Idaho State Rep Wants to Turn Back the Civil Rights Clock

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In 1882, led by future state senator Fred T Dubois, the Territory of Idaho enacted a law disenfranchising all Mormons in the territory. This was done because at the time some Mormons practiced Polygamy and polygamy was an official teaching of the Church. This practice violated and offended the “sincerely held beliefs“ and Christian sensibilities of many of the other residents of Idaho. They felt that since they were morally offended by the Mormons way of life that they should be able to deny … [Read more...]

I’d Hammer Out Love

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It may be blasphemous to highlight a song performance by privileged White performers on Martin Luther King Day, but I love this song and this performance so much I will risk it. Peter, Paul, and Mary were one of several musical acts that performed during the March on Washington on 28 August 1963 (Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others also performed).   The Hymn of Social Justice that they chose to sing was Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer".  The song, written by Seeger and Lee hays in 1949, … [Read more...]

Sister Wives: Trading Anonymity for Tolerance

On Mother's Day, Kody and the kids prepare a big breakfast for their moms and grandmothers.

While many mainstream Mormons are uncomfortable being associated with polygamy and polygamists, the Browns of TLC's Sister Wives similarly do not want to be associated with all polygamists. (The Browns call members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City "mainstream" Mormons) "We were tired of Warren Jeffs being the poster child of plural marriage," Janelle Brown told me in an interview. Warren Jeffs is the former head of the Fundamentalist Church of … [Read more...]

Have You Seen God Loves Uganda?

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I have not, but I really want to. Especially after some recent comments made on a Mormon blog about the treatment of gays in Uganda (those comments are addressed here). God Loves Uganda tells the story of the evangelical anti-homosexual movement in Uganda. Last night, Roger Ross Williams, the director and producer of the documentary, talked with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. Take a look:   Here is a synopsis of the film from filmmakers: As an American-influenced bill to … [Read more...]

A Line of Separation between Corporation and State

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Thomas Jefferson famously spoke of erecting a “wall of separation between church and state” in order to prevent an alliance of religious and political interests that would undermine democracy and lead to religious tyranny.[1] “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government,” he wrote.[2] “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in … [Read more...]

Attorney General Holder: Federal Govt. Will Recognize Utah Gay Marriages

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See the above special video message from the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder. Holder responds directly to the move by Utah Governor Gary Herbert who has declared that Utah will not recognize the marriages that have already taken place. Here is Holder's official statement: Last June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision – in United States v. Windsor – holding that Americans in same-sex marriages are entitled to equal protection and equal treatment under … [Read more...]

How does a Polygamous Family File Their Tax Returns? #sisterwives

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Well, they don't. At least, not as a polygamous family. This morning, Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn Brown spoke with me about a variety of issues. One thing I asked them about was taxes. No, not what they thought about taxes. But, as a polygamist family, how do they file their taxes?   As Adam Alba, one of their attorneys, pointed out to Approaching Justice right after the Brown v. Buhman ruling, only Kody and Meri are legally married. As a result, Kody files … [Read more...]


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