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Vacant religion ambassador post speaks volumes

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  • RedWings CLEARFIELD, UT
    June 19, 2014 11:09 a.m.

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

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 19, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    Sunni vs. Shia? Religion should be restricted more.

  • The Wraith Kaysville, UT
    June 19, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    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
    June 19, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    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
    June 19, 2014 1:40 p.m.

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

    Eh, it'd just be filibustered anyway.

  • djc Stansbury Park, Ut
    June 19, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    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
    June 19, 2014 6:02 p.m.

    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
    June 19, 2014 11:14 p.m.

    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
    June 20, 2014 6:11 a.m.

    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
    June 20, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    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
    June 20, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    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
    June 20, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    @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
    June 20, 2014 7:59 p.m.

    We get it - you hate Obama.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    June 21, 2014 12:14 p.m.

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

  • Bob K Davis, CA
    June 21, 2014 6:59 p.m.

    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.