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After a  bill was passed by the Utah Legislature all students will likely be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day in school. The bill is moving on to the governor’s desk where he will most likely sign it without hesitation. Currently, elementary school students already recite the pledge daily and secondary students are required to participate once a week. The bill was strongly defended by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, who said there is an obligation to instill patriotism in children. Sandstrom has vehemently opposed any education requirements from the federal government calling it encroachment on state rights. Now he is pulling the same tricks on local schools and school boards.

Mormon public-relations machine

After The Washington Post published an article quoting a BYU professor who claims that blacks were denied entrance into Mormon leadership and even, theoretically, Mormon heaven because of their skin and disobedience to god, the Mormon propaganda machine went into full force. The Mormon-owned Deseret News put on their prettiest anti-racist face and denounced other news sources for reporting on the racist stances of LDS Inc. Rather than denouncing the affiliation with the remarks, editorials printed in the paper made statements defending the religion’s past. Also, quite conveniently, stories about black Mormons and primarily black populations appeared in the paper following the remarks.

Christian leader: Nondiscrimination could lead to child rape

A Republican candidate for senate in Michigan is asking a local town to stop a legislative effort to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance protecting gays and lesbians. Gary Glenn, the American Family Association of Michigan president, wrote a letter to Mount Pleasant city commissioners claiming that the measure would threaten children’s privacy in public restrooms. The AFA of Michigan claims to be a conservative Christian group that allegedly follows the admonition of Paul.

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