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Rob Bishop #racist sltrib.com

“For many people who live in the West, but also in rural and urban areas, the ideas behind the Green New Deal are tantamount to genocide,” Bishop said.

Asked about his likening of a proposal to fix climate change to genocide, Bishop said the plan would kill him.
"I’m an ethnic. I’m a Westerner,” he said, according to E&E News. “Killing would be positive if you implement everything the Green New Deal actually wants to.”

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Jon McNaughton #fundie sltrib.com

"When Operation Underground Railroad founder Tim Ballard looks at the latest artwork by conservative political painter Jon McNaughton, he gets emotional.

"Painted into The Underground Railroad are Ballard and his wife, depicted carrying children they helped rescue from sex trafficking.

"Ballard, a former U.S. Homeland Security special agent, appreciates the symbolism of the artwork’s historical figures, including Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. They are flanked by figures whom the painter refers to as 'contemporary abolitionists' or 'slave stealers': Ballard’s friends and supporters, ranging from Tony Robbins and Glenn Beck to Utah Rep. Mia Love."

[Emphases added]

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Johnny #racist sltrib.com

(Comment on article "Utah baseball team’s ex communication director says he raised concerns with 'Caucasian Heritage Night")

What's the big deal? Some of us have to contend with black history month... and no one loses a job over that!

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guest #fundie sltrib.com

It seems that organized religion, the largest purveyor of LGBT bias, has little to offer that would not be considered a scam or fraud. One only has to look at most marriages to find a dead end.

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various religious leaders #fundie sltrib.com

Fundies object to being caught redefining words . . .

In the tug of war between religious freedom and nondiscrimination rights, the weight seems to be pulling toward the latter.

At least that's the view of 17 religious leaders — including LDS Church Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé — who addressed their concerns with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' recent report in an Oct. 7 letter to President Barack Obama, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch.

The report, titled "Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles With Civil Liberties," comes down squarely on the side of civil liberties for individuals, the letter says, and "stigmatizes tens of millions of religious Americans, their communities, and their faith-based institutions, and threatens the religious freedom of all our citizens.


At issue, wrote the signers representing Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, black church and other institutions, are religious views on marriage, the family, contraception, abortion and "the source of human dignity."

Their letter cited as an example a statement by Commission Chairman Martin Castro, who wrote: "The phrases 'religious liberty' and 'religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance."

"No American citizen or institution [should] be labeled by their government as bigoted because of their religious views, and dismissed from the political life of our nation for holding those views," the letter declared. "And yet that is precisely what the Civil Rights Commission report does."

"The report adopts a stunted and distorted version of religious liberty, suggesting that claims of religious conscience are little more than a cloak for bigotry and hatred," Hatch said. "I reject the false picture of religious liberty presented."

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Rep. Jerry Anderson #fundie sltrib.com

Arguing that we need more carbon dioxide, not less, in the atmosphere, Rep. Jerry Anderson, R-Price, has proposed legislation that would limit the state’s ability to regulate emissions of the greenhouse gas.

HB229 narrows the definition of the term "air contaminants," clarifying that "natural components of the atmosphere," including nitrogen, oxygen and other stable, or noble gases, are not pollution.

Anderson’s bill would prevent the establishment of state standards for carbon dioxide below atmospheric concentrations of 500 parts per million. This is a level far above what is currently in the atmosphere, already padded with carbon thanks to two centuries of fossil-fuel burning.

"We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants," Anderson, a retired science teacher, told the committee overseeing environmental programs in the the state on Tuesday. "Concentrations reached 600 parts per million at the time of the dinosaurs and they did quite well. I think we could double the carbon dioxide and not have any adverse effects."

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Utah State Senator Chris Buttars #fundie sltrib.com

Sen. Chris Buttars wants Utah's Legislature to declare its opposition to the "war on Christmas."

The West Jordan Republican is sponsoring a resolution encouraging retailers to embrace Christmas in their promotions rather than the generic "holidays."

"It would encourage the use of 'Merry Christmas,'" Buttars said of the non-binding statement that is still being drafted. "I'm sick of the Christmas wars -- we're a Christian nation and ought to use the word."

Several fellow lawmakers he wouldn't yet name support his effort, added Buttars, who has a long history of championing the socially conservative agenda of the Utah Eagle Forum.

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Deborah Peterson #fundie sltrib.com

[Letter to the Editor in the Salt Lake Tribune after LDS Church leaders instructed members in California to vote for a constitutional amendment supporting "traditional" marriage.]

Letter: Strengthen families
Public Forum Letter
Article Last Updated: 06/27/2008 10:50:00 AM MDT

I am so grateful that the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are weighing in on the proposal to amend California's constitution to prohibit gay marriage. These men are quiet about so much, but there comes a time when we all must take a stand, and it's time for me to follow their lead.
As I think about the gay marriage battle, I can't help but realize how ridiculous it is. Marriages in this country are ending faster than they begin, and it only seems to be getting worse. With marriage rates at an all-time low, do we really want to allow even more people to get married? Why not legalize marriage for 14-year-olds while we're at it?
California, and every state for that matter, needs to focus on legislation designed to strengthen existing family units rather than creating more family units, which seem destined to fail. If we could all focus our energy on building lasting marriages, we could create change rather than controversy. Maybe then, when more people are staying married than getting divorced, we could think about extending marriage rights!

Deborah Peterson
Provo

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Joseph Buchman #conspiracy sltrib.com

He called on Congress to revoke any secrecy oaths the government has forced on military personnel or private contractors so they can talk openly about what they've seen with regard to extraterrestrial activity. And he wants Congress to hold open hearings on the subject matter.

Many of the speakers at the news conference agreed with Buchman. And they also agreed that the mass media was ignoring the signs of extraterrestrial life and that the feds were keeping all the details hidden deep in a dark basement. A place "where Mulder and Scully would have to go with their little pen lights," added host Stephen Bassett, a one-time congressional candidate in Maryland, referencing the X Files stars.

Buchman adds there are other things in his platform for Congress as well; He is not solely running on the UFO-conspiracy phenomenon.

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Paul Sharp #fundie sltrib.com

A great many of the world's greatest scientists believe in an intelligent creator. God's "laboratory" is the universe, not the limited environment of the science lab.
I am not worried about leaders who believe in intelligent design, God, or biblical creationism. The narrow-minded who can observe the wonder all around us (including ourselves) and come to the absurd conclusion that this all happened randomly, and who then wish to drastically alter our way of life, business, government, birth rates, and survival as a result - now those are scary people I don't want leading this or any other nation.