Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Religion and Why It Matters

The script tells us that religion should never enter into who you should vote for.

Defenders of Eric Jergensen say that we should not consider his religion when considering which candidate to vote for because religion doesn't matter in day-to-day City Council business. If this is true, why did Jergensen and the other active Mormons on the council seek to undermine the Mayor's office in negotiations with Church following the 10th District Court ruling? Is it because Jergensen honestly believed that giving up the city's easment on Main St. free and clear was the best thing for the District that arguably will be the most affected by it? I have no clue. But one thing I know is the Church requires loyalty of its members, especially those who hold or have held ecclesiastical leadership positions.

In the sacred temple endowment ceremony, members make a covenant with God in which, among other things, they promise to devote their lives to building the Kingdom of Zion (aka the LDS Church). This is held as one of the most important things a Member can do, far eclipsing any matters of a temporal nature. My point here is not to embarrass the church or its members, nor is it to expose the sacrosanct ritual of temple endowments. Rather, it is to cast a critical eye on the belief that members of the Church will always - always - vote in accordance with the interests of their constituents when those interests are in conflict with the building of the Kingdom.

Many have said that agreeing with the Mayor on key issues is tantamount to being his lackey. I'll withhold comment on whether that is true with Janneke House. But it seems to me, as an advocate of separation of church and state, it is better for a candidate to align oneself with ideas that stand on their own merits rather than those that flow from religious doctrine.


Blogger Ethan said...

Problem is, though, does that mean that Mormons are not legitimate candidates? Or that Mormons can't be trusted in a Democracy?
Also, what does that mean for a race between two Mormons? Like this one.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ethan, I heard you were a few months shy of your Masters. Could you share the secret of how you managed to shirk any writing classes during all that time?

7:55 PM  

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