Russell M Nelson of the Mormon Church Speaks On Equal Rights

I was just flipping around Google today, when I found an interview that the Pew Forum had with Russell M Nelson, of the Mormon church’s “12 apostles” on May 16, 2007. One comment by Mr. Nelson really stuck out to me. He said, “We feel that as we maintain the integrity of our religious institutions and preserve tolerance of each others sacred beliefs, we can preserve the strength of pluralistic society. We can promote tolerance and understanding.”

This comment, and other similar church released statements continues to fascinate me. How can any group continue to laud it’s compassion, understanding and tolerance towards others, while at the same time work as hard as it can to strip others of those “sacred beliefs” and liberties?

I’m really trying to put this into perspective, and the analogy that keeps popping into my head comes from one of my favorite books, “1984.” In the book, the country is at war with another country, and during a rally, a government speaker is working the crowd, toting the evils of this other nation. Then half way through his speech, someone passes him a note letting him know that the country they were at war with is now an ally, and another country is now who they’re fighting. The speaker doesn’t even miss a beat, he changes almost mid sentence to talk about this new country they’re at war with. The people in the crowd don’t even notice, nothing has changed, they’ve ALWAYS been at war with the 2nd country, and the 1st country has ALWAYS been their ally.

It’s not a perfect comparison, but it scares me just as much. How do more people not see what’s going on? They so crave and glory in the message of love that their church teaches, but at the same time, join in on it’s fight against love. But these same people, when asked about it, claim to “love everyone,” they just don’t want them to have any freedom of their own.

And for those who have been saying that the LDS church is absolutely correct to be involved in politics. Later in the same interview, Mr. Nelson (again of the “Quorum of 12 Apostles”) said, ” Our business is not political; our business is to abide by the concept of separation of church and state. Our business is to teach a better way of life, to teach the principles and doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is our mission. And our business is not to elect or to influence public elections;… We maintain a political neutrality.”

Now correct me if I’m wrong. But I think that this last statement makes Elder Russell M Nelson of the LDS church’s Quorum of 12 Apostles, one of the biggest advocates of the hypocrisy of what the church did on Prop 8 in California, Prop 3 in SLC, and religion being involved in politics in general. Wouldn’t you say that’s true?


2 responses to this post.

  1. I think the LDS Church is highly hypocritical to even try to pretend they are neutral when it comes to politics. Take a look at any article regarding the new liquor laws, or proposed liquor laws, and you’ll see a reference to whether “the Church” has approved it, or not, and the law’s passing or even being brought out of committee fully depends on that approval.

    Really pisses me off that everyone is just fine and dandy with things being this way, too.


  2. Yes, Eric, I would say it is true. I’m going to post this quote by Elder Russell M. Nelson on my Facebook page and really encourage my LDS friends and family to comment on it. I want to open this dialogue. Because it’s absolutely true that the LDS church is “electing and influencing public elections,” and, that no matter how many people claim this to be alright, IT IS NOT. No church, NONE, should have power to legislate their beliefs into the lives of others. The LDS church would be simply up in arms if Muslims began trying to legislate that ALL women wear veils (in public) and be escorted everywhere by male relatives. Or if Jeff Key’s blessed Church of Christ legislated their belief that no instrumental music should be played in worship services. Separation of Church and State is fundamental to this nation’s history, and what is NOT fundamental, as some people would argue, is the concept that this nation was somehow founded by Christians. It was founded by all of us. It was created for all of us. And all of us are the only way it’s going to continue to be a free nation for all.


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