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San Francisco gay activist and blogger Michael Petrelis offers an account of his latest attempt to recruit young Mormon missionaries into the “homosexual lifestyle.”
Petrelis engaged in street chatter and snapped the photo of the two recruiters, who hail from Colorado and Canada. They seemed game to answer his questions.
“As part of my responsibility as a gay liberation activist, I believe in recruiting new members to the tribe, so I struck up a conversation with them,” he writes. “I asked the boys if I could recruit them into the homosexual lifestyle. They laughed and I snapped their photos. Regular Chatty Cathys, they were, replying to my prying questions.”San Francisco gay activist and blogger Michael Petrelis offers an account of his... more
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the convictions of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial.
Jeffs, 54, was convicted by a southern Utah jury in 2007 of two counts of first-degree felony rape as an accomplice for his role in the 2001 nuptials of Elissa Wall, then 14, to her 19-year-old cousin, Allen Steed.
Jeffs is serving two consecutive terms of five years to life in the Utah State Prison on the convictions, but the high court ruled Tuesday that jury instructions on lack of consent were in error.
Jeffs is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The group, based on the Utah-Arizona state line, practices polygamy in marriages arranged by church leaders.
Defense attorney Wally Bugden has said the conviction should be overturned because the case facts never fit the charges and that prosecutors were motivated by a desire to dismantle the unpopular southern Utah-based church.
State attorneys contend Jeffs abused his religious authority to force the girl to marry and have sex.
Jeffs performed the couple's religious marriage in a Caliente, Nev., motel and later counseled Wall to be obedient and give her "mind, body and soul" to her husband.SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the convictions of... more
Mega-pastor Rick Warren is expected to recover after a yard accident at his California home that left him temporarily without sight and in "excruciating pain."
Warren, an avid gardener, was pruning a firestick plant in his yard on Monday when got some sap on his hands, wiped his brow and "immediately experienced excruciating pain in both eyes," according to his publicist, A. Larry Ross. His wife, Kay, called 911 and an emergency squad rushed him to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he stayed overnight before his release on Tuesday.
Ross said Warren is wearing protective contact lenses and is using ointment to treat a chemical burn to his corneas, and was briefly unable to open his eyes. Doctors expect he will recover, the spokesman told Christianity Today.
Warren tweeted, "Thank you for your prayers for my eyes. Another doctor visit this PM. May God use this pain for his glory. Rom. 8:28"
******* For some reason I doubt he it taking the right message from this *****************
Earlier, Warren said in a tweet:
"My eyes were severely burned by a toxic poison. Hospitalized Mon. Excruciating pain. Now home. Pray my sight loss is restored."
Warren's vision has since improved, Ross said, though the pastor was still experiencing some discomfort.
The accident happened at his home in Southern California, where he pastors the Saddleback mega-church that he founded 30 years ago.Mega-pastor Rick Warren is expected to recover after a yard accident at his California... more
Utah leads the nation in male youth suicides, and there was a tragic reminder of that fact yesterday.
On July 19th, Todd Ransom, a young gay man from Salt Lake City, committed suicide. It is unclear why exactly Todd took his life, but his friends report that he faced disapproval from his family and struggled to reconcile his sexual orientation with his Mormon upbringing.
I never knew Todd, despite sharing several mutual friends with him. But his death has greatly saddened me and countless others. There will be candle-light vigil held in memory of Todd tonight at 9:00 PM outside the state capitol building.
In response to this and other recent gay Mormon suicides, my friend Isaac shared his own personal struggle as a gay Mormon on Facebook. With his permission, I’m posting the full note here.
When I was a little boy, my beautiful mother would take me in her arms and together we would sing the words of the LDS primary song:
I am a Child of God
And he has sent me here
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.
There was no qualifier of “unless I grow up to be gay.”
And yet nearly twenty years later things seemed to come full circle as I sat sobbing on the bathroom floor of a dirty missionary apartment where, after taking a knife from my hands and calling for help, my mission companion took me in his arms and began singing in a soft trembling voice “I am a Child of God”.
