Why Some Mormons Don't Support Romney in Arizona

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mitt Romney addresses supporters on a caucus night event in Denver, Colorado. (Emmanuel Dunand/Getty)

Mitt Romney has had a hard time garnering support among social conservatives. But since he's a minister in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you'd think that unanimous support among Mormons would be a given. That's not the case in Arizona, where strict adherence to Mormon teachings have led some to adopt libertarian views — and support Ron Paul.

Peter O'Dowd is news director at KJZZ in Phoenix, Arizona. He gives us a run-down of the issues that are important to Arizona Republicans.


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Montana from Montana

This has been going on too long, it’s a good start but our law enforcement has a long way to go.

When someone hides behind religion to do or say something that is wrong we should stand up and point it out (right the wrong).

When I was a kid I lived in Utah, and the Boy Scouts was taken over by Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church). This, so called religion, practices underage polygamy, they send the boy s off on missions to divide the underage sisters among the dirty old men of the clan. Now when these underage girls get pregnant, these same dirty old men, send them to the state to get their welfare checks. You should see some of the palace homes that are paid with welfare checks. By the way this is the newest religion that was created right here in United States of America.


Mar. 01 2012 02:14 PM
Jack B

Here is what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially says about immigrants:

"Members who emigrate to any country should comply with applicable laws...

To be considered for Church employment in any country, a person must meet all conditions of immigration and naturalization laws. The Church does not sponsor immigration through Church employment."

Similarly, one of the most basic tenets of the Church states: "We believe in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."

I'm not sure what part of "illegal immigration" confuses them, but those mentioned in the article certainly don't speak for the Church.

Feb. 21 2012 02:13 PM
Janet Miller

I am a little confused about the issue of some "latino Mormons" denouncing Romney because his views about illegal immigration are in opposition to the teachings of the church. The last time I looked, the 12th Article of Faith of the LDS church says "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." Did I miss something?

Feb. 20 2012 05:17 PM
Common Sense

Mitt Romney is not a "minister" for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a matter of fact, the Church has no such position.

Mitt Romney once served as a Bishop (a lay clergy position with stewardship over a geographically-defined congregation) and a Stake President (a lay clergy position with stewardship over a geographic collection of congregations). These were temporary, uncompensated positions of responsibility given by assignment, as are are all local leadership positions in the Church. To call him a "minister" implies a lifelong vocation and leadership role, which is incorrect.

He was called to serve, he served, and then he was thanked and released so someone else could serve. That is all. He does not currently have any leadership role in the Church whatsoever and while he is well known to members of the Church, that is due to his role in the SLC Olympics and running for President, not for his past leadership roles in the Church, which were largely invisible to most of the Church.

While it is reasonable to expect that he will get somewhat of a bump in Mormon communities for being a Mormon himself, it will probably be less than was the bump for Kennedy in Catholic communities. Contrary to popular belief, Mormons tend to be very free-thinking, with much more adherence to principles than to personalities. He will likely see a much bigger bump in Utah from his near hero status for saving the SLC olympics than for his membership in the Church.

A lot of assertions are made here on very shaky ground, with little in the way of supporting evidence. The last few polls seem to indicate that Romney still has a comfortable lead and Paul's support is lower in Arizona than in most other states where Mormons make up less of the population. I suppose it's possible that some Mormons would prefer Paul for reasons related to their faith... Mormons are taught to venerate the Constitution as being divinely inspired of God and Paul does seem to cite Constitutionality the most in his positions. However, most of the "Romney alternative" buzz I have heard in the Mormon community lately has been supportive of Santorum, not Paul.

Feb. 20 2012 12:08 PM

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