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Published: Friday, Sept. 6 2013 3:50 p.m. MDT

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"They want their behavior affirmed as normal and healthy, and they want anyone who disagrees with that for whatever reason to be ostracized to the level of Klansmen"

This guy is downright offensive. Way to alienate me as a member by inviting this guy to town.

Lethbridge, 00

This guy is awesome!

Salt Lake City, UT

Churches appear afraid to say anything the left would disagree with leads me to believe that we no longer have free exercise of religion, make no mistake it is not conservatives that are against religious freedom. There are things conservatives get wrong, but they don't try and make bakers, cake makers and photographers do things they don't want to. There are many who want to force conservatives to think and act as they command. They are quick to judge, are narrow minded and try to destroy those who are different from them. We need to get someone with integrity back in the White House to put an end to the creeping tyrrany of those who hate conservatives.

Salt Lake City, UT

Secularists believe in religious freedom... that's why Americans generally support the secularists (rather than Mubarak, Morsi, or the military) in Egypt for instance.

Sandy, UT

It is refreshing for me to see someone with strong Southern Baptist roots be able to meet and talk to LDS church leaders eye-to-eye in a civil matter. I served my mission in Georgia and the Baptists there were extremely anti-mormon.

Sandy, UT

He was also spot on with his LGBT comment.

American Fork, UT

Religious people should be free to be as hateful and spiteful as they want to be, regardless of how baseless it might be, I'll grant you that. No one should be forcing them to do what they don't want to. After that, they can crawl in their respective holes and hide, because society is moving on, and they're not bringing anything to the table as religion to prove why society should not move on without them.

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

"...(members of the) LDS Church have to get used to the fact that the majority of evangelicals are not going to accept them...."

Nothing new here. It's prophecy.

Lethbridge, 00


Because all religious people are that way? I've come across this over and over and over, that people who support things like gay marriage and abortion tend to consistently whitewash and stereotype religious people who are against gay marriage and abortion. Not all of them do it, but enough have to lead me to believe that tolerance often really isn't what they practice, it's just what they preach. I've been called brainwashed and had my beliefs about traditional marriage likened to backwards fanatic extremism. Is that tolerance? Nope. Is it even going to help you get what you want? Nope. It's bigotry. Is there hypocrisy among religious people? Yes. Is there hypocrisy among non-religious people? Yes. Can we still get along without there being a slugfest every time a sensitive and important issue comes up? Yes. It works both ways.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

“The secularists are out to circumscribe our constitutional rights.”


Us secularists are out to ensure your constitutional rights and to do everything in our power to ensure we never live in a theocracy.

So which do you want sir – the country our Deist (agnostic and highly suspicious of organized religion) founders envisioned or the theocracy you and many on the Right prefer. You can’t have both and please stop conflating the two.

Another provocative quote – “It (religious freedom) could become a partisan political issue. If it does ... it will be one of the two political parties’ fault.”

It already is sir… and it’s the party I strongly suspect you vote for every time.

And another – “Let’s be very clear, the gay and lesbian and transgender folks don’t want to live and let live.”

I think this little gem of backwards logic and hypocrisy speaks for itself…

One more – “I find this to be a more self-absorbed generation.”

Than baby boomers?!! Oh please…


Reading this story and reading stories about the current Pope, I can't help but notice the difference in tone between the two. One seems much more loving and Christ-like than the other.

TN Cougar
Johnson City, TN

This guy is spot on.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I appreciate this guy's forthright approach to what are huge relevant issues today. He is using his head and his heart, and is not afraid to speak the truth. Thank you, Pastor Land.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Separation of church and state is a conveniently "misunderstood" concept - especially to secularists.

Phoenix, AZ

Just think, what a terrible life it would if either group were in control of the world.

Eagle Mountain, UT

If you really believe religious freedom is under attack, you better petition for the release of Warren Jeffs, after all he was just doing what he thought God commanded.

Or is it only religious freedom when its your religion?


"Richard Land, one of the most prominent leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention, received two reprimands today over "racially charged" comments he made on the Trayvon Martin shooting and over plagiarism charges regarding a recent program on his radio show Richard Land Live!, which has been canceled as a result. The trustee executive committee of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, where Land serves as president, issued the reprimands today after conducting an investigation on comments made by Land during a March 31 broadcast."
(Christian Post 2012)

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

So we read what he says in Utah, I wonder what he says in Alabama? I've found the typical "born again" to be much different than this gentleman.

Centerville, UT


Do you fail to see the difference between raping a child, vs teaching a child to avoid sexual promiscuity, abortion, gay relations, and to ascribe to the 10 commandments?

Do you fail to see the difference between what Jeffs was teaching and did, and what Thomas S. Monson or this evangelical leader is teaching?

Just curious.

Salt Lake City, UT

I doubt that any of the above commenters know more about the First Amendment than the author:

“The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effectual means of extirpating Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools. The Bible, when not read in schools, is seldom read in any subsequent period of life… It should be read in our schools in preference to all other books from its containing the greatest portion of that kind of knowledge which is calculated to produce private and public temporal happiness.”
Fisher Ames (author of the First Amendment)

“Why should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impresses in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind”
John Adams

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