In politics and in government there is an essential tension between individual freedom and governmental regulation. Many Mormons presume that freedom is more important than regulation. “After all,” they say, “doesn’t the story of the War in Heaven make it clear that the Father and the Son support freedom while Lucifer is the advocate for control?” Actually, the answer to that question is, “No.” That is a common misreading of the story.Read more
The LDS Church's new website regarding religious freedom provides excellent guidance on becoming a positive influence in civics, politics, and culture. The site includes explanations of the rights we currently enjoy and advice on what you can do to help protect those right, as well as how to work with those you disagree with to advance public policy.Read more
A Parallel in American History
In the 1800 United States presidential election, there was a tie in the electoral votes between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. At the time, each member of the Electoral College cast two votes for president, the candidate with the most votes becoming president and the runner up vice president. Given that both Jefferson and Burr received 73 electoral votes each, the tied election then became the responsibility of the House of Representative to decide. However, after 35 ballots in that body to try to settle the election, the two candidates remained tied and the election undecided.