While Mormons have been unified and vocal in their protests of gay marriage, abortion and the equal rights amendment, the issue of immigration is drawing a split between members of the church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which itself had been forced to migrate and establish itself in Utah in the 19th century, now faces a fundamental divide between its conservative and progressive members.
The Huffington Post recently reported,
“The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has called for compassion when dealing with undocumented immigrants. It has urged politicians not to divide families, while some members support detention and deportation.
Church leaders have unequivocally lauded a new Utah guest-worker bill, which authorizes a program that allows undocumented immigrants to pay fines and stay in the state. It’s the same bill some leading Mormon conservatives are pushing to repeal, likening it to amnesty.
Unlike Mormon liberals, who long have struggled to balance support for their church with disagreement over some of its stances, these conservative members find themselves in an unfamiliar place.
And it’s as uncomfortable as it is unexpected.”
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