Letter: Shame on you, Sen. Lee

(Stefani Reynolds | AP) Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah,, questions Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett during the second day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

Sen. Mike Lee:

I cannot adequately describe how offended I am by your use of a Book of Mormon leader, Captain Moroni, to campaign for the reelection of Donald Trump at one of his rallies.

Here are some of the essential differences between Captain Moroni and Trump: Moroni was a righteous leader who lived an exemplary life, while Trump is a godlessly despotic anti-Christ, lacking even the pretense of moral fiber in his soul — if he has a soul. Moroni never sought power for his own benefit and ego, but worked only to protect the lives and well-being of his followers. Trump seeks to retain power and financial gain through lies, fear, self-aggrandizement, intimidation, cruelty and the manipulation of sycophants like you. He cares not at all for his followers; they are only a means to an end — and that end is power.

I am ashamed to admit that we are members of the same church and that you would use our church and the Book of Mormon for Trump’s and your political gain. As a lawyer, a retired district court judge, and a graduate of the law school founded by your father, I am embarrassed to acknowledge that you have any association with our law school and our profession.

Finally, as a Utah senator, you demonstrate daily that you do not represent any of the values, spiritual or temporal, that I hold dear. In the future, I will vote for anyone but you.

Claudia Laycock, Orem

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