Dr. Steve Epperson, program
coordinator of the Utah Humanities Council, and a former curator at the
Latter Day Saints Church History and Art Museum, and former assistant professor
of history at Brigham Young University, on Thursday (7/15) told attendees
of the Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah that the drug war is
a "catastrophic moral failure."
Urging all religious communities
to "call this nation and its leaders to their senses," Dr. Epperson characterized
the drug war as racist, class-biased, corrupting, contemptuous of basic
civil rights and detrimental to the health and education of all citizens.
There is a "significant difference"
said Dr. Epperson, "between opposing drug use on spiritual and ethical
grounds and uncritically supporting a failed public policy."
The Sunstone Symposium is
an annual event which features commentary and critique of LDS doctrine
and ideas, primarily from within the church.
NOTE: Dr. Epperson
is on vacation this week and was unavailable to speak with The Week Online.
You can visit the web site
of the Utah Humanities Council at http://www.utahhumanities.org.
The Salt Lake City Tribune
published an editorial last month critical of the drug war, archived online
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Issue #100, 7/23/99
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