Posts Tagged ‘Mormonism’

Monday, May 21, 2012
Click through the slideshow to see most and least Mormon states in the United States:
WATCH: Pastor Says Put Gays And Lesbians In Electrified Pen To Kill Them Off
College Suing Obama Adminstration Over Birth Control Mandate
Twitter Testimonies From The HuffPost Religion Community
Indian Police Drop Charges Against Tibet Holy Man
My Neighbor’s Faith: The Rabbi And The Christian Cab Driver
Soraya Chemaly: A Message to Girls About Religious Men Who Fear You
You are powerful beyond words, because you threaten to unravel the control of corrupt men who abuse their authority.
Eboo Patel: The Holiness of Common Ground
Honestly, I hate the term “common ground.” It just sounds boring. But all of my shaking and wagging has only ever succeeded in ending conversations, and sending people running in the opposite direction.
W. Hunter Roberts: What Matters: A Christian Pastor’s Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage
Jesus was more interested in love than he was in rules. That was what got him into so much trouble with the fundamentalists of his day
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.: The Titanic, Climate Change and Avoidable Tragedies
Like the Titanic, our present-day industrial civilization is a marvel of human ingenuity, and yet, a reckoning looms on the horizon.
Shastri Purushotma: Enter the Gate: Celebrating the Declaration of the Bab
On the night of May 22 this year, Baha’is around the world will hold celebrations to mark the 168th anniversary of that first evening in Shiraz when their Faith began.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
His Holiness the Dalai Lama sat down with Arianna Huffington at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to celebrate his Templeton Prize, and discuss the importance of a productive conversation between spirituality and science.
Miroslav Volf: Honor Everyone
Buddhist Monk Accused In Alabama Temple Killing
Black Churches Conflicted On Obama’s Gay Marriage Decision
Richard Mouw, Evangelical Leader, Says Engaging Mormonism Is A Christian Mandate
Exhumation In Bizarre Old Vatican Kidnap Case
John L. Esposito: Racing Backwards Into the Future: Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
Regrettably, recent religious decisions in both countries are unfortunate reminders about the hurdles and pitfalls in the implementation of religious reform.
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie: Why Obama and Romney Should Share Their Religious Beliefs
When candidates flaunt their religion or manipulate it as a political tool, Americans are angered. When candidates share their religious beliefs as a way of telling us who they are, Americans are grateful.
Arianna Huffington: My Conversation With the Dalai Lama: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality (VIDEO)
To find the peace of mind that alone can replace an aimless search that for many has led to an epidemic of stress, anxiety, and drugs, the Dalai Lama is looking to science to convince a skeptical, increasingly-secular society of the power of contemplation and compassion to change our lives and our world. As he wrote in his 2005 book, The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality: “The great benefit of science is that it can contribute tremendously to the alleviation of suffering at the physical level, but it is only through the cultivation of the qualities of the human heart and the transformation of our attitudes that we can begin to address and overcome our mental suffering.” For his decades-long passion to bring together science and spirituality the Dalai Lama was awarded the Templeton Prize today. I sat with him before the awards ceremony. Here is our conversation.
Aaron Taylor: Was Jesus a Fundamentalist?
When I was in my early 20s, a Bible teacher posed a rhetorical question that continues to haunt me to this day: “If Jesus was your only source of information about what Christianity should look like, how would you live your life?”
The European Magazine: Talking to God: It’s a Brain Puzzle
What happens when believers attempt to communicate with their God? If the brain did not evolve a system for conversing with highly abstract invisible entities, what brain systems activate when it does?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
CHICAGO (RNS) Mitt Romney may or may not become the first Mormon to move into the White House next year, but a new study shows that Mormonism is moving into more parts of the country than any other religious group, making it the fastest-growing faith in more than half of U.S. states.

The 2012 Religious Congregations and Membership Study, released here Tuesday (May 1), shows that the mainline Protestants and Catholics who dominated the 20th century are literally losing ground to the rapid rise of Mormons and, increasingly, Muslims.

PHOTOS: Annual Hindu Festival Celebrates Transgender People
Peace Is Every Breath:
The Light Of Awareness
The High Price Of Losing Faith For Clergy
Pastor’s Secret Love For Garbage
Taco Bells Pays $27K To Nazarite Who Refused To Cut Hair
Daniel Philpott: Reconciliation 2012: A Local Response to Joseph Kony and the International Community
Kony 2012 has garnered more than 100 million hits and has motivated viewers to support the arrest and trial of one of the world’s most monstrous war criminals. What it misses, though, are the voices of ordinary Ugandans who have responded quite differently.
John Shore: Christians: Affirm That Same-Sex Relationships Are Not Inherently Immoral
This is an election year. If a petition calling upon Christians to affirm LGBTQ people is signed by hundreds of thousands of Christians, then the entire conversation around the gay issue changes.
Rev. Peter M. Wallace: Putting My Anti-Racism Training to Work: An Unexpected Encounter
If I hadn’t been at the Anti-Racism Training that day, would I have been so quick to invite this unknown African American man into my car? And give him that much money?
Joseph Ward III: Mormons Take Steps to Welcome Gay Community
As I listened, I heard dozens of straight and gay Mormons vividly reflect their pain and optimism, their confidence and uncertainty, about their faith.
Agapi Stassinopoulos: Bridging the Gap: Unbind Your Heart a Little More
At every moment we have the power invested in us to touch another human, heart-to-heart, and affect their lives by conveying the truth of all truths: We are One. We have the power to bridge the illusion and pain of separation.

Polygamist leader convicted of child sex abuse – World – CBC News.

With the conviction of the “Prophet” perhaps this will lead the rest of the world to roust these sects from their countries and jail the leaders and get the children and “wives” into extensive therapy to free themselves from the cycle of physical, religious, spiritual and sexual abuse at the hands of these men. This is not polygamy, it is not Mormonism, it is not Christ.

What it is is simply FUNDAMENTALIST PEDOPHILIA abusing not only God‘s children, but the name of God.

May this conviction be the first step of healing.