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…

Trib Talk: Religious freedom in wake of Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling [video]

Does the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage threaten religious freedom? University of Illinois law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson and Brigham Young University law professor Cole Durham join host Kristen Moulton to discuss faith, liberty, marriage and striking a balance. Like what you see? Subscribe and get the Hub in your inbox * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name

Ten Bills That Someone Wants Governor Herbert to Veto

With almost every bill that passes the legislature to some acclaim, there’s a constituency out there that finds itself scratching its head, throwing its collective hands in the air, and declaiming the collective stupidity of the Utah Legislature. If they can’t win in the people’s House, they call the Governor’s office and ask him to veto it. And let’s be honest: we’ve all been there. For me, it’s the Zion Curtain (even though I really like John Valentine–no disrespect intended, but I just don’t think it is good public policy). For you,…

Nondiscrimination Legislation Requires Balance, Extreme Care

By William C. Duncan News reports suggest there is still an ongoing debate about how to balance calls for changes to state discrimination laws (which would expand the reasons businesses and property owners could not deny housing or employment) with the need for robust religious liberty protections. At the time leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a press conference calling for laws protecting religious liberty, Sutherland Institute noted its support for the balanced approach the church endorsed. It is safe to assume that few, if…

Protecting Religious Liberty

Our country was founded by groups fleeing religious persecution by the state. Many of the men and women involved in the formation of our government were also highly skeptical and suspicious of organized religion. These traditions are what lead to the First Amendment’s protections not just for religious belief, but the ability to be able to freely put those beliefs into action. It also extends those rights to individuals, not merely organized churches. It would be hard to find a nation on the earth more dedicated to preserving that degree…

Governor issues statement on non-discrimination and religious freedom [UPH Wire]

*attached contains the following:  For Immediate Release Contact: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov 801.755.3085 Governor issues statement on non-discrimination and religious freedom SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 27, 2015) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert released this statement following the announcement made by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding the issues of non-discrimination and religious freedom: “The statement made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today is an additional and important step to help us find common ground on these important issues. It will be helpful in…

Leave the Nuance; Take the Talking Points

The LDS Church earlier today announced support for both a non-discrimination law for sexual orientation in housing and employment and support for greater protections for religious liberty. The reaction from proponents of a non-discrimination ordinance was swift: a near-complete dismissal of any need to protect the free exercise of religion while gladly taking the endorsement of non-discrimination. In many cases, freedom of religion was completely misrepresented as the freedom of belief, but not of exercise. This lays the groundwork for why I remain deeply suspicious and skeptical of any such proposed…