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Joanna Brooks
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The Not So Secret History Of Mormon Women's Leadership

(17) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 10:36 PM

Co-authored by Hannah Wheelwright, founder of Young Mormon Feminists, and Rachel Hunt Steenblik, doctoral student in religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University

This weekend, millions of Mormons around the world will direct their thoughts, television dials and internet browsers to the historic center of the faith in...

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Why Mormon Women Are Wearing Pants to Church This Sunday

(603) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 8:53 AM

One week ago, a small group of Mormon feminists encouraged Mormon women who wrestle with gender inequality to renew their courage and find sisters in spirit -- simply by wearing dress pants to church this Sunday, Dec. 16.

Mind you, wearing pants to church is not against the Mormon religion....

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This Week's Presidential Debate: Nothing Divine

(63) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 6:22 PM

There is rejoicing in the homes of Mormon Republicans across America this week.

Last Sunday, thousands upon thousands fasted -- skipping two meals -- and prayed that Mitt Romney would prevail in Wednesday night's debate.

Which he certainly did with his commanding performance.

Was Romney's victory the hand of God...

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Why Mitt Romney Should Open Up About His Mormon Story

(510) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 9:14 AM

MSNBC is airing "Mitt Romney: The Making of a Candidate," a one-hour documentary featuring an exclusive one-on-one interview with the presidential candidate himself.

The program comes at a time when many media voices are calling on Gov. Romney to tell the story of his Mormonism with more candor. After remaining...

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A Summer of LGBT-LDS Love?

(132) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 11:02 AM

Will this summer be remembered as a tipping point in the struggle for gay rights? In June, polls showed that for the first time a majority of voters in two American states -- Maryland and Washington -- are poised to hand same-sex marriage its first victories by popular referenda. Also...

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Still Uncertain About Mormonism After 180 Years: Why Voters Need Coverage Of The Faith That Moves Beyond Sensationalism

(414) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 1:13 PM

The good news for Mitt Romney, according to polling data released by the Pew Research Center last week, is that Mormonism will not hurt his bid for the presidency. Only 8 percent of Republicans surveyed indicate that they will not support Romney because he is a Mormon. Even evangelical Christians...

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"Bringing The Hammer Down": Glenn Beck Doesn't Speak For The Mormons I Know

(445) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 2:49 PM

This morning at 6 a.m., I received an urgent call from a Presbyterian friend in Atlanta, Georgia.

She wanted me to know that Glenn Beck threatened progressive evangelical Christian pastor Jim Wallis during his television and radio broadcasts, saying:

"The hammer is coming, because little do you know, for...
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