The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been around for almost two centuries. It has ebbed and fluctuated in such a predictably adaptive manner throughout it's relatively short life in the religious realm. This Church has a very sordid past, which it does a very good job of teaching for itself, whether the history is slanted or not, is yours to decide. Join me on a journey through the history of the LDS Church through the eyes of the people that were actually there. We will learn about the founding members, where the practices came from, where the Book of Mormon (Mormon Bible) came from, and most importantly, we will examine Joseph Smith in every aspect possibly available to us today.

On this episode, we take a look at what political overreach by religious organizations looks like at the incremental level. All the research for this episode spawned from the featured Deseret News article about the LDS Church filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case concerning transgender bathroom rights. We talk with Callie Wright of the Gaytheist Manifesto to get an idea for just how prevalent this issue is. After that we have a discussion with Andrew Seidel, attorney at Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to discuss the real-world ramifications of this legal defense against redefinition of Title IX classifications. We end the episode with a petition for the church to take some outside consultants to stop the hemorrhaging of their membership or they will inevitably dwindle into obscurity; one wonders if they prefer the latter to save their pride.

Links:

Deseret News transgender bathroom article
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865673693/Utah-LDS-Church-join-friend-of-court-briefs-in-transgender-bathroom-case.html

ACLU Article on Gloucester County School Board V. Grimm
https://www.aclu.org/cases/gg-v-gloucester-county-school-board

Title IX Education Amendments (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681)
https://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/titleix.htm

Major Religious Organizations Amici Curiae Brief (Filed by Kirton McConkie)
http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/16-273-amicus-petitioner-major_religious_organizations.pdf

World gender culture map
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/content/two-spirits_map-html/

SCOTUSblog coverage
http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/gloucester-county-school-board-v-g-g/

 

Callie and the Gaytheist Manifesto
http://gaytheistmanifesto.secularmediagroup.com/
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thegaytheistmanifesto/
https://www.facebook.com/TheGaytheistManifesto/

 

Andrew L. Seidel and FFRF
http://andrewlseidel.com/
https://ffrf.org/

 

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