The Mormon Roots of Cliven Bundy’s New Political Party

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran here at Approaching Justice on May 27, 2014. Re-posting in light of recent events, though I would emphasize that Bundy’s view and those of his family are very extreme and fringe even within Mormon community, which is in mans ways ultra-conservative. -CH Cliven Bundy has left the Republican Party and […]

Why Mormons Identify with Syrian Refugees

from Vox

I Never Died Said He

November 19, 2015 will mark exactly 100 years since Joe Hill was killed by a Utah Firing squad. In remembrance many events are being planned across the United States, and in other countries as well, between now and the end of the year to celebrate Hill’s life and work.  Many of these events can be […]

No One Beats a Giving Spirit

On May 23, Reid Wilson’s commentary in the Washington Post wrote of Utah, “When it comes to generosity, no one beats Utah’s giving spirit.” His essay refers to polling done by Gallup where people across the nation were asked, “Have you done any of the following in the past month? How about – Donated money […]

The Way We Kill People Needs to Change

When Clayton Lockett’s vein collapsed during the attempt to execute by lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, officials had no precedent to follow. Within an hour, Lockett died of a heart attack, which, from what I have seen in others having heart attacks, must have caused a great deal of suffering in the death-row inmate. […]

Utah Cracks Down on Panhandlers

One of the best ways to help the beggar…is to fine them $750 for begging. Fox 13 News reported recently on a new Utah law that will restrict pandhandlers along roadways. The story featured Jennifer Gailey who has been homeless for five years and relies on pandhandling. Starting on Tuesday, though, the effort could cost […]

Attorney General Holder: Federal Govt. Will Recognize Utah Gay Marriages

See the above special video message from the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder. Holder responds directly to the move by Utah Governor Gary Herbert who has declared that Utah will not recognize the marriages that have already taken place. Here is Holder’s official statement: Last June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark […]

Tears of Joy: Federal Judge Strikes Down Utah’s Gay Marriage Ban

“I’m in tears.” D. Christian Harrison told Approaching Justice earlier this afternoon, as he took in the news that a U.S. District Court in Utah ruled today that Utah’s 2004 gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. “I’m sitting at my desk in tears,” Harrison continued. “Today, Utah becomes the 18th state in our country to recognize […]