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  1. Moral of the story: Don’t go to Utah.

  2. Moral of the story this so called church of Moroni needs to have its status changed to that of political organisation, and its tax status changed accordingly to, now you pay for promoting homophobia!

    What a vile cult that is.

  3. Sarah Brown 19 Jan 2011, 10:06pm

    I go to Utah a lot for the geology – it facilitates my love of extreme sports.

    The places I go are the more cosmopolitan bits, but we still tend not to advertise the lesbianism very loudly.

    It’s beautiful, but some of the people there harbour a particular ugliness.

  4. Joseph Smith, an angel gave me some inscribed golden plates, I will hide them buried in the woods and later translate them remotely by placing a stone inside my stovepipe hat and pulling it over my eyes while standing behind a curtain, my assistant will jot down the revelations I read out to her and we will start a religion.
    It will be a better scam than money digging (tricking farmers into paying youbig money to locate precious minerals through psychic powers using a seeing stone)
    And for which I was criminally charged on several occasions.

  5. I wonder would the Bulls have allowed that good religious man Mr Smith and his then legal wives to share a room at the inn.

  6. No duh! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

  7. Utah-the CULT state! I had the pleasure of telling 2 virgin Mormon boys at my front door, “To go f–k George Bush and the whole Republican Party”. They looked rather shaken and I said “you’re in Australia now”! So annoys me that these cretons are given visas to enter my country and pray on the weak, the lonely or the simply ‘stupid’ , who end up finding ‘religion’. I also asked them if they enjoyed mutual masturbation. Fond memories of them fleeing down the garden path!

  8. barry william teske 20 Jan 2011, 7:35am

    “It’s just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it’s been taken over by the radical side.”

    Unlike the Muslim peoples most of your religious peoples are not good people. Your religions thrive on war, self loathing, hate and intolerance. Your radicals are well on their way to completely destroying the dream that had once inspired the world.

  9. Honestly, it makes you so grateful to live in the UK when you realize how backwards some parts of the USA are socially.

  10. I may be being a little thick here…
    1) I wasn’t aware that gay people wenr around blowing themselves up in the name of freedom.
    2) Didn’t the people in that article just contradict themselves every other word?

  11. Hate to say that when I saw the headline my first reaction was that bears defecate in the woods and the Pope is Catholic.
    Anywhere where there’s a high concentration of conservative fundie wingnuts you can practically guarantee it.
    You might as well print a headline saying Tehran is predominantly homophobic.
    Chris Buttars to be caught on someone’s cameraphone in an airport departure lounge using a rent boy to ‘help with his luggage’ in 10… 9… 8… 7…

  12. Tom Stoppard 20 Jan 2011, 11:17am

    Religious people’s homophobia seems to boil down to “The Baby Jesus told me to hate you.” Well, if the Baby Jesus told me to hate anyone, I’d have to respond with “You might be a supreme being, but that doesn’t mean you’re right. Go away, think it over, and come back when you’ve learnt to be a nicer deity.”

  13. Pavlos –
    Thanks for reminding me of the Joseph Smith story, I’d forgotten how entertaining it was. It is gaudy chicanery even beyond the impressive standards of religion in general. It just goes to show that you have to be a bit mad to belong to some of these cults.

  14. Utah is the wonderful state from whence came 80% of the funding for Proposition 8 in California, which stripped the rights of gay and lesbian marriage away – and left thousands of married couples in legal limbo in MY state.

    When I see Mormon missionary boys peddling ’round my town, I have to restrain myself from reaching out and pushing them over in the road.

  15. The article is not eye opening. I would like to know how these statistics compare to other states. Has the same study been done elsewhere? As with any state there are cities that lean liberal and those that are conservative. I am lucky that I have not felt discriminated against in my work. Ironically the closest to feeling like that was at a job in the most liberal town in Utah, and by managers from Boulder CO. and Portland OR. The real moral of this story is that a lot more has to go into this study, other than Utah is where the Mormon church is. It’s also home to the wonderful EU, and we need help in the fight just like every state in the USA

  16. Apparently Utah scores highest in the states for internet porn consumption. Interesting to speculate on whether there is a connection with their seemingly illiberal stance on homosexuality? Perhaps religion wherever it thrives results in repression and hypocrisy?

  17. Johnny Townsend 30 Jan 2011, 5:52pm

    When I came out and brought my boyfriend to a Single Adult gathering in the Mormon church, a “friend” of mine called me later that night to say that after my boyfriend and I left, the others had to call the bishop to come cast out the “evil spirit” that we had brought.
    Johnny Townsend, author, The Abominable Gayman

  18. Wow, gays are discriminated against in the biggest mormon state in the country. My goodness. I could never have seen this coming. Dear god it may well be the biggest news story of the decade. -_-

    Next thing you know they’ll find bread in a grocery store or learn that the sky is, infact, blue.

  19. “Honestly, it makes you so grateful to live in the UK when you realize how backwards some parts of the USA are socially.”

    Homophobia exists everywhere, including in the UK.

    Now, I’m not usually one to go against any effort to demonstrate how difficult life can be as a gay man, but it’s fairly obvious that the study was very heavy handed, and borderline fraudulent.

    Rural Utah I would say is pretty on par with the nation on LGBT discrimination (maybe a tiny bit worse), but as far as the metro areas go, discrimination is pretty unheard of. Most employers in the Salt Lake Valley region are Fortune 500 companies who have strict anti-discrimination controls in place.

    For that matter, we have one of the largest and most supported Pride festivals in the intermountain west. I got my employer to sponsor this year even.

    What is truly ugly is all the people in here at the ready to make horrible and uneducated assumptions about a place they know nothing about.

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