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Friday, August 10, 2018

‘A Rational World’

Hatch bemoans “unfortunate politicization” of the Supreme Court confirmation process.
“The best we can do is get people who are honest, capable, knowledgeable, brilliant in this particular case, and just hope for the best,” Hatch said.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Bombs’ Shadow

Churchgoers commemorate upcoming anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.
Tosh Kano’s mother was nursing his brother when the Americans bombed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. A white flash enveloped their home, a half-mile from the explosion’s center, before the house was blown away.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sacred Cow

MormonLeaks team puts its transparency crusade into historical context.
“That’s my message to the church,” Ryan McKnight said. “Do the right thing and let the consequences follow.”

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Make America Pioneer Again

Secretary Zinke comes to Utah for the Days of ’47 rodeo.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stopped in Salt Lake City on Tuesday to deliver remarks at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo, where he praised Utah for understanding that “freedom of religion is the cornerstone of American exceptionalism.” After Gov. Gary Herbert introduced the “great patriot and a great friend of Utah,” Zinke recalled the Mormon pioneers who came to the state in 1847 and said their journey demonstrates the importance of religious tolerance in America.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Bear Ambition

On tour to Bears Ears Meadow, Bear Totem makes SLC stop.
“We’re in a battle to save the earth,” Jewell James said. “This administration will wipe out all the progress that we’ve had.”

Monday, July 16, 2018

Circle of Humanity

Former LDS bishop hosts talk on why supporting the LGBTQ community and being a good Mormon aren't mutually exclusive.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a complicated relationship with its LGBTQ members. Though slowly becoming more supportive—earlier this week the LDS Foundation donated $25,000 to an LGBTQ support group, and high-profile Mormon politicians like Sen. Orrin Hatch have recently voiced concerns about high suicide rates among LGBTQ youth—the church still teaches that while identifying as LGBTQ is not a sin, acting on those sexual impulses, “violate[s] one of our Father in Heaven’s most important laws and get[s] in the way of our eternal progress.”

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Common Ground

National Road to Change tour comes to Utah.
Brian Suiter, a recent Payson High School grad, said he thought the town hall was helpful. “My ability to carry a firearm is an act of love,” he said.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Peace Crusaders

Local group still gathers once a month to protest the U.S. war involvement.
Aside from a rainstorm or two, they’ve been out at the corner each month holding signs that say “War is not the answer,” “Stop the wars,” and other phrases encouraging peace.

Friday, July 6, 2018

‘This is Home’

More than 100 immigrants and refugees were naturalized Friday.
On Friday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office welcomed 111 new citizens in its annual Independence Day celebration at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Freedomest Fourth

Who needs fireworks when you can hang out with George Washington?
“It’s the freedomest thing you can do on the Fourth of July,” Daniel Pugmire, event co-chair who also plays the town’s scribe, says of the festival.

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