Monthly Archives: April 2006

Great picture of Joseph Smith

One of the best pictures I’ve seen of Joseph Smith.

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Sacred Grove, Manchester (near Palmyra)

I’ve always wanted to visit the Sacred Grove where Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. So I was very pleased to find this excellent pictures of the Sacred Grove.

Joseph Smith Quotes

I was enwrapped in a heavenly vision, and saw two glorious personages, who exactly resembled each other in features and likeness, surrounded with a brilliant light which eclipsed the sun at noon day. They told me . . . that the fulness of the Gospel should at some future time be made known unto me. History of the Church, 4:536.

I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true. . . . I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it. Joseph Smith-History 1:25.

The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask it from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 191.

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Filipina & Mormon: Tolerance 101 | Progressive U

Filipina & Mormon: Tolerance 101 | Progressive U:

“A Filipina Mormon?” A Mormon Filipina?”

Upon these discoveries of prominent aspects of my identity, I am received with baffled stares that yearn to vocally question “How?” but are restrained out of mere politeness.

There are thousands of misconceptions regarding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, usually identified as the “Mormon church.” Before the latter title is barely uttered many tend to view a mental pop-up with the word “polygamy” in flashing red letters, completely ignorant of the fact that this practice was long ago eradicated and is altogether obsolete. (Unfortunately, some groups that have branched away from the central church profess to be polygamous Mormons, which is greatly erroneous.) Because the LDS church was founded in America, a common inaccuracy is that all members are Caucasion Americans. Both my parents are just two beings amidst a sea of a million converts throughout the world, who are in turn passing their religious beliefs on to their own posterity. However, growing up in a less-diversified city in the suburbs of Florida, I have yet to find another brown face containing the same confused slanted eyes like mine. While attending church functions such as youth dances or activities, there has always been this lingering sadness acknowledging the certainty that there is no one to truly connect with, to not only understand the pressures of belonging to a religion ridiculed out of miscontrued information, but to also stand unsupported when ostrasized by those of my own culture.

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Making History

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Making History:

SALT LAKE CITY – When music director Craig Jessop raises his baton Sunday morning to direct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, it won t be just another broadcast of the weekly program Music…

The 4,000th program will also reach back through history, with music from the original broadcast.

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Join the More Good Foundation with me!

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Protesters defend Mormons

deseretnews.com | Protesters defend Mormons:

Members of the LDS Church did the Christian thing by turning the other cheek and refusing to let a San Diego protest turn ugly, according to Utah filmmaker Richard Dutcher.

More than 30 supporters of Dutcher’s film “States of Grace” (released locally as “God’s Army 2: States of Grace”) – some of them from as far away as Utah and Texas – showed up in San Diego Wednesday to counter claims that the film features Mormon content and therefore is not Christian.

Most of those protesters opted to remain at a nearby hotel, while just a handful stood outside the Horton Plaza 14 Theaters, holding signs that bore such slogans as “Mormons are Christians too” as they tried to get their point across by peaceful means.

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Muslim students ‘being taught to despise unbelievers as filth’

Muslim students ‘being taught to despise unbelievers as filth’ – Britain – Times Online:

Pupils protest as college linked to Iran puts fundamentalist text on curriculum, reports our correspondent

MUSLIM students training to be imams at a British college with strong Iranian links have complained that they are being taught fundamentalist doctrines which describe nonMuslims as filth.

The Times has obtained extracts from medieval texts taught to the students in which unbelievers are likened to pigs and dogs. The texts are taught at the Hawza Ilmiyya of London, a religious school, which has a sister institution, the Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS), which offers a degree validated by Middlesex University…

THE DOCTRINE

‘The water left over in the container after any type of animal has drunk from it is considered clean and pure apart from the left over of a dog, a pig, and a disbeliever’

‘There are ten types of filth and impurities: urine, faeces, semen, carrion, blood of carrion, dogs, pigs, disbelievers’

‘When a dog, a pig, or a disbeliever touches or comes in contact with the clothes or body [of a Muslim] while he [the disbeliever] is wet, it becomes obligatory- compulsory upon him [the Muslim] to wash and clean that part which came in contact with the disbeliever’

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Michelle Malkin’s Creates Hot Air Network, LLC, videoblogging

Hot Air About:

I formed Hot Air Network, LLC, to bring ideological diversity-because we all love diversity-to the videoblogging world. And because it looked like a lot of fun. Two of the most cutting-edge bloggers on the Right have joined me in my cyberquest: video editing whiz Bryan Preston and the almighty Allah Pundit. Allah likes to think of us as a little Internet garage band. Only we’re playing in three separate home offices and a basement. But you get the idea.

