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  1. How will BYU determine if you are BIPOC? Will they discriminate against those of us that are transracial? I'd hate to see the hard work and sacrifices made by our pioneering forebears like Rachel Dolezal, Elisabeth Warren, and Vanilla Ice be in vain. Being fluid in your race is nice because you can take advantage of all the programs and opportunities set aside for certain races but still claim to be white if pulled over by police.
  2. Well, the church does have on its home page the story of a gay AND black man who was baptized into the church a few years ago. That's kinda big, isn't it? He represents TWO groups of people that are supposed to be angry at the church. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/we-all-have-a-place-in-the-lords-church
  3. Some of us are still bitter that they were declared national champions with such a weak schedule (they only played one ranked team during the season). Fortunately, that injustice will likely never occur again.
  4. The article wasn't about liking him. The author said he wouldn't vote for Romney because he was a Mormon. "I wouldn’t vote for someone who truly believed in the founding whoppers of Mormonism." "Romney has every right to believe in con men, but I want to know if he does, and if so, I don’t want him running the country." I'm disappointed church members didn't show how much hurt and pain the article caused by setting fires to cars, looting stores, and attacking law enforcement. Couldn't someone at least have pushed over a trash can in protest? I'm sure the church ran Book of Mo
  5. Interesting thoughts, thanks. Since we are left to speculate, it seems believing members can be confident in speculating that the priesthood ban was approved by God at least to some degree. It's hard to believe He would allow His prophets to disobey Him for over a hundred years until the ban was lifted. I'm sure at least one of the prophets would have been swallowed by a whale for disobeying Him. I live in an area with lots of black members (so, obviously NOT Utah), but I haven't heard them talk much about the ban. Maybe it's because they don't have time to think about it since th
  6. I think it's a good trend for the media. Maybe Slate will apologize too for their anti-LDS article in 2016 about Romney: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2006/12/a-mormon-president-no-way.html But I'm not sure what good will come out of the church apologizing for the injustices of most concern to the critics - priesthood ban, polygamy, Nov 2015 policy, and the 1984 BYU football team. It seems most believing members can accept that God's ways and purposes aren't always understood.
  7. It was totally in jest of the misspelled word in the title. I'm aware of your former profession so I was just having fun. I'm envious of all of you that are so talented at writing - you make it look so easy for those of us that can't write good. It's poking fun the same way as in the classic Gary Larson cartoon:
  8. What's a Grneral Handbook? Or does someone need to hire an editor?
  9. Unfortunately, taking one side often means ignoring or downplaying the wrongdoings your side is committing. CNN may never live this one down:
  10. I'm not sure I understand what you are thinking that I am thinking. I don't think antifa (and those lumped in with them) pose much of a threat to our communities either. I don't agree with either group and believe they are both wrong and evil. And I'm not claiming both groups are equally evil. Just evil.
  11. I saw that. In 2018-2019 there were 39 people killed in the US by WSEs (31 were killed by 3 lone individuals in separate incidents). It's horrible and I'm glad the FBI and other law enforcement closely monitor the activities of white supremacy groups. But I'm not sure that's enough to cause panic in our communities. Most residents in DC are black and don't seem too concerned when white supremists hold protests, especially since they are poorly attended and attendees leave town well before dark for their own safety. I'm not claiming white supremists are harmless, but I do think their threa
  12. Proud boys deny they are white supremacists. They are still idiots. I do think many on the right are calling anyone who looted, vandalized, or attacked law enforcement members of Antifa, even though they aren't. It's just easier to lump them all together. It's much more satisfying to believe both sides are bad (BSAB). Then you don't have to defend the ridiculous things those on your team says and does. You should join me! I've escaped DC for the suburbs, but I spent enough time working under both parties to have little trust in either.
  13. Remember, we were talking about Antifa and white supremacists, not BLM. No doubt there are good BLM activists out there.
  14. I reject your rejection of my comparison. Both groups are pathetic and evil. I'm not arguing one is or was more evil. Both were exploited to scare people into voting for certain candidates this past election cycle in the US by exaggerating their level of threat of danger.
  15. It's just entertaining to see how far it has to go before the mods step in.
  16. I agree Antifa is a silly boogeyman of the right, just like white supremacy is a silly boogeyman of the left. It's clear the main opposition to BLM comes from the right because the BLM organization and most of their follower openly supported candidates on the left. Maybe it's more fun to create conspiracy theories about the demonstrations and demonstrators than to admit it's mostly political. Patrisse Cullors, one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement: "Alongside Black-led organizations around the nation, Black Lives Matter invested heavily in this election... We want some
  17. I'm looking forward to seeing the same level of kindness and respect for the new president by those who oppose him as was shown to the current president by those who opposed him.
  18. Have you tried the bandaid trick? I have some family that claims it works, but I haven't tried it since I don't wear glasses. https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/how-to-prevent-glasses-from-fogging-with-mask
  19. Love One Another requires forgiveness from both sides and offers redemption for those who fall short and want to make amends. The BLM movement doesn't seem to offer any redemption for anyone who may have offended them or any part of the movement.
  20. Do you know of any recent action taken by a bishop in a case like this? I can't find anything in the current handbook about gays holding hands or hugging so I'm not sure what action a bishop would take. That's why I wondered if you knew.
  21. What action will the church take against gay members who hug or hold hands but otherwise keep the Law of Chastity and even follow the counsel in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet regarding romantic physical touching? Withhold a temple recommend? Release from callings? Formal membership restrictions? Withdrawal of membership? (I used the new terminology!)
  22. Are you following the latest news on the Pope's statement? https://www.yahoo.com/news/plot-thickens-over-origins-popes-130429572.html "Questions swirled Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he made them in a 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety." and about the filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky: "Further muddying the waters is the fact that Afineevsky, when pressed by reporters late Wednesday, said the pope made the comments to him directly, through a translator, but declined
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