Fox 13 is reporting that after inquires to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding Donald Trump’s call for the US to block Muslims from entering the US, the LDS Church has issued a statement emphasizing religious freedom.
SALT LAKE CITY —
If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a ‘Mormon,’ I am bold to declare before Heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist, or a good man of any denomination; for the same principle which would trample upon the rights of the Latter-day Saints would trample upon the rights of the Roman Catholics, or of any other denomination who may be unpopular and too weak to defend themselves. It is a love of liberty which inspires my soul—civil and religious liberty to the whole of the human race.
—Joseph Smith, 1843
Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Nauvoo, that the Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Latter-day Saints, Quakers, Episcopals, Universalists, Unitarians, Mohammedans [Muslims], and all other religious sects and denominations whatever, shall have free toleration, and equal privileges in this city …
—Ordinance in Relation to Religious Societies, City of Nauvoo, [Illinois] headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, March 1, 1841
Donald Trump has recently called for a ban on allowing any Muslims from entering the United States – including Muslim U.S. citizens who happen to currently be out of the country. This is the LDS Church’s way of staying politically neutral while politely saying (without naming names) that what Trump said was wrong.
Political leaders of all stripes have been condemning Trump’s stance, but when more and more religious leaders stand up, perhaps Trump will finally soften his toxic rhetoric.