A mother at a Utah shopping mall decided to censor a group of graphic T-shirts on sale at a retail chain by purchasing all of them.
Judy Cox was recently shopping at the University Mall in Orem with her 18-year-old son when she saw the mall's PacSun store displaying T-shirts that had lewd images on them.
After complaining to the store manager about the window display of T-shirts came to naught, Cox took the atypical route of buying all 19 shirts on display, the Daily Herald reported earlier this week. more >>
A Mormon organization said that the 40,000 or so people in polygamous marriages highlighted in a recent report on Utah, where the practice is said to be thriving, are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which excommunicates such groups.
"The people who belong to these groups are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are not Mormon," Scott Gordon, president of FairMormon, a nonprofit group responding to questions about LDS doctrine, belief and practice, shared with The Christian Post in an email on Monday.
"Calling these groups Mormon, is somewhat like calling the Lutheran or Episcopal churches 'Roman Catholic.' While somewhere in history there was common background, they are not the same denomination today." more >>
The Family Research Council has issued a court brief in Utah's appeal of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. The brief, filed last week, claims that the judge's ruling in December to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage was "deeply flawed."
The Christian lobbying group filed its amicus brief last Thursday in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the state of Utah is appealing federal Judge Robert J. Shelby's Dec. 20 ruling that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, passed by 66 percent of voters in 2004. Shelby wrote in his ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution's right to equal protection and due process under the 14th amendment.
In their friend-of-the-court brief, the Family Research Council encourages the appeals court to overturn Shelby's previous ruling, saying that "the novel and unprincipled fundamental rights analysis on which [Shelby's ruling is] based are deeply flawed." The brief goes on to argue that the issue facing the appeals court is "not who may marry, but what marriage is." more >>
A woman died on Saturday after falling close to 2,000 feet while attempting to BASE jump with her new husband, whom she had married less than half a month before the accident.
Amber Bellows, 28, and her husband Clayton Butler, scaled Mount Kinesava on Feb. 8. A plateau known for its hieroglyphics in Utah's Zion National Park, it is about 3,000 feet from top to bottom.
Butler followed Bellows after she jumped first on Saturday but was unable to find his wife of two weeks when he arrived at the bottom. He reported her disappearance at 6:30 p.m. local time, though rescue teams were unable to locate her body until 10 a.m. the following morning and ultimately had to retrieve it using a helicopter. more >>
While two polygamist families are attempting to prove critics wrong and convince people that they live a normal lifestyle, at least one former polygamist wife is speaking out against the practice. The state of Utah recently ruled that a law against cohabitation was a violation of the First Amendment's right to freedom of religion, allowing polygamist families more freedom.
Marion Munn was part of a plural marriage for 18 years after converting to Mormon fundamentalism. Munn was not happy with the arrangement and is now speaking out about the dangers of the polygamist lifestyle.
"The only way that I can explain it is like living with adultery on a daily basis, and having the woman come home. On top of that you have to smile and pretend that everything's okay because that's part of the culture too. So for me going into it, I didn't personally want to live it, but I felt compelled to as a matter of faith," Munn told Daily Mail. more >>
Researchers from the University of Utah announced that they are launching "The Religious Brain Project," an initiative aimed at studying the effects of faith on the human brain, and will be starting off by examining Mormon missionaries.
"Religious and spiritual stimuli are among the most profound influences on behavior that exists. The neuroscience of spirituality, however, is almost completely unknown," explained project Director Jeff Anderson, who is also an associate professor of neuroradiology at the university.
"We want to study what happens in the brain when someone has a spiritual experience." more >>