Remember that Mormon conspiracy to take over America that folks like Yale’s Harold Bloom and Salon’s Sally Denton keep warning us about? Well, according to a new survey of Utah lawmakers, it runs so deep that most Utah politicians have never even been lobbied by the LDS Church. BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins has the insidious details:
[W]hile the Mormon Church has voiced opinions on a few issues — immigration, gay rights, gambling, and liquor laws specifically — lawmakers said it does very little lobbying. In fact, most respondents said they had never heard from the church’s Salt Lake headquarters at all, an interesting factoid at a moment when — in an echo of worries about Papal control of John F. Kennedy — some of Mitt Romney’s critics worry about his ties to the church organization.
Democratic House Minority Whip Jennifer Seelig, a Methodist, told the Tribune she saw more religious meddling in her home state: “In comparison to Kentucky, the LDS Church is not that directly active in politics.” And Republican Rep. Stephen Handy, said, “I wouldn’t know the chief LDS Church lobbyist if he walked in the door and sat right next to me.”
The operation is so slick, in other words, that the politicians who are being controlled by the Mormon Church don’t even know that they’ve been lobbied. Ingenious. Of course, the real takeaway from this information is Coppins’s conclusion:
[T]he Tribune‘s survey seems to suggest that political lobbying isn’t in the church’s wheelhouse. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t change its tack with newfound access to power — and certainly Romney’s worldview, shaped by his faith, would inform the decisions he made in office — but for the church to start aggressively lobbying the White House would require a substantial shift in policy and practice.
Via Meadia hopes that editors will consider this fact before running yet another op-ed claiming that Mitt Romney is plotting to impose Mormonism on the United States. The former Massachusetts governor may or may not be the right man for the White House, but he isn’t a stalking horse for insidious Mormon plots. The press needs to drop this stupidity, fast.