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Judge Finalizes Order Finding Polygamy Law Unconstitutional; Victory for ‘Sister Wives’
Originally Posted: 08/29/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

A federal judge on Wednesday finalized the order striking part of Utah’s bigamy law and gave one more victory to the family from the TLC television show Sister Wives. A federal j ...

Deconstructing God's Mission
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

All people in all places are missionaries, for all people in all places participate within a particular mission in some shape or form. Missionaries are as diverse as the human community itself. ...

Neon Tree's Tyler Glenn Is Gay, Mormon, and Proud of It
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

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.” K ...

Survey: Americans Turn Sharply Favorable on Gay Issues
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized same — sex marriage a decade ago. Americans’ atti ...

Can God Take a Tweet? 'The Twible' Delivers Holy Writ with Twitter Wit
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Nearly every home has at least one Bible, although few read it. Nearly every home has at least one Bible, although few read it. But 16 percent of Americans log on to Twitter ev ...

Ex-Mormons Aren’t ‘Lazy or Sinful,’ Church Leader Dieter Uchtdorf Says
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

It is wrong to assume that Mormons who leave the faith “have been offended or lazy or sinful,” a top leader told members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday during the church’s 183rd ...

After Prop 8, Mormons Take Different Tack in Hawaii Gay Marriage Fight
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

After keeping quiet while Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and others approved gay marriage, Mormon leaders are once again speaking up — but with a new, post-Proposition 8 tone and emphasis. ...

A Jew and a Mormon Find Common Ground Midair
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

I don’t know what John thought of me when he first saw me, after we spoke, or now, a few days later. But as we were exiting our aisle, John and I thanked each other for such civil and rich discourse. ...

Study Says Gays Find Most U.S. Faiths Unfriendly
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Gay Americans are much less religious than the general U.S. population, and about 3-in-10 of them say they have felt unwelcome in a house of worship, a new study shows. Gay Americ ...

Gay Mormon Characters Step Out of the Shadows
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

Now, the scene has changed: Gay Mormon characters and themes have a growing role in theater and literature.   Twenty years ago, a gay Mormon character stepped onstage for the f ...

Left Behind: Families Struggle to Navigate Life After Suicide
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Today, though most religions still condemn suicide, there’s an understanding in many faiths that those who take their own lives don’t always have full control over their actions. ...

President Obama’s faith challenge at the Democratic convention
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Press

September 6, 2012 Sojo in the News Robert P. Jones ...

God after 2012: How did election change religion and politics landscape?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 4:51pm | Type: Press

November 9, 2012 Sojo in the News Elizabeth Tenety ...

‘Mormon Moment’ Ends with a Loss — But Romney’s Religion Still Won
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Overall, most observers say, the Romney candidacy was a net positive for his Utah-based faith. SALT LAKE CITY — Mormons in Utah and across the nation were thrilled by the prospe ...

Majority of Protestant Pastors Back Romney, But Many Still Undecided
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

A majority of Protestant pastors plan to vote for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new survey, but nearly a quarter are still undecided less than a month from Election Day. ...

Disciplinary Hearing Delayed for Mormon Blogger
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

SALT LAKE CITY — A Mormon blogger accused of apostasy for writing critical web essays about Mormon history, temple worship and contemporary issues, has been given a reprieve — for now. ...

Romney Courts Evangelicals With `Judeo-Christian’ Values
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney angered evangelicals during his first White House run in 2008 by blurring the theological lines between their faith and his Mormonism. Lurching in the other direction, he irked them again by scarce ...

Mormon Blogger Faces Excommunication Over Temples, not Romney
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

A Mormon blogger who has written critical web essays about Mormon history, temple worship and contemporary issues — including about GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney — is facing church discipline for “apost ...

Charities Struggle with Hurricane Isaac Cleanup
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

NEW ORLEANS — Faith-based ministries and local charities that are ramping up relief efforts after Hurricane Isaac say it's already clear that recovery will proceed without the national outpouring of money ...

The Myth of Mitt Romney’s Evangelical Problem
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney has an evangelical problem. Or so we’ve been told by everyone from The New Yorker to The Huffington Post to The Daily Beast. The national media have perpetuated this narrative throughout the electi ...

Of Protestants, Politics, and Power
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

As the Republicans leave Tampa and the Democrats prepare to gather in Charlotte, one dynamic is immediately clear in both parties: For the first time since Abraham Lincoln ran in 1860, no white Protestant will ...

Romney Says Tax Returns Would Publicize Private Mormon Tithing
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney says in a new interview that one of the reasons he’s distressed about disclosing his tax returns is that everyone sees how much money he and his wife, Ann, have donated to his Mormon church, and th ...

Obama, Romney Discuss Role of Faith in Their Lives
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

In a recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, fewer than 50 percent of Americans identified Obama as a Christian. About 60 percent knew Romney is Mormon. The two discussed their faith in eight ...

