The Militarization of the Tolerance Police

Earlier this week I sent out a tweet highlighting the fact that somebody at BYU messed up and put cards celebrating same sex marriage out in the BYU Store. Similar to other mixups that have occurred at the University over the years (like the run on a vending machine selling caffeinated Coke last year), I found humor in the situation. Others didn’t, to the point that it actually hit the mainstream media.

ISIS Crisis should Alarm All Americans [Hub Debate]

The United States has said that the fall of Mosul, Iraq to ISIS poses a threat to the entire region. As ISIS continues to occupy areas of Syria and Iraq, allegedly conducting mass killings among the populations there, is there a role for American intervention? Why or why not? With ISIS making inroads in Iraq and Syria, persecuting Christians and spouting anti-European and anti-American dogma, should the U.S. be concerned and should we intervene in the events now engulfing the Middle East? Let us begin by examining this regime in…

Hobby Lobby scores one for Liberty in the Supreme Court [Hub Debate]

“It is God who gave us life and liberty. Can the liberties of nations be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” –Thomas Jefferson.   Last week, a landmark decision came down from the Supreme Court in the case involving Hobby Lobby. To make a long story short, Hobby Lobby sued the federal…

BUZZ: LDS Family Services Getting Out of the Adoption Business

In a barely-concluded press conference, the LDS church announced today that they are transitioning (quickly) out of adoption services. Beginning August 1, LDS Family Services will become a counseling service for single expectant parents but will no longer be involved in placing children. Birth families and pre-adoptive families currently in the system will have until Dec 31 to complete their adoptions, according to a letter issued  today. The official reason given is a drop-off in adoptions occurring in recent years. However, the current political climate makes this move unsurprising. Letter…

BUZZ: Police Officer Story About Utah Pride Parade at Odds with Official Account

A Salt Lake Tribune story on Saturday reported that a Salt Lake City police officer was on “leave due to allegations that he refused to work at this weekend’s Utah Pride Parade.” That police officer’s attorney now asserts that the officer did not refuse to work at the parade, but refused because he was asked to “perform maneuvers” in front of the Pride parade. A statement from the attorney–posted below–also notes that the officer offered to trade with other officers so that he could perform more typical police responsibilities, including security,…

BUZZ: Justin Harding to be appointed Governor Herbert’s Chief of Staff

Justin Harding is to be appointed Chief of Staff for Utah Governor Gary Herbert, sources close to the appointment tell Utah Politico Hub. Harding replaces Derek Miller, who recently stepped down as Herbert’s Chief of Staff to take over as CEO of the World Trade Center Utah. Currently Chief of Staff for Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Harding is reputed to be a knowledgeable D.C. hand with strong roots in Southern Utah, where he was born and raised.  According to Congressman Chaffetz’s website, Harding received his B.S. in Political Science from Southern Utah University…

On the Hill: Chaffetz and Ivory clash over land bill

Capitol at night

Sparks flew today between Congressman Chaffetz and Ken Ivory, a Representative who is supposedly on the same side in the public land debate. Chaffetz spoke to his bill that has passed out of committee and would sell off 123,000 of surplus land identified by the Clinton administration. Chaffetz, who gave Ivory a shout-out in his floor speech, was cross-examined by a relentless Ivory who apparently wanted Chaffetz to scuttle his bill and re-write it to include language Ivory liked better. “I am disappointed, Madame Speaker,” said Chaffetz as he walked…

Is the State Tree Bill Dead?

Is the State Tree Bill Dead? Maybe. We are hearing that the Blue Spruce may not end up being named the state tree after all. Why? Because the Blue Spruce is also known as the “Colorado Spruce” Once again proving those pot legalizing, gun hating hippies* from Colorado are again trying to infiltrate our state. By the way, might we recommend following @UtahSpruce on Twitter.   Note: The UPH team knows not everyone from Colorado smokes weed, and hates guns. Just most of them.