Why critics are wrong about opposition to Prop 2

On August 23, 2018, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced its opposition to Proposition 2, the citizen initiative seeking to create a state marijuana program. Speaking on behalf of the Church, Elder Jack N. Gerard of the Seventy said, “The Church does not object to the medicinal use of marijuana, if doctor-prescribed, in dosage form, through a licensed pharmacy.” He continued, “Our hope and expectation is to bring the broader community together, including all those who have a lot of experience and understanding in what we can…

The Mero Moment: Mormons and kids from same-sex marriages – November 19, 2015

On the heels of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ new policy regarding the children of same-sex married couples, a state judge ruled that a gay married couple were not fit parents because of their same-sex status. Ruling on the three-month old child’s foster care status, Seventh District Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen cited research indicating that children are worse off in the care of same-sex couples than in the care of heterosexual couples. Of course the ruling has ignited a wildfire of protests across the nation. While…

BREAKING: LDS Church To Create Wards For Liberals

According to sources speaking on condition of anonymity, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will announce at this weekend’s General Conference the creation of separate wards for members who consider themselves more liberal that the mainstream Church. Presumably, this change will take effect immediately.  The wards will be structured much like current Young Single and Mid-Single Adult wards now in existence. Records for individual church members will be transferred into the new wards at the members’ request. In creating separate wards, the number of fights in Sunday School are…

Same-Sex Marriage and the Attack on Religious Freedom [Hub Debate]

Could religious organizations be forced to perform same-sex weddings? The hysterical panic surrounding an Idaho wedding chapel certainly seems to suggest so. But as always, if you’ll forgive the pun, the devil is the details and the story is little more exaggerated hype. Conservatives have long used the fear of religious liberty being violated as a weapon against LGBTQ civil liberties. In Utah, that’s included claims that if same-sex couples were granted their constitutional right to civil weddings, the LDS church would be forced to perform same-sex weddings in temples…

Utah beware! A list of ‘extremists’ and potentially ‘very dangerous’ people at the World Congress of Families

You may have heard a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) spokesman claim on Utah radio that Sutherland Institute will be bringing 3,000 “extremists” and “very dangerous” people to Utah to attend the ninth World Congress of Families (WCF) next year. That struck us as an odd and rather irrational claim, given who has attended and spoken at WCF: presidents of nations, religious leaders and people of faith from most major religious denominations, widely published scholars and researchers, high-level government officials, and extraordinary people engaged in helping the less fortunate around the…

BUZZ: LDS Family Services Getting Out of the Adoption Business

In a barely-concluded press conference, the LDS church announced today that they are transitioning (quickly) out of adoption services. Beginning August 1, LDS Family Services will become a counseling service for single expectant parents but will no longer be involved in placing children. Birth families and pre-adoptive families currently in the system will have until Dec 31 to complete their adoptions, according to a letter issued  today. The official reason given is a drop-off in adoptions occurring in recent years. However, the current political climate makes this move unsurprising. Letter…