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20 October 2012

Black Mormon History Timeline

October 20, 2012

MormonVoices

As with many American institutions, the issue of race and the Mormon Church is complicated and confusing with both positive and negative experiences. This timeline is incomplete as it does not reflect every priesthood ordination, or even every significant issue on this topic. It is simply meant to give an overview of this complicated subject. This timeline is an adaption from the timeline located at http://www.blacklds.org/history

http://mormonvoices.org/1837/black-mormon-history-timeline

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But Mitt Romney’s a Mormon! (Fear not)

October 20, 2012

Washington Times (DC)

The “shared religious beliefs” question just provided a polite way of saying, “I don’t want to vote for a Mormon.”

Yet our White House has been residence to Unitarians, at least one likely Deist, and multiple Freemasons. Is Romney’s Mormonism really any weirder?

To put it hypothetically, if apparently non-Christian Thomas Jefferson were running against self-professed Christian Obama, would Jefferson get your vote?

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/not-your-average-read/2012/oct/20/mitt-romney-mormon-faith-religion-amendment-vi/

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Evangelicals, Romney, and the vote: A matter of conscience

October 19, 2012

Caffeinated Thoughts

Who one votes for is indeed a matter of conscience. Despite all the incendiary remarks aimed at those Evangelical Christians who are Romney supporters, I know of no one who is going so far as to say that the vote is not a matter of conscience. And most of the criticism I hear about Romney is not about his Mormonism (Sproul makes no mention of it at all). It’s mostly about how he (Romney) looks at same sex marriage and abortion. But in any case, a vote for him, or anyone else for the matter of that, should be a private matter that is between one’s conscience and God.

There are certainly plenty of reasons not to vote for Romney. It’s completely appropriate for Evangelicals to “sit this one out” if that’s what their consciences dictate. But it’s not appropriate to accuse Evangelicals who support Romney of being faithless, unprincipled hacks for voting for him. Allow me to be clear: I remain unconvinced that a Christian must vote for a Christian (and only a Christian) in our present circumstances. I say this even though it is still my hope and desire that some day our nation would establish Christianity as the religion of the land (Psalm 2: 10-12, 68: 32). I think that a Christian may look at his vote as merely a civil instrument that he can use to attempt to slow down the progress of evil. His intention is to elect a candidate who he hopes will do the least amount of harm to him and the things he holds dear.

http://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2012/10/evangelicals-romney-and-the-vote-a-matter-of-conscience/

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ON RELIGION: Will voters accept a Mormon for president?

October 20, 2012

Rapid City Journal (South Dakota)

With the White House race nearing an end, it’s time for America’s political pundits to face the fact that millions of voters will be worried on Election Day about Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith.

Many will be offended by what they believe are the intolerant, narrow teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on marriage. Others will be worried about Mormonism’s history of opposing abortion rights.

“There really is a large group of people in America who won’t vote for Mitt Romney for president because he is a Mormon,” said Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes, in a recent Institute on Religion and Democracy lecture.

“It’s a very large group and there is a name for them: liberals.”

http://rapidcityjournal.com/lifestyles/on-religion-will-voters-accept-a-mormon-for-president/article_de9d79ef-2c41-5e83-a773-e6374709a463.html

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Leon Rodriguez: Ann Romney’s comments are an insult to all who have served our country

October 20, 2012

Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)

Thursday on ‘The View’ Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, equated that her sons Mormon missionary experience was the same as our American soldiers serving our country in combat.

How many of Romney’s sons came home in a body bag? How many of Romney’s sons lost an eye, or an arm, or a leg, or has post-traumatic stress disorder or has a traumatic brain injury?

While Romney’s sons were the big joke in Europe and languishing around the world as being Mormon missionaries our soldiers were paying the ultimate price of serving our country. It is an insult to all American servicemen and women to be equated as the privileged sons of cowards.

http://www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_21810735/leon-rodriguez-ann-romneys-comments-are-an-insult

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Ann: Mormon missions are just like military service!

October 20, 2012

Salon

When pressed by Whoopi Goldberg on how Romney would explain why neither he nor any of his five sons served, Ann explained that the six men found “different ways of serving” by going on their Mormon religious missions.

“So, you know, we find different ways of serving,” she said. “And my husband and my five boys did serve missions, [but they] did not serve in the military.”

http://www.salon.com/2012/10/20/ann_mormon_missions_are_just_like_military_service/singleton/

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Ann Romney Tells ‘The View’ She Is Pro-Life

October 20, 2012

Christian Post

If Mitt Romney wins the presidency he would be the first Mormon president in America and Ann Romney would be the first pro-life First Lady in three decades. Ann Romney discussed abortion and other issues with celebrity hosts on one of the nation’s most popular female talk shows while also defending her husband’s lack of military service.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/ann-romney-tells-the-view-she-is-pro-life-83628/

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Whoopi Goldberg, criticized for treatment of Ann Romney, sad that freedom of speech is out of fashion

October 19, 2012

Twitchy

Today Whoopi Goldberg joins in the mourning, the day after a contentious exchange with Ann Romney. Goldberg, caught out on her misconception that Mormons’ faith prohibits them from serving in the military, chose to pivot by asking how Romney could console families of fallen soldiers when her husband and sons hadn’t served.

http://twitchy.com/2012/10/19/whoopi-goldberg-criticized-for-treatment-of-ann-romney-sad-that-freedom-of-speech-is-out-of-fashion/

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Conference investigates Mesoamerica as location for Book of Mormon

October 20, 2012

Fox 13 (Salt Lake City)

Scholars from around the world gathered in Salt Lake City to share their research and knowledge of the Book of Mormon.

