PROSPECT HARBOR — Runners competed in the second annual Moms on the Run 5K on Sunday at the Peninsula School.The race, as well as the Fun Run that took place before it, is a fundraiser to earn money to send local children to summer camp who otherwise might not be able to afford to attend. Shira Catlin finished first for the women in 20:36, and Brandon Murphy finished first for the men in 20: 57.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor more results, click here.
David Campbell, an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame and co-author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, discussed on Tuesday how American views toward religion in politics have changed since the ’60s and how this could influence presidential contender Mitt Romney’s campaign.The USC Department of Political Science and Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies hosted Religion in a Time of Politics: Is This the Mormon Moment? Will Mitt Romney Be the Mormons’ JFK? in the Davidson Conference Center.Campbell shared findings from the study conducted to write American Grace and what elements of political life have changed since John F. Kennedy was elected president.Faith · David Campbell, an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, pointed out the increasing role religion has played in presidential elections. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanMormons today face similar problems to Roman Catholics in the ’60s in terms of their perception, Campbell said.“In 1960 there were a lot of Americans who never had exposure to Catholics,” Campbell said. “Catholics went to different schools and lived in different neighborhoods.”While Americans like religious diversity, he said, they trust people from another faith when they have a close relationship with someone who practices that faith.“There is an immense amount of data supporting that Americans get along across religious lines because we have made relationships with people of other religions,” Campbell said. “They have either neighbors, close friends or extended family members of a different religious background.”Campbell found that those of other religions viewed Jews, Catholics and Protestants most favorably. The least popular were Mormons, Buddhists and Muslims.“This cannot simply be explained by the size of the group of the population,” Campbell said. “There are as many Mormons in America as there are Jews.”His study found Mormons are one of the least likely religious groups to interact with those of other religions.“Mormons are geographically concentrated in the mountainous West,” Campbell said. “They are less likely to have friends and family members in other religions and that works against them.”Jordan Hatch, a graduate student studying dentistry and a Mormon, said about half of his friends are from his church and half are from school. He said his friends from school are usually not Mormon.“They say they’ve never met a Mormon and ask me a lot of questions to clarify,” Hatch said. “It’s always been a very positive exchange.”Campbell’s study found that those who did not know anything about Mormons were likely to look past religion when told about Mormonism, but those who had Mormon acquaintances were not.“Those who have a Mormon acquaintance — know a Mormon but only in passing — are most likely to have a negative reaction to knowing Romney is a leader in the Mormon church,” Campbell said. “We hypothesize that’s because these folks know there’s something different and distinctive about Mormons but they haven’t been able to forge the close personal connection … that we have done with Catholics and Jews.”Zade Shakir, a sophomore majoring in international relations and a Muslim, said Campbell’s findings were true for him.“I have some close friends who are Mormon,” Shakir said. “I really respect their religion.”Campbell said religion has become partisan, as frequency of religious service attendance is the largest indicator of whether someone is a Republican, which puts Romney in a more difficult situation than Kennedy.“He can’t stand before an audience like Kennedy did and say, ‘Don’t worry about my religion,’” Campbell said. “We expect our presidential candidates, and especially the Republican base, to discuss their religion explicitly.”Though the Church of Latter-Day Saints spent money promoting Proposition 8, which ended same-sex marriage in California, Campbell said the Mormon church rarely takes political positions.“There are far fewer specific statements made by church leaders that could be construed as political,” Campbell said. “The LDS church really does make a policy of staying out of politics.”He said Romney being the Republican nominee could effect a change in the perception of Mormons similar to the one Kennedy brought about for Catholics.“If the Romney candidacy leads Americans to have a conversation about religion — even if at times it will be painful, especially within the Mormon community … in the long run we will be better as a nation,” Campbell said. “We will have a better understanding of those from a different religion.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 9, 2018 at 12:08 am Contact Max: firstname.lastname@example.org Syracuse (6-4-1, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) dominated Ohio State (1-9-2, 0-3-1 Big Ten), 3-0, on Monday at SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange won its third-straight for the first time since 2016 and imposed its will on the Buckeyes, with the help of Ryan Raposo and Massimo Ferrin, who combined to score all three of SU’s goals.Here are the best shots from the game.
