Faiths call for Utah wilderness protection

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Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. Moses ascended Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. Muhammad went to the mountain to thank God for showing mercy. Even Joseph Smith ventured into a Sacred Grove.

Some of history's most revered spiritual leaders found peace, inspiration and guidance by retreating to the solace of wild places.

That's why representatives of 10 Utah faith groups — Christian, Jewish and Muslim — on Tuesday took their call for more wilderness protection to Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett.

… The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance got involved with the project when religious people showed up for the environmental organization's "wildland dialogues" and suggested it would be a good project for the faith community, said SUWA's grass-roots outreach director Deeda Seed.