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CityViews 7/23/12: “Mormons and the New Political Restoration”/”Celebration of the Hand”



Segment 1:

Mormons have been flexing their political muscle for decades, from the Equal Rights Amendment to California’s Prop 8 to Mitt Romney’s ascension as the GOP pick for president. On Monday, we’ll talk about the rise of Mormon political influence and the religion’s central role in the nation’s culture wars.


  • Dr. Mark Silk, author, “Spiritual Politics: Religion and America Since World War II”

Dr. Mark Silk will deliver the opening lecture “Mormons and the New Political Restoration” at the 2012 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium on Wednesday, July 25 at 8 p.m. in the Olpin Student Union’s Saltair Room, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. The lecture is free and open to the public.





Segment 2:

Hands allows humans to grasp, pick up and feel. They’re also extremely useful in the creative arts and Craft Lake City  and The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change  are paying tribute to handiwork in a new walkable outdoor exhibit. On Monday, we’ll hear more about gallery pieces in “Celebration of the Hand.”


  • Angela Brown, editor, SLUG Magazine; Craft Lake City
  • Karamea Puriri, Craft Lake City

You can experience “Celebration of the Hand” on the north and south sides of Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East through October.

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    Political Neutrality

    The Church’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, not to elect politicians. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in matters of party politics. This applies in all of the many nations in which it is established.

    The Church does not:
    •Endorse, promote or oppose political parties, candidates or platforms.
    •Allow its church buildings, membership lists or other resources to be used for partisan political purposes.
    •Attempt to direct its members as to which candidate or party they should give their votes to. This policy applies whether or not a candidate for office is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    •Attempt to direct or dictate to a government leader.

    The Church does:
    •Encourage its members to play a role as responsible citizens in their communities, including becoming informed about issues and voting in elections.
    •Expect its members to engage in the political process in an informed and civil manner, respecting the fact that members of the Church come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and may have differences of opinion in partisan political matters.
    •Request candidates for office not to imply that their candidacy or platforms are endorsed by the Church.
    •Reserve the right as an institution to address, in a nonpartisan way, issues that it believes have significant community or moral consequences or that directly affect the interests of the Church.

    In the United States, where nearly half of the world’s Latter-day Saints live, it is customary for the Church at each national election to issue a letter to be read to all congregations encouraging its members to vote, but emphasizing the Church’s neutrality in partisan political matters.

    Relationships With Government

    Elected officials who are Latter-day Saints make their own decisions and may not necessarily be in agreement with one another or even with a publicly stated Church position. While the Church may communicate its views to them, as it may to any other elected official, it recognizes that these officials still must make their own choices based on their best judgment and with consideration of the constituencies whom they were elected to represent.

    Modern scriptural references to the role of government: Doctrine and Covenants, Section 134

    Political Party Participation of Presiding Church Officers

    In addition, 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.”

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