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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Susan in VA
Alexandria, VA

Well, this is one Mormon that did NOT vote for him.


Good thing Provo or Utah doesn't decide the fate of the nation. With only 6 electoral votes and not being a swing state, I believe it's a good thing. I am a mormon, and I strongly believe it is sad to vote or support a candidate just because he is from our faith. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds to the doctrine of the separation of church and state; the non-interference of church authority in political matters; and the absolute freedom and independence of the individual in the performance of his political duties. If at any time there has been conduct at variance with this doctrine, it has been in violation of the well-settled principles and policy of the Church.
We declare that from principle and policy, we favor: The absolute separation of church and state; No domination of the state by the church; No church interference with the functions of the state; No state interference with the functions of the church, or with the free exercise of religion; The absolute freedom of the individual from the domination of ecclesiastical authority in political affairs; The equality of all churches before the law."


..."The Church does not engage in politics; its members belong to the political parties at their own pleasure. … They are not asked, much less required, to vote this way or that. … But they cannot justly be denied their rights as citizens, and there is no reason why they should be, for, on the average, they are as loyal, as sober, as well educated, as honest, as industrious, as virtuous, as moral, as thrifty, and as worthy in every other respect as any people in the nation, or on the earth." Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, "Being Loyal Citizens".


"...the First Presidency letter issued on 16 June 2011 is a re-statement and further clarification of the Church’s position on political neutrality at the start of another political season. It applies to all full-time General Authorities, general auxiliary leaders, mission presidents and temple presidents. The policy is not directed to full-time Church employees.
"General Authorities and general officers of the Church and their spouses and other ecclesiastical leaders serving full-time should not personally participate in political campaigns, including promoting candidates, fundraising, speaking in behalf of or otherwise endorsing candidates, and making financial contributions...


"Since they are not full-time officers of the Church, Area Seventies, stake presidents and bishops are free to contribute, serve on campaign committees and otherwise support candidates of their choice with the understanding they:
Are acting solely as individual citizens in the democratic process and that they do not imply, or allow others to infer, that their actions or support in any way represent the church.
Will not use Church stationery, Church-generated address lists or email systems or Church buildings for political promotional purposes.
Will not engage in fundraising or other types of campaigning focused on fellow Church members under their ecclesiastical supervision."

Provo, UT

Calm down, people. The article is not about the separation of church and state. It merely addresses a socialogical/cultural phenomenon regarding whether Mormons are more likely to vote for one of their own. Actually, in reality, the article is a fluff piece, along the line of are Blacks more likely to vote for Obama, or are the citizens of Georgia more likely to vote for the former governor of Georgia funning for president. Logic and common ssnse would tell you Yes


I'm so glad these ridiculous types of "articles" will now cease!

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