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More than just a kiss

posted by Dave Banack

From the Salt Lake Tribune: “Gay couple cuffed, cited after kiss near LDS temple.” A gay couple says they were detained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints security guards after one man kissed another on the cheek […]

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Gay marriage petition

posted by Dave Banack

At the Salt Lake Tribune, “Petition urges LDS Church to soften stance on gays,” reporting efforts of a collection of LDS and ex-LDS to lobby the LDS Church by delivering a petition reproving its stand on Prop 8. According to […]

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Are Mormons misunderstood?

posted by Dave Banack

That’s the headline in a longish Time story on Mormons, “The Church and Gay Marriage: Are Mormons Misunderstood?” It’s a fairly balanced story, although the author still manages to impute “seamless unity” to the Mormon community while, at the same […]

Mormonism as a symbol whose meaning is changing

posted by Dave Banack

At Get Religion, “The Mormons are coming!“, taking issue with aspects of a Washington Post article of the same name. I would summarize the general problem in simpler terms: some journalists in the mainstream press believe their own propaganda, which […]

California Supreme Court upholds Prop 8; existing marriages still valid

posted by Dave Banack

As expected, the California Supreme Court upheld the propriety of Proposition 8’s amendment to the state constitution in an opinion released today, but left same-sex marriages performed since May 2008 in force. Here’s from the LA Times story: The California […]

Buddha and Mormon theology

posted by Dave Banack

At the Mormon Times, “A Mormon theology manifesto,” summarizing remarks by an LDS philosopher at a recent conference suggesting that theology “must follow the path that addresses and heals suffering.”

The future of religious liberty in Connecticut

posted by Dave Banack

A Mirror of Justice post provides some links related to the proposed Connecticut legislation implementing gay marriage in that state in response to a 2008 state supreme court decision, Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Publilc Health.

Good cop, bad cop

posted by Dave Banack

I’ll review the recent LDS General Conference session by session this week, starting with the Saturday morning session. The Mormon Times provides an index with links to summaries; LDS.org has now posted full transcripts. As expected, the impact of the […]

Looks like Prop 8 is here to stay

posted by Dave Banack

From the Los Angeles Times, “California Supreme Court looks unlikely to kill Proposition 8.” The California Supreme Court strongly indicated Thursday it would rule that Proposition 8 validly abolished the right for gays to marry but would allow same-sex couples […]

Additional Prop 8 disclosure info

posted by Dave Banack

Here is a follow-up to my earlier post on this topic. The LDS Newsroom put up a second post regarding financial disclosures in connection with in-kind contributions to the Yes on 8 campaign by the LDS Church (as opposed to […]

Getting the Prop 8 contribution story straight

posted by Dave Banack

The LDS Newsroom released a statement correcting media misstatements regarding the recent filing of its final report of financial assistance to the Yes on 8 campaign. On Friday, 30 January, the Church filed the final report of its contributions (all […]

Tom Hanks, take two

posted by Dave Banack

Tom Hanks has modified his recent statement that Mormons are un-American for supporting Proposition 8 (see “Big Love producer sounds off on Prop 8“). Through a publicist, Hanks released a statement to People Magazine (is this the magazine of record […]

Big Love producer sounds off on Prop 8

posted by Dave Banack

And that producer is none other than Tom Hanks. Here’s Hanks, as quoted by Fox News: The truth is this [show] takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church, and the […]

Several thoughts on marriage and politics

posted by Dave Banack

For your weekly Prop 8 fix, here are some unusually thoughtful recent posts from the LDS group blog Zelophedad’s Daughters. “The Prop 8 Debate and the Fiction of the Autonomous Self,” starting with this provocative sentence: “The questionable premise I […]

Going Mobile

posted by Dave Banack

I’ve been offline with some holiday travel the last few days. I spent a couple of hours camping in the “cell phone park and wait” lot waiting for a delayed flight to arrive at the Salt Lake airport. Really, how […]

The price of voting one’s conscience

posted by Dave Banack

… and making a political donation: at the LA Times, “A life thrown into turmoil by $100 donation for Prop. 8.” The LA Times continues to write interesting reflections on the continuing saga of Prop 8. The journalist refers to […]

Mad at the LDS Church

posted by Dave Banack

No time for commentary this morning, but here are more Prop 8 stories from across the full range of the opinion spectrum: “Why we’re mad at the Mormon church,” by an LA Times columnist. I believe the “we” in the […]

