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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Censorship

By Michael Waddoups
President of the Utah State Senate

Reports of my willingness to censor people have been greatly exaggerated. :-)

The Moratorium was born from a hope that the emerging civil, respectful, and educated dialogue on LGBT issues in Utah might continue. That seems healthy to me. The further hope is that through a year of thought and discussion we might find consensus on the direction we take as a state. When we discussed the Moratorium with reporters last week I asked Utahns not to discriminate. I also encouraged activists on both sides of this cultural divide to avoid behavior that would polarize. That was my intent, anyway. In my years as a legislator I've learned that civil conversations tend to humanize people and lead to better results.

I encourage a continued exchange of ideas in Utah's homes, neighborhoods, and here at the Capitol. Everyone that has information should share. You don’t need permission or an invitation to join the dialogue. No one should be excluded.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Gail said...

I find it interesting when you ask people to avoid behavior that would polarize. When the church came out in support of SLC making it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in housing and employment news papers throughout the state demonstrated the states people were vastly in favor of making it illegal in this state to fire someone or kick them from there homes because they were gay. Now when the legislature the right threatens that if these bills are brought forward they will not only defeat them but make SLC’s law that the LDS church supported illegal as well as a full host of other more discriminating measures. It sounds like it is the conservative law makers that are being polarizing.

Understand Utah is one of the last states that it is legal for employers to fire someone because of who their employee is attracted too. Employers can fire someone because their orientation itself, this may have nothing to do with behavior just who their employee is. Landlords in Utah can refuse to rent to people based on who they are as well. Even the LDS church has issued statements saying this type of discrimination is wrong. The time for talk is over. Utah has laws that discriminate. We all know this. Every self-respecting Utahan needs to stand up and be counted. We can sit not longer and ask for understanding communication. Elder Boyd K. Packer said “I give you a strong caution. Be wary of the word tolerance.... we are not required to tolerate anything that leads to unhappiness.... Tolerance is often demanded but seldom returned. Beware of tolerance. It is a very unstable virtue." Senator Waddoups I am wary of your call for tolerance. Utah law not only lead to unhappiness but cause pain. We have no business continuing to tolerating these law.

2/11/2010 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sen. Waddoups. your comments, including this new statement are VERY POLARIZING. And very frightening that an elected official would say such things. It is very reminiscent of the attitude of southern white gentleman from the '50s and '60s who wanted black people to just be quiet.

2/11/2010 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Tom Grover said...

Here is my response to the "Wait & See" moratorium:

http://kvnuforthepeople.com/2010/02/11/senate-president-michael-waddoups-to-lbgt-community-wait-see/

2/11/2010 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Charles said...

A major political leader says "don't discriminate." Then he says let's all keep talking and try to find a solution.

Good for him.

2/11/2010 10:44 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Charles,

How in the world can a political leader be saying "don't discriminate" if they and their party are part of not only blocking a bill to make discrimination illegal as well as black mailing supporters into not summiting such a bill? If he really was saying "don't discriminate" why would he be fighting to keep this discrimination legal?

2/12/2010 12:01 AM  

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