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Suit by Mormon lead to end of football game prayers (Football Prayer Debated by School)

In the wake of a suit by a Mormon and a Catholic against prayers before High School football games, a Texas teenager has decided not to lead the prayers she had been elected to. Stephanie Vega had been elected by fellow students at Santa Fe High School in Houston to "solemnize" each of her school's home football games. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled earlier this year that prayers before football games were unconstitutional. Santa Fe superintendent Richard Ownby warned students that anyone that led prayers at the football games "would be disciplined as if they had cursed."

Mormons participate in Pro-Gay Religious Roundtable (Pro-Gays of Faith Meet in CO)

A religious homosexual rights group includes members of the Mormon Church, according to information released by the organization, the National Religious Leadership Roundtable. The organization, which held its twice-yearly meeting on August 23rd and 24th in Colorado Springs, Colorado, includes members of at least 11 faiths. It seeks to "affirm and defend the equality of all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation."

Bennett tells black leaders he's sorry for remark

In a private meeting with civil rights leaders, Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) apologized for remarks he made that appeared to disparage black women. Still somewhat unsatisfied, the NAACP's Utah leaders are asking Bennett to make a public apology. And they are asking Utah's other Senator, Orrin Hatch, to apologize also, for a remark he made.

Clerics Say They Shouldn't Need Sign to Ban Guns

As the result of the shootings at the Family History Center, the Utah State Legislature has responded to the outcry from citizens and clergy in doing something about guns on church owned properties.

War court threatens sanctity of confessional

When Canadian lawyers drafted proposed rules for a new International Criminal Court, which would hear War crimes, earlier this year, they revoked attorney-client privilege in the draft and failed to mention priest-penitent privilege, leaving these rights out of the new court's rules. Without priest-penitent privilege, the court could compel Bishops, Stake Presidents and other clergy to testify against those that confessed to them.

Salmon readying for trip to see Dalai Lama

U.S. Representative Matt Salmon, an LDS Church member serving in the U.S. Congress from Arizona, was scheduled to leave for India yesterday for a meeting with the Dalai Lama. Salmon, who served an LDS mission to Taiwan, speaks Mandarin and has a strong interest in Chinese affairs as a result of his mission.

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