Saturday marked the tenth annual conference of the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum. Every year, academics and people interested in the topic of Mormonism get together to talk about new discoveries in their research.

http://fox13now.com/2012/10/20/conference-investigates-mesoamerica-as-location-for-book-of-mormon/

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Yes, Mormon feminists do exist. But who will they vote for?

October 19, 2012

Bayou Buzz (Louisiana)

One group was not surprised to hear Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about “binders of women” at the presidential debate this week – Mormon feminists.

Yes, there are Mormon feminists, and no, they do not think it is impossible to believe in women’s rights and be devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a religion that once allowed polygamy and places a heavy emphasis on the role of women in the home.

http://www.bayoubuzz.com/component/k2/item/131567-yes-mormon-feminists-do-exist-but-who-will-they-vote-for

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Mormon Feminists Opting for Obama

October 20, 2012

Politix

You’d think that women who are both feminist and Mormon could go either way in this election – stuck with two equally attractive options like the proverbial Buridan’s Ass. But word on the street is that the sub-population of Americans known as Mormon Feminists are opting for President Obama over his LDS rival.

http://politix.topix.com/homepage/2568-mormon-feminists-opting-for-obama

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Website uses Romneys to sell Mormon undies

October 19, 2012

The Australian

A website that sells Mormon underwear has photoshopped the heads of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife onto their models to … sell underwear.

Mormonssecret.com’s homepage showcases Mitt’s head on a model’s body, with the thought bubble: “I’m just glad they didn’t release the secret video of me dancing in my Magic Mormon underwear.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/website-uses-romneys-to-sell-mormon-undies/story-fn3dxix6-1226499131758

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Salt Lake Tribune endorses…Obama

October 20, 2012

Commonweal

Newspaper endorsements have perhaps zero influence on the electorate. Heck, they may send people in the opposite direction. And Mitt is killing it with his fellow Mormons, judging by the polling. But it seems notable, if not striking, that the hometown newspaper of the Latter-day Saints cannot endorse the first LDS candidate for president in U.S. history.

http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/?p=21441

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Utah newspaper endorses Obama over Romney

October 20, 2012

Washington Times (DC)

One of Utah’s largest newspapers, located in the heart of Mormon country, has endorsed President Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
The Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Mr. Obama on Friday in an editorial that praised the president for engineering passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to stimulate the economy and accused Mr. Romney of flip-flopping and being “willing to say anything to get elected.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/oct/20/utah-newspaper-endorses-obama-over-romney/

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Salt Lake City Tribune etch a sketches Mitt Romney, backs Obama, who cares?

October 20, 2012

Bayou Buzz (Louisiana)

Will the Tribune’s support hurt the Mittster?

Not in Utah.

According to most polls, the republican leads by over 40 points.

But, where the numbers could make some differences is in the area of national public opinion assuming the voters outside of the borders of Utah, especially those in battleground states know of and are influenced by the opinion.

http://www.bayoubuzz.com/component/k2/item/133131-salt-lake-city-tribune-etch-a-sketches-mitt-romney-backs-obama-who-cares

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Salt Lake Tribune throws support behind Obama

October 19, 2012

CNN

In its endorsement, the paper notes the state’s large Mormon population and lauds the former Massachusetts governor and member of the Mormon Church for his “adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business.” Furthermore, the Tribune applauds Romney’s efforts in saving the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, which was wrought with financial corruption and scandal prior to the former business executive’s take-over of the Games’ management.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/19/salt-lake-tribune-throws-support-behind-obama/

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Salt Lake Tribune endorses President Obama over Mitt Romney, who organized city’s Olympics

October 19, 2012

Boston Globe (Massachusetts)

The endorsement begins, “Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.” It goes on to praise him lavishly for his rescue of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake and described Romney as “the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son.”

http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/10/19/salt-lake-tribune-endorses-president-obama-over-mitt-romney-who-organized-city-olympics/VD1ab7itK336ULZ5qsqaXM/story.html

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Obama racks up newspaper endorsements

October 19, 2012

The Hill

The most surprising was the Tribune’s endorsement of Obama, given Romney’s ties to Utah and its heavily-Mormon population.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/263081–obama-racks-up-newspaper-endorsements

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Salt Lake Tribune endorses Obama (Video)

October 19, 2012

Examiner

The newspaper is headquartered in the most Republican state in the nation and in the same city as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Republican nominee Mitt Romney is the first Mormon to receive a major party’s nomination for President. Romney also rescued the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics from huge losses and scandal which made him hugely popular within the state.

