June 18, 2007

CQ Radio: I Get Around (Update: The LDS Church Explains Their Political Neutrality)

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I'm a busy man today. At noon Central, I'll be a guest on Silvio Canto's BlogTalkRadio show. We'll talk blogging and immigration, and you can join the conversation at 646-478-4933.

At 6 pm Central, I'll join James Joyner for the premiere broadcast of Outside the Beltway's new BTR show. James will also have Dr. Steven Taylor from Poliblog as a guest, and you can join that conversation by calling 646-716-7030.

Today on CQ Radio (2 pm CT), I'll have Mike Otterson, the Director of Public Affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He'll talk about the LDS Church's politically neutral stance and the effect that the Romney campaign has had on their organization. Afterwards, we'll have more or less an open forum for CQ Radio listeners and CQ readers. We'll talk about whatever's on your mind. Call 646-652-4889 to start the debate!

Next Thursday evening, I will debate James Boyce of the Huffington Post at BlogTalkRadio's Debate Central at 7:30 pm ET. The topics: Fred Thompson's impact on the Republican race, and Bill Richardson's policy on Iraq. Don't miss it!

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Comments (7)

Posted by Kent | June 18, 2007 5:31 PM

Transcript! Transcript! Transcript!

Many of us really don't like audio.

Posted by gahrie | June 18, 2007 6:36 PM

I would like the LDS to answer one question:

How can you call yourself a Christian church when you believe:

A) God was once mortal


B) All men have the capacity to become a God?

Posted by Random Guy | June 18, 2007 7:18 PM

I've never once heard a political candidate pushed in Church, and I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all my life. The Mormon Church practices, as well as preaches, political neutrality.

Gahrie: Mormon Christianity is certainly philisophically freewilling, and it permits speculation regarding the nature and history of God. Probably only a minority of the Church member believe God was once mortal. But most of us believe that Christ is able to lift us far, far above what we are now, that we might become "gods" in a sense. See John 10:34: Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Anyway, I'm probably not going to respond to any more "Mormons aren't Christians" posts, given that they're off topic.

Posted by RBMN | June 18, 2007 7:45 PM

Re: gahrie at June 18, 2007 6:36 PM

I don't know exactly what Mormons believe theologically, but I know that for the last hundred years plus, as a group, Mormons have been good hard-working citizens and generous neighbors. Can't ask for more than that. Can you?

Posted by gcarlston | June 18, 2007 11:26 PM

As a lifelong member of the LDS Church, I've often been fascinated by the obsession some people seem to have regarding my beliefs. I'm familiar enough with Catholic and mainstream Christian beliefs to know that there are many differences between us. I don't really have a problem with that. I don't really care whether anyone else thinks I'm a 'Christian' or not. That's between me and my God...

As a voter, I care a LOT more about the political philosophy of a candidate than his or her religious one. I know the two may cross paths here and there, but one doesn't necessarily give a clear picture of the other (the insufferable Harry Reid should make that clear).

With regard to the topic, in 42 years of regular church attendance, I have NEVER heard a candidate endorsed from the pulpit of an LDS chapel (overtly or otherwise). I can only think of two issues that even came close to having the official backing of church leadership (the fight against the ERA and the various Defense of Marriage initiatives). Anyone who thinks the LDS church represents one huge voting bloc doesn't know much about the LDS Church or its people.

Posted by aloysius | June 19, 2007 7:15 AM

Gathrie how do you call yourself a human being when you make comments like a pig.

Posted by Kent | June 19, 2007 9:21 AM

I don't think Gathrie was really looking for an answer, but I'll give a straight one anyway:

Because I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and my personal savior.