Mormon Women Seeking Middle Ground to Greater Equality
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Some Mormon women are not pushing for ordination, but they crave a more engaged and visible role for women in the Mormon church. SALT LAKE CITY — For some Mormon feminists, there ...

Gerson: Romney Should Be Able to Share Faith
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

The Republicans will cheer on a Mormon at the convention this month — but Romney doesn't play up his faith. For The Washington Post , former presidential speechwriter, ...

Obama Appoints First Mormon to White House Faith-Based Advisory Council
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — As he competes against a Mormon in the presidential election, President Obama has appointed the first Mormon member of his White House faith-based council. WASHINGTON ...

Romney May See an Evangelical 'Enthusiasm Gap'
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

Most Americans who know that Mitt Romney is Mormon say the presumptive GOP nominee’s faith doesn’t concern them. But a new poll indicates there may be an “enthusiasm gap” for Romney among white evangelicals, a ...

Mormons and Baptists Compete for Converts
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

Every year, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spend tens of millions of dollars to spread their takes on Christianity. They rely heavily on thousands of faithf ...

Mormon Church Lashes Out at Bloomberg Businessweek for Satirical Prophet Cover
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

The Mormon church is lashing back at a business magazine that parodied their prophet’s mission and portrayed the church as lucratively rich but miserly with charitable donations. ...

Mormons Quit Church in Mass Resignation
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

A group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake City on Saturday in a rare display of defiance ending decades of disagreement for some over issues ranging from polyga ...

1 in 5 Americans Would Not Vote for Mormon President
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Nearly one in five Americans say they would not vote for a Mormon president, a percentage that has hardly budged since 1967, according to a new Gallup poll. Nearly one in five Ame ...

Black Mormons Face a Political Choice Like No Other
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Twenty years ago, who would have predicted the 2012 U.S. presidential race would pit a black incumbent against a white Mormon? SALT LAKE CITY — Twenty years ago, who would have p ...

Is the Religious Right Marginalizing Itself?
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Christians are starting to line up behind Mormon Mitt Romney. But not without hesitation. Writing for The Washington Post 's On Faith blog, David Mason ...

Before Politics, Mitt Romney Was a Mormon Bishop
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

While Mitt Romney was building his career at Bain Capital, he was also a Mormon bishop (equivalent to a pastor) and a stake president (presiding over several area congregations) in suburban Belmont, Mass. ...

The Problem with Daniel Pearl's Mormon Baptism
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

A simmering interreligious controversy resurfaced recently with the news that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had posthumously ``baptized'' a number of deceased Jews, including Daniel ...

Mitt Romney Trouncing Rick Santorum Among Catholics
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney has trounced Rick Santorum, an ardent Catholic, among Catholic voters, but Romney's support among evangelicals has wavered thus far in the GOP presidential primary, according to a new analysis ...

Santorum Is Not Romney's Only Problem in Michigan
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mitt Romney’s position on the Detroit auto bailout and health care plan have been blasted, but a pollster suggests one issue not often discussed on the campaign trail this year could end ...

Why Do Mormons Baptize the Dead?
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has apologized for a Mormon who baptized the late parents of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. But despite calls this week from Holocaust survivor and Nobel la ...

Yes, Mormons Tithe, But Most Others Don't
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

But compared to other religious Americans, the Romneys and other Mormons are fairly atypical when it comes to passing the plate. Across the rest of the religious landscape, tithing is often preached but rarely ...

Mormons Confront 'Epidemic' of Online Misinformation
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Surprised by what they find so easily online, more and more Mormons are encountering crises of faith. Some even leave the fold and, feeling betrayed, join the ranks of Mormon opponents. ...

Mormonism 101
Originally Posted: 01/26/2012 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

With Mormonism frequently in the news, do you wish you knew more about its beliefs and practices? Cathy Lynn Grossman has a good basic summary, and a comparative chart to Christian denominations. ...

Mitt Romney and Moral Imagination
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

It always is disturbing when you hear of politicians who create laws that don’t apply to themselves or start wars that their children won’t be fighting in. The center of a ...

New Hampshire, the Right to Revolution and the Nation’s First Primary
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

The old Yankees of New Hampshire don’t like being told who to vote for. And, they especially don’t want to be told who should get their vote by anyone who works for a cable news company. ...

Woops! Gingrich Iowa Political Director Resigns After Calling Mormonism a "Cult"
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Newt Gingrich’s Iowa political director resigned yesterday after less than a week on the job for disparaging comments he made about the Mormon faith, referring to the religion as a “cult.” ...

Rule No. 1 of Interfaith Relations: Faith is Required
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

I know that effective blog posts require some kind of news hook to get people interested, so, take your pick: Nearly two weeks ago, 24 Copts died in Egypt. I know that effective ...

NEWS: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices A year ago, N ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have put together ...