Our first 2007 Stick up the Wazoo Award goes jointly to Kaysville (Utah) City Councilman Gil Miller and Ryan Price of SLC. You will note the kinder, gentler language I am using. Becoming aware of the young readership I sometimes attract, I am attempting to avoid swearage. It’s my New Year’s resolution. I’m sure it will last until at least the Utah State Legislature meets.
At any rate, Mormon Miller decided to mandate that no Kaysville-city sponsored events will be held on Mondays, because most Mormons want it that way. Of course, he didn’t say Mormons. He said:
“…most of his family-oriented constituents want Monday evenings free. And, he says, city-sponsored sports get in the way.”
How cute. Everyone KNOWS that Mormons hold Mondays sacred as “Family Home Evening,” mandated by the Church. His wording fools no one. But he’s been very careful, of course, to avoid offending anyone, or say MAKING EVERYONE WHO LIVES IN KAYSVILLE LIVE BY RULES SET DOWN BY THE MORMON RELIGION. By God, no, he didn’t do that.
He says his decision, which was backed up by fellow council members, has nothing to do with the Mormon Church’s practice – he’s a member – of asking members to reserve Monday nights for Family Home Evening.
“Over the past 20 months numerous people have approached me about Monday practices,” Miller said, estimating that Kaysville is about 90 percent LDS. According to LDS church records, 68 percent of Davis County’s population belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“I believe I understand what the folks in Kaysville are after,” Miller said, carefully avoiding any direct link between his beliefs and the city’s new policy.
Not only does Miller have problems with MATH, but he also has every intention of making EVERY Kaysville resident, Mormon or not, abide by HIS BELIEF SYSTEM. This will, according to other Kaysville politicos, be a detriment to the Kaysville City budget and all the young people involved in city sports, which, despite what Miller thinks, have NOTHING TO DO WITH RELIGION. We aren’t asking you to run the sports on Sundays, you doehead. But Mondays? That’s your religion, and your choice, but you DON’T get to make an entire city live by YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEF. You’ve been living in Utah too long, and apparently do not have ANY idea what the division of Church and State means. If you don’t want your kids to play sports on Mondays, that’s your call, but you DON’T get to mandate what MY KIDS do.
And to say it’s NOT because of the Mormon belief of Family Home Evening. Carefully word your way to the Celestial Kingdom, nobody is that STUPID. It’s about YOU thinking ONLY MORMONS live here. How arrogant and un-Christlike is that? Fortunately for you, you have supporters. And thus, you get to SHARE your award with a Public Forum writer in The Salt Lake Tribune.
Dear Ryan Price said, in his Tribune letter:
People are not the church
Public Forum Letter
Article Last Updated: 01/04/2007 07:58:11 PM MST
In his letter, “Church and state,” published in the Dec. 29 Public Forum, James Oshust takes to task the LDS Church for Kaysville’s decision to not have certain facilities open on Mondays, as well as having their New Year’s celebration on the 30th.
He tells the LDS Church that only once that organization is willing to pay the costs of these facilities can it then impart their “specific morality.”
Mr. Oshust is quite obviously bitter about the LDS Church. What he fails to understand, or is simply unwilling to understand, is that the LDS Church, as an organization, has nothing to do with these kinds of decisions. Were there LDS members who made the decision? Yes. But Mormons in Kaysville making public policy decisions are not the LDS Church. People, please try to get those distinctions straight.
Salt Lake City
Ryan, are you REALLY that stupid? The only reason MORMONS in Kaysville are trying to MAKE that particular public policy is because THE MORMON CHURCH teaches it as POLICY. They didn’t pull it out of their wazoo, unlike this stupid letter you wrote to The Salt Lake Tribune!
If the letter writer he is referring to is bitter, it’s no WONDER! If Gil Miller was NOT Mormon, and did not believe in Family Home Evening on Mondays, he would not be trying to tell every other resident of Kaysville that THEY cannot play sports on Mondays because HIS CHURCH doesn’t want them to.
I was raised Mormon. I know VERY WELL how much pressure is put on people to impart THEIR religion on others. YOU make the distinction, Ryan. When the LDS Church writes a letter, telling Miller that he should not try to enforce public policy based on his religious belief, then I will agree with you that PEOPLE are not the Church. Until then, you and I BOTH know that Gil Miller is only doing what his Church wants him to do. Probably sanctioned by his local leaders, and possibly even Church headquarters.
Until we hear otherwise, this is just a fact. If you’ve lived in Utah more than ten minutes, you know this.
Enjoy your stick.