Many Utah Mormons do follow the mentality of state Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, over the Mormon President Thomas S. Monson [“Two-faced Utah,” March 5, City Weekly], but there are Mormons who think differently.
Try looking at The Mormon Worker (TheMormonWorker.org), a publication whose purpose is to “meaningfully connect core ideas” of Mormonism to “radical politics.”
Before you jump to the conclusion that its politics are far right-wing, note that it discusses (in a positive light!) a broad spectrum of political ideas: anarchist, socialist, progressive, etc. It also looks at broader and deeper political ideas than typical leftwing local mainstream publications.
The Mormon Worker’s November 2008 issue was dedicated to Dorothy Day, the journalist, activist, pacifist, anarchist and devout Catholic convert. Ironically, Day is even being considered for sainthood, despite the fact that, as the Mormon Worker quotes her, she once said: “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.”
We should be careful to not be dismissive of nor marginalize Mormons who do differ. We should give these Mormons—instead of Buttars—more of our attention.
Stewart N. Thorpe
Salt Lake City