Let me begin with a few passages from The Daily Herald, central Utah's newspaper (who knew they could pull that off?) about the Utah County Republican convention:
- In a speech at the convention, Larsen told those gathered that Illegal aliens are in control of the media, and working in tandem with Democrats, are trying to "destroy Christian America" and replace it with "a godless new world order -- and that is not extremism, that is fact," Larsen said.
At the end of his speech, Larsen began to cry, saying illegal immigrants were trying to bring about the destruction of the U.S. "by self invasion." (masturbation???!)
- One speaker, who was identified as "Joe," said illegal immigrants were Marxist and under the influence of the devil. Another, who declined to give her name to the Daily Herald, said illegal immigrants should not be allowed because "they are not going to become Republicans and stop flying the flag upside down. ... If they want to be Americans, they should learn to speak English and fly their flag like we do."
- He also said the LDS Church has studied the issue and tried to determine whether illegal aliens could be given temple recommends and allowed to serve missions but "gave up" because the issue was too complex.
No commentary on above is necessary, I don't think. Yesterday, at Salt Lake's City-County Building, a large crowd gathered to protest immigration laws. Husband and I were stopped at a very long red light right next to a large group of Latina protesters-- these women were young and meant business. It did my heart good. Until a (white) man with a video camera and two little (white) girls sauntered up to the protesters. He whipped out two "go home"-esque posters (can't remember exactly what they said but there was also something about white America not wanting "them" here, etc.) and handed them to the two little girls. He commenced videotaping as these two little kids just stood there in the middle of it all. So creepy and sad.
Husband tried to think of a way he could flash his Child Protective Services badge and give the guy a warning (from an enormous, menacing, guy with a very loud army sergeant voice) but everything we could think of to say ended with "...and then don't forget to take your bag of FUCKING WHITE PRIVILEGE home with you".
So it goes in the land of tolerance, love, rainbows and cupcakes!
Wish you were here! Love you even though you never want to come back...