HB 322: Religious Freedom Protection is Common Sense

It is often said that one should never discuss religion or politics in good company. However, with HB 322 up for discussion in the Utah Legislature both topics come hand-in-hand these days. This bill, sponsored in the house by Rep. LaVar Christensen (R-Draper) expands religious freedom protection for individuals and organizations that operate according to a specific set of religious guidelines. It also reaffirms guidelines to prevent discrimination in employment and housing. Main provisions of HB 322 include: “adds religious liberty provisions to the Utah Antidiscrimination Act and the Utah…

Libertas Opposes Anti-Discrimination Laws Supported by LDS Church

Libertas Institute, the libertarian think-tank run by Connor Boyack, responded to the LDS church’s exceedingly rare press conference held earlier today, addressing non-discrimination and religious freedom. Libertas said that the think-tank agrees with the LDS Church’s statements and because they agree, they therefore oppose the anti-discrimination bill being proposed. Libertas further disagreed with Sister Neill F Marriott when she said that “basic rights such as securing a job or a place to live should not depend on someone’s sexual orientation.”   Said Libertas: “It is incorrect to say that person X has…

Utah beware! A list of ‘extremists’ and potentially ‘very dangerous’ people at the World Congress of Families

You may have heard a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) spokesman claim on Utah radio that Sutherland Institute will be bringing 3,000 “extremists” and “very dangerous” people to Utah to attend the ninth World Congress of Families (WCF) next year. That struck us as an odd and rather irrational claim, given who has attended and spoken at WCF: presidents of nations, religious leaders and people of faith from most major religious denominations, widely published scholars and researchers, high-level government officials, and extraordinary people engaged in helping the less fortunate around the…

State’s Duty to Children Only Secondary to Parents [The Hub Debate]

This is a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ Thomas Jefferson addressed who should be in charge of education nearly two centuries ago.   ‘…[I]f it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by …any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience.’ Parents have a…