RELIGION - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/RELIGION News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Former Buddhist monk teaching Asian religion at SLCC http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58344773-180/religion-buddhist-bandara-asian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58344773-180/religion-buddhist-bandara-asian.html.csp">Former Buddhist monk teaching Asian religion at SLCC</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-27T18:06:02.706-06:00">Updated Aug 27, 2014 06:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Starting this fall, two courses in Asian religion will be taught at Salt Lake Community College and cross-listed at the University of Utah. The courses, “Introduction to Buddhist Traditions” and “Asian Religion and Philosophy” are “the only academic courses on these subjects currently being taught in the Salt Lake Valley,” according to Wijitha Bandara, who will be teaching them. The first course will provide a historical overview of Buddhism and Buddhist ritual, Bandara says, “beginning with Bu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58344773@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:06:02 MDT Letter: Does religion do more harm than good http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326693-82/killing-religion-harm-iraq.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58326693-82/killing-religion-harm-iraq.html.csp">Letter: Does religion do more harm than good</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-26T17:27:51.688-06:00">Updated Aug 26, 2014 05:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Despite having served an LDS mission in New Zealand in my youth, I have spent a lifetime wondering if, on balance, religion does more harm than good. Poor Galileo, forced under pain of death by the church to deny his findings that the earth moves around the sun. The Inquisition. The Crusades. I watched Catholics and Protestants killing each other in Northern Ireland. Jews and Arabs killing each other in Palestine. Sikhs and Hindus killing each other in India. Sunnis and Shiites killing each othe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58326693@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:27:51 MDT Utah Muslim leaders condemn extremists’ actions in Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298379-78/islamic-state-says-iraq.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298379-78/islamic-state-says-iraq.html.csp">Utah Muslim leaders condemn extremists’ actions in Iraq</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Peggy Fletcher Stack</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T11:09:38.354-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 11:09AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Islam is a compassionate and tolerant religion, Utah Muslim leaders say, so any group that terrorizes minorities, beheads children or kidnaps women while claiming to be Muslim would be violating tenets of the faith. But that is what various news agencies have said Islamic State militants are doing in northern Iraq — attacking Christians and Yazidis (a Kurdish-speaking minority whose faith is linked to ancient Zoroastrianism), while driving thousands from their homes. The Islamic State has bee...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58298379@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:09:38 MDT Letter: Call it ‘same-religion-attraction’ disorder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58292979-82/court-utah-attraction-august.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58292979-82/court-utah-attraction-august.html.csp">Letter: Call it ‘same-religion-attraction’ disorder</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-13T16:12:02.041-06:00">Updated Aug 13, 2014 04:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I am sure you have been deluged with acerbic letters raising a million reasons why your editorial on the appointment of a non-Mormon to the state Supreme Court be made (“Utah high court needs religious diversity,” August 10). And while you chose to call Utah a theocracy, I’d feel more comfortable using “same-religion-attraction” disorder. But I think you could have avoided the sanctimonious by alternatively stating, “We’d prefer the next justice to not believe in magic.” Michael Petersen Cot...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58292979@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:12:02 MDT Letter: Religion not a factor in court choice http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58284519-82/court-mormon-religion-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58284519-82/court-mormon-religion-state.html.csp">Letter: Religion not a factor in court choice</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T19:54:02.676-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 07:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Tribune editorial board opinion (“The people’s court,” August 10), which calls for a non-Mormon to be appointed to the Utah Supreme Court, could be more honestly expressed by demanding that any candidate for the Court vacancy, who is a Mormon, be excluded from consideration for his or her religious beliefs. The second clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, with respect to religious freedom “...or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ...” The intent of this clause...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58284519@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:54:02 MDT Doing good, doing bad, with and without religion ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58285461-82/sltrib-com-religion-http.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58285461-82/sltrib-com-religion-http.html.csp">Doing good, doing bad, with and without religion ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T15:52:02.764-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 03:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">— The good and the bad hide behind religion — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... Of course, what the law and any religion have in common is that people interpret both of them to suit their own needs, wants, desires and feelings. People decide what is right, what they want, what they will and won’t do, and then search for legal, or religious, justifications. ... “ ... What religion does is provide cover. Cover for the selfish, for the suddenly contrite, and even for the selfless. Religion’...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58285461@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:52:02 MDT Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58277392-68/monument-bloomfield-judge-commandments.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58277392-68/monument-bloomfield-judge-commandments.html.csp">Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-08T19:40:01.964-06:00">Updated Aug 8, 2014 07:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Bloomfield, N.M. • A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall. Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker said in his ruling in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that the monument amounts to government speech and has the “principal effect of endorsing religion.” Because of the context and history surrounding the granite monument, Parker said Bloomfield clea...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582773922014-08-08T19:40:01.964-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-08T19:40:01.964-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58277392@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:40:01 MDT Pyle: The good and the bad hide behind religion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58273550-82/bundy-god-http-behavior.