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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Prop. 8 laughs in the face of 'justice for all'

By Cody Littlewood

Noember 17, 2008 | I just do not understand. It doesn't make sense why people have found it their personal duty to prevent same-sex couples from marrying. How does this hurt you? How does their happiness affect your life in anyway?

These are the questions that I ask you. These people want nothing more than for their love to be recognized legally. They don't want to take anything away from you, they do not want to hurt you, and they do not want to prevent you from being happy. Why do you see it fit to prevent them from the same rights that you and your spouse enjoy? How does this affect you?

The Christ that you worship, the book that tells you this is wrong, everything that is taught by your religion says that you should love one another and do unto others. This behavior is in direct contradiction from what your entire religion is based upon.

Religion teaches good. It teaches us how to be happy and it teaches the behavior expected of us in our relations with other human beings. There is not one religion that teaches people to treat other human beings with hate because they are different. Do not cop out of your actions by blaming your religion. Your behavior and hate is disgusting by any religion's standards. You live your life with hate on your breath and prejudice in your heart.

How is this viewed different than racism? This fight is the exact same fight that African-Americans fought a short 40 years ago. Human beings are choosing who is equal dependant on difference or similarity. How is this even an issue that we face? All men are created equal. This statement holds true regardless of sexual preference. The Bill of Rights never includes the statement "All men are created equal, unless they are black, gay, or Muslim." This should be a moot argument. It was already decided that all men are created equal, not just rich white men.

Twenty million dollars spent by the LDS church to support Proposition 8. This money couldn't have been better spent feeding the empty stomachs of starving children? How about the war stricken region of Darfur? What about the families this Thanksgiving who will not have a turkey? How about 200 new homes for homeless families around the world? This money could have purchased so much happiness, but instead it went to prevent happiness. How can you call yourselves Christian? Why was it so necessary that your church spend this ungodly amount of money on preventing people from accomplishing what we all strive for in life? Happiness with a partner who loves us.

Maybe this is just one man's opinion, but these questions must be raised at a time when there are no answers besides, "Love is between a man and a woman. The Bible says so." The Bible also says to love your neighbor and to do unto others as you wish done unto you. These truths of bringing happiness and peace to others surely must be far more important than hating people who are different than you.

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