Mormon Women Bare
is an art project spearheaded by Katrina Barker Anderson, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It's designed to challenge the LDS Church's strict views on modesty and the value of "virtue" by having Church members pose naked in an attempt to reclaim their bodies while protesting the belief that they need to be careful of inflaming the passions of men.
posted by inturnaround
on Nov 27, 2013 -
A gay-straight marriage story from a member of the LDS church.
"About a year after my divorce, I was chatting with my new bishop, who I had known for several years prior to that. He asked me, "So, Ashley, why did you and Matt get divorced?"
I replied, "Matt is a homosexual."
I just looked him in the eye after I said this and waited a few seconds while he absorbed it.
Then he asked, "Well, was there another problem as well? Like drinking? Or gambling?"
I looked him in the eye a second time and replied, "Nope. Just that."
He was genuinely confused."
posted by Dynex
on Jun 21, 2012 -
Religion and Presidential Elections:
(video from the C-SPAN Video Library) On March 13, 2012, panelists at Boston College discussed Mormonism and the role of religion in the context of the 2012 Republican primaries and American politics generally. The video is about an hour long.
Kristine Haglund comments
about the discussion on By Common Consent.
posted by The World Famous
on Mar 19, 2012 -
Today's New York Times has an article
about young Mormons finding a way to live their values while remaining socially "with it" -- by turning to hipster culture.
posted by naturalog
on Oct 27, 2011 -
Attention well-dressed gentlemen: Looking for affordable business attire, suitable for tropical climates, extended bike rides, and living out of a suitcase? Want to buy a high-quality suit for under $200? Looking for wash-and-wear polyester ties? Dress shirts for twenty bucks? Shop at one of the online boutiques
that outfit Mormon missionaries
and all this can be yours. (Mormon ladies' wear also available
posted by AngerBoy
on Jul 15, 2011 -
Threats, blackmail, bribery and illegal bugging all in the name of journalism? Jack Anderson
, the bombastic muckraker who broke some of the biggest political stories of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, would have felt right at home at the News of the World
. A devout Mormon
, Anderson was "part circus huckster, part guerrilla fighter, part righteous rogue
," a crusading journalist who believed that God was behind his work, no matter how he went about it. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water
on Jul 7, 2011 -
From June until August
they hid out in their camp in the scrub oak up in the foothills, avoiding the search parties. Then they began coming down into the city by day, passing within a quarter-mile of Elizabeth's home. They walked the streets dressed as religious pilgrims from the New Testament. Mitchell had a long beard and a walking stick. Elizabeth and Wanda covered everything but their eyes. And no one figured it out. This American Life contributor Scott Carrier
profiles the Messianic cult of Brian David Mitchell, the abductor of 2002 media icon Elizabeth Smart
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Dec 14, 2010 -
The Mormon church's plaza walkway runs through the heart of downtown Salt Lake. It was originally a public sidewalk, and is still used as such by the city's downtown residents. It is common to see couples holding hands and walking arm in arm as they stroll. This hasn't been a problem, until recently
. The church claims the couple was necking and groping
. Video obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune doesn't show this
., but it does
show Mormon security in action. Charges were dropped
, and the city's gay community is weighing in
with a series of "kiss-ins
posted by Crotalus
on Jul 31, 2009 -
Every child believes he's special. But when you are number ten of twenty, with three "sister- mothers" - two of whom are full- blooded sisters-and a grandfather whom thousands of people believe speaks directly to God, it can be hard to figure out what "special" really means. All told, I have roughly sixty-five aunts and uncles on my dad's side and twenty- two on my mom's-with probably thousands of cousins. In families as large as mine, even keeping track of your own siblings-let alone cousins and aunts and uncles-is difficult.... My family had what our church called "royal blood." We were direct descendants of our prophet through my father's line. My mother, too, is the child of a prophet,... When I was little, my family was favored, in the church's elite. I was assured that there was a place for me in the highest realms of heaven... I would one day become a god, ruling over my own spinning world.
Brent Jeffs, the grandson of Rulon Jeffs
(and nephew of Warren Jeffs
), explains growing up a Lost Boy
in the FLDS
, in an audio interview on NPR.
posted by orthogonality
on May 25, 2009 -
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, "are planning to stage a Broadway musical
based on the lives and (many) loves of typical members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints." They - "along with Robert Lopez, the co-writer of 'Avenue Q' - have finally settled on a script and are workshopping their new production aptly titled, 'Mormon Musical
.'" They've had fun with Mormons before: South Park episode: All About the Mormons
? Full episode
posted by ericb
on Nov 19, 2008 -
Mountain Meadow Massacre
When I left Los Angeles, the 23rd ultimo, General Clarke, commanding the Department of California, directed me to bury the bones of the victims of that terrible massacre which took place on this ground in September, 1857. The fact of this massacre of (in my opinion) at least 120 men, women and children, who were on their way from the State of Arkansas to California, has long been well known. I have endeavored to learn the circumstances attending it, and have the honor to submit the following as the result of my inquiries on this point:
posted by Falconetti
on Feb 3, 2007 -
The strange saga of Harvey Matusow
, "most hated man in America". Said to be the most notorious
of the paid perjurious snitches for the Communist witch-hunters, married 12 times, gave LSD to Robert F. Kennedy, tangled with Roy Cohn, was prison buddies with Wilhelm Reich, recorded a psychedelic Jews Harp record, started the rumor
that smoking dried banana peels gets you high (as an act of revenge against Chiquita Banana), wrote one of the first how-to books on computer hacking. [via
posted by nickyskye
on Aug 18, 2006 -
James Jesse Strang
- The "King" of Beaver Island
. On the twenty-seventh day of June, 1844, at five and a half o'clock in the afternoon, James J. Strang was in the Spirit, and the Angel of God came unto him and saluted. Although members of his Mormon breakaway sect mortally wounded the King for being too strict, his church
posted by Falconetti
on Apr 16, 2006 -
Marine Refuses to Use Guns ...
Marine Cpl. Joel D. Klimkewicz converted to the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day saints while in the Marines, and now believes that killing is against Jesus' teachings. As such, he refused to train with a gun though he says he would be willing to clear mines and work the front lines. The result is that the military has jailed him for his religious beliefs, convicting him of disobeying a direct order. Anyone think that Bill O'Reilly is going to say the military is trying to destroy Christianity?
posted by nathanrudy
on Jan 1, 2005 -
Interactive Church Music Player
The LDS Church has created a cool new tool for exploring its hymnbooks: a Flash application that not only shows the sheet music, but allows transposition, tempo changes, part selection, and all kinds of other nifty things.
posted by oissubke
on May 16, 2004 -
Polygamist Going to Big House PROVO, Utah (AP) - A Mormon with five wives and 30 children was sentenced to five years in prison Friday in Utah's biggest polygamy case in nearly 50 years. Tom Green, 53, also was ordered to pay $78,000 in restitution to the state for welfare payments fraudulently collected by his family.
now he gets to be the wife.
posted by adampsyche
on Aug 24, 2001 -