Not sure these creeps really deserve publicity, but it is a newsworthy event, and I don't want people living in the area to be blindsided. A motley collection of antiwar activists and anarchists known as the Mormon Worker Collective are expected to protest the January 13th appearance of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. According to BYU, the event is co-sponsored by the Wheatley Institution and the David M. Kennedy Center. More background on Condoleezza Rice HERE.
According to the Salt Lake City Weekly, protesters will gather at 10:30 A.M. just west of BYU campus at 1469 N. Canyon Road and march from there to the Marriot Center where Rice’s speech will begin at 11 A.M. The Weekly doesn't even have the respect to use her previous title; instead, they merely denigrate her as a "Bush era-flunky".
Listed as the point of contact is William Van Wagenen, who edits a Communist-oriented website disingenuously titled The Mormon Worker. On their blog, Van Wagenen claims that Rice has blood on her hands because she played a key role in an administration that allegedly "tortured" thousands of so-called "innocent" people in American prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He cherry-picks the scriptures to provide theological support for his position, citing the proviso in D&C 98:16 for Latter-day Saints to renounce war and proclaim peace. But the Lord has never forbidden His people from defending themselves. Indeed, according to the Book of Mormon, the Lord actually commanded Nephi to kill Laban in order to get the Brass Plates before his family began their journey to Mesoamerica.
The Mormon Worker absolutely reeks of anti-Americanism. Typical examples include an article encouraging Americans not to join the military (which since the repeal of DADT, may not be bad advice), another article promoting illegal immigration, another article implying that all rich people are evil, and another article promoting the undeserved redistribution of wealth. The connection between such principles and Mormonism is tenuous at best.
Update January 13th: KSL Channel 5 reports that only 15 protestors showed up. No arrests or public disturbances were noted, though. But no one who would characterize a former Secretary of State as a "war criminal" ought to be taken seriously.