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As I have watched the genderless marriage debate rage in California since the Ides of May, 2008 I have been amazed–perhaps even impressed at the effectiveness of the genderless marriage proponents to convince the electorate that this is an equal rights or fundamental rights issue.  While I vigorously disagree with that proposition (as I will explain in greater detail in this post), I think the genderless marriage proponents have done a incredible job of wrapping the debate in the cloak of equal protection and fundamental rights. (more…)

So, what will happen?  Do our lesbian/gay sisters and brothers lose all their rights?  Do they revert to second class citizens, as some ads suggest?  You’ve probably seen the television ads portraying Proposition 8 as the same as denying civil rights to our African American sisters and brothers prior to the Civil Rights Act and Civil Rights Movement of the 40’s 50’s and 60’s.  As best I can tell none of this is true.  Rather, what will happen on November 5, 2008, should Proposition 8 prevail at the polls with a majority vote of California’s residents follows below the jump: (more…)

Memorial Day

Day is done,
gone the sun,
from the lakes
from the hills from the sky,
all is well,
safely, rest,
God is near.

Fading light,
Dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky
Gleaming bright,
From afar, Drawing, near,
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
Neath the sun
Neath the stars
Neath the sky,
As we go,
This, we, know,
God is near.

PBS The Mormons

There has been much discussion in the media and the Bloggernacle about the PBS series The Mormons, both pre-and post broadcast. For easier reference I will attempt to chronicle these discussions, and gather them into one location. If someone knows of Bloggernacle (or other good) posts I have missed, please let me know so that I can add them. If you missed the broadcast you can watch it online here. You can read the full text of the interviews here, and they are well worth the time. You can also purchase the DVD here:

Church’s Responses:
PBS Interviews With Church Leaders
Latter-day Saints Respond to Media Attention
Opinions on PBS Programs Broad and Diverse
Media Responds to PBS Documentaries
PBS Film Likely to Cause Debate

Helen Whitney’s (The Producer) Responses
The Washington Post

Seer Stone in a Hat

Adventures in Mormonism
Mormons, education, and intellect
LDS disciplinary councils (PBS show “The Mormons”)
The PBS Special: “The Mormons”

A Soft Answer
PBS & “The Mormons
The Day After: Church Response and Others

Article 6 Blog
Movies and Mitt: The PBS documentary, “The Mormons” and “September Dawn” (the Mountain Meadows Massacre)

Bigelow’s Rameumptom
The PBS Mormon Documentary

Blogger of Jared
Fringes Only Please

By Common Consent
PBS at Testimony Meeting
Dancing for the Devil
KUED Post-Mortem on the PBS Doc
Apologia pro Saltando
Mormons Believe _________________.
Dear Glass-Half-Empty People,
Margaret Toscano on Polygamy
Situating the voices in Whitney’s “The Mormons”
“The Mormons” and Inoculation
“The Mormons”: Pregame show
Upcoming Films: The Triple Whammy
Joseph Smith as shaman?

Connor’s Conundrums
The Mormons Part One
The Mormons Part Two

Dave’s Mormon Inquiry
Whitney Defends The Mormons
The Jeffrey R. Holland Interview
The Gregory Prince Interview
Helen Whitney Responds to Viewers
The Marlin K. Jensen Interview the Blog
Who’s Who on “The Mormons”

Enduring To The End
A Ponderous Paradox
What does Paradox watch on TV?

Feminist Mormon Housewives
“The Mormons” on Frontline

Flooding The Earth–Bookslinger
LDS videos to round out PBS’ “The Mormons”.

