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This morning, during my daily reading, within a few minutes from each other, I came across two completely different posts about child molestation.

The first had the December 2014 headline about newly minted pastor Steven Anderson of Tempe, Arizona:

Texas Pastor: ‘Relentless Dirty Faggots’ Are ‘Always Trying To Rape’ And ‘Snatch Your Children’

— www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com

Anderson ordained pastor Donny Romero, who is quoted saying this about homosexuals:

They are all pedophiles, they’re always trying to rape and hurt other people. They’re relentless. They are relentless. They are predators and given an opportunity to snatch one of your children, they would do it in a heartbeat.

Anderson has called for genocide of all homosexuals to rid the country of HIV. But speaking of HIV, here is the other post was about the Catholic church:

Catholic priest Jose Garcia Ataulfohas been acquitted by the church after admitted to raping almost 30 young girls aged between 5 and 10-years-old. Ataulfohas was infected with HIV and knew it, when he raped the children.

We are used to hearing about sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy, but this priest was cleared of any wrong-doing and won’t face any criminal charges.

How can we tolerate such crass behavior and allow it to continue? How can we accept preaching of genocide from the pulpit? Both of these cases involve organizations that are tax-exempt in the United States. Both organizations now benefit from Trump’s executive order to repeal the Johnson amendment.

We are all fomenting a rebellion, stirred up by our president, against radical Islamists. Yes, there are radical Islamists. We need to be concerned. But I am much, much, much less concerned about our country, our people, and our children being harmed by radical Islamists than I am about radical Christians right here in our country.

The last radical Islamists who hurt Americans in the “homeland” were, if I remember right, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the San Bernardino killers, who attached a Regional Center on December 2, 2015.

The last time a child was molested by a Catholic priest was probably today. It does not even make headlines anymore. Who is fomenting action about these children?

Oh, we are a Christian nation!

 

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The woman clapping like a child behind Trump is Paula White, a renowned Florida klepto-Christian.

White has been a personal minister to Donald Trump who discovered White by watching her TV show. Trump would often bring her to Atlantic City for private Bible studies, and he has appeared on her television show. White was credited in June 2016 by James Dobson as having converted Trump to Christianity. White was part of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board during his campaign for US President, and provided the invocation prayer during Trump’s inauguration ceremony. The subject with assistance from her own ministry board advisor, Jack Graham (pastor), have an ongoing spiritual role towards President Trump.

— Wikipedia

I call White a fake Christian. Her strain of Christianity differs from the mainstream biblical teachings. Her prosperity doctrine teaches that Christians who are living their lives according to the bible will get rich. White and Trump believe that affluence is proof of spiritual fitness. You can see that in his stance on public policy and cabinet appointments.

I for one do not believe, for a minute, that Trump is a Christian or that he even believes in God. This is the “grab them by the pussy” guy that will say anything his audience wants to hear at the moment. There is a lot of money and power in Christianity. Just read up on the popes and bishops of many centuries ago and you will come to the conclusion that religion really is the opium of the masses, and a perfect tool to control entire nations of people.

And that, my friends, is exactly what Trump is doing here.

He is pandering to those drinking the Kool-Aid:

Oh, yes, I can’t wait. Pope Trump and God will now drain the swamp! What is with those people?

Here is one I got a real kick out of:

He actually thinks Paula White is Kellyanne!

Hallelujah!

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Saw this on Facebook today:

No, I do not agree.

Contrary to what many people think, the Pledge has nothing to do with our founding fathers. It was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

It didn’t have “the Flag of the United States of America” in it at the time. That was not added until 1923.

“Under God” was added during the Eisenhower administration in 1954 to counteract communism. Bellamy’s daughter objected to that change.

Making children recite memorized slogans in a public forum, under peer pressure, is a form of brainwashing and propaganda. Just like school prayer.

We should give our children the gift of critical thinking. When they know how to think for themselves, they can decide to what and who they should have allegiance for, based on merit, not on memorized slogans, especially if they don’t know the origins of those slogans.

Once they are adults, they should have been exposed to a number of political philosophies and different religions, and it should be an easy and obvious choice for them to decide which ones they want to subscribe to.

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[Warning for my religious readers and friends: If you are offended by criticism of religion, do not read any further. I am not holding back here.]

Watching Trump’s inaugural ceremony was painful for me. The speech was dark, negative, and without vision. It portrayed an America reminiscent of Mad Max movies. What world does Trump live in? The speech was insulting, degrading and inappropriate. Listening to it, I was embarrassed for my country and my president. You’d think after a year and a half of practice, Trump would have gained some oratory skills by now. But all he did here was present a wooden delivery by reading the teleprompter, and even that he did poorly, with incongruent cadence and unnatural rhythm. I can’t wait for the State of the Union!

