Mormons Stay Neutral in 2012 Race
While aggressively attacking misinformation
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2011 12:41 PM CDT
Republican Jon Huntsman speaks to the media after announcing his bid for the presidency on June 21, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – With Mormons Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman in the 2012 presidential hunt, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has decided to sit out the race—aggressively if necessary, the Wall Street Journal reports. “We not only don’t want to cross the line between religion and politics, we don’t want to go anywhere near the line,” one church official says.

Instead, the church has devoted its energies to fighting any whiff of anti-Mormon sentiment. In May, for instance, it responded to an essay on an obscure evangelical website with a fiery op-ed in the Washington Post. At the same time, it's spreading the word that it doesn't back either candidate. This apolitical turn might be surprising after its recent vigorous campaign against gay marriage in California, but leaders say they now distinguish between “moral issues” which they’ll campaign for, and political ones, which they won’t.