Thursday, July 29, 2010
Texas begins new proceedings to extradite Mormon sect leader Warren Jeffs
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Robert T. Garrett
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday immediately began a new proceeding to extradite Warren Jeffs, a spokesman for Abbott said.
"We are currently working with the Texas governor's office and Utah authorities to bring Warren Jeffs to Texas to stand trial," said the spokesman, Jerry Strickland.
Jeffs was indicted by a Schleicher County grand jury on three sexual offenses, all first-degree felonies, in July 2008. At the time, Abbott said he hoped to extradite Jeffs, then in an Arizona jail awaiting separate charges, to Texas "as quickly as possible."
The rural West Texas county is home to the breakaway Mormon sect's Yearning for Zion ranch. Three months before Jeffs' indictment, Child Protective Services removed 440 children and about two dozen women over allegations the community permitted a culture of sexual abuse and marriages between girls and much older men.
Robert T. Garrett
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
New program can translate ancient Biblical script.
A gift-shop replica of a clay tablet with Akkadian writing from the city of Ugarit, Photograph courtesy S.R.K. Branavan
Tim Hornyak for National Geographic News
A new computer program has quickly deciphered a written language last used in Biblical times—possibly opening the door to "resurrecting" ancient texts that are no longer understood, scientists announced last week.
Created by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the program automatically translates written Ugaritic, which consists of dots and wedge-shaped stylus marks on clay tablets. The script was last used around 1200 B.C. in western Syria.
Written examples of this "lost language" were discovered by archaeologists excavating the port city of Ugarit in the late 1920s. It took until 1932 for language specialists to decode the writing. Since then, the script has helped shed light on ancient Israelite culture and Biblical texts.
Using no more computing power than that of a high-end laptop, the new program compared symbol and word frequencies and patterns in Ugaritic with those of a known language, in this case, the closely related Hebrew.
Through repeated analysis, the program linked letters and words to map nearly all Ugaritic symbols to their Hebrew
equivalents in a matter of hours.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tackling the Mormon Myth about Alice Cooper Published by Mormon Heretic .
"If you're Mormon, you've probably heard the myth that Alice Cooper was a Mormon. Most of you have probably dismissed the myth as complete hogwash. Well, it turns out there is an element of truth to the myth. For example, his father's middle name is Moroni and his grandfather was an apostle! Yes it is true!"
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Symposium theme, 2010: REFLECTIONS ON MATURING FAITH
4-7 August 2010 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, 150 West 500 South
Wednesday, 8:00 pm (free and open to the public )
- The Fate Of New Religious Movements When They Are No Longer New: A Conversation Between Jon Butler And Jan Shipps - Jan Shipps, John Butler
- Devotional. The Call To Praise And Respond - Susan Skoor
- Eugene England'S Calculated Risk: The Struggle For Academic Freedom And Religious Dialogue - Charlotte Hansen
- Out Of Context; Using And Abusing Quotations - Barry Laga
- Maturing Faiths; A Comparison Between Mormonism And Islam During Their First Two Centuries - Ann Chamberlin
- Money Troubles: Fiscal And Psychological Crises At Kirtland - Richard Delewski
- One Soul Shall Not Be Lost: A History Of The War In Heaven In Mormon Thought - Boyd J. Petersen
- Bella'S Body: Physicality, Mortality, Spirituality, And Desire - Holly Welker
