What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
It was espanol.utah.gov.
For about two days.
Sure enough, a bunch of people freaked out about it, and complained to the governor‘s office. The site was taken down in less time than it takes for a street vendor’s burrito to pass through your digestive system.
So why the fuss? People who don’t hablar espaÃ±ol (such as Bob Lonsberry, it would seem) immediately assumed two things:
- This site was created for illegal immigrants
- This site advertised free health care, free education, and other taxpayer-usurping benefits
In actuality, neither are true. Granted, the timing of the release of the spanish Utah.gov portal was not the best; the debate regarding illegal immigration was raging country-wide, and Mexican Presidente Fox had just made a pit stop in Utah (much to the dismay of the minutemen). However, the site itself did not advertise “free goodies” for illegal immigrants.
My thoughts on this matter turn less from the right-and-wrong debate of the state having a spanish-only website, but instead towards the invective spewed forth from the mouths of semi-ignorant people, ready to vilify before doing their homework. Shame, shame…
Seems to me that the counsel found in James 1:19 is of needed attention.