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Readers' forum: Huntsman and Jefferson

Published: Thursday, May 19 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

As an active member of the LDS Church and someone most likely not intending to vote for Jon Hunstman Jr., I find it disheartening how so many of my fellow members are willing to tear him to shreds for his honesty in terms of his personal beliefs. How sad that so many Mormons, who belong to a church which is founded on the idea that religion and revelation are immensely personal, care more about Hunstman's private religious views, and whether or not he wears them on his sleeve, than they do the quality of the man himself.

I think this same situation was most appropriately addressed two centuries ago by another politician taken to task for his religious views:

"Say nothing of my religion. It is known to myself and my God alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life; if that has been honest and dutiful to society, the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one." -Thomas Jefferson

Jeffrey R. Wilbur

Eagle Mountain

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