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
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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