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Since I’m writing this on the Sabbath and since religion seems to be playing a bigger part in this election than is normally the case, I thought I would make a few comments about religion and politics. I read an article this morning about how some black clergy are in a quandary over how to direct their parishioners to vote. They cannot support Obama because of his stance on gay marriage and they cannot support Romney because of a Mormon doctrinal issue, since rescinded, that black men could not hold the priesthood. All I can say about this is that it is no longer the doctrine of the Mormon Church and has not been for over 3 decades. If you question the possibility that the Mormon Church is free of racism then I suggest you ask any black member. (Mia Love might be a good place to start).
Considering whether religion should be a factor in your vote, I say that Character and Integrity should be a factor, but not religion. How well a candidate adheres to his religious beliefs should be a factor but not the religion itself. This is an indication of character. As a Mormon, I have voted for lots of candidates that did not share my religious belief. Continue reading