“I’m not going to go in and damage this festival — or more importantly damage an experience a filmmaker might have — for talk of boycott.”
– John Cooper, Programming Director of the Sundance Film Festival and an openly gay man, telling the Salt Lake Tribune that a proposed boycott of the festival over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ support for Proposition 8 will not interfere with the festival’s plans.
“Had the Utah Legislature not balked so vehemently at any hate-crime legislation that included protections for gays and lesbians, the state might now have better tools to prosecute those committing hate crimes against members and property of the LDS Church.”
– Paul Rolly, Salt Lake Tribune columnist, writing about the limits of Utah’s hate crime legislation.
“A miscommunication among administrators of BYU’s College of Fine Arts and Communications led to a student’s photography project being removed late Friday afternoon.”
– An official statement from Brigham Young University, on the removal of student J. Michael Wiltbank’s photographs from a student art show featuring photographs of gay BYU students next to photographs of a straight ally in the their lives without specifying either individual’s orientation.
“The whole point of my project and the exhibit was to promote dialogue and discussion and, I hoped, increased understanding among those who might otherwise feel their differences were too great to overcome.”
– BYU photographer J. Michael Wiltbank discussing the exhibit on his blog.
“Regrettably, some public voices have even sought to excuse the threats and disruptions simply as ‘demonstrations’ that got out of hand. Perhaps that’s true in some cases. Far too many, however, seem never to have been demonstrations in the first place, but more nearly mobs, seeking not to persuade but to intimidate.”
– “No Mob Veto,” a full page ad in the Dec. 5 issue of the New York Times signed by a number of religious and secular leaders and funded by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, condemning what they see as “violence and intimidation” directed at the LDS Church in the wake of its support for Proposition 8.