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Readers' forum: Politics and religion

Published: Thursday, Feb. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

In this publicity image released by ABC,  bestselling author and pastor of the nation's largest church, Joel Osteen, appears on the morning program, In this publicity image released by ABC, bestselling author and pastor of the nation's largest church, Joel Osteen, appears on the morning program, "Good Morning America," Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, in New York. (Ida Mae Astute, Associated Press)

I was very heartened by the Christlike attitude shown by Pasor Joel Osteen of the Lake Wood Church, Houston, Texas.

During an interview on CBS he stated that Mitt Romney in his view, is a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and although there exists differences between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and mainstream Christianity, those issues were not a problem for him.

His point that he prays for both President Obama and those running against him in the political arena is akin to the stand of neutrality respecting political candidates taken by the LDS Church. Members are encouraged to participate in the election process and to choose those who they feel would best serve the interests of our great country.

No candidate is ever endorsed by the LDS Church.

Perhaps Osteen's observations should be taken to heart by those who would attempt to attach a certain Christian label to candidates as a qualification for the office of President of the United States.

Geoffrey J. Baker

Sandy

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