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Onward, Christian Solider: Utah Attorney Cites Theology As Motivation To Battle Marriage Equality In Court

As the state of Utah prepares to defend its beleaguered same-sex marriage ban, the recent appointment of its new lead outside attorney has shed some revealing light on its real motivations for the fight. Read more

Polygamy In Utah: It’s Still Illegal

Over the weekend, you might have seen a news story with a headline like, “Court Strikes Down Utah Polygamy Law.”

If all you read was the headline, you might assume that polygamy was once again legal in Utah. It’s not. Instead, the state has been told not to interfere in religious ceremonies that, while they may have meaning for the people who take part in them, bestow no government recognition. Read more

Supremely Scary: Justice Thomas’ Approach To Church-State Relations Is Truly Frightening

It’s Halloween, so be prepared to see some scary things today. I’m expecting a full complement of neighborhood ghosts and goblins at the house tonight for trick or treat, but they can’t faze me. I’ve already had my scare for the day. It came in the form of a 19-page rant by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The high court, you see, has been trying to decide what to do with a case out of Utah dealing with crosses that were displayed along highways as memorials to members of the highway patrol who died in the line of duty. Read more

Partisan Politics In The Pulpit: The LDS Church Says No

It’s not often AU can say this -- but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is on to something.

The LDS church has made a point to remind its senior leaders to remain politically neutral in the upcoming elections.

“The Church’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, not to elect politicians,” church president Thomas S. Monson and his senior counselors said in a letter sent to top church leaders recently. The letter was also posted as a statement on the church’s website. Read more

‘Equal Access’ In Utah: Gay-Straight Alliances At Public Schools Have The Religious Right To Thank

Back in the 1980s, a number of Religious Right groups got a bright idea: Since public schools can’t legally sponsor prayer and other religious activities, perhaps it would be better to foster the creation of student-run clubs in high schools that would meet during non-instructional time to pray, read the Bible and talk about religion. A draft bill was proposed in Congress. Read more

Snooki, Obama And Crosses In Utah: A Cretin, A Christian And A Constitutional Violation

OK, people, listen up: “Jersey Shore” party girl Snooki Polizzi is not a good role model for American young people, Barack Obama is not a Muslim and the Christian cross is not a secular symbol or a highway safety sign.

The first two assertions are too obviously true to need discussion. You’d have to be pretty darn clueless not to come to those conclusions. Read more

Hallelujah, Holladay!: Utah Town Drops Sponsorship Of 'Messiah' Sing-a-long

Years back, I was one of those high school students who took chorus for the easy "A" -- despite my complete inability to carry a tune.

I'd sit on the back riser chatting with my friends as our choral director passed around the sheet music for classical arias, modern a cappella renditions of old Queen ballads, songs from Annie Get Your Gun and the "Hallelujah Chorus." Read more

Arrested Kiss: Utah's Church-State Embrace Lands Gay Couple In Cuffs

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Next time you're in Salt Lake City, you had better refrain from kissing your loved one in public. It could get you arrested.

Especially if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which runs the show in town, doesn't like you or what you stand for. Read more

Mormon Might: LDS Church Leaders Have Inappropriate Government Role In Utah

Is the state of Utah a theocracy?

You certainly might think so after reading an article in today's Salt Lake Tribune.

More than 80 percent of legislators are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and for the past 15 years, legislative leaders have met annually with Mormon church officials to discuss the coming year's agenda. Read more