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Published: Wednesday, April 13 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

"In New York, a sixth-grader is charged with a hate crime for trying to take a head scarf off a Muslim classmate during recess. This is criminalizing child behavior rather than correcting self-behavior. "

Is there more to this story? Was the child emulating the thoughts/ideas expressed by his parents? It may have been more than simply "childish behavior". I didn't hear about the original story, so I can't say, but the question I have is this: Is there more to this story?

Children often emulate their parents. Parents bigoted against (enter group here), if picking on that group are guilty of hate actions.

We need more information.

John Charity Spring
Alloway, NJ

This letter makes some excellent points. Our society has devolved to the point where much of what is legal is not right.

Judicial tyrants on the Supreme Court have used their position to advance social positions which are not only out of touch with the original meaning of the Constitution, they are out of touch with what is right.

As a result of this legislation from the bench, our laws now allow the foulest kinds of obscenity and immoral behavior. The inevitable outcome has been increased rates of crime, divorce, and disease.

Let us all return to doing what is right, rather than settling merely for what is legal. We must return society to what it was when it was the greatest on Earth.

praxis
Salt Lake City, UT

"...the newest Broadway show of the ultra vulgar "The Book of Mormon."

Carolyn - your comment isn't quite clear to me. Are you calling "The Book of Mormon" ultra vulgar or the Broadway play titled, "The Book of Mormon?"

If you are referring to the play, have you seen it? Here is snippet from the NY Times review (24-MAR-2011):

"This is to all the doubters and deniers out there, the ones who say that heaven on Broadway does not exist, that its only some myth our ancestors dreamed up. I am here to report that a newborn, old-fashioned, pleasure-giving musical has arrived at the Eugene ONeill Theater, the kind our grandparents told us left them walking on air if not on water. So hie thee hence, nonbelievers (and believers too), to "The Book of Mormon," and feast upon its sweetness."

Again - if you are denigrating the play, you should at least see it, first!

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

@John Charity Spring;

What is "right" and what is "moral" are both very, very subject topics.

One may consider it "right" and "moral" to discriminate against (enter group here) and others may feel it is "wrong" and "immoral".

We can not, ever, base our laws on one group's opinion of what is right and moral, because, more often than not, that group is wrong and immoral to many others.

You should live your life based on what you believe is "right" and "moral" and let others do the same, without legislating against them.

Brian the engineer
Columbus, OH

@praxis
Would you like me to post any of the reviews discussing the vulgarity of the play? Are you suggesting it is not vulgar?

praxis
Salt Lake City, UT

@Brian

Well - I mentioned that Carolyn's comment wasn't clear: "... the newest Broadway show of the ultra vulgar "The Book of Mormon."

It sounds like she is calling The Book of Mormon, ultra vulgar.

I have read numerous reviews of the Broadway play. ONE commented, "The show is jam-packed with foul language." But it also noted that "...the audience seemed less offended than delighted."

Here are some published critic reviews:
"A spectacular, rather perfect Broadway musical not only grounded in a serious love and understanding of the traditions that make a Broadway musical great but also filled with love for the very flawed, mortal characters who populate this romp." -Lisa Schwarzbaum

"Parker and Stone have created one of the freshest original musicals in recent memory. It has tuneful songs, clever lyrics, winning characters, explosive laughs and disarmingly intimate moments" - David Rooney

"The show is blissfully original, irreverent, outspoken and hilarious. And all that's tucked inside good - no, great - old-fashioned musical" -Joe Dziemianowicz

"These numbers are witty, ridiculous, impeccably executed and genuinely stirring." -Ben Brantley

The creators have promised to bring it to SLC, I can't wait to see it!

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

One person's vulgar is another person's humor.
While living in Utah, one must be careful at what to laugh at while out in public, risking being called a "Heathen" or worse.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Kinda like Bush legally could go to war with a country that had not attacked us. However, was it right to invade Iraq and take it over? What about Afghanistan?

Funny how repubs only see things one way.

HaHaHaHa
Othello, WA

Hard to imagine that an average adult would be thick enough to not understand what the letter writer meant, even if they didn't say it clearly. Also pretty certain that the bleeding hearts wouldn't be so "gracious" with their defense of the TOLERANT, leftist, "can't we all get along", raise the bar of civility - crowd, if their attack or provoking "entertainment" would have been to denigrate or make fun of another book or religion, - like say the Koran and Muslims or even Atheist and other Christian hating groups.
Bush, legally taking the war on terrorism to a terrorist nation like Iraq, and its, defiant, spineless, terrorist leader - Hussein, and blasting him back into his stone-age spider hole, is a badly inaccurate analogy. Maybe you should think a little more about the current Administration. It might be legal for Obama to lie to the American people about his policies and plans, but is it right? Taxes, Healthcare legislation, energy policies, TARP and Stimulus legislation, campaign promises, all these events and actions were full of Obama lies. Good letter!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

We need to use our fully formed brains to think for ourselves a bit more, instead of worrying that everyone doesn't see 'ultra vulgarity' where we do.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Ranchhand

"We can not, ever, base our laws on one group's opinion of what is right and moral, because, more often than not, that group is wrong and immoral to many others."

So the Iraqi immigrant who ran over his daughter in an honor killing should not be prosecuted because to do so would be forcing our values on him?

No, ALL laws are based on some type of value system. The earth is full of societies where death and mayhem may be inflicted on others because those societies allow it. Our society has adopted laws and regulations based on our opinion of what is right and wrong.

Chris T
Salt Lake City, Utah

We are fortunate to have the Supreme Court to help us sort out the issues of right and wrong. The Supreme Court is not perfect, but it is the best instrument that any society has. Coupled with our constitution, it has allowed us to remain a free people. Free to think, free to speak.

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