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LDS, evangelicals share political aims and 'restorationism'

Scholar calls Christians, Mormons GOP's 'twin pillars'

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  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 26, 2012 4:09 a.m.

    So LDS is now synonymous with GOP. This doesn't concern church leadership? It should.

  • SME Bountiful, UT
    July 26, 2012 7:18 a.m.

    The reason few LDS folks vote for the democratic party is not due to changes among LDS values. It is due to changes in the values of the democratic party. It is apparent who left who.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 26, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    SME, it is widely acknowledged that both parties have actually moved rightward. The GOP is very far from where it was even under Reagan. Does this mean the church is an extremist religion? Your argument is a worn out partisan rationalization.

  • mapman Ann Arbor, MI
    July 26, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    This is depressing. Being so closely associated with partisan politics cannot be good for the church. We should be charting our own course instead of being used by different factions. We should be putting our trust in God not the philosophies of men.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 26, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    @Esquire

    If the Democratic party has actually moved to the right, I shudder to think about where it came from.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 26, 2012 11:00 a.m.

    @ Brave Sir Robin, the Dems are regarded by political scientists as being more moderate than the past. They have not acted vigorously of late on key issues like the environment, tax policies, social programs, etc. In fact, the Dems of today are more moderate than the Republicans of the Reagan ear and before. Maybe the GOP has gone off the rails.

  • Hemlockroid Kailua-Kona, HI
    July 26, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Mormons aren't zionist by creed, so why is Mitt pulling this Evangelical Choosen People/Promised Land sled?

    Mitt keeps talkin about hitting Iran. Both Thatcher and Reagan condemned Israel striking Iraq in 1981.
    Thatcher condemned Israel’s bombing of Osirak, Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor, in 1981. “[The Osirak attack] represents a grave breach of international law,” she said in an interview with London’s Jewish Chronicle in 1981. Israel’s bombing of another country could lead to “international anarchy.”
    I think Reagan said something about,
    "....the inalienable sovereign right of Iraq, and all other States, especially the developing countries, to establish a program of technological and nuclear development."
    Iran is no different.
    In his STAR WARS Speech didn't Reagan say, 'We will never be the aggressor."?
    I'm looking for the first few Reagan Republicans to condemn the said planned attack against Iran. Betcha not one, including Mitt, has the guts to make a stand for fear of being called an
    anti-something. I have no idea what Mitt is doing.
    And then Mitt knocks Socialism? But now he's gunna go visit 3 socialist countries?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 26, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    @Esquire

    " They have not acted vigorously of late on key issues like the environment, tax policies, social programs, etc."

    I guess you missed the article right below this one about how Democrats are shutting down a coal-fired power plant on an Indian reservation for clean air reasons, which will cost over 1,000 Native Americans to lose their jobs. Unemployment is already over 20% on that reservation.

    If that is the "moderate" Democratic party at work, what were they doing before they were "moderate"? Causing 2,000 people to lose their jobs?

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    July 27, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    esquire, Spin and twist reality all you want. But the LDS church remains on the course that the Prophet directs. To suggest that we LDS are changing to become the GOP or that we LDS are aligning ourselves to blend with evangelists is perfectly backwards.
    We are on a straight course pursuing the same goals and desires that our forefathers had.

    I do find it interesting that this movement is called "the restoration".