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7 June 2012

How Americans Feel About Mormons

June 7, 2012

New York Times

As a non-Mormon resident of a Boston suburb adjoining the Latter-day Saints temple attended by Mitt Romney, I have had occasion to meet Mormons and to have them as neighbors. They seem hard-working and family-centered. They don’t drink, they don’t smoke and they delight in raising their children.

Their theology may be a bit fantastical, but not more so than that of other religions, including my own (Roman Catholicism). How or why such people are made the object of ridicule — and sadly, they are — is confounding.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/08/opinion/how-americans-feel-about-mormons.html

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Writer on LDS Church coming to Queens

June 7, 2012

Queens Chronicle (New York)

With Mitt Romney the first Mormon to run on a party’s ticket for the presidency, the Queens Chronicle spoke with Joanna Brooks, author of “The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith.”

She is also a professor of American literature at San Diego State University, has appeared on National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Company, and is a source on Mormonism for the New York Times, Reuters and others.

http://www.qchron.com/editions/central/writer-on-lds-church-coming-to-queens/article_63bd7d09-8c1b-5263-949d-2c417363669a.html

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Most Christians Have No Idea What Mormons Believe

June 7, 2012

Standard Newswire

For starters, official Mormon teachings include the belief that God the Father was once a man who progressed to godhood and that worthy men may one day become gods themselves.

On the topic of Jesus, official Mormon doctrine holds that Jesus’ death on the cross did not provide full atonement for all sin. There is no concept of the Trinity. Rather, Mormonism is polytheistic, having multiple gods.

http://www.standardnewswire.com/news/725277335.html

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Point of View: The New York Times takes a pass on challenging Mormonism’s truth claims

June 7, 2012

Florida Baptist Witness

When a person’s religion is reduced to little more than a compilation of good works that everyone agrees are legitimately part of his résumé, it’s pretty hard to beat up on such a person and/or his religion. Who can knock thriftiness or self-discipline or generosity? And the Mormon faith is, for better or for worse, typically defined in such a manner. They’re such good folks, non-Mormons often say of their Mormon neighbors. They’re just the very best kind of people you could possibly have living next to you.

Limit things to such a backdrop, and a good, morally upright, clean-living Mormon might well have as good a chance as any good, morally upright, clean-living Christian of getting fair treatment by The New York Times–and the rest of mainstream America.

http://www.gofbw.com/blog.asp?ID=14066

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Polygamy joke or not, Five Wives Vodka finds a spot at Idaho bar

June 7, 2012

Los Angeles Times (California)

Conlin’s Ogden, Utah, distillery sells Five Wives Vodka, a product using a coy play on the state’s history with polygamy. But not everyone is laughing and, in fact, the neighboring state of Idaho refused to allow the liquor to be sold in the state, citing objections over the vodka’s name.

But now Conlin is toasting a victory.

On Wednesday, faced with threat of a lawsuit, Idaho said it will allow the sale of Five Wives Vodka.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-five-wives-vodka-utah-idaho-20120607,0,7730718.story

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Utah distillery’s lawyer toasts Idaho’s reversal of vodka ban

June 7, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

The state of Idaho’s decision to reverse its ban on Utah-made Five Wives Vodka is being celebrated by constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley — the George Washigton University professor and lawyer who threatened to sue the Gem State over the ban.

On his blog, Turley commended John Anderson, director of the Idaho State Liquor Division, for reversing the decision to not stock Five Wives (made by Ogden’s Own Distillery) – after concerns that the vodka’s label might offend Idaho’s Mormon population.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsmoviecricket/54261639-66/idaho-turley-vodka-ban.html.csp

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Idaho throws out Five Wives Vodka ban

June 7, 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek

The Idaho State Liquor Division rejected as offensive last week the product that shows five women hiking up their skirts on the vodka bottle. Idaho is more than 25 percent Mormon and the church at one time allowed polygamy but abandoned the practice in 1890.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-06/D9V82KA80.htm

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Idaho drinkers can lift a glass to Five Wives Vodka

June 7, 2012

Reuters

Under the threat of a lawsuit, Idaho’s liquor division partially lifted a ban on Five Wives Vodka imposed after the state deemed the drink’s allusion to polygamy was an affront to Mormons, officials said on Thursday.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/07/usa-vodka-idaho-idINL1E8H7AXS20120607

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Karger prepares to take on Romney in Utah primary

June 7, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Gay-rights activist Fred Karger, who turned his anger over the Mormon Church’s advocacy of California’s Proposition 8 into a presidential bid, will kick off his Utah primary campaign on Friday during an 11 a.m. press conference in Salt Lake City.

Karger plans to discuss his plans for the next two weeks before facing Mitt Romney in Utah’s primary on June 26.

He will also implore leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to stop spending money on anti-gay marriage campaigns and to embrace all church members equally.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/54262546-90/campaign-karger-church-marriage.html.csp

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Mormons need not hide church doctrine

June 7, 2012

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio)

Much ado has been made of how Mormonism has the audacity to infringe on mainstream Christianity. Apparently, we are supposed to hide our light under a bushel. To start with, we are not the “Mormon Church,” as stated, but members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I’d say that speaks volumes.