http://www.examiner.com/article/sl-tribune-endorses-obama

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In a Surprise, Salt Lake City Paper Endorses Obama

October 20, 2012

Atlanta Black Star (Georgia)

In a potentially devastating blow to Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Salt Lake Tribune–the largest paper in the heavily Mormon state of Utah, where Romney claims that he rescued the Olympics from disaster–yesterday endorsed President Obama, saying that it is deeply troubled by the many ways Romney has changed positions in recent years.

http://atlantablackstar.com/2012/10/20/in-a-surprise-salt-lake-city-paper-endorses-obama/

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Ex-official suing NM school district over religion

October 20, 2012

San Francisco Chronicle (California)

Jensen says in the lawsuit that that the district officials discriminated against her because they believed she was Mormon, and retaliated against her because of complaints she made while employed at the district. She also says she was unfairly demoted for those same reasons.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ex-official-suing-NM-school-district-over-religion-3966947.php

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ABC News’ Mosk Rehashes Bain Capital in Hit Piece on Romney

October 20, 2012

NewsBusters

A double affinity applies when a fraud targets Mormon constitutionalists. Indeed, one expert believes constitutionalist philosophy is partly derived from Mormonism. “Much of modern Constitutionalism comes from the writings and prophesies of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints,” wrote Paul de Armond of the Public Good Project, an advocacy group against political extremism. “The origin of the Christian Patriot term ‘Freemen’ and the key to Constitutionalism can be found in The Book of Mormon, Alma 51: 5-6.”

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-vespa/2012/10/20/abc-news-mosk-rehashes-bain-narrative-hit-piece-romney

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Ray Waddle: Assessing religious values in presidential election

October 20, 2012

The Tennessean

Take the case of Mitt Romney’s Mormon beliefs. He talks about his piety but not the fine print of his beliefs. That seems fine with voters. A recent Pew poll says his church affiliation does not affect how Americans will vote. Most who know he is Mormon either are comfortable with it or don’t care. More important to voters is information about his performance as governor, his federal tax returns and his record at Bain Capital, the Pew survey said.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121020/COLUMNIST0126/310200014/Ray-Waddle-Assessing-religious-values-in-presidential-election

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Resolution C040, Engle v. Vitale, and Romney/Graham

October 20, 2012

Virtue Online

Who was the target of the picture of Mitt Romney and Billy Graham seen on Yahoo News? Clearly the target audience was evangelical America. When they see the picture, they instantly think that Romney is a believer of the likes of Billy Graham. Some of them probably wonder if Mormonism is Christian, and some have definite ideas. Many have probably seen the recent spate of Mormon ads that show Mormons are everyday folks like the rest of us. Or perhaps they have heard Romney say that he believed Jesus to be the Son of God. Seeing Mitt Romney and Billy Graham together, however, reinforces the operant impression that Romney is more or less worshipping the same God as Billy Graham or other Christians. Further, Romney is an American, and as an American, he falls under the aegis of the God of the Republic. So, it all slides together in the evangelical soul, a body of people united before God, believing in Jesus across denominational lines, supporting Romney, and called by God to save the republic from godless socialism.

http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=16687

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Scouting goes through a rough patch

October 20, 2012

CNN

Among the biggest backers are the Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to BSA. In 2011, Mormon-backed Cub Scout and Boy Scout units accounted for more than 420,000 of all Scouts nationwide, while more than 200,000 other scouts were members of units affiliated with the Catholic Church.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/20/us/boy-scouts-future/index.html

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Remembering Newsweek’s Race Beat

October 20, 2012

The Root

” ‘At El Paso, track coach Wayne Vandenburg threatened to kick six athletes off the team if they joined the boycott of the New York Athletic Club indoor meet in February. The club was charged with discriminatory membership policies. Vandenburg won and the athletes competed. But two months later, after a talk with Harry Edwards, the same athletes refused to enter a meet at Brigham Young University in Utah because of Mormon doctrines about blacks. Vandenburg promptly dropped champion long-jumper Bob Beamon and five others from the squad.’

“Coach [Vandenburg] sued Newsweek for defamation and, though he won a jury verdict, it was ultimately reversed on appeal, based on the court’s finding that the statements were not made with reckless disregard for the truth. The court credited as accurate the account of how, in April 1968, several black athletes at UTEP decided to boycott the BYU meet because, inter alia, of their understanding of Mormon beliefs concerning blacks. . . .”

http://www.theroot.com/blogs/journalisms/when-newsweek-was-respected-its-race-beat

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McCain voters defecting to Obama are older white males

October 21, 2012

Chicago Tribune (Illinois)

Waltrip also believes Romney is out of touch with lower-income Americans, and he mistrusts the candidate’s religious convictions.

“I’ve always felt like the Mormon Church was more of a cult,” Waltrip said. “I’m sort of afraid that his interests are going to be strictly for the Mormon Church.”

Overall about 34 percent of likely voters said they would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate if he or she were Mormon, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted during the week ending October 21.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-usa-campaign-mccain-pollbre89k021-20121020,0,5984086.story

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