About Utah: Rev. France Davis has been pioneer for equality

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  • ChristianinCali SACRAMENTO, CA
    July 29, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    As a Black Christian, I have no problems with a day for Mormon Pioneers.Even though I believe that the meaning of Pioneers days has been changed, it was good to read the story of Minister Davis.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    July 28, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    God bless Rev. Davis. To those who say it should be an LDS day, would say, get a life.

    Part of my family arrived in the valley in 1847 and another part came with the Martin Handcart company. That pretty well qualifies me and I would be proud to walk with Rev. Davis at any time in any Pioneer Day Parade.

    Heck, even with my fake knee, I would do it.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    July 25, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    no fit in SG, I have lived in other states. Kansas has cowboys and beef cattle everywhere, I guess you could say the same for them. Missouri has tractor pulls and George Washington Carver Day. Arizonia has Grand Canyon depictions all over the place, as well as Tombstone. Every state in the Nation has it's own form of Founders Day. Why is it so awefull for Utah to have Mormon Poineer Day? Esquire, this state was founded by Mormon Pioneers, seeking Religous Freedom. There are many of the states of this nation founded for the same reason, as a matter of fact this nation was founded for that reason. You can not remove the Mormon Pioneers from the history of this state, any more then you can remove the Puritains from the history of Massachusetts, or the Oneida from the history of Ohio.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 25, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    @ MapleDon, if July 24th is a state holiday, you really can't restrict it to Mormons. Besides, lots of non-LDS folks were key in Utah's development. Is July 324th a state holiday, or a religious holiday? If religious, then a few things need to change. While I'm LDS, I strongly oppose a government based on one religion.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    July 25, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    The Ancestors of Mormon Pioneers have most everything their way every day in the state of Utah. They cannot seem to get enough, if you haven't already noticed that.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    July 25, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    Many people have done amazing wonderful things and are pioneers in their own right. This good man deserves recognition for his efforts. I do agree with MapleDon, the 24th of July is about Mormon Pioneers. We must rememeber them and their efforts. We have Martin Luther King Day where we celebrate the wonderful lives of the African Americans and their great efforts on our behalf. Can't our Mormon Ancestors have their Day?

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    July 25, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    Pioneer Day is "a time to celebrate those who came to this place crusading for equality and basic human rights"? Lee, I think you're confusing Pioneer Day with Utah Pride Day.

    Because of fear of offending non-Mormons, PC efforts have been made for several years to change the focus of Pioneer Day from the Mormon pioneers to anyone else. Now, anyone and everyone can be a pioneer, including the founders of Utah Pride.

    If we had been the people starting the St. Patrick's parade, the same PC crowd (including Lee) would have changed the focus to celebrating the color green, or even Spring. We celebrate St. Patrick and aren't Catholic. Our family also celebrates Cinco de Mayo and Passover and we're not Mexican or Jewish. I guess we're big enough that we're not offended by, but rather enjoy holidays started by or focused on other religions.

    I suggest keeping this day as it was originally begun--celebrating the efforts of the Mormon Pioneers.

  • photographermom South Jordan, UT
    July 25, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    I also have never heard of his man but I have no doubt our state has been greatly blessed for having him here. Enjoy your recognition it sounds like it is greatly deserved!

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    July 25, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    This is the first I've known of Rev. Davis. He is an honorable man, and we're honored to have him in Utah and are happy he has remained here all these years.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 25, 2011 7:26 a.m.

    The man is a hero, and he deserves recognition and honor. What a great contribution he has made to Utah.