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Soap Box: Aug. 17-23 

On medical marijuana, Nazi news, religious fanatics and more.

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Cover story, Aug. 17, "Dancing With Spirits"
So cool!
Nicole Marie
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Susi Feltch-Malohifo'ou is truly a mother to us all. Mahalo.
@TheIslandWave
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Thank you for the photos, Sarah. :)
@jennmauigoa_leilua
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Opinion, Aug. 17, "Nazi News!"
I loved the story written by Stan Rosenzweig! Well said. I will never understand their hatred toward another human being. So Sad.
Alan James,
Salt Lake City

While reading this column, I couldn't help but think about some of the history of Utah's own KKK members. Our local members were most definitely members of the Mormon church. They lynched and hung immigrant coal miners in Carbon County.
Dimitra Kambouris,
Salt Lake City

Music, Aug. 17, "Strength"
The Alarm was one of those bands that were so powerful to me when I was growing up. I also found them in high school and would strain my voice trying to hit the high notes while throwing my fist in the air during the chorus. I love The Alarm, love Mike and this documentary. Excellent article!
Jared Dean Blanchard
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Blog, Aug. 17, "Medical Marijuana Movement Swells"
I hope. The Mormons need to stop this oppression. They want religious freedom? Well, the non-Mormon people want freedom, too.
Dylan Dean Taft
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There is no rational argument for the illegality of marijuana.
Justin Candelaria
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Medical ... definitely! There are plenty of (LDS) people who have stories similar to Debbie Hoskin. If it is medical, there is no conflict with the "Word of Wisdom." We all know how much this state appreciated their prescription drugs.
Chris Elrod
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You can bet they are trying to figure out how to control and optimize the profits from it just like they do with alcohol.
Craig S Mattice
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As soon as Herbie leaves office, it will be recreational.
Michael Gattenby
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Maybe ... after Moses returns, and parts the Great Salt Lake!
Thane Heiser
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No fun in the shun
Anyone who has ever studied Scientology would shudder in terror if she/he thought that they thought that this belief controlled all of California. If Gov. Brown and most of the legislators were practicing Scientologists as well of most county and municipal officials, what would happen to this progressive state?

Yet, while Mormon beliefs are not quite as bizarre as those of Scientology, there are similarities when it comes to control of their members.

Mormons are forbidden from ever question church leaders. Also, Mormons are to never question any of the church's literature. Members are forbidden from supporting females from any high offices with the church. Mormons are held in check by guilt and threats of excommunication. LGBT people are still treated as second-class citizens. Most non-Mormons find it strange, if not downright frightening, that Mormons are controlled down to which [under]garments are allowed.

This religion controls all of Utah from governor to county and local districts. Salt Lake is the only exception to this church control. In many ways, Utah is like the Bible states of the South where Bible fundamentalists rule. Talking snakes and giant floods are as real to these people as Jewish Indians and a teenage prophet who tells his wife that God wants him to have sex with young teenage girls and married women.

People who believe such weird things are easy prey for unscrupulous politicians such as a Donald Trump. His poll figures remain high in the Bible Belt and in Utah. These people, since birth, have been taught to believe all sorts of weird stuff without question. Many Mormons and members of other fundamentalists have advanced degrees, but remain ignorant outside of their chosen fields of study.

People can be good and kind outside of a religion. I've been experiencing this for eight years every Sunday morning at Kafeino coffee shop at 258 W. 3300 South. This is where post-Mormons meet. One time, I noticed a young man approximately 19 years old sitting by himself. When I spoke to him and told him of the post-Mormon group, he looked up at me and said, "I've just lost all of my family and friends." Shunning, practiced by many religions, including Mormonism, is one of the cruelest ways to ever treat a fellow human; especially when those who shun include family members.
Ted Ottinger,
Taylorsville

The real "religious fanatics"
I read with interest Mr. Ted Ottinger's letter [Soap Box, July 27] about "religious fanatics" who left "good-producing farms or successful businesses" and "longtime friends" to follow men who they believed prophets out West. Ottinger suggests that the pioneers blindly followed like sheep for no other reason than the prophet told them to.

What Mr. Ottinger forgets (or chooses not to say) is that obedience was made easier by the persecutions the soon-to-be pioneers suffered at the hands of those same "friends" he suggests they were sorry to leave. The saints would have loved to stay, but when the governor of your state signs an extermination order for the group you belong to, it is probably a good idea to leave.

I would further ask Mr. Ottinger who the real "religious fanatics" were—the ones driven out? Or the ones driving?
J.L. Steinacker,
Elk Ridge

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