And what’s with all the preachers? Paula White is basically a fake minister, but Trump calls her a spiritual advisor:

Her former ministry, the Without Walls International Church, was one of six investigated in the past decade by the Senate Finance Committee over possible financial improprieties. At the time, Ms. White and her husband, Randy, from whom she is now divorced, refused to cooperate with the inquiry, and kept their lavish spending hidden behind tax laws that allowed religious organizations to operate tax-free with little transparency.

— Noah Weiland, NY Times, Jan 19, 2017

I don’t remember how many “prayers” Obama’s inauguration featured, but I remember none of them. If they were there, they didn’t get in the way. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t object to an occasional invocation at public events. Every Toastmasters club has invocations.

But Trump’s entire ceremony was full references to God and Jesus and boring sections of obscure scripture. Especially when the Jewish Rabbi Marvin Hier droned and blared, everyone tuned out. There was nothing really to listen to. Everyone just waited for him to be done so they could get on with it.

What happened to the separation of church and state? It does not make me comfortable at all that our president and vice president look to a fictional fairy in the sky for guidance and protection of the country. If preachers in their churches do that, so be it. Their congregations signed up for it, are paying for it, and getting their entertainment as required and expected. But this is a country, and I didn’t subscribe to this nonsense.

I do not believe for a minute that grab-them-by-the-pussy Trump even believes in God. I think he is making it all up because it is impossible to run for any office in America as an atheist. The only group more reviled in America than atheists are – probably – communists. I didn’t believe Obama was religious either, but at least he lied about his “faith” gracefully. Rumor is out that Zuckerberg is getting himself ready to run for office in the future, and all of a sudden he is no longer an atheist. He has found his Jewish heritage. I call bullshit on both Trump and Zuckerberg.

The sappy invocations, snake-oil prayers and praising of Jesus at a secular event in a nation that is supposed to keep church and state separate was disheartening. It made me sick.

Now we handed Trump the keys to the White House, along with a free ride on Air Force One and access to the nuclear button. I hope, for all of us, that he governs with more thought and sensibility than he speaks at inaugurations.

Or God help us all.

 

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U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that doctors can refuse treatment transgender patients and women who have had abortions on the basis of their religion.  If a doctor considers gender transition and abortion to be evil based on his religion, he does not have to provide service to such persons.

Ok, let’s put that into English:

If a woman had an abortion, and the doctor knows it and does not like it, he can refuse treatment to that woman. Any treatment. This is not just about performing abortions, mind you, it could be refusing to write a prescription for a cold medicine.

Let’s put that into perspective:

What would we say if an atheist doctor refused treatment to Christians, because those Christians believe in stuff he thinks is nonsense. So he claims his belief system gives him the right to refuse service to such people.

It seems like a valid argument to me.

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The United States condemns in the strongest terms what appears to have been a terrorist attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, which has killed and wounded dozens.  We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of those killed, just as we wish a speedy recovery to all of those wounded.  We also extend our heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Germany.  We have been in touch with German officials, and we stand ready to provide assistance as they recover from and investigate this horrific incident.  Germany is one of our closest partners and strongest allies, and we stand together with Berlin in the fight against all those who target our way of life and threaten our societies.

— Ned Price, NSC Spokesperson

The United States condemns in the strongest terms – We need to stop sounding like bureaucrats. Leave out “in the strongest terms” and say what you really mean – whatever that might be.

…appears to have been a terrorist attack – ya think??? You don’t have to be Donald Trump or Henry Kissinger to see this was a terrorist attack. Driving a truck into a Christmas market is a terrorist attack.

We send our thoughts and prayers – our thoughts are noble and our prayers don’t do anyone any good. Just say: We feel terrible for you! I am tired of people making excuses for doing nothing by sending prayers. Good luck with those!

We have been in touch with German officials – German officials, American officials! I want to know who called whom. Did Obama call Merkel? If some American bureaucrat called some German bureaucrat, what good does that do? We know they have been on the phone. It’s not helping this statement. 

…in the fight against all those who target our way of life and threaten our societies – How about “in the fight against Islamic terrorism.”

With watered down drivel, double-speak and euphemisms clouding the statements of our government, no wonder Trump has risen. In contrast, he said:

Islamic terrorists continuously slaughter Christians…as part of their global jihad.

— Donald Trump

When you compare Trump’s blunt statement, which we all understand, to Ned Price’s statement (who even knows who Ned Price is?), I have to ask you: Who of the two is likely to deal with the problem?

