It was with curious amusement and a sense of foreboding that I witnessed the events surrounding HB109. Both proponents and opponents agree that illegal immigration is a problem in our country. They disagree on how to address the problem.

The absurdity of a UFIR activist using LDS Church doctrine to condemn illegal immigrants and question the validity of their church membership or activities is comical. It is not for others to judge our worthiness.

The foreboding I sensed comes from the realization that people on both sides of the political spectrum are becoming so entrenched in their positions, there is an ever-widening chasm of ideology that is becoming increasingly difficult to bridge.

As a member of the LDS Church, I was distressed to see our sacred doctrine perverted to further a questionable political agenda. As a Republican, I was disheartened to see a small faction of our party make public comments that are divisive and insensitive.

As an American, I am saddened that we have not found a way for the torch of liberty to burn a little more brightly for our good neighbors to the south.

Brian R. Allen

Cottonwood Heights

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