- Authors Meet The Critic Curt Bench, Gary Topping - Polly Aird
- More Stories From The LDS Borderlands D. Jeff Burton, John Dehlin
- Francophone Mormons And The Internet: Discovering Space For Religious Expression, Dialogue, And Democracy Carter Charles - Boyd J. Petersen
- Joseph Smith, Matthew Philip Gill, And The Dynamics Of Mormon Schism - Matthew Bowman
- Panel: Rediscovering Eugene England In The 21St Century Charlotte Hansen, Charlotte England, Rebeccca England, Jody England Hansen - Dan Wotherspoon
- Panel: Studies Of Twentieth-Century Utah Mormon Sects - Ryan T. Roos, Christopher Blythe, Christine Magula
- Panel: Peculiar Portrayals: Mormons On The Page, Stage, And Screen - Michael Austin, Mark T. Decker, Aaron Sanders
- Panel: Are We Moving Toward Wholenness? Women And The Feminine In Mormonism - Margaret Toscano, Lilly Shults, Alisa Bolander, Tresa Edmunds, Suzann Werner
- Panel: A Walking Contradiction: Partly Truth And Partly Fiction - Fae Ellsworth, Larry Rigby, Whitney Mower, Richard Terry Lapointe, Paul Swenson
- Line Upon Line: How The New Personal Progress/duty To God Programs Are Defining Tomorrow'S Leaders - Laura Compton, Tresa Edmunds
- A Field Guide For Turning History Into Myth - H. Parker Blount
- Toward An LDS Account Of Physician-Assisted Suicide - Samuel Brown
- Two Short Plays: Adam & Eve And Prodigal Son - Davey Morrison Dillard, Bianca Morrison Dillard
- A Crisis Of Faith In Newtonian Mormonism - Michael Farnworth
- From Seer Stone To Trifocals: A Church'S Journey With Scripture - Robin Linkhart
- Whose Wife Will She Be? Marriage, Embodiment, And Salvation - Janice Allred
- Maturity, Meaning, And Mormonism - Lowell Lemesany
- Adam-Ondi-Ahmen: An American Eden Boyd - J. Petersen
- From C.s. Lewis To Owen Barfield: An Evolution Of Consciousness, An Evolution Of Faith - Julie J. Nichols
- Panel: "Those Members Of The Body, Which Seem To Be More Feeble…are Necessary": Placing Disablity At The Heart Of Zion - Dan Wotherspoon, J. Mark Olsen, Anne Leahy
- Panel: The Stories We Tell: How An Unpleasant Truth Can Be More Inspirational Than A Pleasant Fiction - Tresa Edmunds, Tracy Mckay, Kathryn Lynard Soper, Janet Garrard-Willis, Stephen Marsh
- Panel: Some Sahd Stories - Stephen Carter, Mark England, John Gustav-Wrathall, Joseph West, Jr.
- Panel: The Book Of Job - Holly Welker, H. Parker Blount, Joanna Brooks, Richard Delewski
- Panel: Eternal Perdition? Bureaucratic Limbo? The Theological Ramifications Of Excommunication - Janice Allred, Lavina Fielding Anderson, Marvin Rytting, Margaret Toscano, Paul Toscano
- Plenary. Double Feature: Performances By Sister - Dottie S. Dixon And Mr. Deity Brian Keith Dalton And Charles Lynn Frost
- Wrestling Jacob'S Angel: On Trials And Maturing Faith - Michael Vinson
- The Cost Of Discipleship: Thoughts On What It Means To Be A Mature Believer - Robert A. Rees
- Sacred Secrecy In The Teachings Of President Boyd K. Packer - Hugo Olaiz, D. Michael Quinn
- Joseph Smith Iii: From Reorganization To Community Of Christ - Lachan Mackay
- Meditations On William H. Chamberlin And Why One Should Remain Mormon - James Mclachlan
- Rachel Ann Nunes'S Ariana Series: A Fictional View Of Latter-Day Saints In Modern-Day France - Helynne Hollstein Hansen
- Relief Society And The Invisible Hand Of Patriarchy - Tamara Taysom, Ellen Decoo
- Instrumental Mysticism: The Inspired Fictionalization Of The Untied Firm Revelations - Christopher C. Smith
- Spaceship Earth - Dennis Clark
- Why Elijah (Or The Baptist) Must Come Before Christ'S Return - Paul Savage, Steve ShieLDS
- Same-Gender Marriage & Religious Freedom: A Call To Quiet Conversations And Public Debates - Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy
- Plenary Session: Why We Stay Alan Eastman - Carol B. Quist, Mark D. Thomas, Suzann Werner, Ron Frederickson
