| Boston Temple Challenge Oral Arguments Heard
The 1st Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals
heard arguments Monday over the status of the Boston Massachussets
Temple. Three neighbors of the Temple have challenged the zoning law
that allowed the Church to build the Temple, claiming that it favors
religions, in violation of the U.S. Constitution's first amendment. The
case could even set precedent, as the neighbor's lawyer expects it to be
appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
| History May Be Written in Stone, But Is It the Truth?
Author James W. Loewen takes a look at the veracity of historical
markers in his new book "Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites
Get Wrong." In the book, Loewen includes the LDS Church-owned Mountain
Meadows Massacre monument, removed last year, as well as many other
historical markers that contained incomplete or inaccurate
information. The LDS Church and the Mountain Meadows Association
replaced the marker last fall with one that gives more information
about the tragedy.
| Mainstream Archaeology vs. Book of Mormon Evidence
An article in this month's Atlantic Monthly magazine examines the
'Diffusionist' movement among archaeologists - those that believe that
the Americas had extensive contact with the rest of the world before
1492. While the movement seems to be gaining some respect, it is still
a long way from gaining respectability among mainstream
archaeologists. And for believers in the Book of Mormon, it is still a
long way from the views of most diffusionists to evidence supporting
the Book of Mormon.
| LDS Divorce Rate at U.S. National Average
The Barna Research Group released a new study of divorce December 21st,
discovering that Christians are more likely to divorce than
non-Christians, and that LDS Church members are no different than the
national average, with 24% of marriages ending in divorce.
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