LDS Temple Anthrax Scare


Domestic Terrorism: White powder sent to prop 8 supporters

2 LDS temples in Utah, Los Angeles, and Knights of Columbus in Connecticut Targeted

Buildings evacuated, Hazmat, FBI called in

From: AP/News My Way

Nov 13, 10:08 PM (ET)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Letters containing a suspicious white powder were sent Thursday to Mormon temples in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City that were the sites of protests against the church’s support of California’s gay marriage ban.

The temple in the Westwood area of Los Angeles was evacuated before a hazardous materials crew determined the envelope’s contents were not toxic, said FBI spokesman Jason Pack.

The temple in downtown Salt Lake City, where the church is based, received a similar envelope containing a white powder that spilled onto a clerk’s hand.

The room was decontaminated and the envelope taken by the FBI for testing. The clerk showed no signs of illness, but the scare shut down a building at Temple Square for more than an hour, said Scott Freitag, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

None of the writing on the envelope was threatening, and the church received no calls or messages related to the package, Freitag said.

Protests in recent days have targeted the Mormon church, which encouraged its members to fight the recently passed amendment banning gay marriage in California.

Authorities are looking into several theories on who sent the letters and why, Pack said.

Anthrax mailed as a white powder to Washington lawmakers and media outlets killed five people and sickened 17 just weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Periodic hoaxes modeled on the anthrax mailings have popped up since then but usually prove harmless.



  1. waltzinexile said,

    November 14, 2008 at 12:29 am

    This is horrible. I sincerely hope no one was hurt and that whoever did this is punished to the full extent of the law.

  2. prop8discussion said,

    November 14, 2008 at 12:53 am

    i was actually in the temple when they closed down temple square. it was actually quite delightful because it gave me an excuse to stay an extra 30 min.

    i never felt nervous or scared. no one else did either. we were all quite happy for the extra time to pray and meditate.

  3. November 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Now anti-prop 8 folks are turning to terrorist tactics. There is nothing so craven and despicable to me.

  4. lahona said,

    November 14, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    If this does not prove that members of the gay community are not hatefull, then then I do not know what else will .Walt, I am glad to see that there is a line that you believe should not be crossed. Perhaps these events will open your eyes to the hate that the members of your movment are expressing. I don’t expect you to change your opinions, but you have to admit that these tactics by the gay community are wrong. Say what you will about prop 8, but we never sank to these levels nor would we. This is flat out persicution of people for thier political and religious views.

  5. waltzinexile said,

    November 14, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Um, thanks, I guess. Thought it was already pretty clear that I’m a pacifist, but if my comment above has finally convinced you, I’m glad. My eyes are not now nor have they ever been closed to what is going on. Some people are definitely out of control and behaving not just poorly, but criminally.
    And while it’s a little soon to say that the people who did THIS are members of the gay community,I’ll concede that it’s probably a safe assumption. However, please be careful not to imply that ALL people who oppose prop 8 are hateful.
    Additionally, please be careful when claiming that those who support Prop 8 “never sank to these levels.” I’m including a link below that I think will shock and sadden you. I know it did me, much like the anthrax scare.

  6. debbie said,

    November 15, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Went to waltz’s site. So, there are ignorant people on both sides.

    Is there REALLY a way to end this civilly? I don’t think so, not unless 8 is thrown out which will set a precedent that, hopefully, no one wants to explore.
    As much as we may want to say we learn from history, I think that we don’t really want to.

  7. waltzinexile said,

    November 15, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Wow. Ignorant. Please feel free to elaborate what, exactly, I’m ignorant of, because the conclusion I’m drawing without further help doesn’t paint you in a very good light.

  8. beetlebabee said,

    November 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Actually, that link is more minor intimidation/assault perhaps….rudeness definitely. The anthrax scare is domestic terrorism. Big difference. Both wrong, but different leagues.

  9. waltzinexile said,

    November 15, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    First, yes, the anthrax scare is domestic terrorism and a serious federal crime (involving the USPS is a very bad mistake even when one is not terrorizing others.) No one is condoning this behavior.
    Second, in light of your statement that “that link is more minor intimidation/assault perhaps….rudeness definitely” your use of the headling “Gays Bash Elderly Christian Woman in Hate Crime Attack” shows more than a little bias.

  10. beetlebabee said,

    November 16, 2008 at 12:34 am

    We are all biased Waltz. Unlike National Media, and some posters in this thread….I accept my bias and have come to deal with it openly. I celebrate my uniqueness…. :-)

    Honestly, I hope that this clip was an honest representation of something that really happened, but my personal experience was completely different. In fact, I haven’t heard of any incidents like this happening through my underground sources, and believe you me, if there were, they’d be all over the press. They’re just waiting for some loonies to work their way out from the yes side so they can present “balanced” stories. Every side has loonies. It’s just that your side seems to have more….either that or they just hang out around news crews more often…I don’t know.

  11. waltzinexile said,

    November 16, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Fair enough, your bias is well-established and open., and it’s silly of me to decry the fact that it shows. Just so we’re clear, then: when it happens to someone who is anti-prop 8, it’s “minor intimidation/assault” and when it happens to someone who is pro-prop 8, it is a bashing “hate crime attack” and you have no problem with these characterizations?

  12. beetlebabee said,

    November 16, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    If someone is doing hateful angry things, that’s always wrong waltz. Whether you call it a hate crime or not is not something I would like to judge. The headline you’re reading is as it was published. I have not seen any coverage of your link other than what it appears to be. Let it speak for itself, and let it be reported.

    As for my personal reaction to it, if it is a true incident, free of actors, then it deserves immediate attention. Did this woman go to the police? Did they characterize it as a hate crime? Did she take it to a news outlet?

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