Mormon leaders are unlikely to be involved in the campaign of their fellow believer U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney compared to the activist role they played in fighting a gay marriage initiative, according to political scientist David Campbell.
The 2008 government raid on a community of fundamentalist Mormon polygamists in Texas not only brought the unusual phenomenon of polygamy before the American public, but also generated a new kind of activism and other changes in practices among these isolated religious communities, according to a new book.
Cardell Jacobson and Lara Burton (Eds.), Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, 384 p.
Holding its rituals and gatherings in a Parisian restaurant, the Kolob Order may well be the first effort to bridge the differences between freemasonry and Mormonism.
Richard Cimino is the founder and editor of Religion Watch, a newsletter monitoring trends in contemporary religion. Since January 2008, Religion Watch is published by Religioscope Institute. Website: www.religionwatch.com.