Whenever you ask Trump voters why they voted for the man, with all the despicable clutter the drags around with himself, they always say:

“He says it like it is!”

I am not supporting Trump, but I can tell you that if Obama had spent more time saying it like it is, and acting accordingly in the threat of international Islamic terror, the outcome of the election would have been different. I am not even sure WHAT Obama actually did to fight terrorism other than endless drone attacks for eight years. The fact that I don’t know what he did is evidence that none of us really knew. So it looks like we did not much, some say nothing, and it was certainly not very effective.

That’s how you lose a nation to a demagogue!

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A woman who refuses to wear the hijab is disobeying Allah and committing a serious sin, putting worldly pleasures above spiritual attainment, and neglecting her duty to the religion of Islam. Many scholars agree that the only reason a Muslim may live in a non-Muslim country is to conduct dawah and bring people to the true religion. How can a woman perform dawah for Islam when she is not even practicing it herself? To do this would be a form of hypocrisy and it will not be successful.

Aisha Hamdan – Mission Islam

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There is so much wrong with this picture. Where do I start?

Jesus Spanks

The God who loves us all unconditionally needs to be petty and spank us when we do something naughty and wrong.

Hitting a beehive is naughty. Seems like it would be stupid, and the bees themselves will do the punishment.

Jesus, not God, is doing the spanking. Is Jesus a human or God? Ok, ok, I have heard the explanation. But that’s why the book uses the word “Lord” and not “God,” muddling things a bit.

Did the artist pick a girl so Jesus does not have to spank a boy with his pants down. Was the artist a Catholic priest?

Spanking is portrayed as something acceptable. Hey, Jesus does it! This makes it look like child abuse is a godly thing.

It tells children that if you’re sick, you probably are naughty or did something really bad. If you are very sick, you must deserve it. If you are a child with cancer, meningitis, a terrible viral infection or a birth defect, shame on you. Pay for your naughtiness.

Books like this create the power structure of religion by brainwashing its youngest members, those who are innocently born into it, and keep them confused and laden with guilt for life. After all, that’s where new members are created, from the pool of descendants.

To be fair, this appears to be coming from a free love incest cult.

Disclaimer: The links below go to some very offensive material, which promote illegal and immoral activities – all in the name of God. Do not click there if you’re easily offended.

Read more about it here and be disgusted.

Here is another post on incest.

We like to talk about radical Islam! Here is some really radical Christianity for you. Of course, Islamists always distance themselves from radical Islam, and Christians will vehemently distance themselves from cults like this.

And now I’ll quickly forget I poked around in these sites.

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I thought it was the American voters that choose our leaders. Maybe I am wrong.

Chosen by God

Here is an essay in Newsweek titled The Believer that shows another man chosen by God, in this case ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Does God choose wisely?

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Mormon Fundamentalists tell their followers that if they leave the religion they will never be able to attain the kingdom of God. Of course, Mormons tell their followers a lot of very crazy stuff. If you want to read about some of it, just search for the keyword “Mormon” in this blog.

Christians also condition their members from small childhood on about the concept of “hell” and how terrible it is. No wonder Christians live in fear of hell all their lives. I once had a long conversation with a good friend who was a German Catholic priest. We were young men at the time. He always compared us to Narcissus and Goldmund, the two protagonists of Hermann Hesse’s famous novel. I was Goldmund, the lover of life. He was Narcissus, the erudite cleric. I still remember what he once said when he ran out of arguments for why I should be religious. He said that if he was wrong, after death, he’d never know and nothing would happen. But if I was wrong, I’d have to endure eternity in hell. Did I really want to take that risk?

Apparently, that’s what kept him in his religion. The fear of the consequences of possibly being wrong. 40 years later, he is still a priest.

Muslims tell their followers they’ll be stoned and killed in this world already if they leave the religion. Don’t even ask what their god does to you after you die. Several modern countries have the death penalty for apostasy including: Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Think about it: These countries will kill you if you don’t buy into their religious shit. Some of those countries are our “allies.” Go figure.

Of course, Christians did that too, centuries ago. They just worked it out sooner.

Then there are all those strange religions that make their members proselytize door to door. Those include Jehovah’s Witnesses and, of course, mainstream Mormons. Always on the lookout for more tithes.

And then there are the Jews. They are kind of the opposite. If you can’t prove Jewish roots several generations back, you’re not allowed in. It seems like you can’t really become a Jew. You have to always have been one. They like to keep their religion all to themselves. I actually like that about Judaism. Money, status, focus on education and learning, and tradition, all seem to be basic tenets of Judaism, at least from the uninitiated point of view this atheist.

