T&S’s ever-excellent notes from all over linked to this article at Meridian. In it Robert Bork shares his thoughts on the culture wars with a conservative Mormon audience, a perfectly acceptable and admirable thing to do. Except….
…I am annoyed that he frames his remarks as of worth to "orthodox Mormons." As far as I am concerned, "orthodox" Mormons can be both liberal and conservative in political terms. This may be hopelessly naive of me, but still.
I am a political liberal (in American-speak anyway; the lines are drawn differently in the UK where I tend to the centre). I consider myself to be a fairly orthodox Mormon (whatever that means). I go to church. I have a calling. I hold a temple recommend. I believe.
But I am not a lobbyist against gay-marriage or abortion or some of the other hot topics that energise some conservatives. This is has nothing to do with my Mormon "orthodoxy." It is because I feel other "moral values" have been neglected by the Right and deserve my support.
This is my current political philosophy and I am annoyed by certain politically conservative Mormons who have sold their positions as "orthodox." But I am more annoyed that Mormon liberals have not fought back, that our message has been largely marginalised and dismissed. I support Mormons for Equality and Social Justice, for example. They are religiously "orthodox" and claim not to take positions that are contrary to official Mormon teachings. They are also politically liberal. I like them. But last year, when they tried to organise a DC Chapter, three people (including myself) turned up. Lame, lame, lame. So, my liberal pals, we only have ourselves to blame that conservative Mormons have Robert Bork batting for them and we have, er….