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  Supreme Court Rules For Mormon Family In School Prayer Case
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Monday for a Mormon and a Catholic family that challenged the Santa Fe Texas Independent School District's policy of allowing student-led prayers before high school football games. The court ruled that these prayers violate the US Constitution's first amendment, which prohibits the "establishment of religion."

  How Could A Mormon Family Sue Over School Prayer?
This week's news that the Supreme Court had ruled against allowing the Santa Fe, Texas Independent School District to have "student-led voluntary prayers" before high school football games was disappointing to many conservative Mormons. It was also shocking for many that a the lawsuit had been filed by a Mormon family. But an analysis of the case history shows why a Mormon family might file such a lawsuit.

  Fijian LDS temple is dedicated in small ceremony
Braving the political unrest that led the LDS Church to move its missionaries to the other side of the island, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Suva Fiji Temple in a small ceremony on Sunday. The ceremony was attended by 60 Church members including four local stake presidents and their wives, the temple presidency and their wives, and a 20-voice choir. The dedication was held in the Temple's celestial room.


  LDS Senator Argues For Hate Crime Legislation
US Senator Gordon H. Smith, an LDS Church member from Oregon, wrote in an editorial in the Washington Post today that a Federal hate crimes law is needed because hate crimes are different from other crimes. Smith says that hate crimes "while perpetrated upon an individual, the violence is directed at a community."

  LDS Senators Differ on Hate Crime Legislation
LDS Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) disagreed with fellow LDS Senator Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) and with his long-time friend Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) over their hate crime legislation. Kennedy and Smith together sponsored the legislation which would make hate attacks on gays and other groups a federal crime. The legislation is the first time that either house of the US Congress backed protecting gays in a roll-call vote that could have political consequences.

  LDS Church Confirms Mormon News Report - Magazines Online Next Month
The LDS Church confirmed Friday Mormon News' report that the Ensign, New Era and Friend are going on line. Mormon News reported Tuesday that the magazines will be put on line 90 days after publication, according to a letter to local leaders from Elder Boyd K. Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

  LDS Church Magazines To Go Online
According a letter to local leaders from Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the LDS Church's magazines will be available on-line on the Church's Internet site starting in September. Elder Packer's letter indicated that the content of the magazines will be available online 90 days following publication.

  Same-sex marriage ban clears hurdle in Nevada
The petition for the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage was approved by the Nevada secretary of state's office when ballot signatures reached 120,558. This is over three times the required number of registered voters needed to put the intiative on the November ballot. The ruling, by Deputy Secretary for Elections Susan Morandi, advances the Mormon-church endorsed ban to its final step of test sampling to verify registered voters.

  Loving Birthday Tribute: Gordon B. Hinckley thanks his flock, basks in affection
During the celebration held at the LDS Church's Conference Center Friday night, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley sought modestly to deflect some of the attention from himself, saying, "This celebration is not about me. This is my gift to the community." And the evening was the kind of celebration that Hinckley might choose, music from earlier in his life and appearances by friends and famous performers alike.

  Hinckley Still An Energetic Leader at 90
Attending yesterday's news conference where LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley announced the changes to Ricks College, veteran Salt Lake Tribune reporter Bob Mims was very impressed by President Hinckley's vigor. The news conference was held just one day after Hinckley returned from an 11-day tour of the Far East covering some 22,000 miles, yet he was at the press conference early Wednesday morning "energetically pumping hands." Hinckley will be 90-years-old on Friday.

  Israeli Consul Presents Birthday Gift to Hinckley
As LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's 90th birthday approaches, civic and government leaders are extending their best wishes. While Hinckley was in Thailand last week, Deputy Prime Minister Bhichai Rattakul treated him to a "pre-birthday celebration." And yesterday, the consul general of Israel stopped by LDS Church headquarters for a courtesy call and to drop off a gift.

  President Hinckley's Birthday Bash Tonight
The birthday celebration for LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley is scheduled for 7:00 pm tonight (9:30 pm EDT) in the LDS Church's Conference Center. It will be broadast live to LDS stake centers throughout North America, and also be available in Europe tomorrow morning at LDS stake centers.

  Methodist Complains About New Anti-Mormon Policy
A Mississippi man disagrees with a decision made recently at the Quadrennial Conference of the United Methodist Church to consider the Mormon Church a cult.

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