Waddoups: To Censor Or Not To Censor..

SLC – Senate President Michael Waddoups has come under heavy fire over the last week since he released a statement with a thinly-veiled threat telling the LGBT

UT Senate President Michael Waddoups

community to be quiet. Now he’s released a new statement trying to backpedal, while issuing the threat all over again!

Last night on the Senate’s blog, Waddoups claimed that “Reports of my willingness to censor people have been greatly exaggerated,” and that he encourages dialogue between the LGBT community and the rest of Utah. But in the same post, he also says he wants “activists in this cultural divide to avoid behavior that would polarize.” Ok, so let’s see.. between last week and last night the LGBT community and gay rights activists have been told to avoid “offensive behavior that would push the legislature to take action against the LGBT community” and to avoid “behavior that would polarize.” Sounds like he just wants everyone to play nice right? Wrong.

Let’s not kid ourselves, virtually every advancement in the gay / lesbian / bi / transgender movement has stemmed from radical action focused on bringing attention and pressure on government leaders. Nothing can ever be accomplished in a civil rights movement without drastic, poignant outcries from a community which no one would ever hear about otherwise. This is the time to step up and show Waddoups, Neiderhauser and Buttars and all others trying to steal our rights that we are here and will never be silenced. If nothing else, never let it be said that the Queers are not proud of who we are and will always fight for what is rightfully ours!

If you’re in Utah, attend the LGBT Community Forum tonight at 7pm at the UofU! You will have a chance to let your voice be heard and learn about upcoming events and suggest actions of your own! More info on that here.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Gail F. Bartholomew on February 11, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I posted this statement of the senate blog:

    I find it interesting when you ask people to avoid behavior that would polarize. When the church came out in support of SLC making it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in housing and employment news papers throughout the state demonstrated the states people were vastly in favor of making it illegal in this state to fire someone or kick them from there homes because they were gay. Now when the legislature the right threatens that if these bills are brought forward they will not only defeat them but make SLC’s law that the LDS church supported illegal as well as a full host of other more discriminating measures. It sounds like it is the conservative law makers that are being polarizing.

    Understand Utah is one of the last states that it is legal for employers to fire someone because of who their employee is attracted too. Employers can fire someone because their orientation itself, this may have nothing to do with behavior just who their employee is. Landlords in Utah can refuse to rent to people based on who they are as well. Even the LDS church has issued statements saying this type of discrimination is wrong. The time for talk is over. Utah has laws that discriminate. We all know this. Every self-respecting Utahan needs to stand up and be counted. We can sit not longer and ask for understanding communication. Elder Boyd K. Packer said “I give you a strong caution. Be wary of the word tolerance…. we are not required to tolerate anything that leads to unhappiness…. Tolerance is often demanded but seldom returned. Beware of tolerance. It is a very unstable virtue.” Senator Waddoups I am wary of your call for tolerance. Utah law not only lead to unhappiness but cause pain. We have no business continuing to tolerating these law.

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  2. Posted by Shelly on February 11, 2010 at 9:55 am

    When women’s rights were being fought, most played nice… until the “radical” Alice Paul, who did everything inside the law, but pushed buttons, and pressed the line. After being abducted and tortured by Woodrow Wilson’s men, it came out what was happening, forcing Wilson to ask congress to give them (women) the right to vote.

    The same occurred with the civil rights war. There were those that asked nicely, pushed it slowly, and then the “radicals” came out and fought, and then those who were asking nicely (MLK) didn’t seem so bad.

    We need an Alice Paul. We need to fight. I am not condoning anything that hurts people or property, but protesting, and not shutting up— that’s how we’ll win this.

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  3. Will this meeting be live twittered, streamed or blogged?

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  4. Posted by Dominique on February 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Amen and Amen, Eric

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