Our mission at Hot Air is to:

  • Expose new viewers to the revolutionary world of videoblogging, animation, and Internet broadcasting;
  • Recruit dynamic, enterprising people with creative skills from across the country to help us challenge (and CONQUER!) the dinosaur broadcast media outlets;
  • Laugh. Report. Laugh. Entertain. Laugh. Inform. Laugh. Make money. Did we say laugh?

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Romney’s Religious Test by Robert Novak

HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE – Romney’s Religious Test by Robert Novak:

Mitt Romney, in his last nine months as governor of Massachusetts, was in Washington Tuesday to address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an early stage of his 2008 presidential campaign. To a growing number of Republican activists, he looks like the party’s best bet. But any conversation among Republicans about Romney invariably touches on concerns of whether his Mormon faith disqualifies him for the presidency. The

U.S. Constitution prohibits a religious test for public office, but that is precisely what is being posed now. Prominent, respectable Evangelical Christians have told me, not for quotation, that millions of their co-religionists cannot and will not vote for Romney for president solely because he is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If Romney is nominated and their abstention results in the election of Hillary Rodham Clinton, that’s just too bad. The Evangelicals are adamant, saying there is no way Romney can win them over.

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“Mitt Romney’s Evangelical Problem” by Amy Sullivan

“Mitt Romney’s Evangelical Problem” by Amy Sullivan:

Washington pundits in the throes of post-election doldrums are notoriously eager to find a fresh face to crown the “early favorite” for the next presidential campaign. Even by those standards, however, the speed with which they flocked to Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been remarkable. Last December, barely a month after Bush’s reelection, George Will devoted a column to Romney’s potential, and a quick succession of profiles in the Weekly Standard, National Review, and The Atlantic Monthly appeared in the spring. Who could blame them? Romney has had a successful business career (he is known to most Americans as the man who saved the Salt Lake City Olympics). He comes from noble moderate Republican lineage (his father was governor of Michigan). He is attractive (the National Review sighed over his “chiseled handsomeness”). And he grabbed national headlines-and the attention of social conservatives-by standing up to the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage. Just as Democrats are always looking for a liberal nominee from a red state, Republicans dream about a candidate like Romney: a social conservative from the most cerulean of blue states who can please the base while not scaring off moderates.

There’s only one problem. Romney is a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). Mormonism was never an issue when Orrin Hatch ran for president, but Hatch was never talked up with even a smidgen of the seriousness that accompanies the Massachusetts governor. Yet each Romney profile plays down the Mormon issue. In a typical treatment, under the headline “Matinee Mitt,” John Miller admits in the National Review that some of Romney’s Republican opponents might highlight a few of “Mormonism’s doctrinal oddities,” but concludes that “there is no telling how this will play out,” and “it’s even possible to think that Romney’s Mormonism could become a hidden asset.”

It’s understandable that political observers want to think Romney’s religion wouldn’t be a problem. He’s an appealing candidate with compassionate conservative allure. Moreover, we would all like to believe that a politician’s religious affiliation isn’t an obstacle to higher office. There’s a general sense, particularly among the chattering class, that we’ve gotten past that. Didn’t Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) run on the Democratic ticket in 2000 with no problem? Aren’t there a handful of Catholic candidates among the field of potential Republican nominees for 2008?

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Mitt Romney’s clumsy Mormon shtick

Mitt Romney’s clumsy Mormon shtick. By Adam Reilly:

Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is his biggest political hurdle. The Massachusetts governor, who will almost certainly seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, has become a dark-horse favorite thanks to his achievements (health-care reform) and personal qualities (he’s charismatic, smart, and absurdly wholesome). But in a 1999 Gallup poll, 17 percent of respondents said they wouldn’t vote for a presidential candidate who’s a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And since the conservative evangelicals prominent in today’s GOP are deeply suspicious of the LDS Church, Romney’s religion could cripple him in the Republican primaries. Romney knows he needs to dispel these heebie-jeebies to win the presidency, so he’s spent the past few months figuring out how to play the Mormon card.

