June 16th, 2006

Harry Reid and First Presidency Opposition

Frankly, I don’t care much for Harry Reid. What I did find interesting, however, was a recent blog post by somebody who is not a member of the LDS church, calling for Reid’s excommunication.

Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is also a democrat. Some would argue that being an LDS Democrat is like trying to mix oil and water. It just doesn’t work.

A few weeks ago, the First Presidency of the Church issued a statement urging all members to contact their elected representatives and make their voices heard regarding this divisive, important topic.

However, Harry Reid, while supporting marriage being between a man and a woman, stands in opposition to a federal-level, constitutional amendment:

“This is another one of the President’s efforts to frighten, to distort, to distract, and to confuse America. It is this Administration’s way of avoiding the tough, real problems that American citizens are confronted with each and every day.” (source)

Frankly, I don’t care much for Harry Reid. What I did find interesting, however, was a recent blog post [at time of post, site was down. try google cache] by somebody who is not a member of the LDS church, calling for Reid’s excommunication. This blogger’s stance was that Reid is in direct opposition to the policy of the LDS church, and therefore should be excommunicated.

An interesting idea (well, a new one anyways, since I’ve yet to hear people demanding that Reid be excommunicated), but I see no reason. Excommunication is reserved for the most serious of sins, since it strips the person of their rights to fully commune with the Saints, participate in meetings, attend the temple, and so on. It is not a threat tool to quell potential naysayers and all those whos views differ from the General Authorities of the Church.

As General Authorities, we sustain these men and believe that what they preach is the mind and will of the Lord. While spiritual and doctrinal conformity is expected, political conformity is not. The leaders of the church only become involved in politics (e.g. issuing their recent letter) when it is a moral issue. Just as Captain Moroni of old, we too should be involved politically when moral issues are on the line.

That is why I loathe Senator Reid, and admire and respect Governor Mitt Romney (also LDS), who issued a letter to Senators, affirming his stance on the same-sex marriage issue (and heeding counsel of the First Presidency).

So, in summary, we are not to blindly follow our church leaders… But when it comes to issues of morality and fundamental doctrine, you’ve got a pretty weak testimony if you disagree with them.

5 Responses to “Harry Reid and First Presidency Opposition”

  1. Randon Taylor
    May 27, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    How in the world could you say that about Mitt. He’s been pro gay marriage for most of his career as a govenor. He only flip flopped to against gay marriage to run for President. He is WAY worse than Harry Reid. I don’t see how any lds that know his history can help but loathe him.

  2. Connor
    May 27, 2008 at 10:02 am #


    If you notice the date on this blog post, you’ll see that it’s quite old. Read over this post for one example of my stance after doing my homework on Mitt. Rest assured that I oppose him (politically) as much as anybody.

  3. albert
    July 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Do you affiliate with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or do you sympathize with the precepts of any such group or individual? this is the 6th question regarding your temple recomend also, 8th question. harry reid should not be allowed to enter the lords house. he is in total oppostion of the general aut as well as the teachings of pres benson etc…. his desire is to socialize the united states, there for taking away our freedoms and liberties. WHY DOES THE CHURCH STAND BY HIM. the war in heaven is not over. the battle field has changed. harry reid wishes to do what saten did. by force tell all americans whats best for them, that we will all be on equal footing. but with that ..will loose our agency and freedoms to choose for ourselves. the goverment will choose for us. choose when and ware we can see a dr. choose what kind of lights we can have in our homes, what car we can drive. legalized plunder….dist of wealth…. ? its time we draw the line…take away harry reids recomend. no fireside speaches so he can spin our youth and his suto truths….truths mingled with lies…….

  4. Clif
    July 13, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    Albert, as long as you are so quick to set yourself as the arbiter of the worthiness of others, how about you bless us with your opinions on other notable members who have been Democrats. (Hugh Nibley, Hugh B. Brown, James E. Faust, Marlin K. Jensen) Or how about you stop being such a pharisee.

    It is true that there are planks in the Democratic platform that are incompatible with the gospel. Nevertheless, if you believe that the Republican party represents a synthesis between the gospel and politics, you really should wake up.

  5. Tim
    February 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Clif if a mormon cannot point out the fact that Mr Reid has not followed the gospel rules then who can? I wonder how many potential converts that Mr Reid potentially has turned away from the church by his actions.I am a recent convert and have asked this question myself,recently I was inside a home teaching a lesson and was asked how Mr Reid can say he is a member of the church and at the same time lie and tell half truths.The problem with your opinion on judgement is that none members judge us by the way we keep the gospel and Mr Reid has done a poor job as an example.I cannot comment on the other democrates you have mentioned because I am unaware of thier views but if they have made as many contradictions to the church as Mr Reid we would have herd about them.By the way the investigator will not allow me to come back into his home.

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