If I had to pick a religion, I’d be a Jew.

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Not playing football is not a sport.

Not collecting stamps is not a hobby.

Abstinence is not a sexual position.

Anarchy is not a form of government.

Not owning a gun does not mean you trample of the Second Amendment.

We’re all born naked and atheist, and then we slowly get indoctrinated to become something else. The word for atheism only exists because religion has become so prevalent and powerful over the ages, that non-religion is the minority.

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Warning and Disclaimer: If you are religious, and are easily offended by criticism of your religion, you should probably stop reading now and move on. I am angry and this post will reflect some of that.

I came across the post below on Facebook. I don’t know the poster, and I don’t know any but one of the commenters. So I am an unrelated observer, and I am outraged. Here is the post:

Child Endangerment 5

Here is the transcript:

Yesterday, I received terrible news. Two of my twin girls students went hiking with there [sic] Mom and other sisters in Julian at a 101 degrees [sic] in the local mountains. XXX and YYY twin girls got dehydrated and they were weak and XXX fainted. They did not carry enough water and it was a 45 minute hike back for help. A good Samaritan carried XXX down the Mtn. She was in the hospital with severe heat stroke and went into a coma. Our XXX passed away yesterday. My sweet daughter in Christ you are in great hands now! We will miss you! God Bless You – Until we meet again. Always in my heart.

I cannot tell if the person who posted this is the father, or a teacher, or a minister. It is a terrible tragedy, and I thought it was tacky to be posting this on Facebook. What is one supposed to say to that? Given the tragic content, their friends did a pretty good job expressing their sorrow, pain and overall condolences.

If I were a friend, I would not know what to say to this, so I’d probably be quiet. But I am not a friend, just a casual bystander. Therefore, my comments are below the comments I lifted from the post.

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Child Endangerment 7

Taking small children hiking in the mountains at 101 degrees is idiotic. Not bringing enough water shows added stupidity. Going 45 minutes out under those conditions is reckless. These girls didn’t just pass out all of a sudden. I am sure they showed signs of fatigue long before and complained, giving the parent a chance to turn around. The whole event is RECKLESS CHILD ENDANGERMENT. And it didn’t just end in endangerment. A child was killed by reckless parental negligence.

I can see that none of the Facebook friends wanted to say that, but I am sure some of them thought it before they posted their condolences.

But what’s worst, to me, beyond the incredible tastelessness of the original poster putting this on Facebook and thus exposing the parent’s recklessness, is his lame excuse at the end that is supposed to make it tolerable or acceptable:

My sweet daughter in Christ you are in great hands now! We will miss you! God Bless You – Until we meet again.

No, the little girl is not in great hands now.

She’s dead!

Her life was recklessly thrown away by a stupid and uninformed parent who took incalculable risks with the lives of her children. “May God bless her and her family” isn’t going to bring her back. If God had blessed this family, he would have given the mother more common sense. Giving prayers to this family is also not bringing the little girl back. Somebody ought to give a serious talking to this family. The mother needs counseling, or perhaps belongs in jail, since she is not any better than vaccine deniers, or those cults that deny their members medical care in case of illness.

My problem with religion is that it gives perpetrators excuses for their lack of responsibility and duty. It gives bystanders cause for rationalization that God has somehow caused this to happen so he can now “wrap his tender hands around this girl and her family.” Religion somehow makes all this easier to take.

I just hope that after this public post, Child Protective Services initiates a serious investigation into this family.

 

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Ken Ham built the Ark Encounter, a Christian theme park. It is scheduled to open next month.

It cost tens of millions of dollars to build a “life-sized” replica of Noah’s ark.

I wonder how Noah, who was reportedly over 500 years old, with his sons, would have built such a thing with Bronze Age tools. He didn’t have access to cranes, and trucks, and roads to haul in lumber, and steel scaffoldings, and modern steel nuts and bolts and braces.

But I have to admit, it would be a cool thing to see.

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Here is one demented preacher that gets to speak from a podium. I have a very hard time believing that people can sit in his congregation and listen to this sick man and still believe there is a god.

Calling gay people pedophiles from a religious pulpit is ironic. Last I heard, it’s Catholic priests, youth pastors all over the country and fundamentalist Mormons, who are getting headlines for systematically violating children. Show me one headline where a gay person touched a child.

Here is his message:

Baptist Preacher

Recordings of the sermon by Pastor Roger Jimenez surfaced on the Verity Baptist Church’s YouTube account.

“If we lived in a righteous government, they should round them all up and put them up against a firing wall, and blow their brains out,” Jimenez said in the sermon.