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Mormons make $2.9M offer for Boy Scouts land

The Cushing Daily Citizen, Cushing, Oklahoma – Mormons make $2.9M offer for Boy Scouts land:

KINGSTON, N.H. The Mormon church has expressed interest in purchasing the 125-acre Lone Tree Reservation Boy Scout Camp for $2.9 million, a move that would allow the church to establish a permanent girls camp at the location.

The Mormon church has made it very clear that they intend to buy a property in Southern New Hampshire for a girls camp, said Randy Larson, an executive for the Yankee Clipper Council, the Boy Scout organization that owns the camp.

The proposal, which is not yet a formal offer, would allow Boy Scouts to use the camp for two weeks each summer and on weekends throughout the year.

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Mormons make $2.9M offer for Boy Scouts land

The Cushing Daily Citizen, Cushing, Oklahoma – Mormons make $2.9M offer for Boy Scouts land:

KINGSTON, N.H. The Mormon church has expressed interest in purchasing the 125-acre Lone Tree Reservation Boy Scout Camp for $2.9 million, a move that would allow the church to establish a permanent girls camp at the location.

The Mormon church has made it very clear that they intend to buy a property in Southern New Hampshire for a girls camp, said Randy Larson, an executive for the Yankee Clipper Council, the Boy Scout organization that owns the camp.

The proposal, which is not yet a formal offer, would allow Boy Scouts to use the camp for two weeks each summer and on weekends throughout the year.

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Senate Panel: FEMA Should Be Abolished, Rebuilt

FOXNews.com – Senate Panel: FEMA Should Be Abolished, Rebuilt

WASHINGTON The nation’s beleaguered disaster response agency should be abolished and rebuilt from scratch to avoid a repeat of multiple government failures exposed by Hurricane Katrina, a Senate inquiry has concluded.

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Rove Testifies to Grand Jury in CIA Leak Case

FOXNews.com – Rove Testifies to Grand Jury in CIA Leak Case

WASHINGTON President Bush’s political adviser Karl Rove testified Wednesday before a federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity.

LDS Church supports constitutional amendment for marriage

Salt Lake Tribune – LDS Church supports constitutional amendment for marriage

The LDS Church has joined a national religious coalition to push an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.

LDS Apostle Russell M. Nelson joined 50 prominent Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Jewish leaders in signing a petition explaining why they see a need for such a constitutional amendment.

“We are convinced that this is the only measure that will adequately protect marriage from those who would circumvent the legislative process and force a redefinition of it on the whole of our society,” reads the petition released to the public on Monday.

The LDS Church issued a statement acknowledging its involvement with the Religious Coalition for Marriage, but spokesman Dale Bills declined any further comment and said Nelson was granting no interviews.

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Phares analysis of Bin Laden’s new tape: “The state of Jihad worldwide”

Phares analysis of Bin Laden’s new tape: “The state of Jihad worldwide”

One more time Al Jazeera pomotes (sic) an Usama Bin Laden speech. After airing portions of the Bin Laden audiotape al Jazeera posted large fragments of the “speech” on its web site. This was the longest version possible we were able to have access to. After careful reading, my assessment of the “piece” got reinforced: This is not just another audiotape or videotape of a renegade in some cave. Regardless of who is the speaker and his whereabouts, the 30 minutes long read statement is a declaration, probably as important as the February 1998 declaration of war against America, the Crusaders and their allies.

This is a “state of Jihad address” by a Terror-leader who projects himself as the supreme leader of all Salafi Jihadists in the world. The document provide guidelines and vision to the followers across the continents: A call for mega-terrorism and a fiery delivery of a bloody war in all directions. Not one single civilization and religion got away from Usama’s grapes of wrath: Muslim moderates, Shiites, Christian Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox; Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Atheists as well. Europeans, Chinese, Indians, Semites, Africans and others were all deciphered as Kuffars, infidels.

