Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Mayor Rocky Anderson Clarifies

In today's Deseret News, Mayor Anderson clarified his Taliban comment, insisting he wasn't talking about the Mormon Church but about those who question his use of taxpayer dollars to by alcohol and for good measure, those who report it, namely the Deseret News. But the fact that he continues to characterize the policy as the product of a narrow minded religion despite identical policies in existence in arguably progressive western cities without this religion demonstrate that Mayor Anderson isn't fighting a fight for his right to party, He's fighting a culture war against Mormons and the fact that the alleged "Mormon Agents" on the City Council completely rolled over for him and the Church has publicly remained complacent about it Robbed Mayor Anderson of his chance to be a victim of official religious bias. So he put his cross back in his closet and fell back on his old standby. Insults. Like comparing Mormonism to the Taliban. Or blaming his problems on other people (the press).

15 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

Again, he did *NOT* "copare Mormonism to the Taliban," he compared *SOME* Mormons to the Taliban, which is actually fairly accurate.

-Bob

10/05/2005 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Rocky hate Mormons!

Isn't this script getting a little tiresome!

10/05/2005 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

The man may hate the dominant culture in the state and the power that the LDS Church and some of its members wield both in the state and in the city, but a number of his constituents obviously adore him in spite of -- or maybe because of -- his flaws that you so aptly point out.

10/05/2005 09:38:00 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

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10/05/2005 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

Bob, did you actually live under the Taliban? In that case I doubt you can make the comparison. Shawn, thats cool you and Rocky can keep hating the Mormon's.

10/05/2005 01:58:00 PM  
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10/05/2005 02:04:00 PM  
Anonymous jem said...

Just which of "SOME" Mormons are like the Taliban? And exactly what actions by those "SOME" Mormons rise to the level of the Taliban? It is never a good idea to characterize someone you merely disagree with by names that evoke such horrendous images. We are so lucky here. We have no idea what Taliban REALLY means.

10/05/2005 02:39:00 PM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

Apparently people like Bob and Shawn, and not last but certainly least Rocky, beleive that religous bigotry is okay if it is Mormons that are the targeted group.(a religon that has morals). I'm sure they would gasp if anyone said anything derogatory about gays,lesbians, or bisexuals.

I guess the problem with Mormons is they don't embrace anything morally reprehensible.

10/05/2005 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

taliban: a government known primarily for its intent to govern by the strictest interpretation of holy law.

this is different from some mormons how? Ruzicka, Buttars, etc...

Or all you just very thin skinned today?

10/05/2005 04:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

and thanks for the relativity clause jem.

Cause bad isn't bad, until it's this bad.

10/05/2005 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

Rocky actually makes it tougher for Democrats outside of SLC to get elected, as noted here where it says, "Anderson ... has increasingly become a circus act who revels in controversy and unilateral policy decisions in an effort to satisfy a constituency that enjoys the theatrics of a Utah liberal sticking it to the conservative establishment."

It also says, "Anderson spends so much time condescending to his assumed lessers, voters are put off. And this latest example of boorishness and cultural contempt will affect other candidates, who will now have to go out in next year's legislative-election cycle and try to overcome Anderson's arrogant anti-Mormon remarks to The Guardian."

We can argue semantics here, but the man isn't doing his party any great favors.

10/06/2005 06:17:00 AM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

I guess that dexter actually lived under the Taliban, tell us more about so we can see the comparison. Reach upward has a solid take on this. Rocky's bigotry (I'm sorry if it offends anyone, but thats what it is)sure helps keep Utah the redest state in the Union.

10/06/2005 07:56:00 AM  
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Anonymous Tim said...

Impeach Rocky Anderson!!!

1/12/2007 07:54:00 AM  

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