent of Americans.

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told NPR that evangelical voters would support Romney, particularly when the opponent is President Obama.

http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2012/04/will_evangelica_1.html?utm_source=ctdirect-html&utm_medium=eNews&utm_term=9460503&utm_content=123932621&utm_campaign=2012

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Mitt Romney’s Mormon Secrets

April 16, 2012

Religion News

So for the record, I am not a bit unhappy. And here are the four main reasons why I am still here. Still Mormon. Not going anywhere.

I believe in the fundamental tenets of the restored gospel. In Mormon lingo, I would say I have a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and his atonement. I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet. My soul has delighted in the teachings of the Book of Mormon just as it has in the teachings of the Bible. We might ask those who are so quick to forever banish the people with whom they disagree: Where are those Mormons to go? Where, exactly, might Mormons who agree with the core doctrines but not the cultural policies of the LDS Church find their faith community?

http://www.religionnews.com/blogs/jana-riess/still-here.-still-mormon.-not-going-anywhere

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Is Romney’s ‘secrecy’ a Mormon reference?

April 16, 2012

Washington Post

There is no way to know what Mr. Axelrod’s real intent was — he may not be fully aware of it himself — but if his primary concerns were with Romney’s financial and political transparency, then why raise those last three questions about his character, belief and life history?

As Jon Meacham asked on “Morning Joe” Monday, “Is this code for the secrecy of the Mormon Church?”

The White House has consistently insisted that it would not make religion an issue in the presidential race, but with questions such as those raised by Axelrod, you have to wonder. Given the concerns expressed by large numbers of Americans about the Mormon faith and the LDS church, questions about what Romney “believes” and “what he stands for,” easily pass for thinly veiled references to the candidate’s faith.

“The ‘secrecy’ charge is particularly damaging for Romney because it is a clever way for Obama to exploit some Americans’ discomfort with Romney’s Mormon faith without ever raising the issue directly,” wrote Post columnist Marc A. Thiessen Monday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/is-romneys-secrecy-a-mormon-reference/2012/04/16/gIQAnB8mLT_blog.html

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Romney is walking into Obama’s ‘secrecy’ attack

April 16, 2012

Washington Post

The “secrecy” charge is particularly damaging for Romney because it is a clever way for Obama to exploit some Americans’ discomfort with Romney’s Mormon faith without ever raising the issue directly. Recall the outcry last August when a senior Obama adviser declared their intention to highlight the “weirdness factor with Romney.” Team Obama knows many Americans see Mormonism as a “secretive” religion. Calling Romney a “secretive” candidate is a way to tap into those fears without incurring any political blowback.

There may be little Romney can do to change American attitudes about his faith. But he certainly can stop giving Obama more unnecessary excuses to call him “secretive.” The Romney campaign says Obama wants to “distract Americans from the real issues.” They are right. But Obama is not creating the distractions Romney is. He needs to stop. Now.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/romney-is-walking-into-obamas-secrecy-attack/2012/04/16/gIQAgPgeLT_story.html?hpid=z2

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Republicans to Romney: Embrace Your Mormonism

April 16, 2012

Newsmax

Many Republicans say it’s time for their party’s presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney to show public pride in his Mormon faith. His campaign has avoided his Mormonism in both 2008 and especially in this go-round as evangelical Christians swarmed to other candidates, Politico reports.

But many Republicans say they’re a lot more worried about beating President Barack Obama in November than the religious denomination of their candidate. And they say an open embrace of Mormonism by Romney will help voters get a better feel for him as a person.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/romney-mormonism-election-2012/2012/04/16/id/436033

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Should Mitt Romney speak out about Mormonism? Experts vary

April 16, 2012

Deseret News (Utah)

The new Politico article “GOP to Mitt: Own your Mormonism” endeavors to provide a fresh look at a recurring theme — how Christians and conservatives view Mitt Romney’s LDS religion — now that Romney has essentially locked up the Republican presidential nomination.