In two decades of Salafi and Khumeini rhetoric monitoring, I haven’t heard or seen a cross-infidel speech as the one aired by al Jazeera on April 23, 2006. There will be lots of ink and mega bites spent on its analysis for months and years to come, but here are the main points. Al Jazeera dubbed them: “The main axis of the speech.” ÇáãÍÇæÑ ÇáÃÓÇÓíÉ Ýí ÎØÇÈ Èä áÇÏä.

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AIFD Commentary : They just don’t get it

Posted by permission from AIFD. Its appearance is independent of this blog, and should not be construed to either agree or disagree with the opinions expressed on this blog, or on any other website.

American Islamic Forum for Democracy:

AIFD Commentary

They just don’t get it

April 2, 2006
M. Zuhdi Jasser
American Islamic Forum for Democracy

Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR rushed in his letter to the editor on March 31, 2006 to a list of programs and statements of condemnation which his organization has made in the recent past concerning terrorism and hate. He seems to either conveniently or carelessly miss the entire point of my March 30, 2006 column, Cancer in its Midst in the Washington Times.

Let me make my points more direct. CAIR (Council for American-Islamic Relations) and other Muslim organizations gain their public notoriety as supposed Muslim responses to the darkness cast over our community from radical Islamists. Its response, however, is all about victimization and little else. And yet again, in Mr. Hooper’s response to my column he still could not get himself to answer these questions which I all but spelled out:

1- Will they directly help to dismantle and lead an organized effort against terrorist organizations and individuals by name beginning with Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, and HAMAS to name just a few of the radical Islamist enemies of America? Will they name and ideologically engage the extremism of the Wahhabists of Saudi Arabia, the theocrats of Iran, Sudan, and the litany of other despots and theocrats in the Muslim world in their so far empty nameless condemnations of terrorism?

2- Will Mr. Hooper acknowledge that political Islam (Islamism) is the toxin which feeds the terrorism committed by radicalized Muslims?

3- If so, is it not the primary role of Muslim American organizations to lead the ideological war against radical Islamists? Non-Muslims can do nothing to deconstruct this poisonous ideology. Our fellow Americans living in fear for their security are looking for us to lead this fight. The credibility of Muslims is suffering deeply as a result of the complete denial of this responsibility by the likes of Mr. Hooper.

4- As a fellow Muslim, will Mr. Hooper join me in the call to my fellow co-religionists to fully and unequivocally separate the spiritual from the political? If not, then Mr. Hooper just doesn’t get it. Opinion polls continue to fall concerning the credibility of Muslims and their stance in this war against radical Islamists. Our community needs organizations with a new paradigm in this global conflict. Unless, leading Muslim organizations primarily and frontally engage ideological Islamism (political Islam), in an effort to cure the cancer from our midst, all of their other efforts will remain, pure and simply, self-serving and far from embodying the Golden Rule.

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Harry Potter’s Not the Problem

American Vision – Harry Potter’s Not the Problem:

Laura Mallory is a concerned mother of three. She wants the Harry Potter books removed from the library of J.C. Magill Elementary School where her children attend because she says the books, which have world-wide sales of more than 300 million, glorify witchcraft. She has embarked on a fool’s errand.

I’m always amazed when I read stories about well intentioned parents who want this book removed or that course dropped as if these minor changes will result in an educational reformation. It’s not going to happen. The sooner parents learn this, the sooner they will save their children from things worse than witchcraft like the belief that public education is a neutral endeavor designed to equip young people to be objective learners. Based on what the courts have decided over the years, the public schools are “religious (Christian)-free zones.” In a word, they are atheistic.

You would think that the majority of Christian parents would be concerned about this. They’re not. They continue to believe that public education can be saved. It can’t. Mrs. Mallory is spitting in the wind when she doesn’t have to. Her children are being co-opted everyday by witchcraft by the “philosopher’s stone” of the magic-laden and irrational worldview of materialism. Read More

Are Hybrid Sales Running Out of Gas?

Are Hybrid Sales Running Out of Gas?:

Are Hybrid Sales Running Out of Gas?

High fuel prices created a buzz around the efficient vehicles. But as consumers do the math, the cars are becoming a tougher sell.

Every car company hopes for hit models that are in high demand, and long windows of time in which it doesn’t have to offer sales incentives. Hybrid cars and SUVs have been among that exclusive club. But auto makers investing in the vehicles are seeing some cracks in consumer demand as more people question hybrids’ financial payback.

