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In yet another public relations embarrassment for the Mormon Church, a Utah researcher has discovered that slain Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl was posthumously baptized last year in a serious breach of church protocol. According to records, Pearl was baptized “by proxy” last summer in the Twin Falls temple — much to the surprise of his parents, who learned of the event this week. Twin Falls temple officials were looking into the matter Wednesday evening and could not confirm or deny Pearl’s baptism. Reached by phone, Pearl’s mother, Ruth, said she and her husband were dismayed when informed of the ceremony by a reporter from the Boston Globe, which first reported the news/Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times. More here.
Question: Would you be upset if you discovered the Mormons had staged a baptism for one of the dead members of your family?
I overlooked this late last week, but the survey Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life is well worth review. The survey of over 1,000 Mormons is the first of its kind published by a non-LDS research organization. “The survey finds a mixed picture: Many Mormons feel they are misunderstood, discriminated against and not accepted by other Americans as part of mainstream society,” Pew said in a news release Thursday. “Yet, at the same time, a majority of Mormons think that acceptance of Mormonism is rising. Overwhelmingly, they are satisfied with their lives and content with their communities. And most say they think the country is ready to elect a Mormon president”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman.
Question: Is the United States ready for a Mormon president?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is trying to break down stereotypes by launching its second round of an ad campaign in 12 cities across the country, including Spokane.The “I'm a Mormon” campaign was also launched in cities like Phoenix and San Antonio. The church hopes that through TV, internet and billboard ads that they'll bring better awareness to the religion.”This is a way of sharing and communicating that we are like our friends and neighbors we believe in Christ,” LDS member Brian Pitcher said.Pitcher is a member of the LDS church in Spokane where there are about 20,000 members in the area. “I think this is just happening because the church is growing,” Pitcher said/Kylee Cruz, KXLY. More here. (AP file photo: LDS temple in Salt Lkae City)
Question: Do you have a positive/negative view of Mormons?
Gay rights activist Thomas Hutchings of Salt Lake City sits on the sidewalk near The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ temple Thursday in Salt Lake City. The demonstration Thursday night was a response to remarks from a church leader that homosexuality is an immoral condition that can and should be overcome. Check out the difference in coverage between Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News. More of story here. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)
Question: Did the Salt Lake Tribune overplay the story by putting it on Page 1? Or did the Deseret News underplay it but not posting anything about the demonstration?