The leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) made quite a splash last week when they announced they would support a law banning discrimination against LGBTQ people – with one condition.
Some analysts hailed the move. A few headlines writers even got a little carried away and asserted that the church had endorsed gay rights or forged a compromise that other conservative religious groups could use. Read more
It’s not often AU can say this -- but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is on to something.
The LDS church has made a point to remind its senior leaders to remain politically neutral in the upcoming elections.
“The Church’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, not to elect politicians,” church president Thomas S. Monson and his senior counselors said in a letter sent to top church leaders recently. The letter was also posted as a statement on the church’s website. Read more
Next time you're in Salt Lake City, you had better refrain from kissing your loved one in public. It could get you arrested.
Especially if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which runs the show in town, doesn't like you or what you stand for. Read more
Is the state of Utah a theocracy?
You certainly might think so after reading an article in today's Salt Lake Tribune.
More than 80 percent of legislators are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and for the past 15 years, legislative leaders have met annually with Mormon church officials to discuss the coming year's agenda. Read more
The more you learn about California's Proposition 8, the more it raises church-state concerns.
When well-funded sectarian allies manipulate the democratic process to take away the civil rights of a small minority of Americans, fundamental constitutional safeguards are gravely jeopardized. Conservative religious forces wanted to write their theological viewpoint about marriage into civil law, and they didn't mind trampling on the rights of same-sex couples in the process. Read more