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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 ...

The LGBT Gap, By Religion
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

We all know that when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT folks, religions differ. But what the religions communicate, and how the people in the pews actually feel, are not the same. ...

Top Mormon Leader Warns Against ‘Tolerance Trap’
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

The President of the Mormons’ Quorum of Twelve Apostles and next in line to take over the church’s reins didn’t specifically mention gay marriage, but his comments came amid controversy on the issue nationwide ...

Mitt, Mormons, and the Religious Test That Wasn’t
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

79 percent of white evangelicals voted for Romney. Charls C. Haynes writes in The Washington Post: Buried in the mountain of demographic data preoccupying poli ...

12 Myths About Mormonism That Persist Despite the ‘Mormon Moment’
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

All those stories educated millions of observant Americans about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Still, some “understandings” remain misunderstandings — and many views of the religion are stil ...

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. ...

Mormons Lower Age for Missionaries: 19 for Women, 18 for Men
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

In a surprising move that promises to transform Mormon social and spiritual dynamics, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 6 announced that it is lowering the age of full-time missionary ser ...

Missouri Remains Land of Religious Promise for Mormons
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

On the one hand, Missouri symbolizes how far Mormons have come. At least 66,000 Mormons now live in the state, more than triple the number of just three decades ago. Most recently, the LDS church has built a t ...

It’s Official: Coke and Pepsi Are OK for Mormons
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

On Aug. 29, the LDS church posted a statement on its website saying that “the church does not prohibit the use of caffeine” and that the faith’s health-code reference to “hot drinks” “does not go beyond (tea a ...

What Was Romney Like as a Mormon Bishop?
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Though Mitt Romney talks little about his faith on the campaign trail, he grew up in the Mormon Church and spent years as a top church leader in Massachusetts. Lani Gerson left t ...

Evangelical Author Sees 'Mormonizing' of America
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 7:43am | Type: Blog

Stephen Mansfield, an evangelical author who has written widely about the faith of politicians, turns his attention to Mormons in his latest book, The Mormonizing of America. He talked with Religion News Servi ...

This Week in Religion: Friday July 6, 2012 (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

Do Not Display (Church, Higgs-Boson, LGBT, Mormonism, Racial and Social Justice, religion news, Faith and Politics, Quick Read) Church,Higgs-B ...

Mormons and Patriotism
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

As Americans celebrate the nation’s founding, some Mormons may outdo their neighbors in fireworks, fanfare, and frenzy to express their outsized patriotism. SALT LAKE CITY — As Am ...

Evangelicals Stay Mum on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

What's surprising in 2012 is the relative lack of anxiety among evangelicals who for years considered Mormonism a "cult" that was to be feared, not embraced. Now th ...

Idaho Bans ‘Five Wives’ Vodka Over Risque Label
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Idaho regulators have decided not to carry Five Wives Vodka because of its label, while Utah booze cops have deemed the bottle’s depiction of 19th-century women in petticoats holding kittens near their lady p ...

With Nomination Clinched, Focus Turns to Romney’s Mormon Faith
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney clinched the GOP presidential nomination on May 28, becoming the first Mormon selected by a major political party. But will his barrier-breaking faith be a boon or bane to his White House campaign? ...

Romney Learns How to Talk to Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

It's no wonder that Mitt Romney won plaudits from evangelical bigwigs for his commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday. It showed he's learned how to talk to them--or at least, learned t ...

Evangelical Leader Says Engaging Mormonism is a Christian Mandate
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

Richard Mouw never intended to start a riot within the evangelical community by saying his fellow believers had "sinned against Mormonism." But that’s exactly what happened. ...

Study Shows Mormonism is Fastest-Growing Faith in Half of U.S. States
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

A new study shows that Mormonism is moving into more parts of the country than any other religious group, making it the fastest-growing faith in more than half of U.S. states. CHI ...

Utah Storehouse at Top of Mormon Food Chain
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

SALT LAKE CITY — At the new Utah Bishops' Central Storehouse, pallets loaded with food wait to be ferried to locales near and far, their destinations handwritten in black marker on plastic wrap covers: Lindon, Ely, Mesa, San Diego, St. George. S ...

Mitt Romney on the Cusp of Making Major Mormon History
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON --  With Rick Santorum’s exit from the White House race, Mitt Romney stands on the cusp of history as the first Mormon to appear at the top of a major party ticket in a general presidential election. Romney, a Brigham Young University-educate ...

Mormons, GOP Didn’t Always Get Along So Well
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

As Mitt Romney presses his bid for the Republican nomination for president, many Americans don't realize how his Mormon faith played an important role as foil in the early days of the GOP -- and how its f ...

The Top Six Mistakes Reporters Make About Mormons
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

I spent the weekend in New York at a conference I co-organized on Mormonism and American politics. We had two days of stimulating papers and presentations, an overview of which you can read here. One of my fav ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Jan. 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/27/2012 - 5:53pm | Type: Blog

A huge collection of 90s pop classics set to the tune of one man's melodica, animals appearing everywhere -- in public libraries, photobombs, even to predict the superbowl, how to mount a hot pocket holde ...

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. ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 25, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Obama Speech: State Of The Union Address Carries Emphatic Populist Challenge Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama delivered a populist challenge Tuesday night to shrink the gap between rich and poor ...

When Faith is Attacked
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel It was not the stones thrown by his tormentors that made him suffer most, he said; it was the silence of his friends. ...

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.” ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The General Election, Say Evangelicals (includes comments from Jim Wallis) Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The Ge ...

The Daily Show on Evangelicals & Mormons: Battle of the Sects
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 6:38pm | Type: Blog

Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart explains why, apparently, many "evangelicals" are supporting Rick Perry. +Warning: Videos may contain coarse language+ Last ...

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

Occupy Wall Street reaches one month Read more about the historic first month HERE. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication: Quotes to remember Occupy Wall Street reaches ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

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Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dead Sea Scrolls go digital Dead Sea Scrolls go digital The Dead Sea scrolls, 2,000 parchment and papyrus copies of 974 biblical texts, have been pixilated f ...

Tony Jones: Three Choices in Pluralism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Last week, I caused a bit of a dust-up by <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/02/tony-jones-honest-questions-for-mitt.html">wondering aloud about Mitt Romney's LDS faith&l ...