Seventeen hybrid-electric models will be available in the U.S. by the end of this year, and J.D. Power has forecasted that sales will reach 260,000 units, or 1.5% of all auto sales. But if hybrid sales hit that level, it won’t be without a lot more marketing and sales incentives than they have received so far.

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Judge: Ten Commandments to Stay on Ohio Courthouse Lawn

FOXNews.com – Judge: Ten Commandments to Stay on Ohio Courthouse Lawn

TOLEDO, Ohio – A Ten Commandments monument that has stood on the courthouse lawn for almost 50 years does not promote religion and can remain in place, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge James Carr said Tuesday that the monument can stay because the motives for placing it outside the Lucas County courthouse were secular and not an endorsement of a specific belief.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sued Lucas County in 2002 to have the display removed, saying it was unconstitutional and promoted religion.

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Israel to forgo military response to bombing

Israel to forgo military response to bombing | csmonitor.com:

Israel to forgo military response to bombing

Meanwhile, Arab media blame Israel for Tel Aviv attack, but debate attack’s value.

By Arthur Bright | csmonitor.com

Israel has decided against launching a full-fledged military response against the Palestinian Authority in response to the deadly suicide bombing Monday in Tel Aviv.

In an article published in The Jerusalem Post, the Associated Press reports that Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrived at the decision to forgo military reprisals against the Palestinian Authority (PA) after two hours of meetings Tuesday with Israeli officials and security chiefs.

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Mideast ‘axis of terror’ forms againts West

Mideast ‘axis’ forms against West | csmonitor.com:

Mideast ‘axis’ forms against West Iran is forging closer ties with countries and groups in the Middle East that share its hostility toward the US and Israel.

By Nicholas Blanford | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

BEIRUT, LEBANON – Rising tension between the West and Iran is coinciding with the emergence of a loose anti-Western alliance – Israel now dubs it an “axis of terror” – spanning the Middle East, presenting a new challenge to the US’s regional ambitions.

Centered on Iran, this alignment has hardened in recent months, analysts say, with Tehran shoring up old alliances and strengthening ties with countries (Syria and Iraq) and with groups (Hizbullah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad) that share its hostility toward Israel and the US.

“The alliance that is emerging in this part of the world is a creation of Iran,” says Sami Moubayed, a Syrian political analyst. “It wants to bolster its position by allying itself with countries or groups that can temporarily enhance its regional role and influence.”

On Tuesday, Israel’s UN envoy Dan Gillerman dubbed this alliance the “new axis of terror” following a suicide bombing claimed by the Iranian-funded Islamic Jihad in Tel Aviv the previous day that killed nine Israelis.

“A dark cloud is looming above our region, and it is metastasizing as a result of the statements and actions by leaders of Iran, Syria, and the newly elected government of the Palestinian Authority,” Mr. Gillerman said.

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Defaced stolen Mormon books have reduced value

Salt Lake Tribune – Defaced stolen Mormon books have reduced value

All 14 rare Mormon books stolen during a burglary last week at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers’ Pioneer Memorial Museum have been recovered – but not without financial and historical losses.

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‘Cancer in its midst’

Caner in its midst

During the dark days of our Revolution, Thomas Paine wrote, “That these are the times, that try men’s souls.” As an American Muslim, I feel the sentiment of these words like a red-hot brand on my brain.

I have watched horrified as assassins have read out the words from my Holy Koran before slitting the throats of some poor innocent souls. To my non-comprehending eyes, I have seen mothers proudly support their sons’ accomplishment of blowing up innocent people as they eat or travel. It shatters some part of me, to see my faith as an instrument for butchery.

It makes me hope and pray for some counter-movement within my faith which will push back all this darkness. And I know that it must start with what is most basic — the common truth that binds all religions: “Do unto others, as you would have them do onto you.” The Golden Rule.

Night after night, I see Muslim national organizations like the Council for American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, cry out over and over about anecdotal victimization while saying and doing absolutely nothing about the most vile hate-speak and actions toward Jews and Christians in the Muslim world. It is the most self-serving of outrage.

