Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

No Religious Test

on November 2, 2012

When choosing which candidate to support, we urge you to avoid the following invalid criterion: that the candidate be a found within the best possible religion. Part of the spirit of the law of religious freedom is the idea that a citizen need not belong to the true church to serve well in public office. Elder Dallin H. Oaks put it this way.

… Latter-day Saints must be careful never to support or act upon the idea that a person must subscribe to some particular set of religious beliefs in order to qualify for a public office. The framers of our constitution included a provision that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States” (Article VI). That constitutional principle forbids a religious test as a legal requirement, but it of course leaves citizens free to cast their votes on the basis of any preference they choose. But wise religious leaders and members will never advocate religious tests for public office. (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Religious Freedom”, BYU-Idaho speech 13-10-09)

Persons not of our faith have made some exceptional contributions as government officials. Doctor Ron Paul both as a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives and three times as a candidate for President of the United States has been a wonderfully consistent defender of Constitutional limits on the powers of government and of other key teachings of America’s Founding Fathers. We are also impressed with Roy Moore, former chief Justice of the Alabama state supreme court. A federal judge made a distorted interpretation of the First Amendment and on the basis of that distorted interpretation, ordered Justice Moore to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama state supreme court building. Relying on the correct interpretation of the amendment, Brother Moore refused to obey that order. He refused to submit to unconstitutional power and by so doing helped to reestablish limits on federal power. Moore was driven out of office for his courageous defense of limits on federal power but he did not back down.

And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood. (Doctrine and Covenants 101 : 80)

Of course any discussion of persons who did not have the light of the restored gospel in their lives but made great contributions as government officials must note that our Founding Fathers whom the Lord declared wise, did not yet have the fulness of the gospel in their lives when they gave us our inspired Constitution.

We hope the forgoing helps citizens understand how the Utah People’s People, a specifically pro LDS party, ended up endorsing a Baptist, Virgil Goode, for president of the United States despite the presence of a Latter Day Saint candidate in the presidential field. Of the various candidates for U.S. President in the 2012 election, it is Brother Goode’s track record of public service with which we are most impressed.

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