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Mormonism is still racist

There’s no question that Mormonism was racist. Here’s the argument: 1. The LDS Church denied the priesthood to blacks. 2. The priesthood is positively valuable (from the Mormon perspective). 3. [from 1&2] The LDS Church denied something of value to a group of people based on their skin color. 4. To deny something of value

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Ritual and Red Tape: The Ethics of Baptisms for the Dead

Mormons believe that each person must undergo certain religious rituals called ordinances (basically equivalent to Catholic sacraments) without which one cannot attain the highest degree of salvation (i.e., exaltation). Mormons also believe that the authority to perform these ordinances was lost due to the so-called Great Apostasy of the traditional (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant) Christian

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The Episcopal Church and social justice — why I believe Bishop Sisk is wrong when it comes to OWS and Trinity Church

Originally posted at Annie’s View. I was saddened and frankly surprised to read Bishop Sisk’s letter on Facebook. The letter disappeared and reappeared shortly thereafter, along with the accompanying comments. It would appear that Bishop Sisk is bowing to public opinion and caving in and is no longer allowing OWS supporters to utilize their facilities

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Heretical Holiday Wishes

I am a Jew. I don’t mind receiving Christmas cards or being wished a “Merry Christmas” from friends, clerks, or even in junk mail trying to sell me something no sane person should ever buy. My wife and I even send Christmas cards, with messages of peace and joy, to our friends who are Christians

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Mormon Inconsistency on the Christian Question

Are Mormons Christian?  To contemporary Latter-day Saint (LDS) Mormons (the largest Mormon denomination) this question might seem silly.  After all, their church bears the name of Jesus Christ.  But there’s a historical context behind this question that has to do with the history of Christianity and of Mormonism.  Once this context is understood, then the

Jon Huntsman and the Jack Mormon Moment

Jon Huntsman is Mormon like Lady Gaga is Catholic. Okay, I exaggerate. Gaga was raised Catholic but her art exists in antagonistc tension with the Catholic Church. Jon Huntsman flouts the rules of Mormonism, but he doesn’t antagonize the LDS Church. Still, Huntsman is barely more “Mormon” in the technical sense than Butch Cassidy was.

“10 Commandments Judge” Running for Presidency

The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was removed from office for defying the Constitution and a federal court order is now one of 14 major candidates running for the Republican nomination for the presidency. by Walter Brasch Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary unanimously had ordered Roy S. Moore removed from office in

The stakes in the new Gallup belief numbers

In the final weeks of 2010, Gallup released the results of their public opinion research showing that, while belief in strict creationism is still strong, it has dipped slightly in recent years. Four in 10 Americans, slightly fewer today than in years past, believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago.

The End of the World…Again.

Didn’t we just get over this with the whole Y2K thing?  And then the Mayan calendar worries came around? Now, Harold Camping and the most devout listeners of his Family Radio Christian Network, headquartered just to the south of my hometown of Berkeley in Oakland, California, have fanned out across the country, preaching to all

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