Free Philosophical Discussions
The Mormons episode 2
The Mormons
The Mormons Episode 1

Hedgehog Blog
PBS: “The Mormons”

“The Mormons” – PBS does Anti-Mormon

LDS Doctrine
My Mormon Experience
Frontline: The Mormons

LDS Indoctrination
Helen Whitney and Agnostic Intellectualism vs. LDS Christian Science

LDS Science Review
The First Vision: An Observation

Messenger and Advocate
New York Times Gives PBS’ The Mormons A Thumbs Up

The Millennial Star
The Mormons Day 2
PBS, Polygamy, and Pressure
‘The Mormons’ on PBS

More Good Foundation Blog
“The Mormons” coming soon

Part II of “The Mormons” on PBS – A Valiant Effort
Response to “The Mormons” on PBS
“The Mormons” on PBS, April 30 and May 1

Mormon Mentality
Summary of The Mormons part II (in case you missed it)
Frontline: The Mormons

A wannabe’s reaction to The Mormons
American Experience: The Mormons
The PBS Documentary

Mormon Wasp
The Mountain Meadows Massacre on the small and big screens

Mulling and Musing
Follow-up to “The Mormons”
If only we could have heard more from Elder Holland
What to do about “The Mormons”

Segullah the Blog
The PBS Follow Up

Six LDS Writers and a Frog
Can We Talk?

Sixteen Small Stones
Review: The Mormons Part 2 on PBS
Review: The Mormons Part 1 on PBS

Straight and Narrow Blog
Non-Mormons and PBS “The Mormons”

Sunstone Blog
“The Mormons” Running Commentary (Pt. 1)
“The Mormons” Running Commentary (Pt. 2)

T F Stern’s Rantings
The Mormon Experience via PBS
The Mormon Experience in One Night

Times and Seasons
Two by two
Mormons discussing “Mormons”
Mountain Meadows in LDS consciousness
“The Mormons” Open Thread
“The Mormons” on PBS
PBS and the Bloggernacle

Tito Times
Final Pre-broadcast Notes on PBS documentary
Update on PBS’s “The Mormons”

The Backyard Professor
PBS Commentary: Margaret Toscano Church Court Discipline and PBS Decidedly Slanted Portrayal
Tal Bachman, Suicide Terrorists, and Blind Obedience: Silliness Continues to Reign in Anti-Mormon Land

The Rocky Shore
Some thoughts on “The Mormons”

Utah Now
Utah Now Viewing The Mormons

Within The Bubble
My lengthy and belated review of “The Mormons”
“Scary” Moroni Painting in “The Mormons”

When first I heard of the Imus controversy, I thought immediately of Elder Jeffery Holland’s conference talk, The Tongue of Angels. As the controversy has exploded with Imus now losing not only his simulcast but also his radio show I’m wondering whether American society and pop culture is truly interested in cleaning up its verbal act. Or, is this overly dramatized single event only a media feeding frenzy and self flagellation bound up in our hypocrisy exhibited daily on talk radio, in our entertainment, music videos and modern movies? (more…)

Mitt Romeny, Fundraising LeaderThe latest fundraising figures are available for all presidential candidates for the first quarter of 2007. It was no surprise that Senator Hillary Clinton raised the most cash. It was nothing short of astonishing that Mitt Romney was a very close second to her. The AP is running a story that has been picked up all over the world. CNN’s version is typical. Updated 9:03 a.m Hugh Hewitt has an interesting post on the New York Times’ take on the Romney fundraising success. Briefly glancing over the Times’ article, I think Hewitt has a point. The Times is playing the Mormon Church card in Romney’s fundraising success, which is simply inaccurate. (more…)

Anti-war Protesters(Update: Ronan also has a good Iraq piece over at BCC as does Dan over at the Good Democrat). Russell Arben Fox, has an excellent post over at Times and Seasons about the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war. For those who visit the Messenger and Advocate; but, don’t venture out much into the rest of the bloggernacle, please do visit and comment on Russell’s post. He beat me to the punch about posting on this anniversary; but, it was something I was going to do here anyway. I do so, if for no other reason to continue to express my unqualified opposition to what I consider to be an ill-conceived, mis-managed, immoral and illegal war of preemption waged in my name by my country, almost universally against the better wisdom and wishes of most other countries (including our own allies) in the world. (more…)

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