After rocky start, Internet Conference broadcast serves thousands
This past weekend's broadcast of General Conference on the Internet
went well, after problems encountered during Saturday morning's first
session were cleared up.
Sen. Hatch Blasts S.F. Supervisors
Senator and presidential candidate, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, spoke in San
Francisco before an audience of about 40 at the Commonwealth Club of
California. He depicted himself as a "compassionate conservative with guts"
and the candidate with the deepest government and legislative experience and
the one most qualified to make as many as five Supreme Court appointments
required of the next president.
Santa Fe High prayer to continue
In a continuing battle that pits a member of the LDS church against school
prayer, prayer has won out--at least for the rest of the football season.
LDS Church sending aid to Mexico
In the wake of torrential rain that has flooded rivers in central and
eastern Mexico, the LDS Church is sending thousands of food boxes and
$80,000 to LDS Church members and their neighbors in the affected
areas. Boxes and crates containing everything from lasagna to crib
quilts were loaded onto trucks at the LDS Church's Humanitarian
Center on Friday, ready for the trip to the affected areas.
Sex Doesn't Sell With LDS Shoppers
Stores such as American Eagle Outfitters, The Gap and
The Body Shop USA use a one-size-fits-all national approach to marketing,
shipping the same window displays and posters to every store. However, in
conservative Utah which is more than 70 percent Mormon, many are complaining
about store windows and displays that feature a little too much mannequin
flesh here, a little too suggestive a sales pitch there. Complaints weren't
to bad until conference time when an influx of out-of-town conference
visitors came, shopped, and were offended.
Is the LDS Church being stonewalled on Kiev, Ukraine Temple? (Former USSR lurches toward religious freedom)
The LDS Church announced more than a year ago that a temple will be
built in Kiev, Ukraine, the first temple in the former Soviet Union.
But so far, no groundbreaking has been scheduled. While delays of a
year or more for a groundbreaking are not unusual, a comment in this
Deseret News article on religious freedom in the former Soviet Union
gives a hint at the reasons for the delay.
LDS mum on gun petition
Backers of the petition drive for a law to ban
weapons from churches and schools believe that the LDS Church supports
their cause, but have been disappointed that the Church has not taken a
position on the drive. In the wake of the shooting at the LDS Church's
Family History Center in Salt Lake City, President Gordon B. Hinckley
and other General Authorities made several statements about guns, and
the group has been given permission by Elder Alexander B. Morrison of
the First Quorum of the Seventy to use those public statements.
LDS Struggle to Keep Proxy Baptisms Appropriate
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' well-known practice
of posthumous baptisms, has come under attack for Jewish Holocaust
victims, noble and ignoble historical figures and other questionable
submissions by members of the Mormon faith.
If Polygamy were legal . . . . (Polymaritally Perverse)
In the influential political review magazine, The Nation, Pollitt
takes on the 1991 ACLU policy that says that polygamy should be
legal, and in the process examines the current state of polygamy in
Utah and among Mormons. The ACLU's policy reads: "The ACLU believes
that criminal and civil laws prohibiting or penalizing the practice
of plural marriage violate constitutional protections of freedom of
expression and association, freedom of religion, and privacy for
personal relationships among consenting adults."
Terrorists who attacked LDS Churches no longer seen as a threat (U.S. Revises List Of Terror Groups)
A Chilean terrorist group that had often attacked
LDS targets in Chile has been removed from the U.S. State
Department's list of "foreign terrorist organizations," the State
Department announced on Friday. The Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front
Dissidents, which was also known for attacking U.S. businesses active
in Chile, was removed because it had not engaged in any "terrorist"
acts for the past two years.