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  1. This is shortsighted for residents. It will be developed eventually. The church has an interest in having a nice development around the temple. The Church will do a better job than most private developers because their primary motive is not profit. If the church were to sell the land it would be developed more densely. If the residents want less density, they should hope the Church develops the property rather than selling it. In my community, the Church sold vacant land surrounding my chapel to a private developer which filled in as densely as the city would allow.
  2. McKenna filed some documents in response to the Court Order. They are sealed so it is impossible to know whether she has done enough to comply with the Court's orders.
  3. The opposition is proportional to the growth of the church. When the Church was growing in California other churches regularly sponsored programs about us. I suspect that is still happening in South America and Africa but not so much in Norht America. We are not a threat to other churches in North America. Their bigger threat is people not believing in God, the Bible or "organized religion" at all.
  4. Of course the Bishop ceases to be "Father of our Ward" upon release, and certainly upon excommunication.
  5. The shooter, Jessie K., Taggart is a son of Julie Taggart one of the plaintiffs in the Chris Nemelka lawsuit against the church. Jessie appears to also be a follower of Chris Nemelka.
  6. One day I was sitting alone in the CougarEat and President Holland came and sat down across from me in the booth and made small talk. He was very genuine. I later became involved with ASBYU and spoke with him several times at meetings and he even remembered my name sometimes, but did not pretend when he did not. He did not need to do that with all that he had on his plate but he made an effort to reach students.
  7. I don't think it says white shirts and ties are insensitive. I think they are saying the same dress code does not make sense in all cultures.
  8. I appreciate SMAC's post because they are subtantive. Like me, he has the disability of a legal training, but that is very helpful when it comes to evaluating a lawsuit. SMAC is better than I am at explaining these lawsuits in layman terms - this is hardly a rhetorical trick. From a legal standpoint I find that I agree with almost all of his analysis. Explaining how the court views this lawsuits is helpful for lay people. The media descriptions of lawsuits is almost always wrong and people that can only read what is written by reporters will often not have an accurate view of what is happe
  9. Hard to argue with that statement. Men and women of all persuasions feel that same.
  10. Brett Eliason is apparently unhappy with the Utah Judges who granted a continuance to the Church. Brett has now taken his action on the road to Colorado where he filed this action: Colorado Complaint.pdf
  11. Order Dismissing Complaint.pdf Judge Shelby's opinion is well reasoned and is a clear rejection of Burningham's complaint. The Court is giving her a chance to try again, but I have a hard time seeing how she can amend her complaint to survive his analysis in this opinion.
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