Peterson Reid

Daniel Peterson, long a conservative political activist, has jettisoned the GOP and joined ranks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a fellow Mormon, to lead the fight for more comprehensive gun control legislation.  Specifically Peterson will labor in Utah, (where he is a professor at The BYU) in an effort to bring some semblance of sanity to Utah’s current gun culture.  When pressed for a comment, Peterson replied: “‘Interpret’ it how you want–but after Mitt’s dismal showing last year and the GOP’s future prospects, I’ve decided to lead a new and more positive, constructive life.”   There have apparently also been discussions of Peterson leaving the newly formed Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture–an online Mormon Apologetic publication–to take a position as the social media editor for Dialogue, a Journal of Mormon Thought.  Neither Peterson, or Kristine Haglund (Dialogue’s current Editor–and shoe fashion guru) could be reached for further comment.

Developing . . .

Back in June 2012 Daniel C. Peterson, was fired as FARMS/Maxwell Institute editor of the FARMS Review.  Part and parcel of that controversy was the existence, but at that point, yet unpublished article by Gregory L. Smith, also formerly of FARMS dealing with John Dehlin of Mormon Stories.

Much has been written, blogged, Facebooked and speculated about Smith’s paper.  Today the speculation ends with its publication by The Interpreter, Daniel Peterson’s (with others) latest project.  You can find the paper along with an accompanying second article by Gregory Smith about his version of the John Dehlin affair here: Dubious “Mormon” Stories: A Twenty-First Century Construction of Exit Narratives, and here: Return of the Unread Review: A Mormon Story.

I have not yet been able to read both in their entirety, as they were posted to Daniel Peterson’s blog and Facebook page late last evening; however, both look to be interesting reading . . .

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Peggy Fletcher Stack of the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday published (Mormon stake president gets political at church, laments election results) an unbelievable account of Stake President Matthew DeVisser of a Stake in Sandy UT, delivery his personal political theology  from the pulpit during a stake conference: (more…)

Pants' SundayThere’s been much ado lately in the media, Bloggernacle, (also here  here, here, here and a whole bunch of other places as well)  and even Facebook about Mormon Feminists calling for women to wear pants to Church on Sunday, 12/16/12, (hereinafter Pants’ Sunday).  Now, in the Mormon tradition and culture, women traditionally have worn dresses or skirts to Church on Sundays; however, there is no formal dress code in place, and the institutional Church does not have or enforce such a dress code.   (more…)

Update 06/23/12 8:00 p.m.

Facebook Group supporting Dan

Mike Parker over at the FAIR Blog has also now published an excellent post on the FARMS/MI issues.

Gerald Smith over at M* has a very good post on the FARMS/MI debacle–check it out.

Bridget Jack Jeffries over at Clobberblog has an excellent timeline on the FARMS/MI developments.

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It appears FARMS, now the Maxwell Institute has fired Daniel C. Peterson, who has served as editor of the FARMS Review, subsequently renamed the Mormon Studies Review.  Daniel Peterson, who holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) had served as editor for the Mormon Studies Review for some 23 years, since its inception. (more…)

Local Casper College Political Science Instructor Chris Henrichsen brings the Mormon Moment to Wyoming national politics.  Chris, a believing, practicing Mormon has announced his intention to run for Congress.  Running on a campaign theme of “Fighting for Equality in the Equality State”, Chris challenges current Congressman Cynthia Lummis, in Wyoming’s at-large Congressional District. You can visit Chris’ website here.  You can donate to his campaign here.  And, you can follow Chris on the issues on Twitter here @Chrishenrichsen.

Best of Luck, Chris . . .

I’ve been pretty much AWOL for most of this year, on the blog.  I’m going to be posting some older posts I once wrote for another blog, Bloggernacle Times (BT).   BT went inactive in March of 2007, and at the time I had considered copying all my posts I wrote at BT over here at Messenger and Advocate.  Unfortunately I did not.  And, for whatever reason nearly everything I wrote and posted over at BT somehow disappeared.  Subsequently, I have come across a few of them cached on the Internet, and for those I will try and re-post them here.  So, some of you may have already read some of the posts I’m about to re-post here.  My apologies in advance.  But, I do want to preserve some of the ones that I can find, that at least I liked.

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