Republican Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert is expected to sign legislation Tuesday declaring pornography a "public health hazard" and punish computer technicians who fail to report finding child pornography during their work.
The legislation comes some seven years after a Harvard Business School study found that Utah, despite the state's reputation for wholesomeness, had the highest per capita purchasers of online adult entertainment in the U.S.
For decades former NASA contractor Bob Ebeling was haunted by his failed effort to stop the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger after discovering defective O-rings that caused the spacecraft to disintegrate in flight, claiming the lives of seven astronauts. Just weeks before his death on Monday, however, the 89-year-old man had found peace.
Following a story commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy, in which Ebeling said he still suffered from feelings of regret, NPR reports that many of its readers and listeners reached out to Ebeling to express their support.
"Ebeling heard from hundreds of NPR readers and listeners, who responded to our January story," the news agency reported. more >>
Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress is hitting back against conservative radio host Glenn Beck's accusation that evangelicals voting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are "not listening to their God," by stating that Beck does not know God's mind.
After Beck commented at a Utah rally for Sen. Ted Cruz that "all throughout the South the evangelicals are not listening to their God," Jeffress, who leads the 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, said that "Beck's wacko comment speaks for itself."
"However, by using the phrase 'their God' to refer to the God we evangelical Christians worship, Beck is finally admitting that the true God of the Bible is different than the god of the Book of Mormon. I congratulate Beck for his honesty in differentiating between the two," Jeffress told Breitbart News. more >>
At a campaign rally for Sen. Ted Cruz in Utah Saturday, popular radio host Glenn Beck accused evangelical Christians who are supporting Republican frontrunner Donald Trump of "not listening to their God."
"Utah has an incredible opportunity. So many Christians have been standing up. But all throughout the South the evangelicals are not listening to their God. Let us raise a standard in Utah," Beck said in support of Trump's Republican rival.
Addressing Mormon voters directly, Beck then asked: "Where the hell are the priesthood holders? Where are you? Thank you. It's time to stand up. It's time to stand up. You know what time it is. The priesthood is supposed to rise up and restore the Constitution. Now is that time. Period." more >>
Utah is now the 19th state to include the national motto "In God We Trust" on standard-option license plates.
The state's Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law House Bill 127, which removes an additional fee that came with acquiring a license plate with the national motto and will take effect at the beginning of next year.
In a statement made Monday at the signing of HB 127, Herbert said his decision to sign the bill had an added significance because of modern concerns over religious freedom. more >>
A Vatican astronomer who embraces both science and religion has said there is no conflict between the two, arguing that scientist who reject religion are lacking in humility, while Christians who reject science believe they can tell God how he should have made the universe.
"To me (the issue) comes down to two problems: Scientists not having enough humility to understand, that they don't have all the answers and religion not having enough to recognize that they can't tell God how He should have made the universe," Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, answered in response to a question regarding people who find conflict between science and religion, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Consolmagno said in a speech at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper that the Roman Catholic Church has been looking to bring a balance between science and faith since the 1580s, when Pope Gregory XIII committed the Church to scientific study. more >>