Sunday, May 13, 2012
Washington, D.C. - A Suprising Mormon Stronghold
I have devoted this blog to correcting misconception of the press about the LDS Church. However, I should give credit when credit is due. Sometimes the press gets it right (or mostly right). Such is a recent article on the CNN website, With or without Romney, D.C. a surprising Mormon stronghold. The article speaks about the number of Church members in the Washington, D.C. area and their increasing influence in government. Heading the article is the video below, comments from an LDS women who works for Kansas Senator Pat Roberts.
The article begins by focusing on the testimony of Larry Echo Hawk at a Church service. Echo Hawk served as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs within the Obama administration and has recently been called as a member of the First Quorum of Seventy.
The article continues by describing the growth of the Mormon community in D.C., and provides some history of Mormons and politics (mostly correct). The article is also careful to point out that the Church is apolitical and that the "LDS Church, for its part, insists it is politically neutral and that it avoids pressuring Mormon elected officials to tow a church line."
As articles from the mainstream media go, this was a fairly positive article. Kudos to CNN for attempting to get it right.