Lawsuit may allow protest on LDS Church-owned plaza (Lawsuit on block appears complex)
The lawsuit filed by the ACLU monday against Salt Lake City over the
sale of a one-block section of Main Street to the LDS Church has a
wrinkle that may affect how the Church can use the area. Since the sale
document contains a "severability clause," the Church could end up with
the block, but not be able to enforce rules against demonstrators in the
area, if the ACLU wins the lawsuit.
ACLU Sues Salt Lake City Over Sale
The ACLU followed up on its threat and filed a
lawsuit against Salt Lake City over the city's sale of a block of Main
Street between Temple Square and the LDS Church's headquarters block.
The lawsuit claims that the sale violated the U.S. Constitution.
Mormon Family's case over prayer at football games reaches Supreme Court (High court to hear Texas prayer case)
The long-running religious freedom dispute between
two anonymous families, one of them Mormon, and the Santa Fe Independed
School District, located near Galveston, Texas, will be heard by the
U.S. Supreme Court. The case has evolved from a lawsuit over religious
discrimination in Santa Fe High School to a dispute over allowing
voluntary, student-led prayer at school events.
Judge believes Tanners will lose
U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell
continued her order restraining LDS Church critics Jerald and Sandra
Tanner from posting the Church's Handbook of Instructions or including
links on their website to third parties that have posted the material.
She also indicated that the LDS Church seems likely to win its case
claiming that the Tanners have violated the copyright law.
Judge to issue Tanners a 3rd restraining order
U. S. District Court judge Tena Campbell told attorneys yesterday that
she would issue a new order today in the LDS Church's copyright dispute
with critics Jerald and Sandra Tanner. Campbell may change the two
previous orders she has issued, or may issue a completely new order with
Tanners ask court to dismiss LDS Church lawsuit (For the Record: Couple want LDS suit dismissed)
Jerald and Sandra Tanner, targets of a copyright infringement lawsuit
brought by the LDS Church, are asking U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell
to dismiss the Church's lawsuit against them, claiming that the 17 pages
of the Church Handbook of Instructions that they posted on their website
are not copyrighted. "If there is a copyright somewhere [on the
material], then we do not know about it yet," said the Tanner's attorney
First Edition Book of Mormon sells for $58,000 (Old LDS items sold at blazing prices)
A first edition of the Book of Mormon sold for
$58,000 at an auction Saturday held in conjunction with the Western
National Historical Artifacts &Paper Money Show in Salt Lake City. The
book was purchased by collector of Mormon memorabilia John Hajicek of
Independence, Missouri. The auction was run by Kansas-based Lyn Knight
Mormons make inroads in Deep South
In 1939, when Chloe Belle Hodge was baptized into
the LDS Church, many Church members in the southern U.S. went most of
their lives without going to the Temple. But with recent growth and
contruction, that has all changed. In the past 16 years, since the
Atlanta Georgia Temple was built, Temples have become much more
convenient for church members. And by the end of next year, seven
southern cities will have LDS Temples.
Was last minute ban due to Mormons or to Discrimination? (Family Conference Stumbles Over LDS Participation)
The Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune's coverage
of the first day of the Second World Congress of Families both discussed
the decision of the Swiss Reformed Church to exclude the Congress from
using its facilities for the opening session of the Congress. But the
two accounts differed about why the Congress was banned from the
historic St. Pierre's Cathedral in central Geneva.
LDS members keep Utah's smoking rate low (Kentucky Has Highest Smoking Rate)
The U.S. Government's Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention released its annual assesment of tobacco use rates in the
U.S. and the state of Utah again had the lowest smoking rate in the
nation. Utah's low rate is attributed to its majority LDS population.
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