- Responses To The Documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition - Laura Compton, Reobert A. Rees
- In Memoriam: Linda Sillitoe - John Sillito, Paul Swenson, Phyllis Barber, Allen Roberts
- What Was Responsible For The Willie And Martin Handcart Disaster? One Small Cow - Trent D. Stephens, Kevin HoLDSworth
- Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil Vs Tree Of Life - Richard C. Russell
- Life After: The Journey From Active Mormon To Reflective Unitarian - Marvin Rytting
- More Precious Things: Evidence For Women'S Priesthood In The Earliest Christianity - Bridget Jack Jeffries
- Is The Afghanistan War Just? A Book Of Mormon Approach - Joshua Madson, William Van Wagenen
- In Memoriam: C. Jess Grosbeck - Karl Schnibbe, Reed Hunter, Susan Buhler Taber Anne Wilde, Beverly Hoppe, Karen Rosenbaum, Douglass Taber
- The Big Fan: Joseph Smith And The Danites In Missouri - Todd Compton, D. Michael Quinn
- The Will To Power And Exaltation: An Exploration Of Mormon And Nietzschean Conceptions Of Power - Rachel Morris
- Film: Screening The Sonosopher, An Experimental Journey Through The Mind Of Sound Wizard And Poet - Alex Caldiero Alex Caldiero, Torben Bernhard, Travis Low
- Panel. Our Voices, Our Visions: A Mormon Women'S Literary Tour Encore Performance - Julie J. Nichols, Whitney Mower, Elisa Pulido, Elizabeth Pinborough, Holly Welker, Joanna Brooks
- Panel: Persistence Of Polygamy: A Mormon Anthology - Newell G. Bringhurst, Jeffery O. Johnson, Patricia Scott, Christopher Blythe, Todd Compton
- Exit, Voice, And Loyalty In The Mormon Community - Kaimipono Wenger, Kristine Haglund, Bridget Jack Jeffries, John Dehlin
- Developments From The Community Of Christ 2010 World Conference - William D. Russell, Mark A. Scherer
- Plenary. Pillars Of My Faith - Eric Samuelson, Tracy Mckay
- Devotional. Gratitude: A Contagious Choice - Frances Lee Menlove
- Film: Trouble In Zion, A Documentry - Kenneth Ballentine
- The Descent Of Dissent: Or On The Origin Of Speciousness - Paul Toscano, Vickie Steward Eastman
- Church, Priesthood, And The Gay/lesbian Journey Toward Spiritual Maturity - John. D Gustav-Warthall
- Dating Fanny Alger: The Nature, Timing, And Consequences Of An Early Polygamous Relationship - Don Bradley
- Toward A Mormon Theological Justification For Environmental - Activism Roger D. Hansen, Dan Wotherspoon
- The Future Of Catholic-Mormon Dialogue: Bridges Between Rome And Salt Lake City - Donald Westbrook,
- Film: Trouble In Zion, A Documentry - Kenneth Ballentine
- Gender Differences In The Early Patriarchal Blessings Of The LDS Church 1834-1845 - Gordon Shepherd, Gary Shepherd, Natalie Shepherd
- Getting It Right: Changes In The Gospel Principles Manual From 1979 To 2009 - Steve Warren, Laura Compton
- From "System Of Beliefs" To "Way Of Life": Fifty Years Of Transformation In Community Of Christ - Steve ShieLDS
- Mormon Women Had The Priesthood In 1843 - Joshua Gillon
- Joseph Smith'S Meditation On Power: Clear Evidence Of A Maturing Faith - Dennis Clark
- Panel: Glenn Beck: Likely Mormon Or Unlikely Mormon - Robert A. Rees, Eric Samuelsen, Joanna Brooks, David King Landrith
- Panel. The Gay Mormon Literature Project - Johnny Townsend, Alan Michael Williams, Gerald S. Argetsinger
- Panel: The Role Of Feministmormonhousewives.org In The "Maturing" Of Mormon Feminism Lisa Butterworth - Melanie Franti, Shelah Miner, Tresa Edmunds
- Panel. The Pros And Cons Of Writing Confessional Memoir In The Mormon Milieu - Phyllis Barber, Holly Welker, Keven Holdworth, Stephen Carter, Bruce Jorgensen
- Panel. Mormonism And Radical Politics - Cory Bushman, Katy Savage, Tristan Call, Fernando R. Gomez
- Growth And Dispersion Of Latter-Day Saints In "Zion" And "Babylon": The Consequences Of Mormon Demographic Transition - Rick Phillips, Ronald Lawson
- Toeing The Line: Is The LDS Church A Moral Agent Or A Political Machine? - Laura Compton, Joseph West, Jr.
