Utahns are being given a civics lesson in the workings of theocracy. LDS apostle Todd Christofferson declared last week that Utah’s liquor laws are working just fine and that his church is opposed to any changes ("LDS Church: Don’t change Utah’s liquor laws," Tribune, Jan. 24).
Legislative reaction was nearly immediate. Erstwhile critic, Rep. Ryan Wilcox, exclaimed "Holy cow!" in recognizing the suddenly sacrosanct nature of liquor canon. Longtime gatekeeper of liquor legislation Sen. John Valentine declared "Hooray!" upon hearing the news, obviously relieved that the thinking had already been done for him before the Legislature had even convened.
No proposals, however minor, will see the light of day, let alone any debate for the foreseeable future; end of discussion.
Given the amazing efficiency of this system, one wonders what could be accomplished should similar ecclesiastical concern be directed toward Zion’s filthy air and grossly underfunded schools. Would that further light and knowledge are yet to be revealed.
Salt Lake City
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