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21 April 2014

Neon Tree’s Tyler Glenn is gay, Mormon and proud of it

April 21, 2014

Religion News Service

KISS may have been on the cover of the April 10 issue of Rolling Stone, but the most eye-opening headline may have been the one that proclaimed: “Gay, Mormon & Finally Out.”

It led readers to page 46 and a story about Tyler Glenn, the frontman for Neon Trees, Utah’s most prominent band.

After years of denials and lyrics that obscure the issue, Glenn declared proudly that he is gay — and still a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/04/21/neon-trees-tyler-glenn-gay-mormon-proud/

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Boy Scouts revokes charter of Seattle church with gay troop leader

April 21, 2014

Christian Science Monitor

But the Mormon Church has staked out a more supportive position of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement in April 2013 that “while the Church has not launched any campaign either to effect or prevent a policy change, we have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA has made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have said, remain ‘among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today.’

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2014/0421/Boy-Scouts-revokes-charter-of-Seattle-church-with-gay-troop-leader

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Mark Shields: Britain’s lesson for ‘Kissing Congressman,’ Vance McAllister

April 21, 2014

Massachusetts Live

This reminds me of the Senate’s four-year refusal to seat Republican Reed Smoot, a Mormon leader, who was elected in 1902. In spite of the fact the Mormon church had renounced all future plural marriages in 1890, Protestant groups were adamantly opposing a Mormon in the Senate, even though Smoot was happily married to just one wife. Smoot was finally accepted after Republican Sen. Boies Penrose of Pennsylvania argued: “I would rather have seated beside me in this chamber a polygamist who doesn’t ‘polyg’ than a monogamist who doesn’t ‘monog.'”

http://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/04/mark_shields_britains_lesson_f.html

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LDS Leader: Protections on Religious Freedom Erode

April 21, 2014

Magic Valley Times-News (Idaho)

A high-ranking Mormon leader said he believes protections for religious freedom of speech are eroding.

Dallin H. Oaks, a member of The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve, spoke on the topic at Utah Valley University in his first legal lecture since he left his post as a Utah Supreme Court justice and became a member of the second-highest governing body of the church.

http://magicvalley.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/lds-leader-protections-on-religious-freedom-erode/article_04e44ee8-c990-11e3-8b29-0019bb2963f4.html

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“Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service” to Benefit Santa Clarita Schools

April 21, 2014

SCV News (California)

More than 80,000 volunteers are expected to extend a “Helping Hand” to benefit communities across California and Hawaii on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be participating in service projects to clean up, paint and landscape ten schools sites under the direction of the Saugus School District during the Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service.

http://scvnews.com/2014/04/21/mormon-helping-hands-day-of-service-to-benefit-santa-clarita-schools/

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Religion and Transhumanism – Conference May 10 2014 — Oakland CA USA

April 21, 2014

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Are Transhumanism and Religion opposed to each other? If so, why are many of their goals the same? The 4th conference by TRANSHUMAN VISIONS examines the often contentious relationship between religion and transhumanism via 12 speakers representing a wide-range of different viewpoints: Buddhist, Islam, Mormon, Catholic, Atheist, Jewish, Wicca, Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventist, Terasem, Urantia, and mystical traditions.

The conference is Lead Sponsored by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Secondary sponsor is the Mormon Transhumanist Association. The event is produced by Hank Pellissier of the Brighter Brains Institute.

http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/04/21/religion-and-transhumanism-conference-may-10-2014-oakland-ca-usa/

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Vin Diesel Posted A Picture Of Paul Walker’s Brothers On The 7 Fast 7 Furious Set

April 21, 2014

Film Drunk

By the way, are there two whiter names than “Caleb and Cody?” I guarantee neither of those dudes are strangers to a four-wheeler. Incidentally, Paul Walker was the oldest of five Mormon siblings, which makes me wonder if he narrowly missed out on one of those delightfully Mormon alliterative naming conventions, like Caleb, Cody, Catie, Cassie, and, uh… Paul.

http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/2014/04/vin-diesel-posts-picture-of-paul-walkers-brothers-on-fast-7-set/

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Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: The Future of the Salt Lake Tribune

April 21, 2014

Utah Policy

“The Tribune will eventually be sold to another entity that will realize that offending 65% of your potential customers by being anti-Mormon, anti-Utah and anti-Republican/conservative is not a winning business plan. Read the editorial page or the comment section for a sense of the attitudes reflected by this paper. Sadly there is a big niche in Utah for a fair, balanced and independent newspaper. Unfortunately that is NOT the Salt Lake Tribune!”

“The golden age of the newspaper ended a few years back. Instead of broadening its appeal to entire state through objective story telling, it continues to hone its message to the uber-liberal, mormon hating, avenues types. Not much of a business model.”

http://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/insider-surveys/2332-utah-policy-ksl-insider-survey-the-future-of-the-salt-lake-tribune

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