 

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Prophets Prey

San Brower is a private investigator who took on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS, as it is commonly referred to, and gradually, over years of painstaking work, exposed it and its leader and “prophet,” Warren Jeffs, as an organized criminal enterprise of massive proportions.

Prophet’s Prey is his chilling exposé of the Fundamentalist Mormon religion and the endless, brutal crimes perpetrated by the “leadership” all in the name of God.

The FLDS is acult with its headquarters in Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah, two neighboring towns in a remote and isolated strip of the country, bordered by the Grand Canyon to the south and cliffs to the north. Pretty much all the people who live there are part of the cult.

The Mormon religion was founded by Joseph Smith in 1820. In my opinion, Smith was a pedophile and a con man. He started a religion to create a lifestyle for himself. When he eventually was murdered, Brigham Young, another autocratic child abuser and power-grabbing dictator built up the Mormon church. One of the tenets of the religion was polygamy. When the practice started becoming unpopular in the United States about 100 years ago, the “mainstream” Mormons renounced polygamy.

Some of the faithful didn’t like that, and eventually split off to start the FLDS. It exists to this day.

The flock is not allowed to listen to the radio, watch TV or movies, read books, listen to music or get an education. Most children stop school at the elementary level. The people have lived in this environment their entire lives and are completely brainwashed about what the “real world” is like. They think they are God’s chosen people, and their leader is the prophet who speaks God’s will. Everyone is in on it. The doctors and nurses in the hospital. The judges. The police. The mayor. The bishop. The contractors. The health inspectors. The teachers. You can’t escape the reach of the church leadership, and their word, their will, is God’s word and will. People blindly follow orders, whether the orders are legal or not.

When God wants the prophet to be “sealed” to a 12-year-old girl in marriage, then the father of that child has no choice but give up his daughter. Systematic child abuse, rape of boys as young as five to eight years old in the guise of God’s will, and getting underage girls as young as 12 and 13 pregnant by the dozens is apparently commonplace and normal in that environment.

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A recently married and newly pregnant Veda Keate, the thirteen-year-old daughter of convicted child molester Allen Keate. Shortly after Allen gave Veda in marriage to Warren, he took an underage bride of his own. He is serving thirty-three years in Huntsville State Prison in Texas.

— Brower, Sam (2011-08-01). Prophet’s Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (p. 311). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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Ora Bonnie Steed posing with underage sister wife Veda Keate. Warren wrote that both conceived their babies during the same “heavenly session” with him. Veda also appeared in a photo in a National Geographic cover story on the FLDS, along with her daughter Serena. The caption in the magazine identified them only as two of the children taken in the raid on the YFZ Ranch.

— Brower, Sam (2011-08-01). Prophet’s Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (p. 311). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

“Heavenly session” is what the man of God and FLDS leader calls group sex with multiple underage girls at the same time – because somehow that helps the salvation of the world. The entire religion buys into this.

One girl, who eventually escaped, tells her story of growing up in a house with 20 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms with her father, his six wives and 52 children. This seems normal to them. Yet, we all know that this kind of lifestyle is not supportable. Most American’s have trouble supporting a family of four or five people with two incomes. How does a man support six wives and 52 children?

By having five of the wives apply for welfare as single mothers with the State of Arizona or Utah, or both. By sending boys as young as 11 off to work on construction sites as slave laborers. By sucking as much money as possible out of the system, out of our taxes and welfare money. They call it “bleeding the beast” and justify it since they are God’s chosen people.

Prophet’s Prey is a shocking book that provides a view into what almost seems like an alternate universe. It is astonishing that these things can be going on right now, in our time, with very little interference from law enforcement of any kind. After reading Prophet’s Prey, you will never think about the Mormon religion the same way again.

The “mainstream” Mormons are distancing themselves from the Fundamentalists. I don’t buy it. It’s the same messed-up cult, just a different, more drastic flavor of it.

But read about it yourself, and be your own judge. Prophet’s Prey is a must-read book for any educated and responsible American.

Rating - Four Stars

Other articles and reviews I wrote related to Mormonism:

Play Review: The Book of Mormon

Mormon Apostles Paid Off

Mormon Handcarts

Romney Going Psycho about Mormonism

To Mormon or Not to Mormon

Mormonism in Decline

Institutional Lies and Deception of Mormonism

Atrocities in Mormon History

Mormon Doctrine on Race (White and Black)

Mormons and Masturbation

Mormons Baptize Jews Posthumously

Book Review: Wife No. 19 – by Ann Eliza Young

Park Romney’s Book and Mitt Romney’s Waffling

Book Review: An American Fraud – by Kate Burningham

 

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