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26 June 2012

Poll: Mormons Don’t Trust the Media to Cover Them Fairly

June 26, 2012

Christian Post

A strong majority (67.5 percent) of those who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do not trust the media to cover their faith fairly, according to a new poll conducted by Key Research and the Center of the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University.

“After the diatribes of the Lawrence O’Donnell’s of the world, who can blame them?” wrote Kelly D. Patterson, professor of political science at Brigham Young University and former director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, for the Utah Data Points blog, which first published the results of the poll.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/poll-mormons-dont-trust-the-media-to-cover-them-fairly-77252/

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Poll: Mormons excited about Romney’s rise, but wary of media

June 26, 2012

The Christian Century

Most Mormons in Utah believe that Mitt Romney’s rise to become the likely GOP presidential nominee is a good thing for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But many do not trust the media to cover the church fairly, according to a new poll released Monday (June 25).

The study, conducted by Key Research and Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, is believed to be the first to gauge Mormons’ reaction to Romney’s barrier-breaking achievement. He is the first Mormon to clinch the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party.

http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2012-06/poll-mormons-excited-about-romneys-rise-wary-media

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Poll: Mormon enthusiasm high for Romney candidacy

June 26, 2012

The Hill

Some 77 percent of Utah Mormons said they are “very excited” or “somewhat excited” that Romney — himself a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — clinched the Republican nomination. And nearly as many say his primary victory is a positive development for the Mormon Church, according to a poll released Monday by Key Research and Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy.

According to the Religion News Service, studies show that Utah Mormons generally hold the same political opinions as practitioners in other states.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/234749-poll-mormon-enthusiasm-high-for-romney-candidacy-

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LGBT, straight Mormons come out for New York pride march

June 25, 2012

MSNBC

Straight, gay and lesbian Mormons marched together for the first time for marriage equality at New York City’s annual gay pride parade on Sunday, June 24.

Approximately 30 Mormons marched down Fifth Avenue to cheers and applause from the parade route crowd. They marched as part of the New York City chapter of Affirmation, an international organization of gay and lesbian Mormons who, along with Mormons for Marriage Equality and Mormons Building Bridges, helped organize and advocate for nationwide pride marches.

http://leanforward.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/25/12373191-lgbt-straight-mormons-come-out-for-new-york-pride-march?lite

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Mitt Romney’s delicate Mormon balancing act

June 26, 2012

Alaska Dispatch

Ben McAdams is the political equivalent of a unicorn. McAdams, who is running for mayor of Salt Lake County, is both a Democrat and a Mormon.

Sitting in his Salt Lake City office, staffed by enthusiastic young recruits, McAdams smiles as he contemplates his unique status.

“I have met many Mormons who wonder how I can be a Democrat,” he laughs. “And just as many Democrats who wonder how I can be a Mormon.”

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/mitt-romney-s-delicate-mormon-balancing-act

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The Network

June 22, 2012

The New Republic

Over the years, and under the radar, however, the capital has transformed from a place that was openly hostile to Mormons to something of a destination. Recently, I visited the office of Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, one of 15 Mormons in Congress. I mentioned to his press officer–also a Mormon–that I was writing about the culture of Mormons in Washington. “You can’t swing a dead cat in this town without hitting one,” she told me cheerfully. To be a bit more precise, there are 23,000 active members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints in and around the city, and the D.C. area is a magnet for young, single Mormons. The reason for this turns out to be simple: Washington is a town that rewards networking, and Mormons are some of the best networkers around.

MORMONS WILL sometimes tell you they can spot each other via “modar,” but there are spots in the area they tend to gather. Many young and single Mormons have gravitated to “Little Provo,” as Utah transplants call the suburb of Crystal City, Virginia. Other popular hangouts include restaurants like Café Rio in Falls Church (an outpost of a popular Utah-based chain), or the Dairy Godmother in Alexandria–when you don’t drink alcohol or coffee, ice cream parlors become the default meeting spot. Of course, Mormons hang out with non-Mormons, too–as one young man put it, “Not everyone eats green Jell-O salad.” (Utah is said to be the biggest per capita consumer of Jell-O in the nation.) Still, in my conversations with local Mormons–at a study group where attendees read Scripture on a Church-designed iPad app or at a “munch and mingle” where young professionals connected over milk and cookies–a few common themes stood out.

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/magazine/104239/the-network-mormons-potomac-DC

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What Happened to a Mormon Missionary Turned America’s Most Wanted?