I had struggled since childhood to combat what I felt was my true nature in favor of what my church taught was the plan of God. Weary, beaten, and worn I couldn’t fight anymore.
I was lucky. I failed.
But sadly there are those we love who do not fail. Tearfully we learn of and mourn those who we cannot judge for being weary of the fight and succumbing to the constant barrage of lashes coming from Utah’s predominant religion and dominant political party; their invariable actions declaring that we are not worthy of the same treatment as everyone else—that we are less than.
When will we learn that this is not a game?
The harsh rhetoric is not something to be used to score political points or to climb the rungs on the ladder of piety.
When the stripping of legal status and protections from gay relationships is celebrated like a Super Bowl victory, what does the gay person feel? When a state senator tells gay adolescents they shouldn’t come together to talk about their struggles in accepting their sexuality, what message does that send? When a bishop stands at the pulpit and preaches that loving committed gay relationships will destroy their family and asks for time and money to ‘defeat’ them, what unimaginable fear shakes the soul of the gay child in the pews?
We MUST normalize gay relationships. Every day that passes where being gay is viewed as undesirable and gay relations viewed as abnormal, is one more day that pushes our loved ones one step closer to the edge—to the point of no return.
I’ve said it before and I reaffirm it now: This is a fight for life!
As an LDS missionary I was taught that my purpose was to “Invite others to come unto Christ.” The LDS Church has admittedly done much good and provided legitimate hope and peace to many, but my dear Latter-Day Saints, your actions as members and the actions of your church organization when it comes to your LGBT children, brothers, sisters, and friends has done anything but invite me to come unto Christ.
Gandhi put it beautifully: “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
Your message on LGBT related issues is a message of intolerance, of hatred (both external and internal self loathing), torment, and of death.
And regrettably, too many children of God are hearing that message loud and clear.Utah leads the nation in male youth suicides, and there was a tragic reminder of that... more
I've lived among mormons for more years than I care to think about, and yes, the magic underwear was one of those mysteries that us kids speculated on when the adults weren't around. As if they were flies upon the walls of my childhood, the Thinking Atheist has made this video that discusses the the Mormon church's most famous "secret."I've lived among mormons for more years than I care to think about, and yes, the... more
SEOUL, South Korea — After a long day of seeking out new students on the drab and grimy, windswept streets of Geumcheon, one of Seoul’s poorest areas, English teachers Jared Turley and Spencer Gunnel sit inside an empty classroom, waiting for a shy 12-year-old student nicknamed Superstar.
A thin boy with glasses, he finally arrives and sits down in a single chair opposite the two teachers. Despite Superstar’s tardiness, the instructors appear thrilled to see him and inflect their voices generously when speaking to him. In a mix of English and Korean (a language Gunnel and Turley have spent countless hours studying) the lesson begins.
Superstar is a stellar student with a passion for English. But that’s not how he earned his name.
He never misses class and usually brings along friends, some of whom are interested in sticking around for the second part of the private lesson — learning the Mormon gospel. Superstar converted to the faith in late 2009.
Turley and Gunnel are on a mission that’s part rote learning and part religion. For the pair of strait-laced missionaries known as elders, who are on a two-year assignment in South Korea, the English classes are a way to attract new sheep to their flock.
South Korea is home to 80,000 Mormons and 500 missionaries, according to church literature, representing one of the Mormon’s Asian strongholds. It ranks third in overall population, behind Japan and the Philippines.
Unlike in those countries, proselytizers here have a special tool to lure converts — offering classes to a citizenry that views English proficiency as a prerequisite to success.
On many days, these pious peddlers stand on crowded Seoul street-corners hawking a sure-fire come on. In a city where language schools are expensive and private lesson rates run as high as $65 an hour, their classes are free.
But there’s a catch. Most lessons require students to remain for a second session discussing the Book of Mormon.
“A lot of people think we’re English teachers,” said Gunnel, a slim blond college freshman who, like all Mormon missionaries, is required to wear a conservative dark suit, white shirt and nametag.
Added missionary Brian Booth: “Probably most people drop out [of the bible lessons] because they’re in it for the English.”
