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Elder Oaks worries about "global warming, wars and rumors of wars, drought" and said "But as serious as all this is"
"Every day we are assaulted with big worries: global warming, wars and rumors of wars, drought, a possible pandemic of some infectious disease, and a possible recession. Seacoast cities are worrying about the rising level of the ocean, which will bring ocean tides to their doorsteps or over the thresholds. But as serious as all this is, I worry more about the rising tide of evil in the world around us"
Not politics, just sharing what a General Authority said.
Article 6 of the United States Constitution plainly states that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
But BCSpace stated here that he is “all for people applying their own religious tests to candidates as politics and religion (or lack thereof) are completely and absolutely inseparable.”
How do you feel about religious tests for office? Why do you think this was put into the Constitution? My view is that it was put there to in order to protect the separation of church and state, and to keep our pluralistic society intact instead of letting one particular religious body dominate (for example - The Church of England or evangelical Christians), as well as to prevent less popular religious minorities like the Mormons from becoming marginalized.
However, I think we all tend to vote for candidates that have values similar to our own, but where does it cross the line into becoming a religious test, as religion inevitably shapes a person’s values?
Lehi stated that it is a restriction on the federal government (not on the people who vote) as to who can hold office. So if I understand him correctly, it is acceptable for individual citizens to apply their own religious tests for candidates as long as the government itself doesn’t do it? What about people who refuse to vote for Romney simply because he is a Mormon?
Obviously this is a rather sticky situation, and I am interested in hearing what you all have to say about it. Enlighten me!