Mormons will share the stage with atheists Wednesday as part of a joint panel held in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss and dispel the myths and stereotypes that are believed about the two groups.
In a statement released last week, American Atheists President David Silverman explained that the panel will "challenge how atheists and religious people think of each other."
He continued: "It's true that many atheist Utahans are ex-Mormons, but many atheists around the country have very little direct experience with Mormons. And many Mormons have very little real-world experience with or knowledge of atheists. We want to fix that because a better understanding of where we're all coming from is needed to share political and social space." more >>
A 39-year-old Utah woman who police believe gave birth to six children then allegedly murdered them all was arrested Saturday after the bodies of seven infants were discovered packed in separate cardboard boxes in a home she formerly occupied.
Megan Huntsman of Pleasant Grove, Utah, was taken into police custody after she was identified as the former resident of the home where the babies were found, according to an ABC report.
A family member who now occupies the home alerted police after finding one of the babies, which "appeared to be full term," according to a police statement. more >>
Some 75 atheists showed up in Salt Lake City, Utah, this past weekend to march near the city's Temple Square during the bi-annual Mormon General Conference, with some marchers filing their resignation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the event.
The "Mormon exodus" event was led by Atheists of Utah and the national American Atheists organization on Sunday. Marchers sought to encourage atheists in the LDS Church who may be afraid to "come out."
"The pressure from the Mormon church to stay silent about doubt is fundamentally immoral – it is bad for the members and for society at large, benefiting only the church and its hierarchy. That is why we're organizing this mass resignation," American Atheists President David Silverman said. "We are saying to closeted atheists, 'Utah is home to over a million atheists who live their lives without worrying about shunning or other types of discrimination. If you know you're not a Mormon, be truthful and say so, resign, and come to our convention the weekend of the 17th. Freedom of thought and expression is a great reason to celebrate.'" more >>
A pair of atheist organizations are planning to host a mass resignation of Mormons from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during its general conference.
The national organization American Atheists and its local affiliate Atheists of Utah intend to hold the resignation event during the LDS church's general conference this weekend.
Dave Muscato, public relations director with Americans Atheists, told The Christian Post that while similar events have occurred in the past, this year's event "is the first mass resignation with which American Atheists has been involved at the national level." more >>
Attorneys defending Utah's ban on same-sex marriage said in their most recent court filing that legalizing gay marriage would be an "unprincipled judicial wrecking ball" that would destroy state authority.
In its 120-page reply, submitted late last week, Utah told the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowing a judge to determine the constitutionality of a state's same-sex marriage ban undermines the state's sovereignty.
Utah's special assistant, Attorney General Gene Schaerr, wrote in the court filing that lifting a state's same-sex marriage ban is not akin to previous court rulings that lifted interracial marriage bans, but rather it is "an unprincipled judicial wrecking ball hurtling toward an even more important arena of traditional state authority." more >>
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 >>