The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made news last week when it released a statement reaffirming its support for religious freedom following Donald Trump’s comments about banning Muslims from entering the United States. Since then, several stories involving Muslims and Mormons have attracted national attention.
Last week, Dr. Fahim Rahim, a Muslim American and a doctor at the Idaho Kidney Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, posted a photo of himself and a 91-year-old LDS patient known as “Grandma Louise,” who crocheted stuff animals to cheer him up following Trump's comments. The story attracted the attention of national news outlets such as ABC News and Today.
Two days later, Ali Kadri, a representative of the Islamic Council of Queensland, shared an experience he had while attending a tour and Christmas program in an Australia meetinghouse owned by the LDS Church, The Independent reported. The post has been shared more than 8,000 times on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a member of the LDS Church, spoke at a mosque Friday regarding religious tolerance and American unity, The Washington Post reported. Flake, who brought his wife and two of his four sons with him, spoke of the commonalities between the two religions such as the persecution encountered by members of the two religions as well as principles such as fasting and places with strong religious significance.
“There can be no religious test for those who serve in public office,” Flake said. “We do not tolerate religious discrimination in the workplace or in the neighborhood. The slogan on the Statue of Liberty — ‘give us your poor, your tired, and your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ — contemplates no religious test for those who reach our shores.
"My hope and prayer today is that the isolated voices calling for division are overwhelmed by the chorus of voices like those in this room today calling for acceptance, for tolerance and inclusion.”