Are Mormons the new conscience of the GOP?

“Unfit.” That’s what Mitt Romney said late the other day about Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama judge who’s on the ballot as the GOP Senate nominee for Alabama’s particular election on December 12. Moore is usually under fire for allegations that he previously sexual and passionate relations with girls as young as 14.

Romney said Moore should stage apart, and that he believed the accusers. It’s only today that Senate Bulk Innovator Mitch McConnell followed fit without hedging his criticism by declaring that Moore should drop out of the competition “if” the accusations will be true. Today, McConnell took a full page from Romney’s playbook, declaring he believed the women, and that Moore should keep the race, full give up.

But Romney said it 1st. And just as I wrote in October, he’s not the only Mormon Republican head to publicly criticize members of his own get together in these unusual situations. Jeff Flake denounced President Trump’s administration from the Senate floor, saying he could not come to be complicit in Trump’s irresponsible and vengeful patterns.

To Read: While a fellow Mormon, I’m proud of Jeff Flake

And that’s not all.

Orrin Hatch, the Senate’s longest-serving member, sharply criticized Trump’s managing of Charlottesville:

Hatch did support Trump’s candidacy in 2016-but lots of high-profile Mormons didn’t. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (formerly R-UT), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), Rep. Mia Appreciate (R-UT), and others either withdrew their endorsements after Trump’s “grab em by the pussy” comments because public or hardly ever supported him in the first place.

So . . . are Mormons growing to be the new moral conscience of the GOP? Only halfway. Here’s why.

Do you see a pattern among almost all of the LDS GOP politicians who have spoken out against Moore, Trump, and other unconscionable members of their party? Many of them will be either out of power already (Romney), choosing to relinquish power because re-election would be a obstacle (Flake, Chaffetz), or planning to retire (Hatch). The types who remain in power, like Mia Appreciate – the only black feminine Republican in every of Congress – have been oddly quiet about Roy Moore and various other recent scandals. Why carry out Mormon Republicans seem to be most apt to speak their minds when it’s relating to a concern of sexual ethics? Roy Moore did some outrageous items in his profession, like refusing to follow the law to this extent that he misplaced his chair not once but twice on the Alabama Supreme Courtroom. And the news headlines is loaded on a near-daily basis with ethical violations of Trump’s administration, including the ongoing and ever-growing investigation into likely collusion with Russia.

Just last week, several Mormon GOP leaders voted and only giving a judicial chair to an untested 36-year-old who has never even tried a case. (Even so, as a blogger, this nominee openly denounced Hillary “Rotten” Clinton and background checks for potential gun owners, which may be plenty of to qualify him in the mind of Donald Trump’s.)

Where was the Mormon conscience after that?

My spouse and i don’t expect LDS Republicans to suddenly abandon conservative ideals and begin voting for healthcare or against taxes cuts. They must vote their guidelines and represent their constituents.

I do, on the other hand, expect them to phone out injustice if they see it, whether or not that injustice has been perpetrated by members of their private political party. And apart from these high-profile reproofs mainly about sex-an issue that Mormons still value in their politicians, whether or not evangelicals have speedily abandoned the idea that politicians’ personal immorality will spill over into unethical patterns in public life-Mormon GOP leaders have kept pretty mum.

Where we are able to see profound moral leadership at the moment is less in the cadre of (mostly male) LDS politicians but in the vibrant latest group Mormon Women for Ethical Government, a bipartisan organization founded in the wake of Trump’s election. Whether it’s mass shootings or immigration or sexual violence, these women haven’t any shortage of reflections on putting Mormon faith into action.

And in an era when Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to be to countenance each other, it’s heartening to find on the MWEG Facebook webpage that it is still possible, in 2017, for passionate members of different political persuasions to get together on causes that subject.

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