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
bunnyhop,unfortunately you are correctBarnard and the summums
would rather endanger LDS youth going to seminary than allow the LDS church to
buy the land.
@richard larsonhow 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.
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....
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
Same thing the Salt Lake School District did with the LGBT clubs.Shame,shame,shame!
Mormons of all people should not be justifying religious discrimination on the
basis of number in the United States of America.
Summum could not support its own facility, but there is a special relationship.
Don't kid yourself.
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
For the government to show any favoritism to any one religion is
unconstitutional. There is no minimum membership requirement.