Two of the most interesting points of view espoused in the article come from its first and final sources: former Rick Santorum supporter Penny Young Nance, who is president of the advocacy group Concerned Women for America; and Steve Schmidt, chief strategist during Sen. John McCain’s failed 2008 presidential bid.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865554122/Should-Mitt-Romney-speak-out-about-Mormonism-Experts-vary.html

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GOP to Mitt Romney: Own your Mormonism

April 16, 2012

Politico

Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith has hovered over his 20-year political career like a thick layer of incense at Easter Mass. Negative perceptions of the religion so worried his 2008 presidential team that the dilemma had its own acronym in campaign power point presentations: TMT (That Mormon Thing).

Worries persisted this year as skeptical evangelical Christians flocked to other candidates–any other candidate it seemed — causing Romney to avoid all things Mormon in public.

But now that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee, many Republicans think that the standoffish candidate actually needs to embrace his Mormonism publicly to open a window into his life.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75163.html

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Bad Advice for Romney on Mormon Issue

April 16, 2012

Commentary

A common feature of the competitive political news industry is the high volume of overpromising headlines. A good example is today’s Politico feature, headlined “GOP to Mitt: Own your Mormonism.” The story, however, says no such thing.

What we have instead is an array of quotes indicating that Romney talking more about his Mormonism would be detrimental to his prospects or that it would be irrelevant. We never quite get to the argument about how to sell Romney’s religion to the public. Now that Romney seems finally to be his party’s nominee, writes Politico, “many Republicans think that the standoffish candidate actually needs to embrace his Mormonism publicly to open a window into his life.” But where are these promised “many Republicans”?

First we meet Penny Young Nance, an activist and former Rick Santorum supporter, who says the public might connect with Romney if they could see him worshiping. But she also says she “will support anyone against this president”-not exactly an example of a voter Romney has to work to win over. Brent Bozell offers a related piece of advice, saying Romney shouldn’t “distance” himself from his religion, but then says that the hostility to Romney in the primaries “was based more on cultural issues-social issues, not religious.” But that doesn’t explain why Romney’s Mormonism can be a plus.

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/04/16/bad-advice-for-romney-on-mormon-issue/

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Rosen, Romney, and Respect

April 15, 2012

Jewish Journal (California)

Ann Romney was married to a man who spent many years of his life counseling people with problems while serving as an LDS bishop and stake president in Boston. She went to church every week with people living normal lives, the same people whom Rosen claims Ann doesn’t understand because she doesn’t work in an office. It’s not surprising that Rosen’s bio reveals no similar period of selfless service to others. In short, Ann, like her husband, is a role model for all Americans in the family department, while Hilary Rosen is not.

In the end, while I hardly think that Rosen is in a position to be criticizing a woman like Ann Romney, I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt on her statement for only one reason: she’s Jewish. I may be naďve, but it’s hard to believe that a woman from a faith and culture that are so success- and family-centered would question the ability of a wealthy woman who has successfully raised five sons to comment on the economic lives of other women. While most Jewish women I know have chosen to work while raising their children, they respect others’ choice to stay home.

In the ideal LDS arrangement, which the Romneys have, a married man and woman have different divinely-ordained roles to play in the rearing of children. The man is expected to work to support the family, while the woman stays at home to raise the children. Both serve in the church, with women called to serve and teach children, young women, and other women (they are also called to be organists, choir directors, etc.).

http://www.jewishjournal.com/jews_and_mormons/item/rosen_romney_and_respect_39120415/

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How Romney should talk about religion

April 16, 2012

Washington Post

And campaign hard among the evangelicals who will: The big story, however, is that many, probably most, American Evangelicals are willing to look beyond theological differences and consider voting for a Mormon candidate. It is here where Romney’s team will need to distinguish faith and values from religion.

