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…

Impale Me Now: The problem with the defeatist position on same-sex marriage

Since the announcement of the most recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage, I have encountered innumerable end-time attitudes and statements generated mostly by my LDS family members and friends. For the most part these have included variations around a common theme; they could be epitomized by a recent piece by Paul Mero: “The Samuel Principle and Same-sex Marriage.” Mero writes: It’s time for my pro-marriage friends to invoke the biblical “Samuel Principle.” It’s time to give Americans the “king” they want – even if it means their ruin. The…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 14, 2015

Justin Miller. Just for the heck of it. • Republicans in Congress are none-too-pleased with the Iran nuclear deal. If I’m reading things correctly, they feel like Iran is just suckering the U.S. into a deal to get sanctions lifted, enjoy their new-found Snickers bars and then develop and bomb that means no more Snickers for anyone. I think I understand the concern, but at the same time, this is what diplomacy is all about. Trying to find someway to trust each other so we can then trust each other…

FreeBYU Complaint Against BYU is a Publicity Stunt Clothed as an Accreditation Issue

Free Willy! And free BYU! Mr. Brad Levin, JD (his own designation, not mine) has submitted a complaint to Brigham Young University Law School, alleging that the law school is not in compliance with certain American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation standards relating to religious and academic freedom. The complaint comes in the form of a 43 page letter, complete with flow charts and appendices. As an attack on BYU’s accreditation it is without merit and, frankly, a little amateurish and very annoying. Mr. Levin has an axe to grind with BYU.  That’s his prerogative, and…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 12, 2015

And now for your daily… Two Very Different Takes on the Same Story: • First up, in the Trib we have Christianity getting its butt kicked for the past eight years. Well, the number of Christians, anyway. They’re down to 70 percent of the population, a decline of 8 percent since 2007. As a percentage of population, Mormons have stayed about the same at 1.6 percent. Steady may seem good, but as a Notre Dame professor says in the Trib: “While many Mormons are coming in the front door, many others…

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…

Towards a Brighter Future Without Discrimination

As a nation and as a state, we find ourselves at an interesting crossroads regarding both same-sex marriage / non-discrimination for the LGBT community, and religious rights. Fear and feelings run deep on both sides. Having sought opinions on both sides I have noticed some interesting things. There really aren’t two sides to this issue, but more of a spectrum of opinions. From what I have observed the spectrum goes all the way from legal consequences from one side to legal consequences for the other. But I believe most people…

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…