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| General News|
Los Angeles Times Hints Religion Behind Opposition to Boston Temple
In an article discussing the legal battles
surrounding the LDS Church's Boston Temple, the Los Angeles Times
hints in its headline that opposition to Mormonism is behind the
battles. However, in the article itself MIT astronomy professor Charles Counsleman, one of the principal opponents of the building, claims that the opposition is not to Mormonism, but to the building, "The opposition that the neighbors have to this temple is exactly the same kind of opposition you'd have if someone wanted to build a shopping mall on that location."
Boy Scouts' Mormon Cash
The LDS Church is getting noticed for its stand with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) against homosexuality. This alternet story surveys the
role of religion in scouting, and how church involvement in scouting
has made the BSA different from other youth organizations.
| Local News|
Boston Radio Station Gives First Audio Tour of Temple
Boston public radio station WBUR broadcast to its
listeners the first audio tour of an LDS Temple yesterday. Robin Young, one
of the hosts of the hour-long program Here and Now, spent nearly 15 minutes
on the air describing what she saw on a tour of the Boston Temple, conducted
by tour guide Terry Hansen. Young claims in the program that this is the
first time a tour of an LDS Temple has been broadcast and that recording
devices are normally not permitted on the tours.
After Finals, LDS Gymnast Dantzscher Lashes Out at Karolyi
After the US women's gymnastic team finished out of the
medals on Tuesday at the Sydney Olympic Games, team member Jamie Dantzscher,
an LDS Church member, was one of several athletes that lashed out at US
national team coordinator Bela Karolyi, criticizing his involvement in the
Use of Zoning Laws May Hide Bias Against Religion
Today's Christian Science Monitor uses the dispute over the Boston Temple to launch an in-depth examination of the zoning
difficulties faced by many churches as they try to build new houses of
worship. Recent legislation passed by both houses of the US Congress tries
to address this issue, requiring local governments and planning boards to
show compelling reason for zoning restrictions on religions.
LDS Woman Teaching Massage Brings Self-Reliance to Thai Village
Winnie Cain, a Mesa woman and member of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will travel to the northern
mountains of Thailand to the village of Mae Suai where she will
provide a 60-hour course of Thai massage. Cain, a message therapist,
has been coming to this area since 1992 and has pledged to help the
village women overcome poverty and poor educations. "I've started to
help them, and I'm not a person who doesn't finish," she said.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Boston Globe Reviewer Knocks Missionaries
In an otherwise reasonable review of the LDS film
"God's Army," Boston Globe reviewer Loren King knocks LDS missionaries,
suggesting that they are greeted with "disdain." King goes on to suggest
that the movie was better than that "disdain," but eventually "succumbs to
overearnestness, sentimentality, and cliche."
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