Mormons serving in the Senate (112th Congress)

Published: Tuesday, July 3 2012 12:30 p.m. MDT

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only major religion founded in the U.S., and yet it wasn't until recent years that Mormons serving in government have drawn much attention. However, on both sides of the aisle, Mormons serve in the U.S. Senate alongside men and women of various backgrounds and beliefs. Related lists: Mormons serving in the House of Representatives (112th Congress)
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TMR
Los Angeles, CA

The descriptions on these slides are both humorous and painful to read. I am not sure I understand the underhanded slight against Sen Reid. His views are described as being critized by some as inconsistent with LDS beliefs. What gives? I am LDS and find Sen Reid's beliefs (pro-life, for example) more consistent with my beliefs than say, Mitt Romney (pro-life now, but historically, for example, decidedly pro-choice). Plus, Sen Lee's comment re "American exceptionalism" represents a narrow, parochial view of Mormonism - one certainly not shared by Mormons who reside outside the U.S. and who by the way constitute the majority of Mormons.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

I agree with TMR. I find it offensive that DN couldn't even make this brief list without questioning the faith of a Democratic Church member. This, while daily fawning over Mitt Romney, despite his record of violating the 8th commandment for political expediency. Perhaps the editors at the Deseret News would do well to learn about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' policy on political neutrality. This newspaper appears to be well vested in promoting the cultural idea, among many LDS, that to be a good member is to be a Republican. That tradition is not scriptural, nor is it Church policy.

IdahoStranger
NEWDALE, ID

The most important thing we need to know about these Mormon Senators is how they vote in
relation to the principles of "limited government" as designed into our Constitution by the Founding Fathers.

The 3rd Freedom Index for the 112th Congress was just released and shows the scores for 30 different items that they each voted upon. Here is how they each scored on the 30 votes:
Udall - 21%
Hatch - 71%
Heller - 67%
Lee - 87%
Reid - 20%
Crapo - 77%

There is not room here to list the 30 items voted on but you can download PDF copies without
charge by googling:
"New Freedom Index shows how your congressmen voted"

Do we not have a responsibility as citizens to monitor the voting of our elected representatives
to insure that they are following the Constitution?

The list shows that there is definite need for improvement for all of them. We better get busy!

MoJules
Florissant, MO

Harry Reid is confused, it is one thing to help others, and the LDS church does practice that, but it is another thing to create a dependent people by forcing the citizens to give to them. We are taught to be self reliant and I have seen many persons become so dependent on the government, that they become useless to society, themselves and even the church. Some people do deserve the aids that the government provides, but not half the population.

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