Why the Mormon church no longer
officially endorses political candidates
Pure religious persecution was one reason behind early Mormon difficulties with neighbors. Another was the quite real threat of Mormon voting blocs. It remains a potential problem today, which is why the church eventually adopted an official position—which it maintains most of the time—of neutrality when it comes to politics. (Interesting, given that you’d expect God to have an opinion about candidates and policy, and a church led by a living prophet to be privy to it.) Today’s The Salt Lake Tribune features an excellent article by Pat Bagley about the Mormon church’s experiences in the political arena. Highly recommended; click here to read it.