Two Utah State University journalism students, aided by their professor, unleashed what can only be termed a one-sided assault on both BYU and its football program. If this were a football game, surely the ref would call a “targeting” penalty on the stories which appeared between Aug. 26-29. In this case the forcible verbal tackle goes beyond the pale of fair and ethical journalism. It’s also an attack on any college with a faith-based mission or moral restrictions such as BYU’s Honor Code.
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For the United Nations, May 15 marked 25 years of observing the International Day of Families. In commemoration of this Silver Anniversary, United Families International participated in an event held at UN headquarters in New York entitled “It Takes a Family.” The event offered “participants the opportunity to recommit to the objectives of the International Year of the Family and discuss best practices to protect and strengthen the family so that it can fulfill its vital role at the heart of society.” After it concluded, the press about the event went negative quickly.
One of the great freedoms that we all enjoy is the opportunity to have a voice, to be engaged in public debate, and public policy. As a woman, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a concerned citizen who has tried to stay engaged in public policy, I am concerned with the renewed and heated fervor of the activists over the Equal Rights Amendment.
Never has the reality that we are living in a surreal age been clearer than during the strange cycles of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In Orwell’s world of 1984 Oceania, there is no longer a sense of due process, free inquiry, rules of evidence and cross examination, much less a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. We are living that reality.
Appointment of a conservative to the court does not necessarily translate into the overruling of Roe because justices take precedent very seriously. They see precedent as the bulwark of the rule of law. If a court may overrule a long line of precedent, all precedent is placed in jeopardy, making the court little more than another political body.
This issue is overwhelming. It is daunting. We are right to ask what we can possibly do. Joseph recognized that feeling and told the saints to act in “great earnestness” and to “let no man count them as small things” because “you know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm.”