• Mormon Democrats Do Exist!

    You know, the Mormon Church sometimes gets a bad rap as being too homogenized. But nothing could be further from the truth.

    Too often, people forget that there are Mormons who are a little bit country, and Mormons who are a little bit rock and roll. There's pro-mayonaise Mormons, and then there's their more-raucous pro-Miracle Whip neighbors. And, obviously, there are staunch conservative Mormons like Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney, and then there are more liberal Mormons like Harry Reid and Mitt Romney.

    Diversity, it seems, is not a thing to be shunned, but a blessing to be embraced. Just ask the church leaders

    The Mormon Church released a letter Monday urging its Utah members, in uniquely strong terms, to attend the state's caucuses next month — regardless of which party they belong to…

    But the church sought to reaffirm in the letter that it espoused no pro-Romney favoritism: "Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in the platforms of the various political parties. We encourage members to attend their precinct caucus meetings."…

    A recent Pew survey showed that 74 percent of self-identified Mormons "lean Republican," and an overwhelming portion support Romney's candidacy. Mormon Democrats do exist, but they often face criticism from fellow believers that their political views are out of step with doctrinal teachings.

    But, hey, being an oppressed minority is nothing new for Mormons. It's how they ended up moving across the continent and setting up the locus of their culture in a desiccated wasteland next to a giant lake filled with salt.

    It's also why they've gotten so good at it themselves.

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    Tags: Democrats, Mormon, Religion, Utah

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