Boyd Matheson: Intolerant tolerance is not tolerance at all

Editor’s Note: This op-ed originally appeared May 5, 2016, in The Salt Lake Tribune. By Boyd Matheson The recent kerfuffle over Lynette Gay and the honorary degree that the University of Utah plans to award her is a case study in the kind of intolerant tolerance that seems to be driving and, in my view destroying, meaningful public dialogue and serious debate on the important issues of our day. Crying intolerance and spewing accusations of hate have become the new go-­to strategy for shutting down debate or discrediting those who…

The LDS Church trumps Trump

Fox 13 is reporting that after inquires to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding Donald Trump’s call for the US to block Muslims from entering the US, the LDS Church has issued a statement emphasizing religious freedom. The full press release from the LDS Church: SALT LAKE CITY —  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in regard to party politics and election campaigns. However, it is not neutral in relation to religious freedom. The following statements by Joseph Smith from 1841 and 1843 are consistent with the Church’s position…

Close-Minded Christians Protest Bernie Sanders… Oh Wait…

Jesse Singal makes a simple but worthwhile point at NYMag: Liberty University Students Survived the Unsafe Space Created by Bernie Sanders and His Pro-Choice Views (somehow). The backstory is simple: Bernie Sanders came to speak at notoriously conservative Liberty University and, although he faced tough questions from a generally hostile crowd, no one protested to deny him the opportunity to speak and no one interrupted his speech. Contrast that as Singal does, with basically any liberal-dominated college you can think of: For example, Emily Yoffe, who has written about the…

Why Kim Davis hurts religious liberty by violating the rule of law

Written by Daniel Burton and Curt Bentley Roper: So now you’d give the devil the benefit of law? Thomas More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the devil? Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that. Thomas More: Oh, and when the last law was down, and the devil turned on you, where would you hide, Roper, all the laws being flat? This country is planted thick with laws from coast to coast, man’s laws not God’s, and…

Should the LDS Church part ways with the Boy Scouts?

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have voted to allow gay leaders to serve, as a result, the LDS Church put out this statement: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board. In spite of a request to delay the vote, it was scheduled at a time in July when members of the Church’s governing councils are out of their offices and do not meet. When the leadership of the Church resumes its regular schedule of meetings in…

The ‘bigot’ tactic

By Derek Monson Recently I participated in a debate with someone from Equality Utah about religious liberty and public accommodations protections for LGBT individuals. After the moderator asked why they are pushing the public accommodations law, the other side opened by saying that he didn’t think a gay couple wanted “a homophobic florist, or cake baker, or wedding photographer to shoot their wedding.” Now, it has always been curious to me how LGBT activists, and the left in general, are so willing in political debates to stereotype and attempt to…

Stripping churches of non-profit status will backfire

Now that the Supreme Court has declared that states must recognize same-sex marriages, supporters of the decision are again starting to push hard to strip any organization that opposes it of non-profit status. The idea of using taxation as a weapon against ideological opponents is nothing new. Neither is it new for religious institutions to be the target of this weapon. What would be new is the outcome of success. This is starting to look very much like a classic case of “be careful what you wish for”. The first big…

The vulnerability of religious tolerance and diversity

By Stan Rasmussen Last Thursday, June 11, Senator Mike Lee delivered a significant and timely address in Washington, D.C. In Conserving Religious Liberty For All he said: …at this moment in our nation’s history, … cherished American ideals are being questioned, and in some cases threatened, as never before. Today I would like to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the vulnerability of one of those ideals in particular: America’s tradition of religious diversity, tolerance, and freedom. In many ways, our tradition of religious liberty is the dog that…

Musings on faith and politics

“One cannot tell which is more difficult, to cause a stone to speak or to get a politician to stop speaking”. – Ancient Roman Proverb This past week brought interesting and thought-provoking experiences. My wife and I love to travel and visit with people across the country from all walks of life. A trip from our Utah home to the east coast, a former residence decades ago, brought visits with family, old friends and new acquaintances. The main reason for the trip was the celebration of a traditional Jewish wedding…

FreeBYU Complaint Against BYU is a Publicity Stunt Clothed as an Accreditation Issue

Free Willy! And free BYU! Mr. Brad Levin, JD (his own designation, not mine) has submitted a complaint to Brigham Young University Law School, alleging that the law school is not in compliance with certain American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation standards relating to religious and academic freedom. The complaint comes in the form of a 43 page letter, complete with flow charts and appendices. As an attack on BYU’s accreditation it is without merit and, frankly, a little amateurish and very annoying. Mr. Levin has an axe to grind with BYU.  That’s his prerogative, and…