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Obama strategist David Axelrod tweeted a not-quite-decipherable message Monday that included a link to a story about Mormon women being erroneously barred from some official ceremonies because they were menstruating. Then he deleted the tweet. What does it all mean?!

"Wring URS. This is the Medicare story," Axelrod tweeted at 2:36p.m. with a link to the Salt Lake Tribune story, "Menstruating Mormons barred from temple proxy baptisms?" In that story, Peggy Flecker Stacy, reports:

"Mormon feminists recently learned that some young women were wrongly blocked from doing LDS proxy baptisms – which include wearing all-white clothing and being fully immersed in water – because they were menstruating... Trouble is, such a ban is bogus."

Interesting story, but it's not clear why Axelrod would link to it.

Whole article can be read here.

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Sounds like it was supposed to say "wrong URL". Could be he accidentally copied that link instead of another one.

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Wow, things one can learn about the faith from a newspaper, lol. In my 50+ years I have never heard of this at all. Supposedly this has happened in about 10 temples in the US. I would have thought it was more widely discussed if so.

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I had heard of it before that article but being male had never experienced it first hand. After a bit of research (and a quick chat with the temple president) it appears the first presidency has already addressed this and anyone who does this is ill informed and in a state of sin.

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Well lets see... it seems to me that Jewish women were bared from participating in Society in general (Not just religious rituals) as "unclean" until they were cleansed and their cycle subsided.

Perhaps he realized that rather than being a plus for the Obama campaign it could be looked at as Anti-semetic? I also remember as a youth that a girl in our ward didn't participate in our ward youth summer water skiing trip because of this. She just sat on the beach the whole time and I only found out about it because I was trying to through her in the water and the Leaders intervened.

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As far as the OP goes I've got four daughters and have led many youth temple trips. They were never told not to enter the baptismal font but they have been counseled to make sure their sanitary products are secure. We also ask them to put their hair up in a pony tail - that doesn't mean we kick them out fo the temple if they have long hair.


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I like how "agent of truth" says that he is a religious studies PhD...

That says it all. I missed that. Likely a graduate of the illustrious Walter Martin graduate school of Mormon bashing.

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I've participated in temple baptism trips to the Oakland temple and the Boise temple. Oakland didn't have a policy against it that I remember but the Boise temple most certainly did in the 90's. I was a YW pres. and led quite a few temple trips and the counsel was always clear and repeated once we were inside. I'm not sure if they do now or not.

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I've participated in temple baptism trips to the Oakland temple and the Boise temple. Oakland didn't have a policy against it that I remember but the Boise temple most certainly did in the 90's. I was a YW pres. and led quite a few temple trips and the counsel was always clear and repeated once we were inside. I'm not sure if they do now or not.

I didn't read the articles linked... but my word... what nonsense to try and make something out of women/girls not participating in baptisms if mensturating. Not everyone wears tampons, and preventing the possibility of blood getting into the water is one of respect for the individual(s) and the ordinance.

As an ordinance worker for six years in the Portland temple, and assigned to the baptistry when youth groups were scheduled, we followed a guideline that if girls were mensturating they did only confirmations. I personally saw that as a positive guide rather than something to be clucked at by feminists... or male critics. The white jumpsuits worn in the baptistry were made of heavy cotton material, but when wet could be revealing. Therefore, someone would stand with towels to hand to individuals exiting the font, including males.

I can't believe the practice of mensturating women not getting into the warm waters of the font could bring criticism, and be construed as "denying" access to an ordinance. If young women are so bent on performing the baptismal ordinance, let them show some sensitivity and respect and come back the next week when they are finished mensturating.


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Then Mr. Axelrod should mind his own business... and shame on "Mormon feminists" if they try and make this into "denying" access to temple ordinances.


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