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Young Gets Another Term on Religious Freedom Commission
LDS Church member Michael K. Young was re-appointed to a second two-year term on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom this week by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. Young remains one of the nine voting members on the commission, which researches and reports on religious freedom around the world, making independent suggestions that further religious freedom to both the US President and Congress.

Challenge by Mormons to Nauvoo Election Continues
A challenge by several members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over registration for the April 3rd Nauvoo election continues, and Illinois State Election officials refuse to comment on their investigation. Several LDS Church members complained that they were not allowed to register for the April 3rd election, in which an LDS Church member was running for mayor. The candidate lost the election by more votes than the number of members who complained.

LDS Representative Herger Supporting Measure to Promote Marriage
The number of single-parent families on welfare continues to grow in spite of welfare reform. The 1996 welfare law called for promoting marriage and reducing illegitimate births, but little has been done. Now the Bush administration and members of Congress, including California Representative Wally Herger, an LDS Church member, are considering mandatory programs to promote marriage among the poor.

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LDS Leader Worries Over White Supremacist Targeting Gilbert
GILBERT, ARIZONA -- Gilbert Stake President John Lewis, who co-chaired the town's recent Diversity Task Force, said that a recent mailing by White Supremacist Dennis Mahon shows that Gilbert needs a permanent diversity effort. The town has been plagued in recent years by the Devil Dogs gang, which brought to light problems of racism, religious separatism and hate in the town. Mahon says that he is moving his organization to Kingman, Arizona and will target groups like the Devil Dogs in his recruiting efforts.
Aryan leader targets state
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 24May01 T6
By Amy Stubbs


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