Woman Leads Mormons in Prayer for the First Time in Forever

The future female leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints looks a little brighter after Sister Jean A. Stevens took to the dais at the church's semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City to offer a benediction. It marked the first time in the memory of the church's leaders that a woman… »4/07/13 2:00pm4/07/13 2:00pm

Mormons and Manhunt Have a Good Old-Fashioned Alliterative Billboard Battle

The unfortunate juxtaposition of Manhunt billboards with innocent, doe-eyed families is a well-documented phenomenon, though one that had perhaps not seen its fullest, most glorious cultural moment until a few days ago, when the folks at NewNowNext noticed that an electronic billboard near their office ran a Manhunt… »12/16/12 2:30pm12/16/12 2:30pm

Mormon Feminists Under Fire for Encouraging Women to Wear Pants to Church

Mormon women are technically allowed to wear pants to church. But many who do say the whispers and judgmental stares that even their classiest slacks elicit thanks to cultural pressure to wear dresses or skirts illustrates the rampant gender inequality within the LDS Church. A new Mormon feminist group hopes to… »12/12/12 3:05pm12/12/12 3:05pm

Mormon Church Officially States That Being Gay Is Not a Choice

The Mormon Church has launched a new website, Mormonsandgays.org, to establish its official stance on homosexuality, saying that gay people were born this way, as it were. It's a surprising evolution from the church's previous attitude. Whereas, as recently as 2008, mormons didn't accept "biological determination for… »12/07/12 4:50pm12/07/12 4:50pm

Lowered Age Requirement Allows Mormon Girls To Dump Boyfriends And Peace Out on Missions

Even as the prospect of a Mormon White House looms, causing us non-Mormons to inquire about the most basic tenets of the faith (e.g. would Romney be sworn into office on a Book of Mormon? experts say: nope!), the mission, a rite of passage for Mormon men, is now more available to women of the faith thanks to a bit of… »11/03/12 3:01pm11/03/12 3:01pm

Why "Binders Full of Women" Was Such a Curious Thing for a Mormon to Say

"Binders full of women" struck such a chord with the Internet after Mitt Romney said it during last night's debate, because it's just a really weird thing to say. It conjures up the mental image of a man sifting through the pages of a homemade catalog of females, as though he's lady-shopping. It's kind of creepy,… »10/17/12 6:30pm10/17/12 6:30pm

Who Gives a Shit if Mitt Romney is Nice to People He Already Likes?

Last week, we all learned that GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was kind of an alpha dick in high school. But there's another side to Mitt Romney, a side that is actually kind of nice sometimes to people within his own religious community or people to whom he is personally connected. Um, congratulations for… »5/15/12 10:00am5/15/12 10:00am

Why Can't the Mormon Church Stop Baptizing Anne Frank?

There's been some chatter in the news lately about the Mormon church's bizarre habit of baptizing non-Mormons who have died. They've done it on all kinds of famous deceased people—Elvis, Shakespeare, and even Jesus Christ himself. This past weekend they baptized Anne Frank, WWII diarist and victim of the Holocaust.… »2/22/12 11:55pm2/22/12 11:55pm

The Curious Case of Mitt Romney, An Abortion, And Eliza Dushku's Mom

Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate with whom your grandmother would most like to waltz, has caught flack in the past for his conveniently flippity floppity views on abortion. Like many of his Republican brethren, he says now that he opposes abortion in all cases except rape, incest, or to preserve the health of the… »10/20/11 10:30am10/20/11 10:30am