Mormons’ love-hate relationship with America

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) As Americans celebrate the nation's founding, some Mormons may outdo their neighbors this week in fireworks, fanfare and frenzy to express their outsized patriotism. Other Mormons caution against linking political perspectives on American exceptionalism to specific theology or teachings. Peggy Fletcher Stack.

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Should gay Mormons marry women? Some say it’s an option

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Gay Mormon men who are married to women don't claim that their path is the right one for all Mormon gays, and the LDS Church has stopped officially recommending it as a “cure” for homosexuality. Still, as support group numbers indicate, many devoutly religious members still see it as the way to go. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.

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Idaho bans ‘Five Wives’ vodka over risque label

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Idaho regulators have decided not to carry Five Wives Vodka because of its label, while Utah booze cops have deemed the bottle’s depiction of 19th-century women in petticoats holding kittens near their lady parts as acceptable. By Dawn House.

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Why Ross Douthat thinks we’re ‘a nation of heretics’

(RNS) New York Times columnist Ross Douthat doesn't mince words in his new book “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics.”  In an interview with Religion News Service, Douthat explains his definition of heresy, why he thinks Mitt Romney and President Obama are both heretics, and why more Americans should argue about religion. By Daniel Burke.

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Mitt Romney on the cusp of making major Mormon history

WASHINGTON (RNS) As the seventh Latter-day Saint to attempt a presidential bid, Mitt Romney is on the cusp of becoming the first Mormon to carry the banner of a major party in a general election. By Thomas Burr and Peggy Fletcher Stack.

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Before politics, Mitt Romney was a Mormon bishop

(RNS) While Mitt Romney was building his career at Bain Capital, he was also a Mormon bishop who had to learn how to give sermons, advise squabbling couples, organize worship services, manage budgets and address the needs of more than 1,000 Mormons in the region. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.