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Happy Holidays to Buttars

Drinking Liberally has a Facebook page of holiday greetings cards they are sending to Senator Chris Butt-arse.  Here are a few samples:

Proposition 8 – View from a Utah Mormon

This is published by permission from an acquaintance of mine who is LDS.

Proposition 8 deeply troubles me and what Californian, Idahoan, and single adult Latter-day Saints are being asked to do about it deeply offends my religious beliefs as a Latter-day Saint. What I feel about gay marriage is a big part of that and a big part of my religious beliefs as a Mormon.

First, my baptismal covenants are, as stated in Mosiah 18, “to mourn with those that mourn, to comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as a witness of God in all times, and in all things, and in all places.” Prop 8 and the rhetoric surrounding it partially bothers me for that reason. I have a lot of friends who grew up LDS and are gay and their stories are TRAGIC. Horrible. It is disgusting how they have been treated, how they treated themselves when they were struggling with how their felt, and the people who treated them like that are not without blemish, despite them thinking they were just encouraging righteousness and protect the family by trying to “save” my gay friends from themselves. It’s reprehensible and I believe they will be held accountable. I think that since Mormons have covenanted to comfort those that stand in need of comfort that that should be our #1 goal. A lot of the rhetoric surrounding prop 8 communicates to my gay friends that they are fundamentally wrong, that they should repent, and that they’re not the same as we are, and ergo shouldn’t have the same rights that straight people have. Ugh.

So I always knew I was an economic liberal, and I became a social liberal when I started realizing that equality and choice were important as a measly freshman at BYU. I started thinking about my political and religious beliefs, evaluated why I thought them, and when I got to gay marriage I couldn’t find any way around it. In order to all be created equally with the same unalienable rights and privileges (dec. of independence.) and that we’re even equal before God in terms of what the doctrine says, there was inequality when it came to sexual preference. I realized back then that there were tax breaks, health care rights, hospital visitation rights, property rights, etc. that are being denied to people just because of their sexual preference. Wrong.

LDS doctrine is all about equality: “D&C 78:5-6 “That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things. For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things;” and what my government says about equality in the constitution and declaration of independence means what’s happening is wrong.

The arguments for prop 8 and against gay marriage in general are:
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Utah’s Religious Communities on War

Last week a Salt Lake Tribune reporter called Tom and interviewed him on his stance on the Iraq War for an article he was doing on religious communities in Utah and their views on war.

Yesterday’s Salt Lake Tribune ran the article,Utahns and the War: A religious divide. Tom is quoted in the article (see excerpt below).

The reporter discovered, through his inquiries to people of different faiths and the results of a Tribune poll, that Mormons were fairly unified in their support of the President, event though the LDS church has not taken an official stance on the Iraq War.
The poll surveyed attitudes on issues ranging from the teaching of evolution in public schools to the prohibition of gay student support clubs to the banning of smoking in nightclubs. But no issue separated Utah’s Mormons and non-Mormons more than the war.
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Utah Roman Catholic Bishop is appointed San Francisco Archbishop

Utah Catholic Bishop George H. Niederauer, who has been the leader of the Utah Diocese for the last decade has been appointed as archbishop of San Francisco.

He is known to the local activist community as an outspoken voice against the war in Iraq. Local priests appreciate Neiderauer’s position of allowing them autonomy in their parishes. Citizens and members of the church know Neiderauer for being an advocate for the people.

Neiderauer will be missed in Utah, by people of all faiths and people not associated with organized churches.