The Press: Voice in Deseret

Salt Lake City's Deseret* News (circ. 79,589),published by the Mormon Church, ran a fiery Page One editorial last week denouncing a "flagrant, gratuitous and scurrilous insult to the people who laid the foundation of Utah's greatness . . ."

What the Deseret News was shouting about were the "scatological gleanings" about Mormonism in the centennial issue of Pen, the student literary magazine at the University of Utah (TIME, March 13). Like the News, the university was founded by the Mormons; unlike the News, it is now nondenominational and state-supported, though 76% of its students...