Sunday, August 31, 2008

Why LDS Church members vote Republican

It's that time of the election season again when prominent Democrats complain about how the Republican party seems to have a lock on the LDS vote. Recently the Senate Majority Leader, Brother Harry Reid spouted off about this at the Democratic convention along with the Salt Lake Tribune's resident LDS Church hater, Rebecca Walsh.

What they both have to say is probably true, but the main point that they are ignoring is it's not the LDS Church members who have left the Democratic party, it's the other way around. Many year ago, I can remember when the Utah congressional delegation was predominantly Democratic. This was during the 70's, but three things happened to push Utah into a solid red state. Those three things were 1) Roe V. Wade, 2) the Equal Rights Amendment and radical feminisim and 3) gay rights. The LDS Church does not endorse any candidate for elected office and only counsels it's members to vote for those people who the members believes shares his or hers beliefs. However, the LDS Church does speak out on ballot inititives on social issues and spoke out against all three of these social issues. When the Democratic party decided to embrace these causes, LDS Church members left the Democratic party in droves due to the simple fact that Democrats showed members of the LDS Church that they did not share their values. Since that time, it has only gotten worse for Democrats. Gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research, gun control (Utah has lots of hunters), sex education, etc., are all issues where the Democratic party is on the opposite side of the fence from members of the LDS Church. To put it another way, you may not like the Republican party's platform on global warming, but at least they aren't taking away your guns, marrying gays and aborting babies.

So, the question for Brother Reid and Ms. Walsh is not why LDS Church members vote Republican, the question is why the Democratic party has dumped the values that LDS Church members hold dear. Maybe Brother Reid and/or Ms. Walsh would like to expound on that question for a moment. Brother Reid? Ms. Walsh? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? (Crickets chirping).

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At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote conservative because I believe in the teachings of the church and that charity is a private, voluntary affair. Even the United Order was a voluntary counsel and invitation. Non-compliance was not punishable by arrest and imprisonment the way non-payment of taxes is. I trust a prophet of God to spread the wealth in a perfect welfare system where we have the satisfaction of voluntary participation. I do not trust our government to do it...too much corruption and not enough tough love.


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