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Remembering Black Protests of the 1960s-70s

In my previous post on how to agitate faithfully, I noted that the only revelations we have received in the past 125 years came about as a result of agitation.  With regards to polygamy, the US government agitated in such a coercive manner that we got the Manifesto in Official Declaration 1 in which Wilford Woodruff declared “I now publicly declare that my advice to the Latter-day Saints is to refrain from contracting any marriage forbidden by the law of the land.”

With February being Black History Month, as well as a few comments declaring that we should never agitate, and that the 1978 revelation was in spite of the protests, I thought it might be a good idea to re-visit some of these protests that have been largely forgotten by many of us because they occurred 50 years ago.  From the book Saints, Slaves, and Blacks by Newell Bringhurst, page 180, Continue Reading »

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Congo Q&A with Margaret Young

February is Black History Month.  Margaret Young, who teaches writing at BYU, has been heavily involved in writing LDS black history.  She has helped write the play, I Am Jane, a story about early black Mormon Jane Manning James, and has produced 2 films about black Mormons.  Her first film came out in 2008 and was called Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons.  It is an awesome film that I highly recommend.  I’ve already referenced it in several previous posts: Continue Reading »

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How do we Agitate Faithfully?

In the previous post on my blog Dehlin and Bennett Put on Notice, I was surprised that the discussion of April Young Bennett’s resignation of the board of Ordain Women, instead of John Dehlin’s pending excommunication. (Incidentally, Dr. Nancy Ross of Dixie State University in St. George, Utah and Jessica Finnigan at King’s College London are conducting a poll asking about opinions about Mormon feminist activism and some of the recent changes in the LDS Church.)

The discussion turned to the question of (1) proper terminology in talking about Ordain Women, and (2) how to appropriately agitate for change. For example, some commenters felt that April’s comment that the LDS church was guilty of “censor[ing] ideas” by forcing her to resign her position in Ordain Women. There is a sentiment that the term “censoring” is an inflammatory term that conjures images of book burning, which the LDS Church clearly doesn’t do. However, the dictionary definition includes the ideas of

1) an official who monitors books, plays, news reports, etc. For the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political or objectionable grounds. 2) any person who supervises the manners or morality of others.

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Up for Awards

Wheat and Tares is hosting their annual awards.  I am up for the following awards:

So, go over there and vote for me!  (Yes, I am campaigning.)

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Dehlin and Bennett put on Notice

Now that the Kate Kelly excommunication is in the rear view mirror, apparently enough time has passed for the Church to move forward on John Dehlin.  The New York Times has reported that a disciplinary council is set for January 25.  The charges against John were posted on his website, Mormon Stories.  John was notified that the issues are: Continue Reading »

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Salt Lake’s Cure for Homelessness

Salt Lake City has reduced homelessness in Salt Lake City 72% since 2005.  How did they do this?  Comedy Central recently highlighted Utah’s cure and it is pretty simple:  they give homeless people homes.

But doesn’t that cost a lot of money?  Lloyd Pendleton, the director of the Utah Homeless Task Force says it costs $12,000 per person per year.  How can taxpayers absorb such a high figure?   Continue Reading »

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Church Ball

My son recently became a deacon and was invited to play ward basketball for the first time this week.  We got there right at 7pm (in the middle of the prayer), and discovered my son was the 5th guy there for his team.  Good thing he showed up!

Sometimes size and ability of players between 12-18 years old can vary considerably.

To my surprise, my 12 year old son was playing with teachers and priests.  My son is pretty tall for his age, but he was definitely the shortest guy on the team.  I was a bit surprised, because we live in a huge Utah County ward, and have probably close to a dozen deacons, dozen teachers, and probably a handful of priests, so it was a bit surprising to see that between 30 active young men, our ward could only seem to manage to get 5 guys to show up.  But at least we didn’t forfeit.  One of the priests on the team had an obviously sore ankle, and he limped up and down the floor.  Yet even with just 5 (not very good) guys who played the entire game, our team blew out the other team by almost 30. Continue Reading »

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