A recent Politico story raised the possibility that the GOP wants Romney to “own his Mormonism.” I agree, but he has to own it in his own way. It would be a mistake for the campaign to draw attention to the doctrines and rituals of the LDS Church. They will strike others as peculiar. I stress this not because they are peculiar in and of themselves. Rather, they are perceived as peculiar because as John Locke reminded us, “everyone is orthodox to himself.”

Romney needs to attract evangelicals by focusing not on his religion, but on his values. Let him not linger on Mormon teachings about baptism, but on the immensely large role the church plays in his life. Let Romney’s intense commitment to faith come to the fore. It is here where many evangelicals will likely see glaring similarities.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/how-romney-should-talk-about-religion/2012/04/16/gIQAEohoLT_blog.html

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Video: Anti-Mormon Pastor Robert Jeffress Now Supports Mitt Romney

April 16, 2012

Opposing Views

In 2007, Pastor Jeffress told his congregation: “Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Even though he talks about Jesus as his Lord and savior, he is not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. Mormonism is a cult.”

But in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Pastor Jeffress said: “I haven’t changed my tune. In fact, I never said Christians should not vote for Mitt Romney. When I talked about his theology, I was answering a question about theology. And I still maintain there are vast differences in theology between Mormons and Christians, but we do share many of the same values, like the sanctity of life and religious freedom.”

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/religion/christianity/video-anti-mormon-pastor-robert-jeffries-now-supports-mitt-romney

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Want Straight Talk on the Romney-Rosen Mommy Wars?

April 15, 2012

Religion Dispatches

“Like” doesn’t begin to capture the reaction of Mormon women to Ann Romney’s salvo in the Romney-Rosen mommy wars. Her tweet (and all the spin that followed) captured the righteous indignation of Mormons for whom stay-at-home motherhood is viewed as a sacred responsibility.

Over the last several decades, statements by LDS Church leaders have presented nurturing children is an essential and divinely-established role for women. In 1987, Church President Ezra Taft Benson spoke “To The Mothers in Zion,” an address heard by many Mormon women as a call to leave the workplace and come home to spend their full-time with their children.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/joannabrooks/5889/want_straight_talk_on_the_romney-rosen_mommy_wars/

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American Religion: Politics and faith

April 16, 2012

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

Romney is a Mormon. Although he has won votes from religious conservatives and may have outpolled the Catholic Santorum among Catholic voters, Romney’s religion likely will play a role in the election, albeit an unstated one. Many Americans find Mormonism strange. Evangelicals — defined not only by religious sentiment but by political passion — may rally to Romney because they abominate Barack Obama, yet evangelical book stores often file volumes about the Latter-day Saints under “cults.” Hatred for Obama will trump ecclesiastical intolerance, apparently.

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/rtd-opinion/2012/apr/16/tdopin01-politics-and-faith-ar-1844494/

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A few states could decide Obama-Romney battle

April 15, 2012

Chicago Tribune (Illinois)

Nevada is another cause for White House concern, given its punishing jobless and home foreclosure rates. Romney handily won the Republican caucuses in February and can count again in November on strong support from the state’s large Mormon population.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-la-na-obama-romney-strategy-20120416,0,3605678.story

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What Does Mitt Romney Have in Common With Catholic Incense?

April 16, 2012

Village Voice

“Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith has hovered over his 20-year political career like a thick layer of incense at Easter Mass,” writes Politico.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/04/mitt_romney_sur.php

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40-state sweep

April 16, 2012

Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

Mitt Romney should put New England in play. Boston dominates that section of the country and the people in that area know him. He’s the Mormon Kennedy to them. He does not smoke or drink. Ah, there’s a religion that pack should consider.

http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/54259

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Now It’s Mitt Romney’s Turn To Be Targeted By Birthers

April 16, 2012

Crabby Golightly

Romney’s father was born in a Mormon church in Chihuahua, Mexico to American citizens, therefore granting his son a natural born citizen status.

http://crabbygolightly.com/mt/2012/04/new_birther_conspiracy_mitt_ro.html

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Santorum Supporters Ensure Ron Paul’s Colorado Delegate Coup Catches Attention of Mainstream Press

