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With McVeigh Execution Approaching, LDS Church Remains Neutral on Death Penalty
As the execution date for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh approaches, the Utah state parole board must make a similar decision - whether to put inmate Elroy Tillman to death or whether to allow him to live. According to some religious leaders and church members, that's not necessarily a choice the state should make. Other religious organizations, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, maintain a hands-off attitude toward the death penalty, taking the position that the death penalty is solely a matter of law.

LDS Seminaries in Middle of Church-in-School Debate
An article in yesterday's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reviews the current place of religion in the public schools and in the process looks at an LDS Seminary Class. Like a multitude of religious activities that are sometimes found in high schools, the LDS Seminary program sometimes finds itself squarely in the middle of the debate, which often pits conservatives and liberals in the US against each other on school boards and in legislatures, but almost always gets decided in the courts as foes cite conflicting principles of the US Constitution's first amendment.

Senator Hatch Teams with Senator Clinton to Help Youth
Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah has sought out, and received, the support of Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the junior Senator from New York.

Mormon Police Union Official in Political Fight with Oceanside Mayor
The head of the Oceanside Police Officers Association, the union representing police officers in the town, took on Mayor Terry Johnson Friday, disputing his claims that the union is racist, and saying that his own, Mormon, ancestors were discriminated against like Mayor Johnson's African-American ancestors. Chris McDonough spoke to the Catfish Club, the same group that heard Johnson's claim that the police were racists.

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