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Boy Scouts Under Pressure Year After Court Ruling
It has been one year since the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America is a private association which can exclude gays. This week, Newsweek's August 6th issue offers a portrait of Scouting in the United States and describes the reactions across the country and within the organization to the Court ruling and how pressures during the past 12 months are impacting the Boy Scouts.

SeaTrek Sails; Commemoration Gets International Attention
After more than a year of news reports and advance publicity, eight tall ships sailed out of Esbjerg harbor this morning on the first leg of a 59-day, 3,000-mile voyage. The publicity persuaded some 2,000 people to pay as much as $12,000 to participate in the re-enactment of the emigration of more than 90,000 European members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the United States and Utah. Like the re-enactment of the Mormon pioneer trek across the US four years ago, SeaTrek is also getting international attention, as news reports of the voyage have appeared in the Associated Press and Reuters news services as well as news sources with international reach like the New York Times and the BBC.

Enoch Train Approaches Denmark
On March 23rd 1856, 534 men, women and children who had embraced a new faith boarded the Enoch Train at Albert Dock in Liverpool, England and began an adventure that would test that faith, alter the course of their lives, and manifest to those with eyes to see that God is at work in their lives.

Enoch Train's First Concert Before Sailing
We survived sleeping in hammocks for the first day on the ship, even thought the ships remained in dock, and then woke up to a depleting but very busy day for the first day of sea trek 2001. It was perhaps a fitting day to commemorate the hardships of our ancestors because it totally wiped us out. The reason for that is that after a rather sleepless night in the hammocks, I woke up with a very stiff neck because of the position we were in.

Enoch Train Onboard the Statsraad Lehmkuhl
The day began innocently enough. The sun sparkled on the gentle waves, belying what would later occur. I forgot to mention that European yogurt is one of the truly great blessings of breakfast aboard the Statsraad Lehmkuhl...one of many. Hammocks are strung up even in the galley, so those who sleep there are at the disadvantage of having to be out of bed and have their hammocks rolled up and stowed in the baggage hold by 7AM. Then all day long they have people in their bedroom treating it like a kitchen. They feel dispossessed, disinherited.

Enoch Train Reaches Copenhagen
About three this morning the storm abated and everyone began to get some sleep. Today we will say goodbye to many of our friends, Christian from Switzerland who plays great blues guitar, Kirsten from Denmark who loves to do "head arrangements" of hymns for choirs, Tom and Ellie from the Washington, DC area who came to discover their roots and left with new friends, etc. This type of bonding is not supposed to happen in two days.

Enoch Train Heads for Gothenburg
Things Difficult To Do On A Tossing Ship.

FAIR Announces the Third Annual Mormon Apologetics Conference
The Foundation for Apologetic Information &Research (FAIR) is proud to sponsor the Third Annual Mormon Apologetics Conference in Provo, Utah, August 16 17. This yearÝs conference is titled ýThe Book of Mormon: Modern Witnesses for an Ancient Recordţ and will explore topics dealing with the authenticity of this unique book of scripture.


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