This morning, Governor Gary R. Herbert signed S.C.R. 6, Concurrent Resolution on Guarding the Civil Liberties and Freedoms for All American People (Senator Shiozawa). More than 70 religious and community leaders joined the governor for the event, and the Bulbuli Children’s Choir performed.
Representative Arent shared her personal experience and praised Utahns for their commitment to helping others.
The Governor stated in his remarks, “We mustn’t let this be the culmination of the end of work. Let this be the beginning of our efforts at working together with compassion.”
Utah businessman Khosrow B. Semnani, a strong supporter of the resolution and an Iranian-born immigrant to Utah stated, “There is no question what Utah is all about. Tolerance is important. We can see this every day, that this state is open to many groups. The ability to have an open dialog of civil rights is valuable. Religious liberty is part of civil rights.”
“This today is very much an example that we feed something which is good in us.”
SCR 6 says the following:
The Legislature of the state of Utah and Governor Herbert agree that:
- Since its inception, the United States of America has served as a refuge for oppressed people fleeing religious, ethnic, and/or political persecution.
- Freedom and the rule of law are at the heart of civil liberties and democratic values.
- The Declaration of Independence enshrined the self-evident concept that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
- The freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights protect the fundamental rights of all Americans.
- The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees equal justice under law for all Americans, regardless of race, religion, national origin, or other arbitrary factors.
- The United States is an open society enriched by the ethnic, religious, intellectual, scientific, and cultural heritage of humankind.
- At a time when some seek to sow the seeds of discord and division, Americans must draw upon common strengths and humanity to reap peace, justice, and understanding.
The Legislature of the state of Utah and Governor Herbert further agree to:
- Affirm their commitment to protect the civil liberties, religious freedoms, and dignity of all Americans and legal immigrants, and encourage compassion for refugees seeking protection in the state of Utah.
- Express their determination to protect the civil rights of all people within the state of Utah.
- Welcome any and all efforts to educate and promote understanding and good will among the pluralistic communities that are an integral part of Utah’s rich history and heritage.
- Send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the members of Utah’s congressional delegation.
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