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58273550-82/bundy-god-http-behavior.html.csp">Pyle: The good and the bad hide behind religion</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By George Pyle</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-08T17:40:17.07-06:00">Updated Aug 8, 2014 05:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The reporter at the next desk, who had covered the cops and courts beat for a long time, said he had never actually seen Jesus. But he knew where he lived. The fourth floor of the local courthouse. That was where the county jail was in that town. And it was from there that inmates often emerged to tell the judge that, while they had time to spend reconsidering their lives, they had met Jesus, and were ready to tread the straight and narrow. In the words of a great American religious leader, “Ho...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58273550@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:40:17 MDT Losing religion at college? Not anymore, says study http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58273262-80/college-religion-likely-born.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58273262-80/college-religion-likely-born.html.csp">Losing religion at college? Not anymore, says study</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-07T16:54:01.875-06:00">Updated Aug 7, 2014 04:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">You don’t need a doctorate to think higher education leads people away from organized religion. That’s been common wisdom for decades. Now, a sociologist’s new generational study upends that thinking. Today, it’s the least-educated members of Generation X — people born roughly between 1965 and 1980 — who are “most likely to leave religion,” said Philip Schwadel, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Millennials — Americans roughly between ages 18 and 30 — wer...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58273262@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:54:01 MDT Letter: Freedom to impose on others? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58216886-82/freedom-impose-religion-age.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58216886-82/freedom-impose-religion-age.html.csp">Letter: Freedom to impose on others?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T16:00:02.454-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 04:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I must have missed something in that high school civics class: Since when did freedom of religion mean we have the right to discriminate against someone (religion, gender, race, sexual orientation, age, etc.) by imposing our own perceptions on others? Carolyn Sanders Holladay</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58216886@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:00:02 MDT Letter: Religion is personal preference, Orrin http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215322-82/orrin-religion-discrimination-obama.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215322-82/orrin-religion-discrimination-obama.html.csp">Letter: Religion is personal preference, Orrin</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T17:13:01.829-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 05:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sen. Orrin Hatch very publicly proclaimed (“Obama’s order protects gay workers ... ” July 22) that personal preference (religion) in matters of prejudice and discrimination was more important than constitutional rights or federal law or even common human decency. I would suggest that Sen. Hatch look at what is happening in the Middle East in the name of religion and assess his conviction. Religious discrimination is the root cause of thousands being murdered every month. In the United States t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58215322@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:01 MDT Editorial: Religion and LGBT rights can co-exist. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58211345-82/religious-act-freedom-hatch.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58211345-82/religious-act-freedom-hatch.html.csp">Editorial: Religion and LGBT rights can co-exist.</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T17:10:01.494-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 05:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Good people the world over, throughout history, have found strength and solace in various religious faiths. That’s why a freedom to follow one’s chosen religion is prominent in both the founders’ Bill of Rights and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. But no religion returns the loyalty of its devoted followers if, instead of helping them negotiate the challenges of a changing world, it makes them the false promise that change will not occur. Not only will large numbers of the faithful be in ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58211345@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Religion survey: Jews score highest, Muslims lowest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58190745-78/groups-evangelicals-jews-pew.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58190745-78/groups-evangelicals-jews-pew.html.csp">Religion survey: Jews score highest, Muslims lowest</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T21:56:30.193-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 09:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • We like ourselves. A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers. Americans give their highest scores to Jews, Catholics and evangelicals on a zero-to-100 “thermometer” featured in the survey, “How Americans Feel about Religious Groups,” released Wednesday. They’re nestled within a few degrees of one another: Jews, 63; Catholics, 62; evangelicals, 61. In the middle of the chart:...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190745@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:56:30 MDT Letter: Court favors employers’ religion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58138503-82/religious-beliefs-court-employers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58138503-82/religious-beliefs-court-employers.html.csp">Letter: Court favors employers’ religion</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-01T17:12:02.664-06:00">Updated Jul 1, 2014 05:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">OK, I think I get it now (Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby). If I work for a company that you own, you can make decisions based on your religious beliefs that will affect my health care. I suppose those with fundamentalist/absolutist religious beliefs think that’s a good thing. Personally, I am appalled. As a firm believer in religious freedom, I say, believe whatever you want, but don’t try to force your beliefs on me. If you do, and the Supreme Court says you can, then your religion trumps mine, and th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58138503@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:12:02 MDT Letter: Here are my religion’s requirements http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58138601-82/religion-corporation-birth-freedom.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58138601-82/religion-corporation-birth-freedom.html.csp">Letter: Here are my religion’s requirements</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-01T17:12:02.966-06:00">Updated Jul 1, 2014 05:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Hallelujah. Amen. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that certain “closely held” businesses do not have to pay for certain birth controls based on the corporation’s religious freedom. Thank you, Supreme Court. Orrin Hatch has come out saying this is a triumph for religious freedom. The First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion. Therefore we are free to practice our religion as we see fit, but we are also free from re...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58138601@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:12:02 MDT