Mormon Missionary Tells Us Why We Should Cut Off the Whole Head

Kylee Chapa is a Mormon missionary currently working in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was recently teaching the Book of Mormon to a 13-year-old girl named Kami and they came across a horrific passage in which Nephi is told by God that he must kill Laban in order to secure some brass plates.

In the story, Nephi struggles with the command to kill someone else because, you know, murder is wrong. But if Heavenly Father says so, why not?! So Nephi cuts off Laban’s head.

If you’re a missionary, how do you teach this story?

And if you’re hearing it for the first time, don’t you have some natural objection to it?

Kylee writes:

Kami asked a question, and it amazed me because I had just learned this lesson myself a couple of weeks ago. She said, “Why did Nephi have to cut off Laban’s head? Why didn’t he just slit his throat or something?”


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Repeated Rape of One Victim Leads to Trouble With the Law For Six Pastors and Elders… From the Same Church

The VineLife Church in Longmont, Colorado, may now be referred to as the ViceLife Church.

Two months ago, Colorado cops police arrested 35-year-old Vineland pastor Jason Allen Roberson (pictured below). They charged him with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, sexual exploitation of a child, unlawful sexual contact, and stalking.

Roberson is suspected of coercing a 15-year-old girl under his pastoral care into a sexual relationship that lasted seven years.

Earlier this year, his colleagues found out about it and suspended Roberson pending an internal investigation, but never notified the authorities. After the victim went to the police, the church stonewalled the police probe that ensued.



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Highlights from the Oral Arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway

Yesterday, oral arguments were made at the Supreme Court in the case of Town of Greece v Galloway. While there are plenty of recaps and analyses to go around, here are a few notable exchanges directly from the court transcripts:



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Photo of the Day

Munem Wasif is a Bangladeshi photographer who’s been capturing, in glorious black and white, “the intersection of Islam and culture” in his home country. His work is featured in the new online issue of Time.

The caption under this particular photo reads: “Hena’s mother and sisters cry after her death. As punishment for being raped, Hena was whipped to death by local villagers and an Imam.”

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Did Evolution Create Religion?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Did evolution create religion?:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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