Courting the Constitution: The road to marriage equality in Utah

by Jeffrey Dahdah, photos by Nick Carpenter In December of 2013, same-sex couples across Utah hastily threw on coats and boots to go to the county clerk’s office and receive what had been unattainable for so long: marriage licenses. Roughly 1,000 couples … Continue reading Courting the Constitution: The road to marriage equality in Utah

Cover the lens: Forest Service photography regulation sparks First Amendment concerns

by Fallon Rowe, photos by Nick Carpenter Signs warn against removing pieces of obsidian from an ancient lava formation. Guardrails keep tourists at a safe distance to prevent damage to artifacts at a historical site. Flags lining trails warn hikers to … Continue reading Cover the lens: Forest Service photography regulation sparks First Amendment concerns

Philosopher: LDS Church is true because “it doesn’t matter” if it is

By Rhett Wilkinson In many ways, Randall Paul’s subscription to Mormonism is based in its absence. “The (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is the only true church because it doesn’t matter if it’s the only true church,” he said in a telephone interview following the ninth annual meeting of The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, held last semester at the University Inn on the Utah State University campus. It marked the second time in the conference’s history at USU, the first coming in 2005. For Paul, the president of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, certain of the church’s … Continue reading Philosopher: LDS Church is true because “it doesn’t matter” if it is

I knew it.

By Rhett Wilkinson Aggie BluePrint staff writer There’s been this big hoopla about a woman praying in a General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it apparently never has happened before. An initiative called “Let Women Pray” involved hundreds of letters sent to the church’s headquarters in Salt Lake City, comparing their plight to one given by women of Israel in the Old Testament to Moses. The Salt Lake Tribune broke the story less than 90 minutes ago that a woman will indeed pray in the church’s semiannual conference in early April. Here’s my frustration (and … Continue reading I knew it.

USU religious studies professor: media go-to guy for Mormonism

By Rhett Wilkinson Aggie BluePrint The summer beauty of Logan, Utah is not the only thing that many out-of-town students missed last month. Given that an NBC crew stepped foot—and spent a while—in Utah State University’s Old Main building, there … Continue reading USU religious studies professor: media go-to guy for Mormonism