Progressive Mormons Launch National Super Blog


Crystal Young-Otterstrom
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Several national organizations representing over 10,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the political left are merging their blogging efforts into a single national blog, MormonPress ( MormonPress unifies four LDS progressive voices: Mormons for Obama, LDS Dems of America, MormonDems, and Mormon Liberals. “I am very proud to be a part of the MormonPress community,” declares Matthew Anselmo, cofounder of MormonDems and a resident of North Carolina. “As an LDS blogger for over a decade, it’s exciting to join my voice with others who hold the same passion for politics and religion.” 

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MormonPress boasts over two dozen writers from across the United States and brings together a broad spectrum of perspectives into a single location. Authors include elected officials and political activists. The founders of MormonPress assert that the blog “won’t drive a deeper wedge into political debate but encourages dialogue and commonsense solutions. It's a dialogue; not a campaign,” said Rob Taber, who is the chair of LDS Dems of America and Mormons for Obama. Taber is a resident of Florida. 

Historic in its inception, prominent progressive LDS voices are “uniting together to drive greater awareness of a burgeoning politically-progressive perspective within the global LDS community,” remarks Aaron White of MormonDems and a resident of Colorado. MormonPress authors have a strong sense of calling with the creation of MormonPress. Adds Jeff Swift of, “As Mormons, we’re taught to serve and share things that are meaningful to us, to offer the glass of orange juice to the others at the breakfast table. aims to share the orange juice.”

MormonPress will quash stereotypes and demonstrate that not all Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are conservative Republicans. The authors of MormonPress assert that they are democrats and progressives because of their religious beliefs and not in spite of them. “There is a common myth in Mormon culture that posits you can’t be politically progressive and a faithful Latter-day Saint,” White asserts. “MormonPress will go a long way in debunking this falsehood in a respectful and thought-provoking manner.” 

 “People think that politically liberal Mormons are like unicorns--we know they could exist in theory, but we've never actually met one in person,” Swift comments. “The community that started to form around our organizations allowed Mormon unicorns to find and support each other. Being the minority in such a close-knit faith community is difficult, and it helps to have others who understand.” Adds Marlo Balmanno of LDS Dems, “when we came together we found that there are more of us than you'd think, and that's a really good feeling.”


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  • Chuck Borough
    commented 2015-02-19 15:44:21 -0800
    I’ve known for many years that there were great numbers of people “pretending” to believe things that they do not believe. The expectations and requirements for acceptability are powerful tools. I know many scientists, physicists, biologists, etc. I have trouble believing that most of them believe some very advanced person lived without the universe and then made the universe, or that we do not have non-human ancestors.
  • Washington's Ghost
    commented 2015-02-19 12:08:11 -0800
    I have a very hard time reconciling anything linked to Saul Allinsky with LDS teachings, or even Christianity. Obama wants us to read “rules for radicals” by said author. The forward to this book is a nod to Satan. This isn’t hyperbole, it literally says as much.

    “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”

    It is God’s plan that we use our agency to do Good or Ill and then face what we have done knowing we had our agency intact. It was Satan’s plan to force people to do Good and get the glory for himself.

    A big government tries to fulfill Satan’s plan. A law for everything. You MUST be good (or at least what society at large qualifies as good) or else face the penalty of Law. This is the antithesis of Liberty.
  • Carolynn ni Lochlainn
    commented 2015-02-18 10:40:09 -0800
    Oh, how exciting! I have just gotten back to blogging after a long period of not knowing how to be true to my faith AND my liberal politics onscreen. What timing! I look forward to reading what you have to say. Congrats, Rob Taber, my Facebook friend!

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