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Posted 22 Oct 2001   For week ended October 12, 2001
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Fundamentalists Protest, ex-Mormons Convene During LDS Conference
While leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called for more tolerance of others during the Church's semi-annual General Conference, right-wing and fundamentalist groups outside protested the Church's policies on homosexuality and abortion, calling them too lenient. And, just a few blocks away, a group of former Mormons held their own conference, exploring how to live with LDS Church members.
Church Promotes Hinckley Conference Address
In an unusual move, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is promoting Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's Sunday morning address to media throughout the U.S. and around the world. The Church has released his remarks as part of a news release titled, "President Hinckley Offers Counsel in the Face of War," and put the release on the new service P.R. Newswire, in addition to its normal submissions of releases to local media. The Church uses the news service only occasionally, for its most important press releases.
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Local News
LDS Chapel in Australia Damaged in Firebomb Attack
An LDS chapel in Sydney, Australia was damaged in a firebomb attack on Wednesday, October 3rd, according to local news reports. The chapel, located on Kelly Street in the Punchbowl neighborhood of Sydney. The reports say that although no one noticed the fire when it was set, the building suffered only minor damage, valued at $15,000.
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USF Loses to Utah, in Spite of Mormon's Record
Last Saturday, the University of South Florida lost the first game in their attempt to beat three Utah teams, Utah State, Utah and Southern Utah, but a Mormon player on USF's football team set a kind of record for the game: The most tickets requested.
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LDS Politician Worries That War Will Hurt Religious Freedom
Speaking at BYU's 8th annual International Law and Religion Symposium, Senator Gordon Smith (R-Oregon), one of five members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the U.S. Senate, worried that the current war on terrorism would lead some governments to "sacrifice some freedoms for security," and worried that religious freedoms would be among those sacrificed. Smith's comments were echoed by other speakers at the three-day symposium which ended yesterday.
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Internet: Unique Resources on the Web
Some of the more interesting sites on the Internet are those built by individuals providing some unique resource -- often something that can't find elsewhere. Among the newly listed websites this week are a handful of such sites, including Reginald Dorff's Bible chronology, Latter-day Counsel and the LDS Euro Project.
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Utahns' Language Skills at Terrorism's Front Lines
The Denver Post reports that a little-known National Guard unit based near Salt Lake City is likely very much involved in assisting in the war against terrorism.
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Arts & Entertainment
Rare and Storied LDS Book to be Auctioned at Christies in New York
The prestigious Christies auction house will sell a copy of what may be the most valuable published LDS book at auction October 29th in its Rockefeller Center auction house. The book, a copy of the 1833 Book of Commandments is one of perhaps 18 remaining copies, also carries one of the more dramatic and interesting histories of any published book.
MoTab Recording to Support September 11th Victims
A Mormon Tabernacle Choir recording is one of 15 songs by various artists included on a new album benefiting the Twin Towers Fund. The Choir's recording of "The Star Spangled Banner" is the 14th track on the new album "God Bless America" from Columbia Records, which will be in stores October 16th. The label says a 'substantial portion' of the proceeds from album sales will go to the Twin Towers Fund, supporting the families of the police, firemen and other government personnel who lost their lives in the World Trade Center.
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Mormon-Run Airline Expanding, Despite September 11th
While almost every other airline is cutting back because of the drop in air travel follwing the September 11th terrorist attacks, SkyWest Airlines is actually expanding, thanks to its unique position in the market. Like other airlines, SkyWest has seen a drop in the passengers it carries, but it also benefits from its relationship with Delta Airlines and United Airlines, which have both shielded SkyWest from the drop in passengers and actually increased the number of routes it flies.
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