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Mormons Expel 'Ordain Women' Founder

Kate Kelly excommunicated until she shows 'true repentance'

(Newser) - Mormon leaders have made good on their threat to inflict the church's harshest punishment on an activist who wanted women to become priests. Kate Kelly, a founder of the Ordain Women group, was found guilty of apostasy and excommunicated by church elders who found her guilty of launching an... More »

Archaeologists Seek Home of Mormon Founder's Father

Illinois dig unearths 10K years of history

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Nauvoo, Ill., are searching for a key site in the history of America's biggest homegrown religion. Over the last few years, some 10,000 items—including buttons, window glass, and bits of pottery—have been found by a team trying to find the former home of the... More »

Mormon Church Threatens to Boot Pair of Activists

...for pushing women priests, gay acceptance

(Newser) - Kate Kelly wants women to be allowed to become Mormon priests. John P. Dehlin simply wants Mormons to be more accepting of gay members. Now both are facing excommunication from the church for apostasy, the New York Times reports. They were notified of the move on consecutive days this week,... More »

BYU Compares Masturbation to ...Combat

Satellite campus releases bizarre video

(Newser) - Well, this is weird. Brigham Young University's satellite campus in Idaho recently released a video urging students to report friends who are ... masturbating too much. And if that wasn't quite bizarre enough, the video also compares the self-love problem to warfare, the Daily Beast reports. The video centers... More »

Mormon Women Protest All-Male Priesthood

But study shows majority of LDS women oppose female ordination

(Newser) - Some 130 women gathered outside the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City yesterday, after being rejected from a meeting for the faith's all-male priesthood, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The women, members of the Ordain Women movement in the LDS Church, tried to buy tickets to the event, but... More »

Romney's Testy 'Mormon Video' Goes Viral

Are liberals kidding themselves by relishing his 'weird' beliefs?

(Newser) - A video of Mitt Romney irritably defending his faith went viral this week, a sign that Democrats are likely reveling in his ill temper and Mormon beliefs during the last days of the campaign, the Washington Post reports. Romney gets irate in the 2007 video when his interviewer—Jan Mickelson... More »

Anti-Romney Billboard Rips Mormon 'Bigotry'

Meanwhile, Ohio takes down voter fraud billboards

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's Mormon faith hasn't been much of an issue this election, but American Atheists is trying to make it one. The group is sending out a mobile billboard reading "No Blacks Allowed (until 1978)" and "No Gays Allowed (Current)" to follow Romney for the next... More »

Graham Axes Mormonism From His List of Cults

Just in time for a 'WSJ' ad backing conservative candidates

(Newser) - Billy Graham moved this week to obviously embrace Mitt Romney for president. But there was something he had to do first: remove Mormonism from his website's list of "cults." Until this week Mormonism was on a list with Scientology on the reverend's Evangelistic Association site. The... More »

Harry Reid: Mitt Romney Has 'Sullied' Mormonism

'He is not the face' of the religion, fellow Mormon Reid says

(Newser) - Harry Reid is a Mormon, and he wants you to know that Mitt Romney is not the poster boy for his religion, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Speaking on a conference call Friday about Romney's upcoming visit to Nevada, where many Mormons live, Reid said that he agrees with... More »

Sullivan: Obama Could Be the Next Reagan

And Romney is a uniquely religious data cruncher: New Yorker

(Newser) - From poll numbers to political vision, President Obama most resembles one iconic president: President Reagan, argues Andrew Sullivan in Newsweek . After waging a spirited defense of Obama's "long-term" policies in January, Sullivan has the president's back again, saying Obama could "resolve the three-decade-long battle between taxes... More »

Fox Host: Where Are Feds in South Park's Holy War?

Nobody's condemning cartoon's attacks on Christianity, says Todd Starnes

(Newser) - A Fox News commentator is getting into the spirit of religious protest. Todd Starnes , host of Fox News & Commentary, wants federal officials to investigate South Park for its attacks on religion, reports Today . "We have seen the administration say, 'We condemn anyone who denigrates religious faith,'... More »

Author to Mitt: You Owe My Family 130-Year-Old Debt

Romney's great-grandfather never repaid $1K bail, she claims

(Newser) - Mitt Romney seems like the type to pay his debts, but now he's being plagued by one that went unpaid—130 years ago. Author Judith Freeman explained this week in the Los Angeles Review of Books why Romney owes her family $25,000: It seems that, back in the... More »

Chris Rock Blasts Mormons for Racist Past

'Romney's crew' thought black people were 'the devil' until 1978

(Newser) - Chris Rock has no problem criticizing Mitt Romney for his religion. Asked about the election on Jimmy Fallon last night, Rock replied, "I just heard this the other day: The Mormons, Mitt Romney's crew, they believed black people were the devil 'til 1978! I'm not making... More »

300 Mormons March in Utah Gay Pride Parade

'Love' extended to LGBT members who face excommunication from church

(Newser) - A group of Mormons made history yesterday when the largest number ever marched in Salt Lake City's Gay Pride Parade. The 300-strong group, dressed in their conservative Sunday best, are members of Mormons Building Bridges, and participated to "extend a message of love and support to our brothers... More »

Get Ready for Outrage Over Mormon Jokes

Conservatives prepare 'manufactured umbrage': Alex Pareene

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is set to be the first Mormon to become a major presidential nominee—so it's inevitable that we'll be hearing a lot about his religion. And as conservatives coalesce around his candidacy, they'll want to make his Mormonism off-limits for attacks. That means that soon,... More »

Heretic Nation: At Last Our Candidates Fit

Ross Douthat: But is religious diversity a good thing?

(Newser) - In the 20th century, most US presidents and presidential candidates were Baptists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians—in other words, Protestants. But in the 2012 presidential race? With a Mormon, a traditionalist Catholic, and a nondenominational Christian with ties to liberation theology, "we finally have a presidential field whose diversity mirrors the... More »

DNC Chair: Romney, GOP 'Rooting for' Economy to Tank

Debbie Wasserman Schultz also blasts war on women

(Newser) - Debbie Wasserman Schultz blasted Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans today for actively "rooting for economic failure" and narrow-mindedly focusing "on one job, Barack Obama's, for really the last two years." The DNC chair spoke this morning on CNN , saying that while the economy has been... More »

Park Romney: Mormonism Is a Fraud

Mitt's cousin, former high priest, has left their religion

(Newser) - Not all Romneys are as enamored of Mormonism as Mitt. Take Park Romney, Mitt's cousin. He used to be a Mormon high priest, but finally left the religion. "I became convinced that it's a fraud," he tells the BBC . He doubts many aspects of the religion,... More »

Mormons Also Baptized Daniel Pearl

Posthumous baptisms continue to cause uproar

(Newser) - The Mormon Church is already under fire for posthumously baptizing Anne Frank and the parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal , and now it turns out the church did the same thing to Daniel Pearl. The Wall Street Journal reporter, who was killed in Pakistan soon after 9/11, was baptized last year... More »

Marco Rubio Was Mormon for a Few Years

When he was a kid; but revelation could complicate shot at VP nom

(Newser) - Marco Rubio is seen by many as the GOP's frontrunner for the 2012 vice presidential nod—but that could change for the faction of the GOP that's ill at ease with the Mormon church. BuzzFeed reveals that the Florida senator was once a Mormon, having been baptized into... More »

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