The truest GOP believers? Mormons

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conference goers sing at the first session of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 185th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah April 4, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/George Frey
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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conference goers sing at the first session of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 185th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah April 4, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/George Frey *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-MORMON-GOP, originally transmitted on April 8, 2015.

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SALT LAKE CITY — No other religious group identifies so strongly with one party, although some come close.

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  • Debbie Snowcroft

    Mormonism has essentially morphed into a political party. The Mormon “religion” is more about money and the right-wing political agenda than anything else.

  • Well Debbie, I’ve been a member of the Church for a very long time, and I’ve never seen it harp on money. It thinks a person should pay his or her own way with funds they have righteously earned, It thinks that we should use that hard earned wealth to help other people in need, but that’s all we think of money. Some of us work quite hard and are able to amass some money, and some of us work just as hard for less, but we do not envy those with more. Many of my Mormon friends are voting Democrats, but I don’t hold it against them. I have my opinion of what a leader should be and they have theirs, so we don’t argue about it. Some of my many children are “well off” and some live on a “shoe string”, but I love all of them equally and they love each other. Perhaps you’d best start working hard for your own support, instead of expecting others to pay for your wants and needs?

  • kevin jk

    It find it humorous since the Gospel is libertarian in nature. Libertarianism’s foundational teaching is the rejection of force on others. You can’t use force to make people do/don’t do things that in no way objectively harm the person, property or rights of another. people are allowed to do as they please and reap the natural consequences of their actions. This mirrors the LDS doctrine of agency.

    in the scriptures we read about God tells Adam…of every tree of the garden, thou mayest freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou mayest not eat. Thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee, but remember that I forbid it for in the day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die…(probably not an exact quote). This is libertarianism at its finest…allowing people to act as they see fit and reaping the rewards of their choices.

    The other 2 major parties follow Satan’s plan. (to be continued)

  • Debbie Snowcroft

    Rex wrote: I…I’ve never seen it harp on money.”

    Rex, you must be wearing blinders or something. A person can’t be a fully participating member of the Mormon Church without a temple recommend. They can’t go to weddings in the temple without a temple recommend. They can’t hold most positions in the church without a recommend.

    A person is a second-class member of the LDS Church without a temple recommend.

    And it’s a requirement, in order to get a temple recommend, that a person must pay the LDS Church 10% of their “increase.”

    I can’t think of any other church in the world that harps more about money and is more focused on money, and that defines personal “worthiness” in terms of money than the LDS Church.

  • Sasha Bill Kwapinski

    It’s funny how people who complain about religion and Republicans never have any such complaint when religion is mixed with liberal or Democratic politics. (The National Council of Church has been advocating left-leaning politics in the name of religion for decades.) Incidentally, if you think Mormon Democrats are rare, try looking for a Unitarian Republican.

  • Sasha Bill Kwapinski

    Debbie, a “second class citizen” is one who is arbitrarily prevented in some way from having the blessings or benefits that others may enjoy. In the LDS Church, there is nothing arbitrarily preventing anyone from living by its principles and standards if they so choose, including the paying of tithing and other contributions. I proudly pay a tithe of my “increase,” as well as other contributions, and will continue to do so. The Mormons have modeled and demonstrated for me what the concept of “service to others” as all about in practice (As distinguished from the guilt trips and political agendas which were pushed in my face by liberals.)

  • dmj76


    I remember hearing a talk from a Unitarian Republican in the 1970s.

    best wishes

  • kevin jk

    The LDS Church focuses less on money that just about any other denomination. you may hear talks about tithing twice a year. Compare that to any other church. Since the local clergy isn’t paid, they aren’t incented to talk about it.

    The LDS don’t take time out of our services to pass the plate every Sunday. It’s never done. We don’t pass the plate at other events asking for a “love offering” either.

    You’re barking up the wrong tree here.

  • kevin jk

    Both the Dems and the GOP believe in using force to get people to adhere to their ideals. they pass laws outlawing all kinds of activities that don’t harm others. They both advocate the taking of unneeded tax revenues to fund their schemes and give-aways to their donors and supporters.

    Most LDS therefore draw near to the idea of freedom and agency, but their hearts are far from it.

  • Rick

    I have to disagree respectfully. While it’s true that there is no collection plate, there doesn’t need to be. There’s the tithing expectation and the tithing settlement meetings with church leaders and the many talks on the importance of tithing. Tithing is the key to the doors of the temple, and without the temple, you can’t have your exaltation. No other church – except maybe Scientology – makes giving so much of your money to the church so regularly such a critical component of membership. An LDS member without a temple recommend is like a fish without water. I don’t mean to be flippant, but if you don’t pay your 10%, you aren’t going to get very far in the church or in the eternities.

  • Sasha Bill Kwapinski

    I thought I was the last Unitarian Republican when I left the Unitarian Church. Maybe there were two of us! (Or maybe it was the ghost of William Howard Taft).

  • Kevin JK

    The tithing settlement interview, in addition to stating that you are a full tithe payer, allows the members to review the contribution statement given by the bishop to make sure everything is listed. Since donations are tax deductible, members want to make sure that everything that they have donated is listed and the interview allows them to do that.

    Sure, there is an expectation that people will keep the commandment to tithe as well as keep other commandments. Not being Calvinistic, we believe that keeping the commandments is essential. Tithing is simply one on a long list of commandments. It gets no more attention in Sunday sermons or lessons than any other commandment. it’s not even listed in this year’s (or last year’s) Priesthood/Relief Society manual. If our faith is so focused on it, as Debbie claims, it would surely have been listed at least once in at least one of them.

    I know of no other denomination that dwells on it less than we do. let me know if you know…

  • B

    Funny, because, you also can’t do all those things if you drink coffee, or don’t pay your child support, or use tobacco, or any number of criteria that show you are really living up to certain standards of belief.

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  • catsissie

    I have seen FHE lesson material and related material on that tells members to pay tithing over rent or mortgage, bills, utilities, even over purchasing food. Yet I have also read that the original doctrine to pay tithing on our “increase” should be what is left after paying for our necessities, including these things we owe others. What the current teaching is does not seem to be in sync with the original Biblical meaning, or even the original D&C meaning. You can look it all up for yourselves. I’m adding this to make the point that it appears that the Church many of us knew once has changed–not the doctrine, perhaps, but the practices.