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Letter: Utah non-Mormons see two churches
First Published May 22 2014 04:13 pm • Last Updated May 22 2014 04:13 pm

In response to "Bud" Mahas’ letter ("Teaching good deeds," May 18), there are two LDS churches that non-Mormons experience in Utah. One promoted by the church, the other denied to exist by membership.

Your examples are displayed diligently in order to cultivate conversion. There is another church that is experienced by non-Mormons.

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The church’s great influence in the state cannot be denied. The execution and application of laws may be considered sensitive to members of your faith, but may be seen as oppressive to others. Non-members are expected to live within the laws that Mormons consider necessary. Yet outside of Utah there are healthy and productive members of society that do not feel the need to live under these arbitrarily restrictive laws.

Beyond the laws, courts, and political structure being under church control, there are unwritten and unacknowledged oppressions visited on non-Mormons. I would ask if you would feel righteous if you saw a small child denied the winning of a race or contest in order to favor a Mormon child of less talent, or a person denied a job or paid less because not a member of your faith?

I’ve been asked if I am anti-Mormon. My answer, not the religion.

Charles Martens


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