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February 28, 2006

Utah whip strikes blow for the Enlightenment

On Monday, the Utah House of Representatives voted down a bill to challenge evolution in high school science classes.

Republican majority whip Stephen H. Urquhart killed the bill by amending out all the anti-evolution language. Urquhart , a Mormon, said he thought that God did not have an argument with science. [NYT]

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Yet another brilliant initiave by Sen. Chris Buttars bites the dust. Seriously, this guy seems to be behind every single goofy idea that passes throught the state gov't.

You know, I try to explain to people (and don't fully understand myself) how this redest of red states, a virtual theocracy, sometimes seems pretty moderate. Part of it is that Mormons believe that everyone goes to heaven (there are several levels, depending on how good you are) so all that fire and brimstone saving people from eternal torment rhetoric doesn't fly here.

On the other hand....

"Incest is no exception to a father's right to know what's going on in his daughter's life.
"That was the message from Utah lawmakers who refused Monday to make an exception for incest victims in a proposed law that would require parental consent and notification before a girl's abortion.
""Abortion isn't about women's rights. The rights they had were when they made the decision to have sex," Buttars said. "This is the consequences. The consequence is they should have to talk to their parents.""


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