The missionaries say they don’t consider the ploy to be any false advertising. They’ll do whatever it takes to promote their religious cause.
But not all Koreans see it that way.SEOUL, South Korea — After a long day of seeking out new students on the drab... more
Is Mormon Utah a sanctuary state for illegal aliens? You decide.
The list tries to offer up a little bit of everything when it comes to Mormon living, hopefully allowing for the practitioners and non-practitioners alike to learn a little something along the way.
Link: http://onlinechristiancolleges.net/50-best-blogs-about-mormon-living/The list tries to offer up a little bit of everything when it comes to Mormon living,... more
Catholics and Mormons are now seeking common cause in defense against an increasingly secular society. This week Cardinal Francis George spoke to a large and receptive audience at Brigham Young University. His message: Mormons and Catholics must stick together and resist growing secular pressure.
http://www.examiner.com/x-10853-Portland-Humanist-Examiner~y2010m2d26-Religion-Catholics-and-Mormons-unite-against-secular-AmericaCatholics and Mormons are now seeking common cause in defense against an increasingly... more
The Boy Scouts of America have a Mormon problem. Before you get all feisty, I should make it clear that in general I’m a big fan of Mormons. They make for generally great people, are pretty fun to hang with out, and are usually pretty smart. However, the BSA has a big Mormon...
http://dailyross.com/2010/02/the-bsas-mormon-problem/The Boy Scouts of America have a Mormon problem. Before you get all feisty, I should... more
The hit of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival - 8: The Mormon Proposition. Watch this video to hear more about the film and the issue.
Order of Appearance:
Joe Solmonese. President. Human Rights Campaign
City Attorney Dennis Herrera
State Sen. Scott McCoy
Gavin Newsom - Mayor of San Francisco
Spencer Jones & Tyler Barrick
Bruce Bastian - Executive Producer - 8: The Mormon Proposition
Steven Greenstreet - Co-Director - 8: The Mormon Proposition
Video by: Chris Morrow & Fred Karger
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More about Fred Karger: http://www.fiveforfred.com/The hit of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival - 8: The Mormon Proposition. Watch this... more
As a group, mormons are some of the passive-aggressive people I know. They are nice to everyone, but they are vicious and intolerant behind your back. This film trailer is one example of the double-face I've seen and experienced while growing up among mormons.As a group, mormons are some of the passive-aggressive people I know. They are nice to... more
Wow, never looked twice at a Mormon...until now.
Elna Baker Be Careful
By Reid Baer
Personally I think yer kewl
and I get the world of
New York ‘cause I lived there
once upon a time a
story time but not now
and I worry just like
the folks about some real
risks defining yourself
the lovely fool freely
among creative types
and media mavens
while struggling to keep the
Mormon rule. Remember
where you are – Manhattan –
the world’s most insidious
and immoral cesspool.
-Elna Baker Be Careful By Reid Baer Personally I think yer kewl and I get the... more
Nailed 'Em - Mormon Church Trespassing
The Mormon Church arrested Derek Jones and Matt Aune for criminal trespassing, not for being gay.Nailed 'Em - Mormon Church Trespassing The Mormon Church arrested Derek Jones... more
A Mormon leader's open homophobia is meeting resistance from all quarters, including four gay advocacy groups. The groups, including Mormons and former church members, released a joint statement Friday taking exception to points made earlier this week by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.A Mormon leader's open homophobia is meeting resistance from all quarters,... more
Harry, you’re supposed to be a believer. A true Mormon would stand with his LDS leaders on the sanctity of marriage. How dare you come out publically siding with gays and criticizing Mormon officials saying “that resources should have been put to better use.” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints stands on principle, not politics. You’ve been in bed with Obama and Pelosi too long … it’s time you were kicked out.
-Harry, you’re supposed to be a believer. A true Mormon would stand with his LDS... more
Clergy Bridge was created by Masters of Social Work students at Brigham Young
University, and monitored by Dr. Michael Seipel, to help Mormon Bishops deal with mental health issues among members in their Wards and Branches.
“I highly recommend this reading.” – Reid Baer
-Clergy Bridge was created by Masters of Social Work students at Brigham Young... more