(Salt Lake Tribune) Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last week made an informative, thoughtful statement about the need to take a balanced approach to the connected issues of protecting the employment and housing rights of LGBT individuals and protecting everyone’s religious liberty and rights of conscience. They suggested a set of prudent principles to guide legislators’ consideration of these issues — principles Sutherland Institute endorsed shortly thereafter.
But to read the statements of the ideological left in Utah, one would think the church leaders simply said, “We support Sen. Steve Urquhart’s anti-discrimination bill, period.” In fact, the church did not announce support for any specific piece of legislation. And while political spin can be expected from those well-practiced in the craft, it gets a little awkward when the church says “Mormon leaders call for laws that protect religious freedom” (the headline on mormonnewsroom.org) but the spin machine mutates that into “In major move, Mormon leaders call for statewide LGBT protections” (the headline of The Salt Lake Tribune’s story on the news conference).
Click here to read the rest of this op-ed in the Tribune by Sutherland’s Derek Monson.