This last week, Utah signed into law what some have called “the best-designed” medical marijuana law in the country. Crafting that law was not easy. In just a few years marijuana has become a key political issue across the nation. Utah was no exception.
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“After a 5-year dialogue with Comcast, focused both on the risk of pornography exposure to young children on Comcast devices and necessary improvements to parental controls, we are grateful to acknowledge that Comcast has made a significant effort to improve family safety and digital wellbeing in these key areas.”
China, a country that has never been reserved or timid about their “reproductive” regulations, has instituted a startling change in their population control policy. In a major reversal, China, rather than restricting parents from bearing children, is now moving toward requiring citizens to bear children.
I published a Deseret News column back in 2015 entitled “The Mystery of the Orderliness of the Universe.” It drew considerable mockery from certain atheists. One in particular pronounced what I wrote to be “childish.” He reserved his particular scorn, though, for the penultimate sentence of my column, which concluded by expressing the suspicion “that, in fact, the universe isn’t merely brute, mindless matter, but is suffused throughout with mind or consciousness.”
A recent United Nations Human Rights Committee’s General Comment of the Right to Life affirmed that abortion is a human right and that human rights only begin after birth. The General Comment of the Right to Life is the culmination of a four-year process to produce a document that will be used to pressure governments to provide unfettered access to abortion.
In the western world, the traditional family continues to crumble and unravel — anyone who defends past tradition is ridiculed and rejected as we give up hope and resign in despair to a future without family or its attendant values. Speaking up for the family has almost no constituency and makes one look nostalgic at best and retrograde at worst. Is something larger at stake? Yes, family decline is undermining civilisation itself.
We have unfortunately developed a climate in this nation where seething anger and intimidation, including threats of violence, are becoming the hallmark of our discourse. It is as if we are sitting on a mass of churning lava, that erupts in one place or another every day. Waking up to view the news is almost always dismaying.