June 8, 2016

HAS A REPUBLICAN EVER LOST UTAH AND WON THE ELECTION?:

Trump's Mormon problem: 'That's not how we roll in Utah' (Dan Cox, 6/07/16, Yahoo Politics)

Many Mormons see frightening parallels between Trump's attacks on Muslims today and their own fraught history. Joseph Smith, the religious community's founding prophet, was murdered by an anti-Mormon mob, and at one time, "you could kill Mormons just like you could kill deer," Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in a recent interview with NPR. During the 19th century, some attacks on Mormons were officially sanctioned by the U.S. government. President Rutherford B. Hayes sought to limit the immigration of Mormon converts coming to the U.S. from Europe. Quin Monson, a professor of political science at Brigham Young University and co-author of Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics, says "any Mormon that is even somewhat knowledgeable about Mormon history has respect for the ideals of religious freedom and feels empathy for religious minorities that are treated similarly."

That history is an important reason why Mormons are much more sensitive to Trump's attacks on Muslims than another traditionally conservative religious constituency: white evangelical Protestants. A 2013 PRRI survey found that two-thirds (67 percent) of white evangelical Protestants believe that Islam is at odds with American values and way of life, a view shared by only 37 percent of Mormons. The majority (54 percent) of Mormons reject the notion that there is something fundamentally un-American about the Muslim faith.

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