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Published: Thursday, June 19 2014 9:35 a.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014 9:48 a.m. MDT

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RedWings
CLEARFIELD, UT

Is anyone really suprised that the Obama Administration does not see religious persecution as a priority?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Sunni vs. Shia? Religion should be restricted more.

The Wraith
Kaysville, UT

The way I see it the fact that we even have a government post called "religion ambassador" speaks volumes. It shouldn't just be vacant, it shouldn't exist.

Karen R.
Houston, TX

Completely agree with Wraith. Freedom of religion flows from equality and freedom of speech. We're getting the cart before the horse. Besides, the best ambassador of these ideas is how we practice it here. "Wherever you go, preach. Use words if necessary." (St. Francis of Assisi)

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

"could score an easy win by appointing someone capable to this position."

Eh, it'd just be filibustered anyway.

djc
Stansbury Park, Ut

It is pretty sad when Jay spends time to lament the fact that no one has been appointed as Religion Ambassador, but fails to spend any time lamenting all the Presidential appointments that can't be filled because the Congress refuses to vote on the nominees. The fact the most Ambassadors are political hacks who have bought their positions goes nearly all the way back in the history of the United States. I seem to remember an Ambassador Kennedy in Great Britain, an Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, and many many others. As to the effect of religion on the world, I think Jay missed the boat again. Most of the worlds fights, feuds, assassinations, genocides are done by the religious in the name of religion. The current Iraq brouhaha is being done by the proponents of several religions against other religions.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The misunderstanding of the purpose of religion is a world-wide plague. God gave us simple rules. Christ expounded on those rules. When Christ taught us to pray, He used the words: "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven".

That is the key to religion: doing God's will, whether we are on the earth or whether we are in heaven. The wars blamed on religion should have be blamed on people using religion as an excuse to gain power over others. They certainly weren't trying to make earth life like heaven life. They certainly weren't trying to create a Zion where all people were treated with love and respect. They certainly weren't using patience and long-suffering when faced with people whose ideas differed from their own.

Yes, we need an ambassador of religion, but preferably someone who believes in God and is God-like in his or her own life.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

Mike Richards
Should believe in. whose God exactly ? Your God, or on of the other hundrads of Gods that versious people believe in?

BrentBot
Salt Lake City, UT

What do you expect from a political party, the majority of which voted against re-instating a plank in their platform honoring God?

Esquire
Springville, UT

We don't need a religion ambassador. I thought conservatives wanted government out of our lives, that the government shouldn't be interfering in private matters. Or is that just on things they don't like, otherwise, they are pleased as punch for the government to support their activities.

Mike Richards, while my religious beliefs are similar to yours, I am not really into imposing those views on others as you seem to be. Christ, prophets and anyone else may have issued teachings, but that does not translate into government activity and involvement. I know you feel strongly about your beliefs, but they are your religious beliefs and nothing more.

GK Willington
Salt Lake City, UT

to Tolstoy

We should nominate Mike R; there is no one better about preaching to the masses about religion/morals.

Laura Bilington
Maple Valley, WA

@BrentBot asks "What do you expect from a political party, the majority of which voted against re-instating a plank in their platform honoring God?"

Well, I would expect that they would be less superstitious than those who voted for such a "plank" in their platform. And that they would not believe that lightning will strike if they doubt what someone else believes to be the Truth.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

We get it - you hate Obama.

Wonder
Provo, UT

What a snarky editorial. Lots of clever little jabs against Obama in there. Tea Partiers gonna love it.

Bob K
Davis, CA

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT
We get it - you hate Obama.

Wonder
Provo, UT
What a snarky editorial. Lots of clever little jabs against Obama in there. Tea Partiers gonna love it.

The Wraith
Kaysville, UT
The way I see it the fact that we even have a government post called "religion ambassador" speaks volumes. It shouldn't just be vacant, it shouldn't exist.

Agreed!

I personally find it wrong and not very Christian of the DN to publish snarky digs at the President of the United States over made-up issues. Obama has an impossible job, so he will make actual mistakes: criticism of him ought to wait for those.

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