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LDS Leaders Told To Avoid Politics

The Mormon church is reminding its senior leaders that they should steer clear of politics as a campaign season ramps up and two of the faith's own compete for the GOP presidential nomination. In a letter sent June 16, church president Thomas S. Monson and his senior counselors say lay leaders with full-time church responsibilities and their spouses should not participate in political campaigns. That includes making endorsements or financial contributions. The letter was sent to the highest officers of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Part-time leaders are not barred from such political involvement. A church website post describes the letter as a restatement and clarification of an existing policy of political neutrality/Jennifer Dobner, Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo, of Temple Square in Salt Lake City)

Question: Do you agree with the position of the Mormon church that top senior leaders should steer clear of politics?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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