Another Lex Ronanis:*
A. that most American conservative Mormons (i.e. most Mormons) wish for a Mitt Romney presidency, or at least wish him well,
B. that one hindrance for Romney is the perception that good Mormons are obligated to always follow the dicta of the Salt Lake Brethren,
C. evidence that good Mormons can share political views at odds with the Brethren is good for Romney,
D. those who wish for (A) must not criticize those who display evidence of (C).
So, to provide two examples, Romney’s cause is helped by Utah’s striking down of Prohibition contrary to Heber J. Grant’s wishes and by Harry Reid’s voting against the Constutional Marriage Amendment.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Mitt Romney Rule: if you support Romney, do not criticize those who aid Romney’s candidacy by taking political positions at odds with the Brethren. That Romney himself used to do this (gays, abortion) is probably useful to him if he is to capture any of the middle vote in a general election.
So, give Harry your love. Hug your Democrat neighbour. Be kind to those hopeless liberal Mormons and their Berkeley ways.
1. The Larry King Rule: determine basic church positions by imagining how President Hinckley would respond to them on Larry King.
2. The Scientology Rule: if your actions would be deemed cultish if practiced by a Scientologist, they are cultish.
3. The TK Smoothie Rule (coined not by me but by David J): confronted by a doctrinal vacuum, Mormons are apt to fill it with all kinds of weirdness.