I’m wondering what the recent election in AZ says about the political power of the LDS Church. As a political liberal, its good news to hear that AZ Mormon Republicans have bucked the party line in favor of what I believe are more reasonable and compassionate solutions to immigration. BUT, I don’t believe its a coincidence that the AZ Mormon shift was preceded by recent legislation in Utah (heavily influenced by the LDS church).
Are you following? If my hunch is correct (that many AZ MOs are following the church’s lead on this), does it not serve as further verification that the LDS church can hold tremendous political sway on its members (even if its a *gasp* liberal proposition)? Does it not also mean that a Mormon President feeling some pull from SLC on certain issues is a higher probability than presented by Romney, Huntsman and the Church? Something else to think about – Is a Mormon following their church in a liberal direction (immigration) less sheep-like than the opposite ala Prop 8? (some liberals seem to suggest as much)
As a Mormon growing up in a politically liberal home, I have longed for moments like these – when conservatives have to do the kind of soul searching that has been a staple for me and many others. Yet, many AZ Mormons seem to have called the bluff – allowing political ideology to take a back seat to the council of church leaders. As to future discussions of politics and matters of conscience, am I now forced to concede them the moral high ground? (at least as it relates to institutional obedience)