Speaker Lashes Out at Drug War at Mormon Symposium 7/23/99

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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 at http://utahonline.sltrib.com/1999/jun/06251999/opinion/opinion.htm.

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