Mormon News November 7-11
CHURCH LEADERSHIP CONGRATULATES U.S. PRESIDENT-ELECT
Several political and religious leaders responded to Tuesday’s election news with public messages directed at the new president-elect. While responses from Catholic leadership, Germany, and France ranged from tepid well-wishes to tentative endorsements, some leaders adopted a broader message of general support. Statements from Russia, China, and the LDS Church offered congratulations to Donald Trump, with the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve encouraging members to pray for the new president and his administration. The news release also commended Secretary Clinton and all political candidates for their participation in the democratic process.
MORMONS JOIN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS IN ELECTING TRUMP
Despite heavy condemnation from prominent Mormons and Republican politicians, exit polls reveal Mormons overwhelmingly voted for Trump. Data analyzing the voting patterns of religious communities reveal that 61 percent of Mormons voted for the Republican candidate, second only in the support received from evangelical Christians who supported Trump with 81 percent of their votes. Trump’s victory among Mormon voters came as a surprise to many, since polls suggested Mormons might turn traditionally red Utah blue or purple by supporting third-party candidate Evan McMullin. In the end, Trump won 46 percent of Utah votes, while Clinton won 27 percent, and McMullin won 21 percent.
ARE MORMONS TRULY CONCERNED WITH RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?
After discovering most Mormons supported Donald Trump in the election, some Utah Muslims feel betrayed by their Mormon neighbors, who had frequently expressed concern for protecting religious freedoms yet voted for a candidate with extremist views regarding Muslims and refugees from Islamic countries. Utah Muslim Noor Ul-Hasan hoped Mormons would “at the very least” support Evan McMullin, “to show that Mormons totally understand what it’s like to be persecuted. And yet, they didn’t stand by me.” Many Muslims expressed concerns that Trump’s election would incite increased hate crimes and discrimination against the Muslim community.
HOW MORMONS CAN SUPPORT REFUGEES
LDS Church leadership condemned Trump’s statements on refugees and immigrants long before his campaign victory. Additionally, the church created a webpage dedicated to helping Mormons find ways to assist refugees and promote religious tolerance and understanding in their communities. Mormons or anyone wishing to help with refugee relief efforts can visit the “I was a Stranger” page, which offers a variety of service opportunities based on an individual’s talents, time, and financial resources. The page also encourages Mormons to implement refugee-friendly teachings in their church callings and worship lessons.
–news update by Steph Lauritzen