Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2012

MORMONISM AND THE NEW POLITICAL RESTORATION

Mormonism is often considered a tradition set apart from the rest of american society, but over the past half-century it has become an integral part of the country’s political life. From the equal Rights amendment through California’s Proposition 8, the LDS Church has played a crucial if episodic role in the country’s culture wars. As …

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EXERCISING DOMINION: SECTION 121 AND THE ABUSE OF POWER

The feminist slogan, “the personal is political,” calls attention to the profound relationship between power structures and personal life. Personal problems are often rooted in political, economic, cultural, and religious systems. Section 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants warns us that even divinely ordained power can be abused. This panel will look at power structures …

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MORMON NEO-LIBERALISM: DEFINING FAITH FOR THOSE WHO DOUBT

There has always been theological and political tension between Mormon cultural orthodoxy and liberalism. Too often, Mormon conservatives view their liberal sisters and brothers as apostates or wolves in sheep’s clothing who seek to weaken or damage the Church. Such a view is not unwarranted as Mormon liberals have often defined themselves not by their …

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OCCUPY ZARAHEMLA

The Occupy movements began at Wall Street and have spread throughout the world. This panel will discuss the theory behind Occupy movements and the strong parallels between Mormon scripture and Occupy movements in terms of critiques/ solutions. We argue that as Samuel occupied the center of political and economic power in Zarahemla to decry the …

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PLURAL LIVES: MITT ROMNEY’S POLYGAMOUS HERITAGE

Though Mormons such as Mitt Romney are now viewed as thoroughly entrenched in the US conservative mainstream, his ancestors only a few generations back were counter-cultural crusaders, upholding a non-standard marriage system they believed was commanded by God— polygamy. It was also illegal, often secret, and publicly denied by Church leaders, frequently forcing people in …

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MORMONS AND MORMONISM AS POLITICAL FARCE

“Mormon humor” is a concept that would startle many non-Mormons, but despite the warning in D&C 59:15 that “much laughter . . . is sin,” Mormons have long appreciated a good laugh. Simultaneously willing to laugh at themselves and sensitive to criticism, Mormons must answer the question: If you can’t laugh at a man claiming …

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