In celebrating Law Day 2014, we must recognize Congress' role in enforcing civil rights

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  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    May 6, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    An interesting twist.
    The emphasis used to be on OBEYING the law. Now it's about rights?
    I want mine is a much easier sell than the obligations we have as citizens in our society.
    It's an interesting irony that illegal aliens have filled the streets demanding amnesty on May Day. Surely they have no use for law day. It conflicts with their narrative.
    The June 1977 Ensign carries a First Presidency statement on Law Day. It is worth a read.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 2, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    recognize Congress' role in enforcing civil rights..

    Congress' role under the constitution is to ENACT legislation, it is the role of the executive branch to enforce.

    but our prior congress enacted legislation denying civil rights guaranteed by the first amendment and the current chief executive by executive order is mandating those rights be abolished.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    May 1, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    The article states:
    "Previously, it primarily restricted the activities of the federal government. The 14th Amendment applied those protections against the actions of individual state governments. The amendment said that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    Thank you DN for this post. At this date not all citizens of our country are receiving equal protection under the law. However, thanks to the way our government was established (3 branches),
    The Judicial Branch is helping us to move forward to a more perfect union.
    Yes, I am talking about SSM and all the implications that will bring to the LGBT community, our life companions and children.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    Law Day... Isn't EVERY day "LAW Day"?

    I mean we Obey laws EVERY day. And we write new legislation EVERY day...

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    May 1, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Today it is National Day of Prayer which, to my mind, is mor important. Why? Enforcing civil rights as defined (bywho? and meaning what? I don't think we're sure any more) becomes an uncertain thing; a Bill of Rights Day might rally us better;l these represent universal rights for all.

    What we need a tthis point is to pray to God, a day of national repentance. I was a bit surprised that I saw no mention of our National Day of Prayer in the Faith and Family sections of the DesNews today, or in the opinion section either. Either I am going blind and missed it, or someone else may be blind.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 1, 2014 7:20 a.m.

    Executive order day would be more appropriate. Obama has made congress irrelevant and Obama makes up his own laws, as in Obamacare mandates, NSA spying, fast and furious cover-ups, Benghazi lies, minimum wage mandates, and on and on.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    May 1, 2014 2:24 a.m.

    "The day was set aside 'for the cultivation of the respect for law that is so vital to the democratic way of life.'"

    Can someone email this article to Obama? I think he didn't get the memo.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 12:37 a.m.

    I agree. Many across the country will also be celebrating "International Workers Day." Since labor is increasingly in a bind, the Deseret News editorial writers may want to reflect on May 1st in that context also.