Yes, our doctrine differs, but who has the right to say we do not belong in the Christian community? We as Latter-Day Saints declare emphatically that we worship Christ and look to him for our salvation. Our “truths” are not hidden; we don’t need to shout, but rather share with any who are sincerely interested. LDS.org has a wealth of information.

http://blog.cleveland.com/letters/2012/06/mormons_need_not_hide_church_d.html

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Romney dodged the draft

June 7, 2012

Salon

After his freshman year, he got deferment status as “a minister of religion or divinity student,” which he’d keep while working in France as a missionary for his Mormon church.

Yet the AP reveals that other young Mormons were denied that deferment. And since the church itself strongly supported the war, its leaders eventually limited such deferments, but Romney kept his.

http://www.salon.com/2012/06/07/romney_dodged_the_draft/singleton/

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What I don’t need to know about Romney

June 7, 2012

Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina)

All of which was preparatory to this: I think that anyone who wants to attack Mitt Romney can find a better basis for it than his non-service in Vietnam. There are a million stories and, as such stories go, Romney’s ain’t bad: He got deferments for college and for missionary work — something that’s expected of young Mormon men.

http://blogs.fayobserver.com/smith/June-2012/What-I-don-t-need-to-know-about-Romney

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Romney’s selective memory on his draft record

June 7, 2012

MSNBC

well, he was in france eating bagetts [sic] and trying to convince the french to become mormons which is hardly the same thing as sitting in a rice paddy . trying to blow up someone or expecting to be blown up yourself. so that, making that equal was very bizarre.

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/martin-bashir/47726501/

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Julianne Hough Covers ‘Zooey’ Mag June 2012

June 7, 2012

Just Jared Jr.

Inside the pages, the 23-year-old actress dished about her upbringing in the Mormon faith and how it effected her life.

“I was raised Mormon and then went to London where it wasn’t part of my life at all,” Julianne said. “Then [I] came back and was super Mormon again and then came to L.A. where I wasn’t around it. Now I’m older and I almost appreciate it more.”

She added, “I hold onto the everyday teachings, but as far as the religious teachings there might be parts I disagree with here and there. I’ve modified it to fit my lifestyle but it taught me great morals and principals [sic]. It gave me a sense of what it means to be a nice person, to be humble, what it means to be grateful and a desire to service [sic] people.”

http://www.justjaredjr.com/2012/06/07/julianne-hough-covers-zooey-mag-june-2012/

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Letters: Questions of faith for Romney

June 7, 2012

Los Angeles Times (California)

Perhaps Romney wants to forestall focus on his own Mormon faith. Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its president and members of the Quorum of the Twelve are all white males because of the church’s historical discrimination.

Romney asserts but does not define values that Mormonism purportedly has in common with other faiths. He would be hard-pressed to explain why Mormonism ended discrimination against blacks in 1978 but not against women.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0607-thursday-romney-20120607,0,2381177.story

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Meet the allies

June 7, 2012

Washington Blade

Kelly attended her friend’s 2004 same-sex commitment ceremony. Ominous storm clouds had gathered above the garden in which the couple and their friends had gathered, but a rainbow suddenly appeared as the men began to exchange their vows. “It was shockingly beautiful,” Kelly says. “After that ceremony I began to awaken to the possibility that God could approve of a same-sex union.”

Kelly moved to California after she graduated from BYU, but she soon found herself at the epicenter of the debate over the repeal of the state’s same-sex marriage law. Mormon leaders backed Proposition 8 that voters approved in 2008. The backlash against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was swift.

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/06/07/meet-the-allies/

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‘Virginia,’ 2 stars

June 7, 2012

Arizona Central

Virginia has carried on a longtime affair with Dick Tipton (Harris), the local sheriff. He’s a devout Mormon, as far as the town knows (the residents don’t know about the bondage gear) and is running for state senate, thanks in part to a popularity boost he enjoyed after appearing on a “Cops”-like reality show.

http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/movies/articles/20120606virginia-movie-review-goodykoontz.html

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Utah sisters get 1-year reprieve from deportation

June 7, 2012

KFOX TV (Texas)

The sisters’ case got attention Monday when they told their story publicly in Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The three women — Barbara, Laura and Silvia — are all Mormon and said they were hoping for a miracle as a June 15 deportation deadline approached.

The Avelar sisters arrived in the U.S. in 1993 on tourist visas when they were 8, 10, and 13. Silvia Avelar says they overstayed their visas but maintains that an unscrupulous lawyer never filed their parents’ proper paperwork.

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/ap/social-issues/utah-sisters-get-1-year-reprieve-from-deportation/nPN2r/

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Calif. Prop. 8 headed to Supreme Court

June 7, 2012

Greeley Gazette (Colorado)

Following the constitutional amendment’s passage, homosexual activists threatened violence against individual voters who voted for the measure. Some of the threats were:

* Can someone in CA please go burn down the Mormon temples there, PLEASE. I mean seriously. DO IT.
* Burn their f-ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers.
* I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives
* Trust me. I’ve got a big list of names of mormons and catholics that were big supporters of Prop 8. … As far as mormons and catholics … I warn them to watch their backs.

http://www.greeleygazette.com/press/?p=19779

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