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From 2007: One of the earliest Mr. Media interviews is a gem for fans of Penn & Teller! I talked to the producer of their long-running Showtime series, 'Bullsh*t!,' in which they debunked and demystified all kinds of sacred cows. Good conversation with lots of inside dope on the duo! http://www.mrmedia.com/2007/03/star-price-penn-amp-teller-bullshit-producer-mr-media-interview/#.URvkfejdb-gFrom 2007: One of the earliest Mr. Media interviews is a gem for fans of Penn &... more
Another day, another U.S. media outlet wakes up to the grim reality of a world where the climate deniers and delayers reign. This time it’s the The Salt Lake Tribune, with it’s powerfully headlined editorial: A killing climate: Global warming unchecked …
“Sadly, far too often in Utah government leaders and others dismiss global warming as a scare tactic by environmental activists with agendas that include cleaner energy sources and mass transit as substitutes for the fossil fuels that power the state and national economies.
“Such ignorance, blind or willful, has transformed climate change into a political issue rather than the global threat it clearly is proving to be. Somehow, achieving American oil independence is seen as an imperative far more compelling than reducing carbon emissions that, at their current rate of production, will profoundly alter the lives of our grandchildren and their posterity.”
More at linkAnother day, another U.S. media outlet wakes up to the grim reality of a world where... more
A friend showed this to me yesterday. A great idea.
Some Mormons like to baptize dead people as Mormons. So this site lets you baptize dead (and living) Mormons to homosexuality.
I tried to do Glenn Beck, but it picks living Mormons randomly.
http://alldeadmormonsarenowgay.com/images/admang.pngA friend showed this to me yesterday. A great idea. Some Mormons like to baptize... more
Romney's Mexican cousin was held for ransom by the Cartel. So what does Mitt's family think about his strict drug & immigration policy?
Watch parts 1-6 here:
http://bit.ly/VICE-Mexican-Mormons-6Romney's Mexican cousin was held for ransom by the Cartel. So what does... more
In the wake of Mitt's 47% comments - pundits and politicians on both sides of the aisle are wondering just what the heck is wrong with this guy. He's taken each side of every issue - he panders to whoever he's in a room with - and (look at plasma) even may change his skin color to appeal to a certain demographic of voters. The man seems to have no core - he seems hollow. But maybe politicians and pundits are looking at Mitt from the wrong angle. Hear me out on this - because I want to suggest a theory that explains everything about Mitt Romney - his campaign - and what he sees for his presidency. And it all centers on one very personal, core belief he holds - and that's the way he was raised, and how it interfaces with his Mormon religion.In the wake of Mitt's 47% comments - pundits and politicians on both sides of the... more
Mormon protestors blame New Zealand for blasphemous play. [more]
http://theskunk.org/2012/09/mormons-attack-new-zealand-embassy-to-protest-broadway-musical/Mormon protestors blame New Zealand for blasphemous play. [more]... more
Both national conventions are over and now we get back to work. At WHACKO-TV we think reading books is a good idea. We have several books in the restrooms here at the studio. Lumber Jack Bob is back and the Book Nook is here. L.J.B. reviews THE REAL ROMNEY by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman. This book exposes a lot about the Republican candidate for president of these United States. So, fasten your seatbelt and get ready to find out if you want to buy this book for yourself.Both national conventions are over and now we get back to work. At WHACKO-TV we think... more
This is truly inspiring! http://veracitystew.com/?p=36830
There is a word in the news business that still gets a newsman excited, it’s SCOOP. And Wolf Douglas has done it again with what we call a mega-scoop. BACKLINE has found the cab driver who rode George and Lenore Romney to the hospital when they had baby Mitt. This interview will have major impact on the campaign and just may bring some pretty important questions to the surface. This report would have made George Foster Peabody proud even though he never actually won the award that bears his name.There is a word in the news business that still gets a newsman excited, it’s... more
Billy Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, took time out from her swim in the shallow end of the Graham family gene pool this weekend to assure everyone that she'd NEVER vote for an Atheist.Billy Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, took time out from her swim in the... more
By David Edwards
Sunday, April 8, 2012 12:06 EDT
Evangelical Saddleback Church founder Rick Warren says that Christians have a disagreement with Mormonism because it “denies” certain fundamental Christian beliefs.
In an Easter Sunday interview on ABC, Jake Tapper noted that Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was almost certain to be the Republican presidential nominee.
