A Letter to District 10 

My hope is you do not follow your Republican lawmaker’s “hate-mongering” rhetoric [“Two-faced Utah,” March 5, City Weekly]. It seems you must. Just like we can count on the spring runoff each year, we can count on hate speech coming from District 10’s senator. Buttars believes he can say and do anything that he wishes without any consequences.

And he can because District 10’s voters allow him to continue to serve as your state senator. Now, I’m not gay, but I find the approach of intolerance shameful from our leaders.

I find it equally shameful that District 10 voters continue to allow this man to represent them. What if he called the LDS-rights movement “probably the greatest threat to America,” likened LDS activists to Muslim radicals and dubbed Mormon relationships “abominations”? What if he said Mormons do not want “equality, they want superiority”? It’s the beginning of the end,” the West Jordan Republican said. “Oh, it’s worse than that. Sure. Sodom and Gomorrah was localized.

This is worldwide.” How would that make you feel? Outraged, I bet. And, if a different senator such as Waddoups defended Buttars, saying the anti-LDS comments did not violate any Senate rules? He suggested that Reed Cowan, a former ABC 4 reporter, has a “vendetta” against Buttars. “It’s just unfortunate in my mind that someone wants to continue to [hurt] someone by virtue of a person’s position on the issues.”

Statements like these are designed to instill fear, misunderstanding and convolute immorality with basic human rights. It is shameful, just shameful, that the voters in his district give him a voice. And shame on Waddoups for defending him once again.

Lee Thatcher
West Jordan

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