Volume 42, No. 4
The Winter 2009 issue begins with Keith J. Allred examining exactly who "second Nephi" could be and what it meant for the Nephite peoples. This is followed by "What is Mormon Cinema? Defining the Genre," by Randy Astle who takes a look at the history of Mormon movies and Mormons in movies, and the cultural impact they have had on those both in and out of the church. This issue also features a fascinating and timely interview between Gregory Prince and Brent Rushforth about the use of torture on enemy combatants in the war on terror. To end this issue there are many personal voices, several beautiful works of poetry, and a work of fiction titled "Body and Blood" by Michael Palmer.
Letters to the Editor
Dialogue 42.4 (Winter 2009): 106–141
After Prop 22 passed, it was overturned by the courts as a violation of the equal protection clause of the CA constitution. Opponents of same-sex marriage devised a new proposition to amenda the CA constitution to ban same-sex marriage and the LDS church announced its public support and activism for the measure in the summer of 2008 before the november election. It was a deeply contentious issue bringing national attention to the church whose members provided the bulk of the funding for its passage, nearly $40m. The issue was a breaking point for many in the church and the above roundtable attempts to offer a variety of legal and religious arguments for and against the measure.
The hard-fought campaign over Proposition 8, which in November 2008 rescinded the legal right to marriage for same-sex couples in California, is evidence of an important political success for religious conservative political groups who support…
One fascinating development in the Proposition 8 debate in California was the extent to which secular arguments-involving legal, political, and sociological claims-came to take center stage, even in announcements from the Church itself. The Church’s…