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Published: Friday, June 22 2012 12:04 a.m. MDT

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pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

Romney broke through? Did you see the other candidates?

Stephen Kent Ehat
Lindon, UT

We who are familiar all well know that the Church and its leaders appropriately stays a safe distance away from even the appearance of telling politicians how to vote or govern. While involved in moral issues -- and in political and legal matters when they clearly implicate moral issues -- the Church remembers that it is, first and foremost, a Church and not a political entity.

However, notwithstanding this excellent article -- the principle theme of which should be repeated to a wider audience -- there will persist (among those who are not at all familiar either with the Church or with its stellar record of political neutrality) an amenability to deception and devious "reporting."

Take Hilldale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, sued by the Justice Department for alleged discrimination because they, as cities, discriminate against non-sect members and enforce edicts issued by Warren Jeffs. Those who are in the dark on the wide gulf between Jeffs' sect and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may well be confused when the super PACs do their dirty work of obfuscation in October.

It may not be an issue but it can, by desperate politicians, be made one at the last second.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Stephen Kent Ehat
"We who are familiar all well know that the Church and its leaders appropriately stays a safe distance away from even the appearance of telling politicians how to vote or govern."

If only a good chunk of the rest of the members knew that.

Esquire
Springville, UT

We still are not sure how the conservative Christian community will really do in November. A poll is one thing. The ballot box is quite another. They are faced with a hard choice: A Mormon, whose religion they despise, or a black man they also despise. Time will tell.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
"If only a good chunk of the rest of the members knew that."

The LDS Church reads a statement before each election telling their members of it's neutral position on elections. Contrary to the beliefs of those with an anti-LDS bias members are told to vote for candidates who most closely match their own beliefs.

The majority of LDS members tend to vote for conservatives because they believe in self-reliance. That, and the fact that they aren't too keen on needless abortions.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Rifleman, self-reliance? Did you read Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) report on "Government Welfare for the Rich"? And how far do we go with self-reliance? What would King Benjamin say on the issue? As for abortion, despite all the rhetoric and political propaganda, I know of no one who likes needless abortions. I know of people who want to ban them entirely (not the LDS position), and people who want the government to make the decision, and people who think it is a serious decision and should ultimately be made by the affected parties. It is a difficult decision, and who best to make it? Please don't paint it as a black and white issue.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah
Re: atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
"If only a good chunk of the rest of the members knew that."

The LDS Church reads a statement before each election telling their members of it's neutral position on elections. Contrary to the beliefs of those with an anti-LDS bias members are told to vote for candidates who most closely match their own beliefs.

The majority of LDS members tend to vote for conservatives because they believe in self-reliance. That, and the fact that they aren't too keen on needless abortions.

11:38 a.m. June 22, 2012

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don't be a hypocrite.
Your assumption runs both ways Rifleman - and is just as bad.

Tell that to my Relief Society President who assumes because active LDS that I'm automatically Republican and wants me to vote for Dan Liljenquist.

I vote Independant and Libertarian because I believe in Free Agency - and I'm willing to accept the good and bad that goes along with it.


Furthermores, I don't need a party to tell me who to vote for.

Especially one that starts offensive wars for oil.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

Is the drive for a Mormon president so great that Romney and his Mormon supporters will let him adopt positions which go against Mormon doctrine just to increase his chances of winning? There is an interesting piece written by Andrew Sullivan in the Daily Beast that addresses some of these issues. This is particularly of interest when one considers the policy positions Romney held when governor of Massachusetts, morphing when seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, and now moving to the extreme Right for 2012.

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

Of course the real issue the poll misses in how many are enthused at voting for Mr. Romney enough to bring at least one more of like mind to the polls. Being behind Mr. McCain and not way ahead of him speaks volumes. With the absolute failure of the current administration to provide leadership, how can Mr. Romney be barely even, unless there is something else holding his support to such low levels?

AZRods
Maricopa, AZ

I love hearing people comment on how a large chunk of members believe and behave, by people who haven't set foot in an LDS church in years.
LD lib, try reading your own words, THE CHURCH maintains a neutral position on all political
elections.
Members of the church do have the freedom to recommend whatever candidate they prefer to endorse.
And if you feel bullied or threatened by a relief society president, I suggest you tell the primary president and ask her to protect you and your right to vote.

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