Rep. Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage, during a House Floor session in January. He supported a bill that would provide health insurance to survivors of police officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The state House passed a bill Monday that would provide health insurance to the families of police officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty.Listen nowHouse Bill 23 was prompted by the shooting deaths of Trooper Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich in 2014. State law didn’t require that their dependents continue to receive health insurance.While Governors Sean Parnell and Bill Walker have ordered that survivors continue to receive coverage, lawmakers want to make it permanent.Anchorage Rep. Chuck Kopp, a retired police officer, said officers would appreciate it if the bill becomes law.“It’s hard to imagine what a spouse and what children go through every day when they see their father or their mom gearing up to go to work because the unknown is always there,” Kopp said. “Will this be the last time?”The House passed a similar bill last year, but the Senate didn’t pass it. Supporters are hopeful that its early progress this session will lead to it becoming law.The current bill passed after a debate over a series of amendments. Six amendments were defeated. They would have applied the benefits to a wider range of public workers or would have made them voluntary.North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson supported an amendment that would have allowed municipalities to opt out of paying for the benefits.“We’re going to make the municipalities come into it, whether or not they want to or not,” Wilson said. “I think most of them will do it in some form or another. But why are we forcing them to do it?”Bill sponsor Anchorage Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson said it’s necessary to pay the benefits.“This is about the soul of the state of Alaska,” Josephson said. “This is about saying to the dependents: ‘You have suffered the unimaginable and we’ve got your back.’ ”The Senate State Affairs Committee passed its version, Senate Bill 48, on Friday. It’s been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
For bookings or information, call Majestic Whale Encounters on 0405 594 253 or visit www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au Source = Majestic Whale Encounters Spectacular new videos chronicle biggest-everSpectacular new videos chronicle biggest-everThe biggest-ever whale swim season in Tonga – both in numbers of whales and travellers – has been chronicled in two compelling, new, short videos produced for Majestic Whale Encounters that capture the beauty and power of swimming with the gentle humpbacks in the kingdom’s tropical lagoons.The inspiring and moving clips – both under four minutes long and now available for viewing on www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au – follow a bumper whale swim season in Tonga for Majestic Whale Encounters, with more whales than ever and bookings for the Australian eco operator up 15 per cent on last year.“We’ve been running whale swim holidays in Tonga for six years now and the number of whales this year was 10 per cent up on 2016, with every year a record in terms of the number of humpbacks which use the warm lagoons as a nursery for their calves in August and September every year,” said Majestic Whale Encounters Director, Carmen Ellis.“And our bookings have grown likewise with more and more nature lovers drawn to the warm, clear, tropical waters of Tonga – itself an idyllic destination – where they can spend longer in the water to watch the humpbacks at play,” Ms Ellis said.The two spectacular, new videos were shot by videographer Darren Rice who owns Sandy Beach Resort where Majestic Whale Encounters’ guests stay on the Ha’apai group of reef islands 40 minutes by air north of the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa. One video – ‘A Magical Place’ – is accompanied by gentle piano music while the other – ‘Dreams Can Come True’ – is set to tribal beats to show the mothers and calves frolicking underwater as well as visitors swimming with the gentle giants and enjoying their tropical holiday.Majestic Whale Encounters will offer eight eight-night whale swim tours in Tonga in 2018 with three already fully booked. Spaces on the remaining departures in August and September, 2018, are available from $4300 per person, twin-share, including local, inter-island flights, main meals, transfers and five memorable days of swimming with whales. Majestic Whale Encounters staff also remain with guests throughout the eight-day experience, assisting with the whale swims and sharing their knowledge of and love for the humpbacks.Flights to Tonga from Australia (five hours direct) with Virgin Australia or via New Zealand are extra.* Direct links for the two new videos now on www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au: