Mormon News October 3-7
In the News
EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION ON MORMON LEAKS
When videos of private meetings with senior church officials hit the web last Sunday, even the most devout Mormons found themselves distracted during the morning session of General Conference. The videos provide a rare glimpse into the workings of church leadership, though many argue the information revealed isn’t surprising to anyone familiar with church protocol. Some viewers report feeling shocked or hurt by the content of the videos, but others felt validated that church leaders behave exactly as one might suspect based on public behavior. In addition to revealing the close relationship between Mormon politicians and the church, viewers learn that Elder Oaks remains deeply suspicious of a “homosexual agenda” and that women, people of color, and individuals under the age of 60 are largely absent from leadership meetings in the church.
“JUNK SCIENCE” USED IN CHURCH MATERIALS ON HUMAN SEXUALITY
Our friends at Rational Faiths compiled a timeline regarding a troubling and anti-LGBTQ article published in The New Atlantis and its impact on the Mormon community. The “special report,” entitled “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” is written by a scholar in residence at John Hopkins University who argues that LGBTQ individuals choose their sexual orientation and that homosexuality has no biological basis. The article was quickly shared on the popular conservative website “Mormon Women Stand” and was cited by Elder Oaks in a fireside a few weeks later. Mormon Spotlight also published an email from LDS Family Services citing the article as a valuable resource. John Hopkins University disavows the article.
In Celebrated Accomplishments
NAACP HONORS DEVERY S. ANDERSON
Signature Books’s author and editor Devery S. Anderson continues to receive recognition for his book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. Devery and his work will be honored on Oct 23 at the Annual Life Membership and Freedom Fund Banquet held by the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP. Devery will receive the Albert Fitz Civil Rights Award and will be the keynote speaker at the event. The award follows a long string of well-deserved praise for Devery’s work. His book was featured on C-SPAN’s Book Talk, where he participated in a Civil Rights discussion panel, and Emmett Till is also the basis of a new HBO miniseries produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith, Casey Affleck, and Aaron Kaplan. All of us at Signature Books are very proud of Devery, though our accolades often embarrass him.
Arts and Culture
MORMON AND COMICS: SUPERHEROES ON DISPLAY
Need a superhero fix between Marvel and DC comics remakes? Like your super-heroes with a dash of Mormon flair? Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library is celebrating LDS comic books and artists with its new exhibit, “Comics and Mormons.” The show includes a collection of Phil Dalby’s 1947 “Stories of the Book of Mormon” comic strips, as well as interactive exhibits in which visitors can create their own comic art and watch interviews of contemporary Mormon comic artists. Salt City Strangers, the first comic featuring an all-Mormon team of superheroes is also featured. The show is free and open to the public until March 2017.
–news updated by Steph Lauritzen