The question I ask myself in the darkness of my own night is, “How did my beautiful faith become so linked with such ugliness.” To me, the answer is both deep and simple. A spiritual path must be only about the spiritual while a worldly path must be about this world. When the two get mixed together, it brings out the very worst in both.

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The Danger of Redefining ‘The Family’

The Danger of Redefining ‘The Family’

The recent United Nations Conference on Population and Development offers a good example of the kind of challenges that United Families International and other pro-family groups constantly face at the UN.

Regardless of the proposed topic or problem bringing UN member states together in international forums under the UN’s Economic and Social Council, negotiations seem to inevitably focus on abortion, homosexuality or “sexual freedom.” Of course, the advocates of these positions do not use these exact terms because they try to obscure their intentions. They use terms like “reproductive health services” for abortion, “various forms of the family” to promote homosexuality and “responsible” or “comprehensive sex education” to promote irresponsible teen sex.

It has never been clear to me why the UN is even dealing with these issues at these meetings, which should be convened to work on world peace, sanitation, world hunger and stamping out deadly diseases.

Here is what happened at the population conference:

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Map Gallery of Religion in the United States

Map Gallery of Religion in the United States:

American Ethnic Geography

A Cultural Geography of the United States and Canada

The U.S. Census Bureau, due to issues related to the separation of church and state, does not ask questions related to faith or religion on the decennial census. Accordingly, there are few sources of comprehensive data on church membership and religious affiliation for the United States. Perhaps the leading organization to address this gap is the Glenmary Research Center, which publishes Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States, 2000. The following series of county-level choropleth maps, which reveals the distribution of the larger and more regionally concentrated church bodies, draws on this resource. The maps are in GIF format.

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The Dilbert Blog: 4 Billion Losers

My post to Scott Adams:

Scott, to answer one of your questions, consider the following scripture in the LDS Doctrine and Covenants (D&C):

1:15 For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant;

1:16 They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.

People prefer to follow their own way. The scriptures are replete with examples of God calling prophets who then communicate to man His will, only to have man turn away from God. And that is the pattern…God to prophet to man…and man is free to listen and obey or not listen and disobey.

Implicit in your questions is the underlying quest to know God and to have certainty you are following the right path, or the right prophet in this case. To be short, my thesis is that God has given evidence which can lead one to objective proof (certainty) as to who His prophet is. That evidence is The Book of Mormon. If you have not read it, I humbly invite you to. Consider this endorsement from Jesus Christ in D&C 20:

7 And gave unto him commandments which inspired him;

8 And gave him power from on high, by the means which were before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon;

9 Which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also;

10 Which was given by inspiration, and is confirmed to others by the ministering of angels, and is declared unto the world by them-

11 Proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old;

12 Thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.

And finally this invitation from a prophet in The Book of Mormon, of which I have tested and found God has proven to me beyond doubt that The Book of Mormon is God’s word and that Joseph Smith is His prophet:

Moroni 10:

3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things (Book of Mormon), if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

The Dilbert Blog: 4 Billion Losers

Recently I asked the believers among you to explain why you believe in your own prophet but not the other guy’s prophet.

The LDS (Mormon) folks said they talk directly to God and get personal answers. Most of the rest of you said something along the lines that your prophet(s) (or Christ) told you that the other guy’s prophet(s) (or Christ) isn’t all that. Fair enough. I was concerned that you hadn’t thought it through.

Now I have another question for the believers.

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BYU Honor Code statement on sexual orientation

deseretnews.com | BYU Honor Code statement on sexual orientation:

At Brigham Young University, the LDS Church-owned school’s code of conduct directly addresses sexual orientation:

“Brigham Young University will respond to student behavior rather than to feelings or orientation. Students can be enrolled at the University and remain in good Honor Code standing if they maintain a current ecclesiastical endorsement and conduct their lives in a manner consistent with gospel principles and the Honor Code. Advocacy of a homosexual lifestyle (whether implied or explicit) or any behaviors that indicate homosexual conduct, including those not sexual in nature, are inappropriate and violate the Honor Code.”

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Salt Lake’s big picture changing

deseretnews.com | Salt Lake’s big picture changing:

With a $1 billion-plus investment in downtown being made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – and at least another $300 million from Wasatch Real Estate Partners for several skyscrapers – the time is right to update downtown’s big picture, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce told the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday.

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