“Are Mormons Christians?” Tapper asked Warren.
“Well, the key sticking point for evangelicals and actually for many is the issue of the Trinity,” the evangelical pastor explained. “Orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, Protestant Christians, evangelical Christians and Pentecostal Christians all believe in the Trinity; that’s the historic doctrine of the church, that God is three-in-one. Not three gods; one God in Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
“Mormonism denies that. That’s a sticking point for a lot of Catholic Christians, evangelical Christians, Pentecostal Christians, because they don’t — they don’t believe that.”
“Now they’ll use the same terminology, but they don’t believe in the historic doctrine of the Trinity,” Warren added. “And people have tried to make it other issues. But that’s really one of the fundamental differences.”
Throughout the primary season, Romney has had a problem getting support from evangelicals. He lost the evangelical vote by double digits in Tennessee, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, Georgia and South Carolina.
Watch the video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast on April 8, 2012.
"UhOh, I was wondering when Mitt's faith will be called to light!!! So let's have at it!!! Is the GOP gonna Bitch about Mitt's choice of Religion??? They sure as Heck could not shut the Hell up about or whether BO was Christian, for at least his first two years in Office!!!!"By David Edwards Sunday, April 8, 2012 12:06 EDT Evangelical Saddleback Church... more
By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, April 2, 2012 16:52 EDT
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday quickly shot down a hostile question regarding his Mormon faith during a town hall event in Green Bay.
Bret Hatch, a 28-year old Ron Paul supporter, according to CNN, began reading a passage from the Book of Mormon that said the children of Canaan were despised for their blackness. But Romney cut him off, asking if he had an actual question.
“I guess my question is, do you believe it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?” Hatch asked.
“No. Next question,” Romney responded.
He later explained that he had been a bishop at his Boston church, where he counseled members of the congregation about unemployment, marital issues, and similar problems.
Many conservative Christians — a major base of the Republican Party — see Mormonism as a heretical offshoot of their religion, which has lead some to question whether Republican voters could support a Mormon president.
According to a Pew Research Center survey from 2011, 53 percent of white evangelical Protestants said Mormonism was not a Christian faith.
However, those same voters overwhelmingly support Romney in a hypothetical match up against President Barack Obama.
Watch video, courtesy of CNN...
"Hmmm, a Bag of Rocks, the Grand PooBah, No political Career, seeing jobs come and seeing them go (my guess is you helped send those jobs overseas)... Ok, I'm listening, carry on... Qualified in a 'Unique Way'..."
"Well how about that??? I really dig the Munster looking Fella in the Background!!!" =)By Eric W. Dolan Monday, April 2, 2012 16:52 EDT Republican presidential candidate... more
By David Edwards
Monday, March 26, 2012 13:34 EDT
Mitt Romney’s second cousin, Park Romney, once was once a Mormon high priest, but he is now denouncing the religion as a cult.
Park told BBC recently that he left the church because “I became convinced that it’s a fraud.”
“There’s compelling evidence that the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and wilfully misrepresent the historical truth of their origins and of the church for the purpose of deceiving their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable,” he explained.
Park points to one of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s foundational documents, the Book of Abraham, which church founder Joseph Smith claimed to have translated from an Egyptian scroll.
After examining the translation, British Assyriologist Dr. Archibald Henry Sayce determined that it was “difficult to deal with Joseph Smith’s impudent fraud.”
“His facsimile from the Book of Abraham No. 2 is an ordinary hypocephalus, but the hieroglyphics upon it have been copied to ignorantly that hardly one of them is correct,” Sayce wrote.
London University’s Dr. W. M. Flinders Petrie also agreed (PDF) “that there is not one single word that is true in these explanations.”
But Harvard Kennedy School Prof. Robert Putnam told BBC that the former Massachusetts governor’s religion is not often questioned in the U.S. because Americans value freedom of religion.
“It’s not something you’re supposed to talk about,” Putnam said. “Whenever the issue of Romney’s Mormonism has come to the surface, there’s been lots of condemnation across the political spectrum for raising the issue of his religion.”
“I’m not saying it’s not relevant, but it’s not talked about in polite company.”
For his part, Park claimed that the church encouraged his family to “shun” him after he began to question their tenets.
“I am alienated from my family,” Romney’s second cousin remarked. “Their doctrine, their protocol and their culture as enforced by bishops encourages the families to disassociate themselves from the apostate.”
