Stephen Colbert’s Tribute to Pete Seeger

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Last night, Stephen Colbert bid farewell to Pete Seeger by sharing a clip from Seeger's last appearance on the Colbert Report. The clip, which had not been previously aired, shows Colbert and Seeger leading the audience in singing "If I Had a Hammer." Take a look and sing along: Check some of our tributes to Pete Seeger here at Approaching Justice. I need a hammer. … [Read more...]

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...]

Long Time Passing

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The world has lost one of its greatest voices for civil rights and one of its greatest singers and writers of Hymns of Social Justice.  If I had to name just one voice that has influenced me to be liberal it would be Seeger.  It is impossible to pick just one of his songs that has influenced my life so I will do several Pete Seeger themed posts over the next couple of days. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" may be one of Seeger's best known songs.  It has been performed many times by many … [Read more...]

Are the Sister Wives Mormon?

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Absolutely. While they are not "mainstream" Mormons, as the Brown family refers to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City, they are very much Mormon. The thing that has intrigued me about the Brown family as I have observed them over the years is how mainstream Mormons react to them. The Browns, and other polygamists, make mainstream Mormons uncomfortable. This is partially because most Mormons want to get away from polygamy. They … [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

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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...]


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