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EssaysJoanna Brooks | Joanna Brooks


From 2011 – 2014, it was my pleasure and honor to be a regular blogger for Religiondispatches.org and I continue to be an occasional columnist. Please visit my archived RD writings here.

Additional elected writing on contemporary faith and politics:

  • “LDS Church Labels Same-Sex Spouses ‘Apostates,’ Bars Children from Baptism,” Religion Dispatches (November 9, 2015).
  • “The Not So Secret History of Mormon Women’s Leadership,” Huffington Post (September 30, 2015).
  • “Revealing Joseph Smith’s (Well-Known) Polygamy Does Not Address the LDS Church’s Bigger Problem,” Religion Dispatches (November 12, 2014).
  • “The Real Mormon Moment is Now,” ReligionDispatches (June 24, 2014).
  • “Hard Truths Matter: I’m Mormon and I’m Voting for Obama,” CNN.com (October 18, 2012).
  • “This Week’s Presidential Debate:  Nothing Divine,” Huffington Post (October 4, 2012).
  • “Mitt Romney’s Best-Known Mormon Critic Tells it All.  One Last Time,” Religion Dispatches (September 10, 2012)
  • “Does Mormonism Teach LDS People to Lie?,” Religion Dispatches (August 8, 2012).
  • “A Mormon Girl Among Jews,” Tablet (August 8, 2012).
  • “Anti-Mormon Prejudice vs. Racism: Can they be compared,” Religion Dispatches / Salon.com (July 29, 20120)
  • “A Summer of LDS-LGBT Love?” Huffington Post (July 21, 2012).
  • “Muslims and Mormons:  shared beliefs, shared struggles,” Common Ground News Service (reprints worldwide; July 10, 2012).
  • “Mitt Romney, Mormon:  This I Know,” The Washington Post (June 14, 2012).
  • “What Mormon Women Want,”  The Washington Post (May 30, 2012).
  • “400 Churchgoing Mormons March in SLC Pride Parade” (June 4, 2012), Religion Dispatches.
  • “From Murderous to ‘MORG’:  Mormonism Meets the Press” (May 22, 2012), Religion Dispatches.
  • “Mormon Numbers Not Adding Up” (February 2, 2012), Religion Dispatches.
  • “Time for Mormons to Come to Terms with Church History” (January 31, 2012), Religion Dispatches.
  • “What 2012 Means to Mormons” (January 11, 2012), Washington Post “On Faith” blog.
  • “Still Uncertain About Mormonism after 180 Years:  Why Voters Need Coverage of the Faith that Moves Beyond Sensationalism”  (December 5, 2011), The Huffington Post.
  • “Five Myths About Mormonism” (August 5, 2011), The Washington Post; webchat (August 8, 2011)
  • “How Mormon is Mitt Romney? Not Mormon Enough, says Florida pastor; plenty, say the rest of us” (September 13, 2011), Religion Dispatches
  • “Openly Gay Mormon Appointed to Leadership Position,” (August 24, 2011) Religion Dispatches
  • “Mormons, Romney Presidency ‘Dangerous,’ According to Evangelical Author” (May 27, 2011), Religion Dispatches
  • “Mormon Leader:  ‘I’m Sorry’ for Hurtful Legacy of Prop. 8” (September 28, 2010), Religion Dispatches
  • “Bringing the Hammer Down: Glenn Beck Doesn’t Speak for the Mormons I Know” (March 19, 2010), Huffington Post
  • “When Mormons Mobilize: Anti-Gay Marriage Prop 8. Effort ‘Outed’?” (January 31, 2010), Religion Dispatches
  • “Mormonism’s Black Issues” (October 25, 2009), Religion Dispatches
  • “Mormonism and Glenn Beck’s Tears” (October 26, 2009), featured as “Idea of the Day,” New York Times
  • “How Mormonism Built Glenn Beck” (October 7, 2009), Religion Dispatches; reprinted in Strange Brew, ed. Laura Flanders (O/R Books, 2010).
  • Regular column / blog at Religiondispatches.org
  • Regular column at Askmormongirl.com

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