April 16, 2012

Rocky Mountain Collegian (Colorado)

The GOP rewrote the rules of the caucuses to ensure Mitt Romney wouldn’t lose the southern states for being Mormon. They created the system, Ron Paul is using their rules against them.

http://www.collegian.com/index.php/blog/politics/2012/04/santorum_supporters_ensure_ron_pauls_colorado_delegate_coup_catches_attention_of_mainstream_press

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Census: Share of Utah’s Mormon residents holds steady

April 15, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

For nearly two decades, Utah’s population continued to rise while the percentage of its people who are Mormon slowly and steadily declined. Then the recession hit, jobs dried up and people hunkered down.

Utah’s population is 62.2 percent LDS and that percentage hasn’t moved much in the past three years.

That makes sense to Pam Perlich, a demographer for the University of Utah, who says the state has become less Mormon over time because people of other persuasions have moved here for economic opportunities.

“And we haven’t had much migration to the state in three or four years,” she noted.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/53909710-200/population-lds-county-utah.html.csp

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey: Indiana’s Mormon moment

April 13, 2012

Indianapolis Star (Indiana)

A noteworthy “Mormon moment” could come with Mitt Romney’s apparent lock on the Republican presidential nomination.

Locally, another Mormon moment will come with Indiana’s first temple in Carmel. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will likely begin building the temple at West 116th Street and Spring Mill Road this summer.

The temple comes after considerable growth in Mormonism in Indiana. In 1990, the LDS Church membership was at about 27,000. In 2000, it reached about 34,000 members. Last year, membership was at around 42,000 members with about 100 congregations in the state.

http://www.indystar.com/article/20120416/OPINION13/204160304/Sarah-Pulliam-Bailey-Indiana-s-Mormon-moment

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Mormons lead battle to overturn marriage equality in Maryland

April 16, 2012

Q Salt Lake

Mormons in Maryland are working to overturn a recently passed marriage-equality law that will go into effect January 2013 unless opponents gather enough signatures to put it on the ballot. According to a letter obtained by the Washington Blade, a coalition of interdenominational Maryland churches has formed to gather the required signatures for the ballot and to defeat marriage equality before it goes into effect. The letter was sent to Washington D.C. and Southern Maryland-area church members.

In place of a formal LDS Church endorsement, the letter is simply circulating the area and the effort is being led by Martha Schaerr, a Mormon who is collecting within Montgomery County and within the Church. Another organizer is Teressa Wallace.
“We need to collect approximately 200,000 signatures by the end of May,” the email states. “We are looking for people to gather signatures within the LDS community.”

http://qsaltlake.com/2012/04/16/mormons-lead-in-battle-to-overturn-marriage-equality-in-maryland/

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LDS missionaries: At age 19, from Utah to Uganda

April 16, 2012

Idaho Statesman

Each day he rises with the African sun to say his prayers before venturing into the urban wilderness of Kampala, Uganda, a churning kaleidoscope of motorcycles, street urchins, vegetable carts and pterodactyl-like storks that circle office towers and lampposts. They orbit as he makes his way up and down the muddy hills of the capital city, careful to keep his black pants and white shirt clean, scanning faces in search of those who will listen to him speak of his Mormon faith.

As one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States, with 14 million followers; with a hit Broadway musical about two 19-year-old Utahns in Uganda; and with a member, Mitt Romney, poised to challenge Barack Obama for the presidency, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is finding itself in the spotlight.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/04/16/2076999/at-age-19-from-utah-to-uganda.html

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Mormon chapel to be replaced

April 16, 2012

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada)

One of the oldest Mormon chapels in Utah will soon be demolished to make way for a new church.

The 133-year-old Paradise 2nd and 3rd Ward church in Cache County will be leveled next month, The Herald Journal of Logan reported.