Mormon Church elder Jeffrey Holland insisted that the church had no policy of shunning.
“We don’t use that word and we don’t know that practice,” he said. “If that is what they believe, it’s probably a good thing they leave, because we’re not a cult.”
“[I]f people want to call us a cult, you can call us a cult,” Holland added. “But we are 14 million and growing.”
Watch this video from Park Romney, uploaded to YouTube June 19, 2011.
"Wow!!! I bet Mitt never wanted you folks to see this one!!!" =)By David Edwards Monday, March 26, 2012 13:34 EDT Mitt Romney’s second... more
February 5th, 2012
05:33 PM ET
Crossing the plains and kicking up dirt, a new Mormon pioneer
By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
San Diego (CNN) – At a 1950s-style house nestled in a peaceful neighborhood nicknamed “Hanukkah Hill,” a smiling Buddha on the porch greets visitors – his arms raised as if to say all are welcome.
Affixed to the doorpost is a mezuzah, a decorative case holding blessings for a Jewish home. Inside, on the family’s refrigerator, hangs a magnet from the Feminist Mormon Housewives blog that says, “Jesus loves us. Who cares what you think?”
In the kitchen stands Joanna Brooks, an accidental, unofficial and admittedly unauthorized source for all things Mormon. She’s making “funeral potatoes,” a classic Mormon casserole, and heaped on the counter are the ingredients: a not-so-healthy dose of cheese, butter, sour cream, hash browns and chicken soup. Her Jewish husband strolls by, takes a look at what’s cooking, and grimaces. Bespectacled and freckled 6-year-old Rosa, standing atop a chair, proudly announces, “I’m Jewish and Mormon!”
The home and life Brooks has created is the product of a complicated journey.
She cannot separate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from her identity any more than she can leave cheese out of funeral potatoes. But like her persecuted ancestors who braved the unforgiving plains to reach the promised land of what is now Utah, Brooks, 40, fights for her faith.
The battle has, at times, left her feeling beaten.
As a young feminist activist, she saw her beloved church excommunicate her intellectual heroes. She’s felt outrage and soul-crushing grief while watching her church mobilize against same-sex marriages. For about 10 years, she walked away.
But today a vintage postcard of a Mormon missionary boarding a plane sits on her desk to inspire. It reads, in part, “Dare to be different.”
She believes there’s room in the LDS Church for loving criticism and candid talk, that Latter-day Saints like her can not just belong but also serve – without fear of being cast out into the wilderness.
She’s staking her claim to Mormonism, writing about it for Religion Dispatches, debunking myths in national papers, speaking up on podcasts, radio shows and from stages, and offering advice in her column and blog, Ask Mormon Girl. She recently self-published her memoir, “The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith” and writes regularly for Feminist Mormon Housewives. Politico has named her, or specifically her Twitter account, one of the “50 Politicos to Watch.” All this while being an award-winning scholar, a published poet and, oh yeah, a department chair and professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University.
[Click the audio player for a Q&A with Joanna Brooks from CNN Radio's John Lisk ]
Amid Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, the “I’m a Mormon” ad campaign and the smash-hit Broadway musical “Book of Mormon,” this Obama supporter has emerged as a refreshing voice for media, hungry for frank discussion about her faith.
Her goal? To be her authentic self and humanize a tradition and people she couldn't love more.
“I just refuse to be ashamed of being Mormon,” she says. “Don’t talk about us like we’re not in the room.”
.CNN... . February 5th, 2012 05:33 PM ET . Crossing the plains and... more
Mitt Romney has never hidden the fact that he has a promised tithe to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but according to his tax returns released today, he gives back more to the Mormons than he pays to the federal government. Since 2010, the Romneys have given $7 million to charity, but over $4 million of that went directly to the Mormon Church, while they paid only $3 million to the IRS last year.
The Mormon Church is notoriously anti-gay, having raised an estimated $22 million in support of California’s Proposition 8 in 2008, in addition to providing close to 90 percent of the early door-to-door volunteers advocating for the discriminatory measure. Because of blowback from this effort, LDS has been less aggressive in anti-gay campaigns, although just last week church leaders endorsed Minnesota’s marriage discrimination amendment. Some have questioned whether its involvement in ballot measures should compromise the church’s tax-exempt status and there is an on-going petition calling on the IRS to revoke it.
http://tinyurl.com/7oc3e4kMitt Romney has never hidden the fact that he has a promised tithe to the Church of... more
Press is still helping their guy
Remember 2008, when inconvenient questions about our beloved 44th president’s religious practices were off-limits for journalists? Fast forward to 2011–when the press has no compunction to quizzing Mitt Romney about his “cult” of Mormonism. Jamie remembers.