June 26, 2012

Daily Beast

Twenty-four years ago, before landing on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for allegedly shooting an armored-car guard five times in the face, Jason Derek Brown was a young Mormon from Orange County, Calif., preparing for his two-year mission to France.

Brown, at 19, wasn’t thrilled to be headed so far from home for so long, but his family believed in service and in living as true believers. That summer, his grandfather ordained him in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints priesthood and bought him some luggage, and after weeks of intensive missionary training in Utah, Elder Brown was on his way.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/26/what-happened-to-a-mormon-missionary-turned-america-s-most-wanted.html

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Slim book ‘Talking with Mormons’ makes a lot of sense

June 26, 2012

Standard Examiner (Utah)

The idea, from any religion that believes in Christ, that one persons’ faith in Christ’s atonement is invalid due to doctrinal disputes, is noxious. Mouw understands that. He’s a remarkable example of religious tolerance, willing to debate long-disputed doctrinal points with Latter-day Saints but willing to concede spiritual equanimity.

http://blogs.standard.net/the-political-surf/2012/06/26/slim-book-talking-with-mormons-makes-a-lot-of-sense/

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Crime History: Mormon founder murdered in jail by angry mob

June 26, 2012

DC Examiner

On this day, June 27, 1844, Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was murdered by a mob at an Illinois jail.

Smith, 38, had founded the church after claiming to have discovered the Book of Mormon in New York.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/crime-history-mormon-founder-murdered-in-jail-by-angry-mob/article/2500689

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Utah Primary Results: Orrin Hatch Will Defeat Tea Party if Mormons Come Out to Vote

June 26, 2012

PolicyMic

How many will bother to do the first two is anyone’s guess, but surely, Mormons will get the message that they should not shirk their civic duties. This may mean that they will pay more attention to the issues, to the candidates, and actually vote. Or it may mean that many will simply go through the motions without doing their homework, and merely mark the box next to “Straight Party” ticket, which in Utah, usually means the red “R.”

This is not to say that there are no Mormon progressives in Utah. There are many who prefer to stay in the closet, but who, nonetheless, would not miss a chance to cast their ballot (in secret, of course). My guess is that, if you stopped a representative sample of people on the street and asked if they remembered that today is the primary election, the vast majority would admit (or not) that they didn’t.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/10282/utah-primary-results-orrin-hatch-will-defeat-tea-party-if-mormons-come-out-to-vote

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MIA LOVE FOR CONGRESS

June 26, 2012

Power Line Blog

Today’s Washington Post contains a front page story about Mia Love, the Republican candidate for Congress in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District. Love, age 36, is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, a rapidly growing Utah town of about 18,000. She is also Black, Mormon, and quite conservative. If elected, she will become the first Black female Republican member of Congress.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/06/mia-love-for-congress.php

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Congress’ First Black Female Republican?

June 26, 2012

The Root

Mia Love is a 36-year-old mother of three, fitness instructor and mayor of a growing town. That’s not normally enough to get a person national attention, but here’s what is: She’s also from Utah and a Mormon, and if she wins her congressional election, she’ll be the first black female member of Congress.

http://www.theroot.com/buzz/congress-first-black-female-republican

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It isn’t easy being a black Republican

June 26, 2012

Washington Post

This morning’s Post has a fascinating profile of Mia Love, the black Republican — and Mormon — who is running to represent Utah’s 4th District. If elected, she would be the first black female Republican to serve in Congress, and only the sixth black Republican to serve since the end of Reconstruction. That said, Republicans are fooling themselves if they think she will help build inroads into the African American community, as some Republicans appear to believe.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/it-isnt-easy-being-a-black-republican/2012/06/26/gJQA9mYK4V_blog.html

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ROMNEY SHOULD MAKE FRIENDS WITH THIS LOVELY BLACK, MORMON REPUBLICAN RUNNING FOR CONGRESS IN UTAH

June 26, 2012

The Blaze

And if being black, Mormon and Republican isn’t enough, her name is Love. Mia Love.

Via Washington Post:

If she wins, not only would she help Republicans keep control of the House, but she would become the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress. Love, who is Mormon, also could go a long way toward helping presidential candidate Mitt Romney, putting a fresh face on his church and his party as both try to appeal to an increasingly diverse nation.

http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2012/06/26/mia-love-black-mormon-republican-mitt-romney/

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Mia Love of Utah hopes to become the first black Republican woman in Congress

June 25, 2012

Washington Post

If she wins, not only would she help Republicans keep control of the House, but she would become the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress. Love, who is Mormon, also could go a long way toward helping presidential candidate Mitt Romney, putting a fresh face on his church and his party as both try to appeal to an increasingly diverse nation.

