It amuses me when people equate Utah quite so intensely with Mormonism as some tend to do. Utah’s liquor laws, for example, are frequently attributed to Mormons’ influence on the state legislature—and Utah’s liquor laws certainly are byzantine,* and i suspect that the local preponderance of Mormons does have something to do with that, but maybe not as much as people like to think. I mean, when i lived in Utah, it used to blow my mind every time i walked into a grocery store and saw that beer was freely available on the store shelves. After all, i’d just moved from Pennsylvania, where that would have been completely illegal—beer had to be bought at warehouse stores scattered across the state.**
Of course, we all know that Mormons actually secretly control the Pennsylvania legislature, so…
* Though they are currently in the process of becoming less so, as the pursuit of the elusive tourism dollar becomes ever more intense.
** I don’t know if this is still the case—when i left Pennsylvania there were rumblings about changing the system.
Also, a note on the title: Several years ago some net.friends of mine started calling the equation Utah != Mormon “Bowie’s Inequality Constant”, in honor of my incessant work on doing everything i could to quash those arguments that spuriously (that is, most of them) attempted to base their claims on some factoid about Utah that they then extended to Mormons and Mormonism generally.
Faith Hill: Where Are You, Christmas?
4 years ago