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Letter: LDS officials should stay out of governing
First Published Jan 27 2014 08:36 am • Last Updated Jan 27 2014 11:02 am

D. Todd Christofferson, identified as a member of the LDS hierarchy, has blatantly stated his church’s position on the subject of possible liquor law considerations in the upcoming session of the state Legislature ("LDS Church: Don’t change liquor laws," Tribune, Jan. 21).

As a citizen of the United States and 15-year resident of Utah, I take offense at this totally improper use of his position and that of his organization.

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The recognition of a Mormon-controlled Legislature furthers the belief held by many non-congregants of the LDS Church that Utah, through the domination by this group, overtly and purposely violates the U.S. Constitution.

The corruption of freedom of belief and social conduct through the LDS sway over far too many elected officials is an offense against the very principles of separation of church and state that many Americans over the past nearly 240 years served in the military and died in battle to assure. Christofferson’s remarks, considering his high position in the church, are an affront to all citizens residing here.

My response to his statements: Stay out of my life and remember you are a religious organization, not a freely elected government.

James F. Oshust

Salt Lake City

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