Some Prop 8 answers

posted by Dave Banack

In an effort to improve the signal-to-noise ratio in the Prop 8 comment threads, here is a link to comments by a California law prof posted shortly after the election. A couple of key paragraphs: Note that Prop 8 does […]

Are Mormons the victims?

posted by Dave Banack

At the LA Times, of all places: “Are Mormons the victims in the Prop 8 fight?” I’m not sure I agree with the framing of the story — it seems to imply that every story, even a political story, must […]

Correcting Misguided Rights Talk

posted by Dave Banack

Funny what post-election behavior reveals about people. Republicans who lost the presidential race are quietly supporting a smooth transition of power to the incoming Obama administration; Prop 8 opponents are busy organizing angry marches and targeting Mormons for retribution, using […]

Recession? What recession?

posted by Dave Banack

We’re here in Utah for Thanksgiving. I was part of the group shopping expedition to Salt Lake today. The parking lots were full and there were people in the stores. I managed to suppress the urge to buy while browsing […]

Thanksgiving cheer

posted by Dave Banack

We missed the deer but got the turkey. I’m now basking in that pleasant two-hour lull between dinner and pie, with nothing particularly clever to add about this uniquely American family holiday. If you’re looking for clever, here are a few links […]

A Prop 8 manifesto

posted by Dave Banack

Posted by one of the bloggers at Feminist Mormon Housewives: “My Prop 8 Manifesto.” There are two stories about the Prop 8 campaign and passage that are rumbling through media stories and LDS blogs. One is the post-election targeting of Mormons […]

LDS Newsroom responds on Prop 8

posted by Dave Banack

In “Measured Voices Provide Reason, Support Amidst Proposition 8 Reaction,” the LDS Newsroom has posted a half-dozen selections from columns and editorials supporting the LDS Church as it weathers sustained criticism from noisy Prop 8 opponents.  One of the excerpts […]

Calendar Guy appeals for his diploma

posted by Dave Banack

In the Salt Lake Tribune: “Mormon excommunicated over calendar appeals for BYU diploma.” Mr. Hardy’s attorney sent a letter to BYU appealing BYU’s refusal to award the diploma. There was also a second letter sent to the LDS Church, asking […]

God and football in Utah

posted by Dave Banack

A dangerous combination, according to the New York Times: “BYU and Utah Share a Rivalry With a Deeper Meaning.”

Feeling the heat

posted by Dave Banack

In the LA Times: “Mormon church feels the heat over Proposition 8.” It starts out: In June, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a fateful decision. They called on California Mormons to donate their time […]

Prop 8: The aftermath

posted by Dave Banack

The high profile role that members of the LDS Church played in the Yes on 8 campaign in California continues to generate news.  One of the milder online pieces is “Pro-Liberty, Not Anti-Mormon” at On Faith, by a writer and “civil […]

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More blogs to enjoy!!!
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posted 2:21:45pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

The meanings of Zion
This is the third post on Richard L. Bushman's Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008). [See Part 1 and Part 2.] In Chapter Three, Bushman reviews the several meanings of the term "Zion" in LDS doctrine and thinking. The Mormon sense of Zion has no real parallels in Protestant though

posted 11:00:37pm Jul. 29, 2009 | read full post »

A statistical portrait of Mormons
The Pew Forum recently issued a detailed summary of survey information about Mormons gathered as part of a much larger survey of religious life in the United States. It is a very readable summary, noting that Mormons comprise 1.7% of adults in the US; 35% of Mormon adults live in Utah and 13% live i

posted 12:33:08pm Jul. 29, 2009 | read full post »

July 24th: Pioneer Day in Utah
July 24th is a state holiday in Utah, designated Pioneer Day. It commemorates the entry of the first wagon train of Mormons into the Salt Lake Valley in the summer of 1847. They came down Emigration Canyon, somewhat north of the present I-80 corridor which comes down Parley's Canyon. Brigham Young w

posted 5:38:50pm Jul. 23, 2009 | read full post »

Finding heretics in strange places
A very interesting post at Mormon Matters, reviewing a 1989 book titled "Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up?" The book was written by an attorney who grew up a Jehovah's Witness, then became an Evangelical Christian. That lasted until he conducted a thorough reading the original writings of the

posted 6:27:09pm Jul. 22, 2009 | read full post »

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