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Posted 22 Oct 2001   For week ended October 19, 2001
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Stop Allowing Hunting on LDS Land, Requests National Animal Rights Group
A New York City-based animal rights group has asked the LDS Church to stop allowing the hunting of animals on its land. The Fund for Animals, which seeks to stop cruelty to animals, including hunting, sent a letter to President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 11th asking that the sponsored hunts on the Deseret Ranch in Florida, the Deseret Land and Livestock preserve, and Westlake Farm in Utah be stopped. LDS Church spokesman Dale Bills would not immediately comment on the letter.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Proselyting Registration Case
Can a town require that missionaries going door-to-door have permits? The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear arguments on that issue in a case from Stratton, Ohio, which passed an ordinance requiring those going door-to-door to register with the village. But the Jehovah's Witnesses challenged the ordinance, claiming it violated the U.S. Constitution.

Columnist Criticizes Welfare, Government Payments to Polygamists
Knight Ridder columnist Susan Mazur traveled to Utah to look at polygamy during the recent trial of polygamist Tom Green, and discovered that polygamy in Utah is subsidized by government handouts. After reviewing the status of polygamy in the Western U.S., Mazur observes that nearly $3 million in federal, state and local grants have gone to the town of Colorado City, Arizona since 1987 and concludes that "it is unconscionable that in the name of freedom America declares war on the Taliban in Afghanistan while it continues to state-sponsor the polygamist enslavement of our own women and children."

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