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The lawsuit, charging “constructive fraud,” is pending in federal court. But after the Boy Scouts and the church argued that it should be barred by an Idaho statute of limitations, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill referred that question to the Idaho Supreme Court for a ruling on which civil statute of limitations should apply.
Idaho has for three: One for personal injury claims, at two years; one for fraud, at three years from the time of discovering the fraud; and a “catch-all” provision, at four years. The Boy Scouts and church argued the case should be treated as a personal injury claim, but Winmill rejected that argument. “Plaintiffs are not complaining that the Boy Scouts and the LDS Church sexually abused them; they are complaining that these institutions deceived them by telling them to trust their Scoutmasters and, at the same time, not telling them about the dangers of pedophilic Scoutmasters. So in that sense, plaintiffs are not pursuing personal-injury claims; they are pursuing fraud claims,” he ruled. More here. Betsy Russell, EOB
A North Idaho town will soon get a boost from a bunch of friends it probably never knew it had. Led by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but including folks from many other walks of life, Rathdrum will be the beneficiary of more than six community service projects all in one day: Saturday, Sept. 14. It's called, "Working together to make things better." Majestic Park, the community's recreational centerpiece, will be the primary focus as volunteers construct a concession facility with restrooms — from start to finish, top to bottom, countertop to wash basins - all in one day. Among the other high priority projects is painting the Masonic Lodge in the heart of the community's historic district. Windows that now are boarded up will be examined and, if possible, repaired or even replaced/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Have you been part of a community project to spruce up your town?
Idahoans of all persuasions, political as well as religious, should congratulate their former attorney general on his call to serve as a general authority and a member of the LDS Church’s First Quorum of the Seventy. It is an honor long overdue. EchoHawk, 63, was also the 1994 Democratic nominee for governor, but lost narrowly to former Lt. Governor Phil Batt. The Wilder State Senator won 52% to 48% giving EchoHawk the distinction of being the first Native American to come close to being elected governor. EchoHawk, a Pawnee, is currently the Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. To know Larry is to like him. He’s just one of those truly fine people all too rare nowadays/Chris Carlson, Ridenbaugh Press. More here. (AP file photo: Terry EchoHawk wipes the tears away as her husband, Larry EchoHawk, concedes his bid for Idaho governor on Nov. 9, 1994, in Boise)
Question: Do you remember Larry EchoHawk?
Because the faith of presidential candidate Mitt Romney is an issue, The Press has devoted many column inches to debate and discussion of his faith, particularly compared to other beliefs. And we're prepared to devote a little more, although readers are increasingly telling us this topic has run its course and it's about time to turn back to issues rather than theological arguments. While some of you have very strong feelings about whether or not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are actually Christians, our view is, why does that matter? When it comes to a presidential election, we're far less concerned with where a candidate spends his Sundays than what he does with the other six days of the week/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here. (AP photo: Mitt Romney greets supporters in Nevada Saturday)
Question: What's your biggest concern about Mitt Romney — his faith, his wealth, his Republicanism, his stand on the issues? Or are you happy with his candidacy?
Why can't Mitt Romney (pictured) connect with voters, let alone inspire them? Some observers blame his problem on Mormon theology, others on his wealth and how he got it. Quite obviously, Romney’s church departs fundamentally from mainstream Christianity — both in regards to narrative and theology. For example, Mormons believe that Jesus Christ literally came to America following the resurrection (Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi, 11). As for his wealth, most aren’t so concerned about how much he has; rather, it’s about how he got it, and even more so, his obliviousness to the lives of those who have less. Doing right by doing well: Mitt Romney’s idea of virtuous living. Still, I suggest there’s something more to the story. Mitt Romney is in and of what some Mormon historians refer to as the “Modern Era”/Robert Herold, Inlander. More here.
Question: Why does or doesn't Mitt Romney inspire you?
A Gallup survey indicates that in the first half of this year, 78 percent of Muslims approved of the job the president’s doing in the White House, while just 24 percent of Mormons give Obama a thumbs up. According to the poll, the president’s approval rating among Protestants and other Christians was 43 percent, it stood at 50 percent for Catholics, 61 percent among Jews, 63 percent for Atheists, Agnostics and those with no religion, and 64 percent for those from other non-Christian religions. The president’s approval among all Americans stood at 48 percent/Paul Steinhauser, CNN. More here.
- Cutline: President Barack Obama, and daughter Malia, ride bicycles in Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury, Mass., while the first family vacations on Martha’s Vineyard today. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Question: Any surprises here?