- The Epistle Of Paul: Homosexual Spirituality And The Redemption Of Pleasure Paul Toscano - Michael J. Stevens
- Faith In The Midst Of The Difficulties Of Life - Susan Skoor
- Joseph Smith'S Personal Polygamy - Brian Hales, George D. Smith
- The Mormon Bibles William D. Russell - Kim Mccall
- 356: Lockean Ideology And D&c Section 134: The Adoption Of American Political Ideology As Scripture - Chris Henrichsen
- Hindering The Saints: Taking Away The Key Of Knowledge - Philip G. Mclemore
- Panel: The Mormon Feminist Community Of Exponent Ii: Its History, Its Legacy, Its Future - Barbara Taylor, Aimee Evans Hickman
- Film: Two Loves: Documenting Gay Mormons' Stories - Michelle Ripplinger
- Oliver Cowdery'S Rod Of Nature - Clair Barrus, D. Michael Quinn
- Reasons For Technological Interpretations Of Mormonism - Lincoln Cannon, J. Mark Olsen
- Bash: Mormonizing Euripides - Dai Newman
- Panel. Gay And Mormon On The Stage And Screen - Charles Lynn Frost, Eric Samuelsen, Gerald S. Argetsinger
- Panel. Seeing As Believing - Alex Caldiero, Cheryl L. Bruno, Paul Swenson
- Panel: Men And The Priesthood: Taking On The Feminine - Tom Kimball, Holly Welker, Robin Linkhart, Lisa Butterworth
- Where Is Your Faulkner? Mormon Fiction And America - Elbert Eugene Peck, Jane Barnes, Karen Rosenbaum, Ellen Fagg Weist, Steve Williams
- Panel: No More Fellow Citizens But Still Strangers: Twenty Years Of Strangers In Paradox: Explorations In Mormon Theology - Janice Allred, Mark D. Thomas, Margaret Toscano, Paul Toscano
- Faith And Narrative - Sheila Taylor, Sara Burlingame, Joanna Brooks
- Banquet: LDS Women In The Twentieth Century: Witnesses To A Changing Church. - Claudia L. Bushman, Lisa T. Clayton, Lauren Kennard, Caroline Kline, Bethany Saunders
Excerpts of Mormon missionary work moving online, Deseret news--
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — For a dozen Mormon missionaries in upstate New York, the iconic tasks of "tracting" and knocking on doors are things of the past.
Instead, they're spreading the good word in high-tech fashion, posting on sites such as Blogger, WordPress and Facebook.
The church's missionary department is experimenting with its missionaries, using social networking to make contacts and create conversations with individuals who might be interested in the LDS faith.
Or, in social-networking terms, to get connected.The preliminary test program — which is currently called "Missionaries on the Internet" — was started in late May in the LDS Church's New York Rochester Mission.
A companionship of two missionaries sits side-by-side at the computer, one safeguard being that they work in tandem in composing posts and reviewing responses.
Another security is what Wilson calls "community policing." All participating missionaries are Facebook "friends" with each other and the mission president, meaning all their Facebook activity is easily accessible by the others.
The other exception is the "chat" missionaries — based at the Provo Missionary Training Center — who answer questions and queries at the LDS Church's mormon.org website.Wilson calls the Missionaries on the Internet program "a raw test" that could grow to other missions and other nations. But the missionary department will need to study it for much longer than its current existence of single-digit weeks.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
August 5–6, 2010
More info: http://fairlds.org/conf10a.html
- David Bokovoy, "Joseph Smith and the Biblical Council of Gods"
- Jeffrey Bradshaw, "The Apocalypse of Abraham: An Ancient Witness for
- the Book of Moses"
- William Duncan, "Religion in the Legal Controversy Over Marriage"
- Craig Foster, "Like Two Crazy Aunts in the Attic: Latter-day Saints
- and Popular Polygamy Stereotypes"
- John Gee, "Marginal Characters in the Book of Abraham Manuscripts"
- Brian Hales, "Controversies in Joseph Smith's Polygamy: New
- Evidences and New Observations"
- Valerie Hudson, "The Two Trees"
- Gary Lawrence, "How Americans View Mormonism and What We Can Do
- about It"
- Steve Mayfield, "Big Love: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and. . .Well, Maybe Not?"
- Daniel Peterson, "The Obligation to Do Apologetics"
- William Schryver, "The Meaning and Purpose of the Kirtland Egyptian
- Shirley Ricks, "Editing Hugh Nibley: From Manuscript to Book"
- Stephen Ricks, "Proper Names in the Book of Mormon"
- Matthew Roper, "Joseph Smith and the Question of Book of Mormon
- Royal Skousen, "Restoring the Original Text of the Book of Mormon"
- Peter Watkins, "A Mormon in the White House"
Thursday, July 08, 2010
BOSTON (AP) -- A U.S. judge in Boston has ruled that a federal gay marriage ban is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage.
U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro on Thursday ruled in favor of gay couples' rights in two separate challenges to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA.
The state had argued the law denied benefits such as Medicaid to gay married couples in Massachusetts, where same-sex unions have been legal since 2004.
Tauro agreed, and said the act forces Massachusetts to discriminate against its own citizens.
"The federal government, by enacting and enforcing DOMA, plainly encroaches upon the firmly entrenched province of the state, and in doing so, offends the Tenth Amendment. For that reason, the statute is invalid," Tauro wrote in a ruling in a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Ruling in a separate case filed by Gays & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Tauro found that DOMA violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The law was enacted by Congress in 1996 when it appeared Hawaii would soon legalize same-sex marriage and opponents worried that other states would be forced to recognize such marriages. The lawsuit challenges only the portion of the law that prevents the federal government from affording pension and other benefits to same-sex couples.
Since then, five states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010