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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 17 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

For the government to show any favoritism to any one religion is unconstitutional. There is no minimum membership requirement.

JustGordon
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Since when is land held by a public entity like a school board awarded as if this was a popularity contest?

It is ridiculous to suggest that the land be awarded to the religious institution that will have the most folks using it. Obviously the majority religion in Utah would get the land awarded every time because the deck is stacked. Seems neither fair nor equitable to do it that way.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Summum could not support its own facility, but there is a special relationship. Don't kid yourself.

isrred
Logan, UT

Mormons of all people should not be justifying religious discrimination on the basis of number in the United States of America.

Richard Larson
Holladay, ut

Same thing the Salt Lake School District did with the LGBT clubs.
Shame,shame,shame!

Bunnyhop
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

If everyone knows that an associated facility is going to go next to the school, it is not smart to ignore the fact. Planning for safety, pedestrian access etc, when they know released time exists, is simply watching out for students: which is what schools are supposed to do. Everyone knows that an LDS seminary has been built next to every high school in the area, ignoring that fact does not make one progressive. If other religions were doing the same (and some are, but Summan never has), it makes no sense to ignore them either. Government should not promote religion - but ignoring it under some phony guise of faux tolerance is not cool either. If any church made their needs known BEFORE tha planning process, there should be no problem accomodating them as long as they paid their own way, there was no favoratism and it did not interference with the schools primary function.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

Looks like the Canyons School District found the only way to handle this and make sure there is no lawsuit or public outcry - they simply decided not to sell the land - apparently, they need it after all....

George
Bronx, NY

@richard larson
how exactly did the SLC school board do what you claim again? They allowed an after school club for the LGBT students. One of many such clubs for many different type of groups including religious groups. The LGBT clubs did not have land set aside for them, they have the same restrictions as any other club and every other group has the same rights and restrictions in setting up their own group. Not hardly the same thing sorry.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

bunnyhop,
unfortunately you are correct

Barnard and the summums would rather endanger LDS youth going to seminary than allow the LDS church to buy the land.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Let's separate mormon seminary from school. Physically, and temporally. Make the school day about school, and churchin' can be done offsite, during non school hours. You want church brownie points? Go to church. You want school credit? Go to SCHOOL.

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