The Mero Moment: Tancredo’s temper tantrum – August 25, 2016

If Donald Trump was not having enough trouble in Utah, a former Colorado congressman and Trump supporter just added to his woes by taking on the LDS Church. Like many Americans, Tom Tancredo opposes illegal immigration – a big reason why he loves Donald Trump. It’s anybody’s guess why Tancredo thinks he is the guy to take on, or even lecture, the LDS Church about immigration policy. But, for whatever reason, he picked up the gauntlet. In a recent piece he wrote for Trump’s ad agency Brietbart News, Tancredo writes,…

Use government to silence viewpoints? Let’s not

By Dave Buer Utahns can set their watches by several worn-out themes that are repeated each and every legislative session. One such example is the influence that the state’s dominant faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has on public policy. Note that you will rarely, if ever, hear progressives complain about meddling from another faith, as when the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City weighs in on immigration, Medicaid, social services and so on. That’s because, critics argue, the LDS Church has an outsized influence in Utah…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 13, 2015

Today is Friday the 13th, and you know what that means: Tomorrow is Saturday the 14th. Stop being such a superstitious freak show. • First up, the largest local district of the Boy Scouts of America, located in the Provo/Orem area, is way, way off on their Friends of Scouting donations this year. The gay thing is taking most of the blame, but the fact remains that Friends of Scouting has been water cooler (water fountain?) fodder for years in LDS Church buildings from people who were unclear about where…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Oct. 5, 2015

Big week in Utah politics what with Medicaid expansion on the table and the Jason Chaffetz Speaker thing. On one hand, you’ve got a long-shot choice that splits the mainstream left and right, funded by corporations, looks great on paper, and refuses to go away no matter how many times it looks like it might. On the other hand, you’ve got Medicaid expansion.  • The AP runs a piece on Chaffetz bucking the establishment. You can say what you want about the guy, but he’s done a pretty masterful job…

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…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News – May 5, 2015

It’s going to get worse before it gets better for the LDS Church as it finds a way into the mainstream of culture and society. Peggy Fletcher-Stack, take it away! • A youth Sunday School teacher was released from their calling for teaching from current church doctrine. It involves race, so obviously local leaders got all squirmy. Note to said leaders: Kids have the internet. If you’re not teaching them, they’re going to do it without you. And do you really want that? • UVU President Matt Holland signed a…

BREAKING: Dieter F Uchtdorf to run for US Senate in 2016

News out of Salt Lake today confirms that Deiter F Uchtdorf will announce a run for the US Senate in 2016 during this weekend’s General Conference of the LDS Church. “There is a great opportunity to steer this great plane of America into the future,” Uchtdorf said. “Quiet conversations with Utah legislators have assured me that I have 100% of their support..” It is widely expected that he will get most of the support he needs after he asks for it from the pulpit in Saturday morning’s General Conference session. Pollsters…

SB 296 Includes Protections for Individuals and Represents the Best of Utah Politics

Aside from the continual shadow (or bright sunlight, depending on your perspective) of Obamacare, which seems to somehow continue to dominate political dialogue nearly five years after its enactment, the big news at the Utah legislature for the past week has been the SB 296, the new anti-discrimination and religious liberty comprise. HB 296 was announced last week with much fanfare — as you might suspect any bill supported by both Equality Utah and the LDS Church might be.  It’s almost certain to pass, but nonetheless it’s generated quite a…