The seven most provocative religious videos of 2012

2012 might be dubbed the Year of YouTube – and that’s especially true on the religion beat. Religious videos sparked international riots, stirred up the U.S. presidential campaign and called young believers to the front lines in battles over homosexuality and church culture. Here are seven religious videos that made news in 2012.

12 myths about Mormonism

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) All those stories about Mitt Romney's White House bid and his Mormon faith educated millions of observant Americans about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Still, some “understandings” remain misunderstandings — and many views of the religion continue to be skewed, exaggerated or flat-out wrong. Here are 12 persistent myths about Mormonism. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.

BYU students pushing for caffeinated sodas

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Caffeine-craving students at Brigham Young University are pushing the Mormon-run school to change its stance on cola drinks after the church signaled that carbonated sodas don't violate rules against “hot drinks'' like tea or coffee. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.

Gay BYU students say ‘It Gets Better’ on Mormon campus

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PROVO, Utah (RNS) Officials at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University say a group of two dozen students who posted a video about being gay will not face trouble as long as they abide by the school's no-sex honor code. By Rosemary Winters.