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CITY ELECTORAL POLITICS--2007

Salt Lake City, the beautiful, is poor. An enormous portion of the Central Business District property belongs to the Mormon Church, a/k/a The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

In Utah, churches pay no taxes. Private citizens have to pay more in order to keep our City functioning.

Salt Lake City is subject to the will and the whims--and the profound prejudice--of Utah STATE legislators.

Salt Lake City’s population is 70% non-Mormon (Gentiles, the Mormons dubbed us) but the Salt Lake City Council is possibly 100% Mormon. (Is there one Gentile?)

The ultra-organized Church, with its “telephone trees” and “e-mail torrents” is a Force to change the “choosing” idea of elections. (In Church elections, a “no” vote results in immediate ex-communication; thus, the idea of critically voting is foreign to 70% of the STATE population.

The Church pronouncement that “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints takes no position on political questions unless a matter of ‘morality’ ” (their definition) is a religious tenet, not a real-world political fact.

Salt Lake City’s Gentiles, most devoted to the First Amendment and such, do not readily accept the principles of organizing. Possibly their insistence on personal political liberty and individual responsibility will result in the loss of the last refuge of liberty in Utah.

The Mormon assault on Mayor Rocky Anderson continues, even as he is leaving electoral politics and is not a candidate in the current election. Their goal is to vanquish freedom everywhere, and their fear demands destruction of every symbol of democracy.

Ethel C. Hale