With the recent statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urging members in Utah to vote against a proposition legalizing the sale of marijuana in the state, many have questioned the faith’s stance on political neutrality.
If the Church claims to be neutral in the matter of politics, why does it release statements such as these? A closer look at the Church’s official guide on the topic can provide insights and clarity.
The Church commits to remaining “neutral in matters of party politics.” As part of this effort, the Church does not endorse or oppose any party, platform, or candidate. In the matter of voting, the Church does not “direct its members as to which candidate or party they should give their votes to.”
However, the Church does “reserve the right as an institution to address, in a nonpartisan way, issues that it believes have significant community or moral consequences or that directly affect the interests of the Church.” To be nonpartisan means you do not affiliate with or show any bias towards any political party.
You can learn more about the Church and political neutrality by watching the video below.