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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
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
Just in case you think I think that christians comprise the only wingnut cult in the world, think again. Thanks to the aggressive policing policy of the mormon cult, it's not so easy to find videos that describe what they are about, but I finally managed to get to one video before the mormon thought police did, so you should watch this before it disappears (as its predecessors have).Just in case you think I think that christians comprise the only wingnut cult in the... more
Flowcharts are a great way to make sense out of confusing scenarios, and there's no scenario that's more confusing than trying to figure out what religion you should follow. This helpful flowchart was created to guide you through this complex process.Flowcharts are a great way to make sense out of confusing scenarios, and there's... more
Artists from central Utah share their interpretations of the Manti Temple at the Central Utah Art Center.
http://www.cuartcenter.orgArtists from central Utah share their interpretations of the Manti Temple at the... more
"Mormonism is growing in Latin America where new members are attracted by such factors as the church's affluence and stability, as well as its family image and the belief that Jesus Christ visited the Americas after he was resurrected.
The following are facts about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormon church is formally called:
* The once-isolated group, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of the fastest-growing and most affluent religions. More than half of its 13.5 million members live outside the United States.
* The Mormon flock is flourishing in Latin America, especially in Mexico and Brazil, with some 5.2 million members and 5,500 chapels.
* The Mormon church has distinctly American origins. It was founded in 1830 in upstate New York by Joseph Smith, who said he received the word of God from an angel named Moroni, who guided him to tablets that told the story of the Book of Mormon about an ancient civilization of Israelites sent by God to America. A year later, he was persecuted and forced to flee to the Midwest, where he was killed. His followers then undertook a mass 1,100-mile (1,800-km) migration in 1846-47 to Utah.
* Mormons have three books of scripture other than the Bible. One is the Book of Mormon, which Mormons believe was translated from golden plates discovered by Smith. Adherents decline to use alcohol, coffee and tobacco.
* The Mormon church originally allowed polygamy. The custom was officially banned in 1890 when Washington, angered by its spread, threatened to deny statehood to Utah. Today, Mormon leaders distance themselves from about 40,000 breakaway Mormons in Utah and nearby states who illegally continue the practice.
* Today, about 50,000 missionaries -- often young men in business suits walking the world's streets in pairs -- project a wholesome, family-oriented image that has helped swell global Mormon adherents by 36 percent from 1995 to 2005.""Mormonism is growing in Latin America where new members are attracted by such... more
Argument for stripping the Mormon Church of its tax exempt status for substantial role in passing California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.Argument for stripping the Mormon Church of its tax exempt status for substantial role... more
Andrew Callahan is facing excommunication from the Mormon Church for speaking out against Proposition 8, the ballot measure to constitutionally ban gay marriage in California.
On Monday, Callahan received a letter from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that said, "You are reported to have participated in conduct unbecoming a member of the church and have been in apostasy." The LDS Church publicly backs the marriage ban and has reportedly given up to 40% of the money raised by the Yes on 8 campaign.
Callahan, who started the anti-Prop. 8 website Signing for Something, is unfazed: "I am a member of a church that is oppressing people and that just seems wrong to me and I am trying to stop them. I can't believe there is a God who is a bigot, and it just seems like the same sort of racial bigotry that the Mormon Church was known for in the '50s, '60s, and '70s."
Callahan, who is not gay, will appear before an LDS disciplinary hearing on Friday night. And while excommunication is likely, Callahan is undeterred. "We're just wrong and we need to change that, and I'm not going to stop when they excommunicate me and I am not going to apologize and beg them to keep me a member of the church," he said.
Andrew Callahan is facing excommunication from the Mormon Church for speaking out... more
A Mormon gay support group called 'Leaders of Affirmation' is appealing to the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) hierarchy in order to teach families to respect and love gay people.
The Mormon gay activists want to encourage Mormon families to teach their children that homosexuality and lesbianism are not a sin or a disease. Furthermore, the group wants the Mormon Church to recognize the fact that a person can be gay and still serve the church in leadership capacities.
Dave Melson, assistant executive director of The Leaders of Affirmation, stated recently that many gay Mormons are ostracized from their families and end up committing suicide. In order to improve their situation and to allow them to feel safe at church, the group tried to set up a meeting with the leader of the Mormon church, Thomas S. Monson. Even though church officials decided to cancel the first scheduled meeting, Melson is hopeful that an actual meeting with Monson will occur in the future.
A Mormon gay support group called 'Leaders of Affirmation' is appealing to... more
A report from msnbc.com/Associative Press-
"ELDORADO, Texas - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and five other members of a sect raided in April.
Jeffs is accused of sexual assault. The charges and identities of the others were being withheld until authorities can arrest them, said Schleicher County Clerk Peggy Williams.
One indictment is a misdemeanor; the others are felonies.
The criminal charges came during the panel's second meeting on the case and followed the ill-fated child custody case in which more than 400 children were placed in foster care. The Texas Supreme Court ruled child welfare authorities had overstepped in taking all the children from their parents even though many were infants and toddlers.
