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Commentary —  13 May 2008

Scholars Provide Clarity on Polygamy Story

There’s a hint of clarity in relation to the news about polygamy.  Two observers — both university professors — see a limit to the confusion about “FLDS” and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In a story primarily about potential political consequences, the Deseret News quotes Matthew Wilson, professor of religion and politics at Southern Methodist University, and Robert George, law professor at Princeton. 

“Wilson said most voters won’t connect the actions of a ‘self-contained cult,’” the article reported, “with the LDS Church membership of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.” 

The Deseret News continues: “George, the director of Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, says, ‘I think that the vast majority of the American people, even if they’re not very familiar with Mormonism, even if they’re suspicious of Mormonism, fully recognize that the LDS Church is not to be confused with wild, cult-like organizations.’”

Some clarity from educated onlookers.  In time, suspicion will fade away as well.

Style Guide Note: When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online style guide.

 
 
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