Convincing people that you have come to rescue them from threats that do not exist is a good way to raise campaign funds or win votes in a neighborhood caucus. But it is a lousy way to govern.
Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, isn't claiming that the religious rights of Utah public school students are really under threat. But he still wants to waste the Legislature's time and taxpayers' money by pursuing a bill that would purport to give public school students several rights that nobody questions and one that could create some unnecessary woes.
The lawmaker says his as-yet undrafted bill, soon to appear in the file titled "Religious Freedom for Students," is patterned after Mississippi's Student Religious Liberties Act. Which is, in turn, if by happenstance, mostly patterned after a set of guidelines the federal government has been promoting as far back as 1998.