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Utah Senate Majority Leader Arrested for Suspected DUI

KillpackKUTV channel 2 is reporting:

One of the state’s leading lawmakers was arrested Thursday night for driving under the influence.

Sheldon Killpack is the republican majority leader in the state senate. He was arrested near 3300 South 700 East just after midnight Thursday. [snip]

Senate President Michael Waddoups and Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack issued the following public statements:

Statement: Senate President Michael Waddoups:

“Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack was arrested late Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence. Senator Killpack was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail and later released. The Utah Highway Patrol is working with the appropriate authorities on what is now a legal matter.

“This is a difficult time for Senator Killpack and his family. He has requested privacy as he addresses the situation with those closest to him. When he and I spoke this morning he indicated he is accountable for his actions and I respect him for that. Senator Killpack has served this state, and the Senate, with distinction and he remains in our hearts and prayers.”


Statement: Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack:

“I am deeply sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me — my colleagues in the senate, my constituents and, most importantly, my family. I am a firm believer in responsibility and personal accountability, and am prepared to accept all personal, legal and political consequences for my actions.”

Coming just weeks before the start of the 2010 legislative session, we can only wonder what impact this might have. I would think it likely Killpack will step down from his leadership position if not resign entirely from the senate. And certainly it might make even more difficult the efforts to make more liquor licenses available to Utah bars and restaurants. Not that it should, but the strongly Mormon legislature is fairly ignorant about alcohol use and abuse and could use this event to stymie those efforts.

I won’t even speculate on the report that there was a male passenger in the car.

ht to KVNU FTP Tyler Riggs

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Mormons leaving the church over anti-gay actions

The Mormon church seems puzzled by negative public reactions to their support for Prop 8 and other anti-gay laws. Their follow-up statements urge love and understanding while failing to understand that their own actions promote hate and discrimination.

Mormons are a powerful voting block and can generally be counted on to get behind the church’s position–whatever it is. Members take literally the call to support the brethren in every word. However, there are some who dare to say the church is wrong on this issue, and they are putting their own membership on the line — even leaving the church as a result.

Lisa Derrick at FireDogLake tells us Mormons Losing Members Over Anti-Gay Campaigns

While the Mormon Church hierarchy was responsible for organizing millions of dollars and thousands of hours of manpower to pass California’s Proposition 8 and Arizona’s Prop 102, the church’s tactics haven’t sat so well with some of its members–including families, members with Mormon heritage going back 150 years, and gay members—who began speaking out in July on the website signingforsomething.org.

Since July almost six hundred LDS Church members have expressed their disapproval and/or resigned. In October a copy of the site’s petition and emails were delivered to the Mormon Church headquarters, but the site is still accepting signatures and letters, since this is an issue that won’t go away.

A visit to the SigningForSomething web site reveals passionate and sincere expressions from members who sadly are leaving their faith. Here’s an example:

This issue has pretty much torn me apart. I have been so saddened by the Church’s involvement with this Proposition. . . . I cannot understand how they would think it even remotely okay to interfere with the civil rights of other citizens.

Of course, with some 8 million members, what’s the big deal about some 600? I think the big deal is that those are only the ones who are willing to state publicly what they feel in their hearts. There are many more who are hurting for their own family and friends who are being discriminated against by the church’s actions, but who are fearful of saying so publicly. It provides such an internal conflict for them as they truly are devoted to their faith, but they also believe the church is wrong on this issue.

As for the church’s puzzlement over its fair exercise of free speech and participation in the process, perhaps I can help them to understand. They hold tremendous power in their ability to organize grassroots activity and to raise huge sums of money. When the church calls, the membership responds en masse. While other churches may hold the same political opinions, no other church has anything close to the Mormon machinery needed to have a real political impact.

Those both inside and outside the church look with dismay at the way the church has wielded its power particularly in California’s Prop 8. It’s not a fair fight and so far Goliath has managed to step on the rights of David. Time will tell whether that power play will win out in the end. With rights at stake, even Goliath can be felled.

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In Rexburg Idaho They Teach Bigotry at an Early Age

Just when you though children are better off with a Mom and Dad.

Idaho students chant ‘assassinate Obama’ on school bus

Madison County, Idaho was once dubbed "the reddest place in America" by Salon, but that didn’t make it any less shocking when elementary school children started chanting "assassinate Obama" on the school bus.

According to an article which appeared in Salon in 2006, "You’ve heard of Jesusland, but Rexburg, Idaho, is something more. It’s not just a small town in rural Eastern Idaho. It’s a small town in rural Eastern Idaho completely dominated by a fast-growing Mormon college, Brigham Young University-Idaho."

One of Rexburg’s lone Democrats, a professor at the university, told Salon that "she remembers the time when a group of classmates followed her third-grader home, shouting out ‘baby-killer’ all along the way. She took it up with the teacher, who didn’t seem to mind."

Watch the video

I am reminded of Paul Mero’s famous quote about raising progressive children: “Gay marriage leaves men, women and especially children handicapped in the sort of personal development a truly progressive civilization requires.”

Maybe its time for the LDS Church to take a deep breath and reconsider their political pulpitry.

Just sayin’.

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If Prop 8 Was NOT Revelation, The LDS Church Needs New Management

Dan Savage Takes On Tony Perkins Over Prop 8

You don’t get to march in the public square, slime people, malign people and demagogue against people and then jump behind a bush and say, no God we’re a church.

Right on!

The Mormon Church has politicized itself with this movement and — in California to ban same-sex marriage. And it wasn’t just the Mormon Church encouraged its followers. The first prophet of the Mormon Church had a letter read from every temple, every Mormon temple in the land instructing its members as a religious duty to donate time and money to this campaign. You cannot campaign against the vulnerable minority group in this country in the political arena without expecting some sort of response

I leave you with a criminally stupid quote from one of our otherwise brilliant OneUtah authors (we really are an open forum)

“Gay marriage leaves men, women and especially children handicapped in the sort of personal development a truly progressive civilization requires.” – PAUL MERO is president of the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank.

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Hottest Video in Seminary (LDS)

Colbert actually supports the LDS Church position! (and he really ripped into some gay guy too and he was pretty serious).
He also made Ken’s argument for why 70% of African Americans voted for Prop 8.

I think he’s gonna get in trouble Colbert. Yes I do.

Tuesday November 11, 2008
Proposition 8 Protests – Dan Savage
Dan Savage explains that those who voted for Proposition 8 most overwhelmingly were old people.

Video at Crooks and Liars (just in case The comedy Channel Takes it Down).

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