For 22 years, Barrack Hussein Obama sat in a church listening to an America-hating bigot that believed we got what we deserved on 9/11. The press was not only not curious – they leaped upon anyone who brought it up… Now, for some strange reason they are burrowing into Rick Perry’s ass because at ONE function, he was introduced by a pastor (not his) who stated that Mormonism is a cult.
If Romney winds up being the Republican nominee, just wait for the “thoughtful” pieces in the press asking if Mormonism is indeed a cult.
We are so screwed…
http://deathby1000papercuts.com/2011/10/same-press-that-ignored-obamas-rev-wright-is-curious-about-romneys-mormon-cult/Press is still helping their guy Remember 2008, when inconvenient questions about... more
Bryan Egnew, a 40-year old gay Mormon man who had a wife and five children, lost his family, his place in his church, and ultimately his life by suicide, after being excommunicated, according to a report in Pride In Utah. “How long will the Mormon Church continue to let their members die before they decide that LGBT people are worth being treated as equals?,” Eric Ethington, who writes about gay life and politics in Utah at Pride In Utah — especially stories revolving around the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) — asks. He adds, “despite the thousands of reported suicides among LGBT Mormons the Mormon high-leadership still refuse to put into place any official guidelines or provide training to local leaders on what to do when a person chooses to be honest about themselves.”
But last month, Bryan found that courage and came out to his family and his church. The results were tragic. According to Curran, his wife Amy immediately packed up their children and drove them out of state to Tennessee, refusing to let Bryan see them. His parents and family withdrew, and his Church immediately excommunicated him because he refused to denounce his sexual orientation.
Zack Ford at Think Progress adds that Egnew died on Sept. 10, but, “news only came out this week, because his obituary and Facebook page were scrubbed of any details of what led him to take his own life. The Church of Latter-Day Saints still has no official guidelines for how to respond when someone comes out.”
Chelsea Hoffman at Gather calls the scrubbing, “a final act of cruelty of someone who found the courage to come out as being who he is on the inside.”
http://tinyurl.com/3g32f8oBryan Egnew, a 40-year old gay Mormon man who had a wife and five children, lost... more
HRC Jams MN Senate Computers with 100,000 marriage equality emails
By Kevin Nix
May 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 pm
From star reporter Andy Birkey at the Minnesota Independent.
Sen. Scott Dibble told Minnesota Public Radio that 100,000 emails sent to legislators by gay marriage supporters were clogging the servers and that the Senate IT department was set to delete them Monday morning. The emails, sent through the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT rights group, chided Republicans and a handful of DFLers who voted Saturday night to put a constitutional ban on gay marriage on the ballot in 2012. Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman said the emails were being help in a spam filter and that his office was workign to get them back into the system.
“Hundreds of thousands of emails have come in the aftermath, so many so that the Republican caucus is deleting them before their members even get to see them,” Dibble told MPR.
Sen. Warren Limmer, the chief author of the anti-gay marriage amendment, said, “Not true. Not true. We aren’t wiping off comments of our constituents. That’s just simply not true.”
Sen. Dibble answered back, “That absolutely is true, and that’s exactly what the secretary of the Senate has told us.”
Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman tells the Minnesota Independent that the sheer volume of email coming into the system had caused it to crash on Sunday. By early Monday morning 230,000 emails had flooded in, he said, adding that he ordered the IT department to send a large number to a spam filter.
He said that those emails coming in would not be deleted and that they were working to “filter them back in.”
He wasn’t aware which emails were coming in or which ones needed to be sent to a spam filter.
“We are managing the traffic and they’ll be flowed back into the system,” he said.
Already the flood of emails has rankled some legislators. Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, responded to the emails over the weekend in a manner some thought rude.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a highly secretive organization believed to be largely funded by the Mormon and Catholic churches. During the country’s greatest economic decline in decades, NOM has amassed huge resources to stop marriage equality, whether at the ballot box or in court. NOM publicly projects rationality and tolerance, yet keeps company with zealots and long-time LGBT antagonists.HRC Jams MN Senate Computers with 100,000 marriage equality emails... more