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…

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 a Week’s Worth of News — July 2, 2015

I really had no clue how to tackle the entire spectrum of news coming out of SCOTUS last week, so instead I did what any reasonable person would do, I ran and hid. So with a little time to digest it all, here are just a few take-aways: • To the Tumblerina Twitterati FB SJWs, you are doing amazing work. Keep it up! I definitely think your efforts helped to sway a few of the SCOTUS justices, especially Alito, who’s a known lurker in multiple subreddits. • Relying on the…

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.

The Utah Odds Are Stacked Against Marijuana Legalization [The Hub Debate]

  The following is a submission for The Hub Debate. Participants in  submit 500 words or less in support or opposition to a statement. Participate in the comments below or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Submissions can be no longer than 500 words and will be published on Friday.  Resolved: With the passage of HB105, Utah has embarked down the slippery slope of legalized marijuana.   Some people think that HB 105 is a gateway to legalizing marijuana in Utah. While they are certainly smart and have some interesting points, unfortunately…

Religion and Governmental Incompetence

In a recent column, I addressed the origin and importance of the American concept of religious freedom. Our American concept of religious freedom is different, in part, because our concept of government is different. We believe in a limited government — i.e., one that is not able to govern every aspect of our lives. The entire point of a constitution is to limit government, and we limit government in any number of ways, both menial and fundamental: (1) we limit the government’s ability to be led by a president younger…

2014 Legislative Session Illustrates Utah’s Growing Diversity

Throughout the years most Utah residents have heard the stereotypes – homogeneous, white-bread, vanilla, conservative, Mormon, a “dry state” and many other epithets that may not be quite so kind. Realistically, Utah has earned its reputation as a very conservative state. In the 1992 election, Utah was the only state that gave a larger percentage of the popular vote to Reform Candidate Ross Perot than the Democratic candidate and eventual President Bill Clinton, 27% to 24%. But perceptions are changing. Our state also has, whether erroneously or not, earned a…