Church historians say the chapel, located in the heart of Paradise, was completed in 1877 and features limestone walls. The landmark structure has been added onto multiple times over the years.

http://www.lvrj.com/news/mormon-chapel-to-be-replaced-147548475.html?ref=475

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When Mormons Were Socialists: Why the Mormon Church’s Founders Would be Very Disappointed in Mitt Romney

April 15, 2012

Alter Net

God had called Samuel to essentially Occupy Zarahemla, to stand up and speak out against corporate greed and wealth accumulation. For his trouble, he was promptly thrown out the front gates. Undeterred, he bravely scaled the city’s exterior wall, evading a barrage of arrows and stones to stand defiant. He offered Zarahemla a choice: repent or be destroyed by God. Like any of us who have ever witnessed the ranting of a doomsday prophet, the Nephites couldn’t be bothered. Four hundred years later, Samuel’s prophecy would sorely come to pass. After decades of perpetual wars and extreme environmental upheavals, the inhabitants of Zarahemla were wiped completely off the continent and out of history.

http://www.alternet.org/story/154985/when_mormons_were_socialists%3A_why_the_mormon_church‘s_founders_would_be_very_disappointed_in_mitt_romney/

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Music Review: Neon Trees’ new album “Picture Show” tries to thrill, fails

April 16, 2012

Washington Post

The band Neon Trees has decided to double down with the brash synth-rock sound on “Picture Show,” its sophomore release. The all-Mormon foursome from Provo, Utah packs a decent pop punch, but the arrangements meander from cautious to, unfortunately, contrived.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/music-review-neon-trees-new-album-picture-show-tries-to-thrill-fails/2012/04/16/gIQAx77FMT_story.html

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‘Two-Headed’

April 16, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Utah State University’s theater-arts program brings to the stage an emotionally charged part of Utah history: The Mountain Meadows Massacre. Julie Jensen’s play, “Two-Headed,” stretches 40 years as two Mormon women grow up against the backdrop of that dark time. Footage from Brian Pactrick’s film, “Burying the Past: Legacy of the Mountain Meadows Massacre,” will be interspersed throughout the production as set design.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment/53923837-81/arts-utah-fashion-headed.html.csp

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Dr. Lester Breslow, who linked health habits and longer life, dies at age 97

April 16, 2012

Herald Tribune (Florida)

In 2010, Dr. Breslow, then 95, joined with Prof. James E. Enstrom of U.C.L.A. to publish a paper about a group of California Mormons whom they had studied over 25 years. The life expectancy of the Mormon males was 9.8 years greater than that of the general population of white American males; female Mormons lived 5.6 years longer than their general-population counterparts. The authors credited the Mormons’ healthy lifestyle.

http://health.heraldtribune.com/2012/04/16/dr-lester-breslow-who-linked-health-habits-and-longer-life-dies-at-age-97/

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The Way We Were: A Morgan County veteran of two wars

April 16, 2012

Journal Courier (Illinois)

The younger Wyatt attended a subscription school in Morgan County and helped manage the family farm. In 1845-46, William Wyatt served in the state militia and helped keep the peace between the Mormon and anti-Mormon residents of Hancock County.

http://www.myjournalcourier.com/articles/county-39289-veteran-wyatt.html

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What Are the Gobshites Saying These Days?

April 16, 2012

Esquire

Meanwhile, this morning, speaking with the MSNBC Morning Zoo crew, Parson Meacham, the Bishop Sheen of celebrity historians, pondered what those clever Obama people might be up to by asking for Romney to be a little more transparent about the great piles of money in which he regularly rolls. The Parson wondered to Politico’s Mike Allen if this might not be a secret Obamian code for “Mormon-Mormon-Mormon”:

“Is this code for the secrecy of the Mormon Church?” he asked Allen.

Only if you worship at the temple of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Loopholes.

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/michelle-bachmann-meet-the-press-8135539

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OH COME ALL YOU UNFAITHFUL – IT’S JUDGMENT DAY!

