The Deseret News is Peeved
The Democrats passed a resolution last month that stirred the D News. So once again, Utah's number two daily newspaper has bashed “nones" (that's what they call religiously unaffiliated people).
The offensive part of the resolution is as follows:
“Religiously unaffiliated Americans are a group that, as much as any other, advocates for rational public policy based on sound science and universal humanistic values and should be represented, included and heard by the party."
For two days, the papers lead story online was stuck on, "Why the Democratic Party faced a backlash for praising nonreligious voters." The only 'backlash' I could find anywhere in the nation against the common sense Democrats resolution--was from the D News itself. It seemed a rather fumbling attempt to rally their Republican troops in a subtle partisan attack executed out of Broadcast Center at Triad.
It is doubtful that the D News has ever considered the discomfort of the Republican platform's war on the religious liberty of the 'nones'.
The 2016 GOP platform shows a narrow document for a very narrow America. A treaty of hateful, insulting and demeaning words. A sermon of Victorian values and religious moralizing--from the Trump morality police.
The GOP platform demands that lawmakers use religion as a guide when legislating, stipulating “that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights.”
It also encourages the teaching of the Bible in public schools because the amendment said a good understanding of its contents is “indispensable for the development of an educated citizenry.”
There was frequently expressed disapproval of homosexuality, same-sex marriage or transgender rights passed. The platform calls for overturning the Supreme Court marriage decision with a constitutional amendment and makes references to appointing judges “who respect traditional family values.”
Additional provisions included those that promoted state laws to limit which restrooms transgender people could use, nodded to “conversion therapy” for gays by saying that parents should be free to make medical decisions about their children without interference and stated that “natural marriage” between a man and a woman is most likely to result in offspring who do not become drug-addicted or otherwise damaged.
The Deseret News should first cast out the beam out of their own eye before they start, to switch metaphors, casting stones.
(Thanks to the New York Times and Boston Globe or the descriptions of the GOP platform.)