Politics & Policy

Mormon Leaders Staying Apolitical in 2012 Election

With two Mormons running (Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman), the Mormon Church intends to counterattack criticisms of their faith and religious practices — and have no involvement with the 2012 presidential election. From the Wall Street Journal:

“We not only don’t want to cross the line” between religion and politics, Michael Purdy, director of the church’s media relations office, said in an interview at church headquarters here. “We don’t want to go anywhere near the line.” …

 

On July 3, LDS leaders posted an edict on its official website instructing permanent employees of the Mormon Church and their wives to stay out of presidential politics. The edict precluded all “general authorities and general officers of the Church and their spouses” from campaigning and fundraising.

The blanket prohibition directly affects about 400 people—general church officers, senior ecclesiastical leaders, mission presidents, women in the “general auxiliary presidencies” and temple presidents—Mr. Otterson said. It is likely to pinch the fundraising base of both Mr. Romney and Mr. Huntsman.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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