As a result, independent groups and both political parties are expected to pour millions of dollars into the contest. The race, in a district where Republicans have dominated, is rated a toss-up by the Cook Political Report.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mia-love-of-utah-hopes-to-become-the-first-black-republican-woman-in-congress/2012/06/25/gJQAbUiq2V_print.html

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Plenty of stories to be found in other religions, too

June 26, 2012

Napa Valley Register (California)

The purported goal of missionary work is “to bring people closer to Jesus Christ.” Perhaps there is an assumption that the Catholic or Baptist clergy are not doing that job very well? Ouch — that smarts a little, doesn’t it?

Alongside that little matter is the question of “another testament of Jesus Christ” — the Book of Mormon. Now, anyone with at least a nodding acquaintance with three of the world’s great religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) knows that each claims to be the only true religion because God dealt exclusively and only with them.

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/opinion/mailbag/plenty-of-stories-to-be-found-in-other-religions-too/article_c1cace1a-bff1-11e1-a511-001a4bcf887a.html

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Jef from The Bachelorette: I’m Not a Practicing Mormon

June 26, 2012

Patheos

Yes, I’m not half Mormon. I was raised Mormon and my family is still Mormon. My parents are serving in a Mormon mission as Mission presidents in South Carolina, and I was raised with the standards of Mormonism in the church.

I’m just not practicing right now. I’m still, you know, really — I mean, faith is something that’s a huge priority on my list and in my life, and I’m really active, you know, in church and everything. I’m just not active Mormon.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frenchrevolution/2012/06/26/jef-from-the-bachelorette-im-not-a-practicing-mormon/

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The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 1)

June 26, 2012

Christian Post

It is one of the great ironies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that while outsiders perceive it largely in terms of its unusual doctrines, the Saints see themselves in a completely different light. The outer world focuses, for example, on matters like polygamy. “Holy underwear” is also a favorite topic, as is their aspiration to divinity and their belief that God was once a man. The century and a half they banned blacks from their Temple and priesthood is much discussed. So is the iron-fisted rule from LDS headquarters at Salt Lake City’s Temple Square. The Mormon opposition to California’s Proposition 8 has made them look homophobic, their insistence upon being baptized for Jewish Holocaust survivors has made them look cruel, and their standard missionary presentation has made them look mindlessly robotic. All of these novelties frame the perceptions of Mormons in the wider world.

http://blogs.christianpost.com/bookstop/the-mormonizing-of-america-book-excerpt-pt-1-10541/

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LDS congregations buy Camp El Wa Ho

June 26, 2012

Record Herald (Pennsylvania)

A former longtime Girl Scout camp has been given new life as a religious youth facility.

Local congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known more commonly as Mormons, have acquired the former Camp El Wa Ho, located just off U.S. 30 between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, for around $800,000.

http://www.therecordherald.com/news/x57810120/LDS-congregations-buy-Camp-El-Wa-Ho

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Meghan McCain Talks Life on the Road as a Socially Liberal Republican

June 26, 2012

PR.com

PR.com: There’s a chapter in your book where you and Michael Ian Black visit what you call “Mormon country,” which is Salt Lake City, Utah. The way you both described the Mormon population there, they come across in your book as Stepford-families: buttoned down, closemouthed, and something that seemed alien to the both of you. That was my interpretation of what I read in your book. Do you think that Mormons are out of step with the rest of America?

Meghan McCain: No, not at all. I think Mormons are part of America just like any other religion. Michael is Jewish; he’s a Jewish Atheist. I am Christian and when we went to Salt Lake City we had just come from Las Vegas. We were physically disheveled from a long flight and the crazy time we had in Vegas. We just felt like we didn’t belong in the Mormons’ temple when we were visiting there, but they were all extremely nice, extremely friendly and answered all of our questions. We did have a nice time. We just both agreed at the end that we were not going to convert to Mormonism (laughs).

http://www.pr.com/article/1218

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The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Utah’s Demographic Changes and Immigration Politics

June 26, 2012

Center for American Progress

Latinos are the fastest-growing group within the Mormon Church. In Utah 58 percent of the population currently identifies as Mormon, and in the United States as a whole, Latinos now make up the fastest-growing segment within the Mormon Church. Tony Yapias, director of Proyecto Latino de Utah, also estimates that 70 percent of Latino converts in the state are undocumented.

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/06/utah_top10.html

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