The 2012 Relief Society/Priesthood manual missed an opportunity to offer comfort and hope to church members who struggle with mental health problems. They and those who love them may be inspired to know how George Albert Smith recovered from this terribly dark place.
GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN WILL GIVE AUDIENCES THE SAY ON WHERE COPPERHEAD OPENS JUNE 28TH
Los Angeles, CA – (April 25, 2013) – As America prepares to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this summer, acclaimed filmmaker RON MAXWELL (Gods and Generals and Gettysburg) will release his next Civil War epic Copperhead on June 28, starring Peter Fonda, Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln), Angus MacFayden (Braveheart), and Augustus Prew (Charlie St. Cloud). Audiences can help determine where Copperhead opens by demanding the movie come to their theater at http://copperhead.demandthemovie.com/. Top fans can earn prizes for recruiting others to join them in rallying their community to request the movie. Inspired by actual events and based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, which the great American critic Edmund Wilson praised as a brave and singular book that “differs fundamentally from any other Civil War work,” Copperhead is the story of Abner Beech, a righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the contentious autumn of 1862. Abner despises slavery – but just as passionately opposes the war that is waging in the name of “union” hundreds of miles away because he believes the Constitution of the United States is being trampled. Abner is neither a Yankee nor a Rebel.
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show # 1634 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on April 26. Children’s March 50th Anniversary – In May 1963, hundreds of children—some as young as six years old—faced police dogs, fire hoses and arrest, to march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Experts say it was a pivotal moment in the struggle for civil rights. Kim Lawton looks back at the march and its legacy and interviews civil rights leaders and some who marched as children, including University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski, who was then 12 and who describes the personal impact of marching and being put in jail. Baseball as a Road to God – Baseball has its own relics, prophets and rituals—as does religion—according to John Sexton, president of New York University and author of “Baseball as a Road to God.” But beyond surface similarities, Sexton tells Bob Faw, the game’s most magnificent moments, its timelessness and its intensity, can bring us to a sense of “the ineffable”—the transcendent.
“Tamerlan Tsarnaev represents Islam like Fred Phelps represents Christianity.” – The Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif., in a Facebook post about the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and the outspoken anti-gay Kansas pastor.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Guilting or cajoling Christians to give the full 10 percent of a biblical tithe is likely a quixotic endeavor. But what if American Christians gave away just an additional 1 percent of their income?
(RNS) Reports this week that the late John Paul II may be on the verge on canonization isn’t a huge surprise, but Pope Francis’ decision to take a second look at martyred Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero shows that the process of making saints is as much about politics as anything else.
Washington, D.C. — In a 12:00 p.m. EDT conference call for journalists on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, the Pew Research Center will discuss the findings of its new study, “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society.” This comprehensive report examines the views of Muslims around the world on Islamic law (sharia), religion and politics, morality and the family, women in society, relations among Muslims, interfaith relations, and science and popular culture. The report also provides comparisons of Muslims worldwide with U.S. Muslims.
“The World’s Muslims” is based on more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews conducted in more than 80 languages with self-identifying Muslims in 39 countries and territories. The survey was conducted in two waves. Fifteen sub-Saharan African countries with substantial Muslim populations were surveyed in 2008-2009, and some of those results were previously analyzed in the Pew Research Center’s 2010 report “Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa.” An additional 24 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe were surveyed in 2011-2012; results regarding religious beliefs and practices were first published in the Pew Research Center’s 2012 report “The World’s Muslims: Unity and Diversity.” The new report, focusing primarily on Muslims’ social and political attitudes, incorporates findings from both waves of the survey. It is part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, an effort funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation to analyze religious change and its impact on societies around the world.
“For the sake of the son you love, urge him to marry a woman.” Hits Boehner on U.S. subsidies for “LGBT propaganda”
COLUMBUS, OH — Dr. Paul Cameron, the first scientist to document the harms of secondhand smoke, went to Ohio’s capital to call upon U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to reconsider his recently announced support for gay marriage. “Sen. Portman, gay marriage is hazardous to one’s health. For the sake of the son you love, urge him to marry a woman.” “Danish government statistics show that wedded gays and lesbians die 10 to 20 years earlier than the conventionally married,”said Cameron, citing a study of gay marriage by pro-LGBT researchers Morten Frisch and Jacob Simonsenwhichappeared in the March, 2013 issue of Oxford’s International Journal of Epidemiology. Examining Denmark, which in 1989 became the first country with gay marriage, they found that the average age of death for homosexually married men and women was around 60; for the conventionally married, about 80 years. Cameron, who holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Colorado, said, “Sen. Portman’s son Will, a college junior who has revealed his homosexuality, recently wrote in the Yale Daily News, ‘We’re all the products of our backgrounds and environments, and….We should think twice before using terms like ‘bigoted’ to describe the position of those opposed to same-sex marriage.”
(RNS) A international consortium of nonbelievers is planning rallies Thursday (April 25) outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates to demand the release of several Bangladeshi bloggers who were arrested on charges of blasphemy.