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints leaders have consistently denied there was any abuse at the ranch and vowed not to sanction underage marriages.
Grand jury proceedings are supposed to be secret, but documents released as part of the separate child custody case involving the FLDS children have revealed some of the evidence collected by law enforcement during the weeklong raid of the ranch.
Among the hundreds of boxes of photos, documents and family Bibles, investigators found photos of Jeffs kissing and intimately embracing several apparently teenage girls.
A journal entry purportedly from Jeffs attached to a report by a child advocate indicates he married his daughter to a 34-year-old man the day after she turned 15. The girl turns 17 on Saturday and has denied being married, though the child advocate report indicates intimate notes between the girl and man were also found in the raid.
The girl, who playfully climbed a giant oak tree while waiting to be called to testify last month, left the community building frowning as she talked to her lawyer. The Associated Press is not identifying her because authorities believe she may be a sexual abuse victim.
Under Texas law, a girl younger than 17 cannot generally consent to sex with an adult. Bigamy is also illegal in Texas, although FLDS members in plural marriages did not get Texas marriage licenses.
In addition to discussions of the girl’s marriage, the Jeffs journal entry also indicates he blessed marriages of two other underage sect members.
A call to a spokeswoman for Abbott was not immediately returned Tuesday.
The FLDS, which believes polygamy brings glory in heaven, is a breakaway sect of the mainstream Mormon church, which officially renounced polygamy more than a century ago.
Jeffs, who is revered as a prophet, is jailed in Arizona awaiting charges related to the marriages of young girls. He was convicted in Utah of rape as an accomplice for his role in the marriage of a 14-year-old last year."
A report from msnbc.com/Associative Press- "ELDORADO, Texas - A grand jury on... more
Lynette Stand heads to Becky's Salon & Day Spa in Lawrence, KS to get a shorter cut and a more manageable do. Her hair was basically the same style she wanted, but she needed more shape and body. Hairstylist Ingrid Pepper cut more shorter layers using scissors and a razor. Ingrid says a better cut is the secret to better style. Cutting layers with razor gives Lynette's hair more texture and volume. Ingrid recommends piecing out the end of the hair with a pomade like Redken's Water Wax, using a gel at the roots, blowing it out with a large round brush.Lynette Stand heads to Becky's Salon & Day Spa in Lawrence, KS to get a... more
Knowing Gladys Alard has enriched my life.
Here are five reasons why you need to know her too:
1) She's 81 and she dances better than you can.
2) She went to school with Fidel Castro.
3) She's an amazing story teller.
4) She's charming.
5) She'll teach you what she's taught me about enjoying a full, abundant life.
Knowing Gladys Alard has enriched my life. Here are five reasons why you need to... more
- Formerly practicing polygamy (plural marriage)
- Wearing ceremonial temple garments under their daily clothes
- Performing baptisms for the dead
- Belief in modern prophets, beginning with Joseph Smith, Jr., and continuing today with Gordon B. Hinckley
- Acceptance of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price as works of scripture
-Won't put out until married
-12.2 million worldwide, more than half outside the USA
-Mormonism condemns other religions
-Mormons believe Jesus Christ smoked the peace pipe with Native Americans 600 years after his death (resurrection?)
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- Formerly practicing polygamy (plural marriage) - Wearing ceremonial temple... more
At a campaign speech in Texas, Mitt Romney tried to hammer home two major points to quiet the questions about his religion: 1. that he would not disavow his faith just because it might cost him votes among people with questions about Mormonism, and 2. that he would be a leader of Americans of all faiths and that his Mormonism would never come before his duty to country.
Will Romney's reassurances work? How do you feel about a Mormon in the White House? Don't forget, God talks to George Bush, so He already knows his way around the digs...At a campaign speech in Texas, Mitt Romney tried to hammer home two major points to... more
Romney and the evangelicals need to join forces against secular America.
Long before Mitt Romney and "Big Love," Mormons were demonized as polygamists, prudes and vampires. But Mormonism just may be the first major world faith since Islam.Long before Mitt Romney and "Big Love," Mormons were demonized as... more
According to columnist Lee Davidson, of the Deseret Morning News, Utah ranks No. 1 in the nation and sometimes the world for using Google to search the Web for such terms as "Jesus," "family history," "Harry Potter," "Mormon," "Lord of the Rings," "NBA," "snowboarding," "home storage" and "Mitt Romney."
But other terms where Utah also ranks No. 1 show a seedier side to local culture.
According to Davidson, Utah and/or Salt Lake City also rank tops in the nation in searches for "pornography," "naked girls," "striptease," "topless," "nude," "strip poker," "lingerie," "blonde" and "brunette."
It's an interesting article and so are all the comments relating to it....
According to columnist Lee Davidson, of the Deseret Morning News, Utah ranks No. 1 in... more