April 15, 2012

Dag Blog

Non-Mormons take issue that Mormons believe God had sex with Mary while she was engaged to Joseph to conceive Jesus as well as that God was a man at one time and man can become a god. Women (even agnostics, atheists and non-Christians) object to Mormon doctrine declaring that females only get to heaven if their husband or bishop calls them up, where they are blessed to be eternally pregnant making more “spirit babies” to be born on earth. (Many still remember that until the IRS threatened to take away the tax exempt status of Brigham Young University, African Americans were cursed by god and that’s why they had dark skin.) For some, one of the most objectionable Mormon practices is they preach that working their way to heaven is not just by the blood of Jesus Christ but the free gift of salvation He offers – but, not to worry about your friends, family and others too much, because they can be baptized after death, without regard to their family’s objections or their religion/wishes declared when they were alive.

To Catholics, Evangelicals and stalwart bible believing Christians, much of the Mormon teachings is sacrilege and violates their own religion’s canons.

http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/oh-come-all-you-unfaithful-it-s-judgment-day-13570

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Tony Kushner’s prescient vision on view in Court’s ‘Angels in America’

April 16, 2012

Chicago Sun Times (Illinois)

As it happens, Cohn has taken under his wing Joe Pitt (Geoff Packard), a prim, proper, boyishly handsome Mormon now working in New York as the clerk for a judge. Joe is married to a fellow Mormon, Harper (Heidi Kettenring), a pill-popping woman on the verge of a breakdown from loneliness and neglect, who only gradually comes to understand her husband no longer can remain in the closet. When Joe finally reveals his sexuality to his fiercely stoical mother, Hannah (Hollis Resnik), she quickly leaves Salt Lake City for New York and ends up caring for her daughter-in-law, and befriending Prior. Eventually all the characters move through each other’s dreams, nightmares, drug-induced fantasies and 3-D diorama visions, as well as their real lives, while Prior wrestles with an enigmatic angel (Mary Beth Fisher) who tells him he is a prophet.

http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/11788261-421/tony-kushners-prescient-vision-on-view-in-courts-angels-in-america.html

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Interview: Sandra Dallas’ ‘True Sisters’ details Mormon women’s handcart heritage

April 15, 2012

Denver Post (Colorado)

In 1856, 650 converted Mormons, most of them impoverished immigrants, started walking from Iowa City, Iowa, to Utah, pushing and pulling small, heavy and unreliable handcarts that held what little they possessed.

By the time their journey ended, only about 400 were left. The rest had abandoned the journey, or died of starvation, hypothermia and exhaustion.

The handcart pioneers’ relentless determination became legendary by the time Sandra Dallas was a high school student in Salt Lake City. The story stayed with her for decades, and finally evolved into her latest novel, “True Sisters.” Dallas, a Denver author whose books include “The Persian Pickle Club,” “Tallgrass” and “Prayers For Sale,” answered some questions about the story behind her latest novel.

http://www.denverpost.com/recommended/ci_20384256

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My stay-at-home mom

April 16, 2012

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

Does Ann Romney’s path make sense to me? Marriage at 19, with a special, separate Mormon ceremony the next day that excluded her non-Mormon parents? No. But I respect her right to it. I admire her resilience in the face of breast cancer and then multiple sclerosis. And I think that Rosen’s dig not only violated the very idea of inclusiveness but also had the sort of judgmental ring for which many of us justly excoriate certain institutions and figures on the right: the Catholic League, Rick Santorum, Rush Limbaugh.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/my-stayathome-mom-r750h7r-147649015.html

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Obama Camp, Seeing Shift, Bets on Long Shot in Arizona

April 15, 2012

New York Times

Arizona is the home of Barry Goldwater, the godfather of the modern conservative movement. The Tea Party here is strong, and it helped to elect an overwhelmingly conservative state Legislature. It has a Republican governor and two Republican senators. The state has a significant population of Mormon voters, which could prove to the benefit to the likely Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/16/us/politics/obama-campaign-turns-attention-on-arizona.html?_r=1

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