The debate over creationism in Utah makes the Times. You see, when you live in New York, you can say, “the Times,” without worrying that people won’t know which Times you are talking about. It’s awesome to be able to do it.
Anyway, here’s the article.
1. A Professor Jowers of the University of Utah makes a tremendously important point that I think many in Utah overlook: “Professor Jowers pointed to the awareness among Mormons of their religion’s minority status in the nation and world. ‘It was kind of a realization that if you push to have prayer in school, then outside of Utah, the prayer would not typically be a Mormon’s prayer, so is that road you want go down?’”
2. The following made me laugh: “‘It’s being watched very closely because of the very conservative nature of the state,’” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, based in Washington. “‘If the legislation is rejected in Utah, it would be a very strong signal that the issue should be avoided elsewhere.’” I am confident that the Rev. Barry Lynn will now being looking to Utah as an example of the ideal relationship between church and state.