City answers ACLU's Main Street suit
Attorneys for Salt Lake City filed an answer
to the ACLU's lawsuit challenging the terms of the sale of Main
Street to the LDS Church on Tuesday, the filing deadline. In their
answer, the city attorney Roger Cutler says that the terms of sale
give up the use of the property as a public forum in exchange for
the $8.1 million sale price.
Freedom Second to Money For Main Street, Says SLC
Municipal lawyers for Salt Lake City are defending a deal that saw
the city sell a block of Main Street with provisions that the land would
no longer be available for public demonstrations. The attorneys
say that the 8.1 million dollars the city received from The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints made the deal worthwhile for the city.
LDS Church asks to be a party in plaza suit
Worried that its interests in the ACLU's
lawsuit against the sale by Salt Lake City of a one-block stretch of
Main Street in Salt Lake City, the LDS Church has asked the U.S.
District Court to include it in the lawsuit. The ACLU filed suit last
week opposing the terms of the sale of the street to the Church
because it deprives protestors of an important venue.
LDS Church-supported Gay Marriage Battle in Hawaii Ends (Gays fight may turn to rights and benefits)
The battle in Hawaii over same-sex marriage ended
Thursday as the Hawaii state Supreme Court ruled in the case that
started the same sex marriage battle. The court ruled that the case was
moot because voters had amended the state constitution last November to
prohibit same-sex marriage. But the Court also ruled that same-sex
couples were still entitled to the same benefits as married couples.
President Hinckley to appear on Larry King Live Christmas Eve (Ricky Martin: As great as it gets)
In his regular column in USA Today, Larry King announced that
President Gordon B. Hinckley of the LDS Church will be a guest on his
show Christmas Eve. While King gives few details, he does say that he
will have a number of guests that evening with President Hinckley,
including the Reverend Robert Schuller, live from Jerusalem and
Bishop Desmond Tutu, live from the National Cathedral in Washington
American Jeweish Congress promotes Boston Temple position
The American Jewish Congress sent out a press release
yesterday trumpeting its brief supporting the LDS Church's Boston
Temple. The AJC claims that the Temple is a clear example of how zoning
laws can be used to promote religious freedom.
LDS Leaders Focus on True Gifts of Season
The First Presidency's annual Christmas
broadcast last night focused on the precious Christmas gifts of the
heart. Speaking first, President James E. Faust told of his experience
as a child concentrating on a toy over a more important token of his
parents love and of how he wishes he had that token now, while he forgot
the toy just weeks after Christmas.
A Mormon Mother Defends Faith And Church (TGI Thursday)
York Radio featured a religious roundtable on its weekly
programme ³TGI Thursday² following the announced decision
to scale down
the ³Faith² section of London's Millenium Dome. An
Episcopal, and a Mormon were asked -- grilled, really -- about the
role and relevance of spirituality in Britain today.
Hatch Offers Bush Vice Presidency (Back From The Brinkmanship)
In the recent debate among Republican presidential
candidates, front-runner George W. Bush proved far less nimble on his
feet than LDS Church member Orrin Hatch, whose campaign languishes far
behind Bush in both the polls and in fund raising. Hatch got the laugh
of the evening at Bush's expense.
Book of Mormon called a 'Milestone' in Millennium (Milestonesin Christianity during the past millennium)
In a review of important events in Christianity during the past
millennium, the American-Statesman staff chose the Book of Mormon as one
of 24 events it considered the most important in the history of
Christianity in the past 1000 years. The events start with the schism
between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches in 1054 and end with
the 1962 Vatican council.
TV show cast fights Knight initiative in ad ('Will & Grace' Sitcom Goes Political With TV Ad)
The stakes over California's "Knight
Initiative," also known as Proposition 22, continue to rise as both
sides prepare for a March vote. Now, the cast of a television show
that includes two gay characters has weighed-in, producing a
television ad that claims the proposition will legalize
discrimination against gays and lesbians. The cast of the sitcome
"Will &Grace" announced Wednesday that they had produced the ad.The
TV spot by the show could start appearing in California as early as
LDS Church bottles time, sealing capsule for 2049
The first time capsule was closed in 1899, and
opened 50 years later, in 1949. At that time a second time capsule was
closed, and was only opened earlier this year. Now President Gordon B.
Hinckley closed a third time capsule commemorating the founding of the
Sunday School on December 9, 1849.
LDS Church confirms new Hinckley interview with King (Pres. Hinckley, King on air again Dec. 24)
LDS Church spokesman Dale Bills confirmed Tuesday that LDS Church
President Gordon B. Hinckley will do a new live interview on
Christmas eve with talk show host Larry King, as King claimed in his
column in USA Today. King will interview President Hinckley as part
of his "Millennium Month" series on CNN. Details are still being
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