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I sent the following letter to the editor in to the Deseret News which was published yesterday (a guy named Jacob agreed). The letter follows, highlighting the changes that the editor made to my original letter:
Romney not representative of LDS viewsRon Paul a true conservative
As a news junkie and political enthusiast,I have been intrigued to observe the support and attention Mitt Romney has received in Utah. I agree with others who have come to the assumption that Romney’s support in Utah stems from his religion, which is shared by the majority of this paper’s readers.
However, I am of the firm opinion that Romney does not represent LDS beliefs. His desire to “double the size of Guantanamo” and use “extreme interrogation” tactics (Orwellian doublespeak for “torture”) shows that he rejects the Just War Theory supported in LDS scripture
, where war is only condoned in true self-defense.In addition, Romney has also flip-flopped on important moral issues such as abortion and gay marriage , something which should be alarming to true conservatives.
While Romney’s conservative voting record is a bit murky, there is one man that deserves the attention of all true conservatives: Ron Paul.
Members of the LDS faith will see in Congressman Paul a reflection of conservative values, a humble yet strong foreign policy, an economic policy based on sound money, and a desire to preserve our nation’s sovereignty.
I encourage the readers of this paper to do their research and not vote for Mitt Romney simply because he’s a Mormon.
UPDATE: The BYU Daily Universe also published my letter, printing it in its entirety. However, they did change the title to simply be “Romney’s record”.
UPDATEx2: I just spoke with Jay Evensen, the editorial page editor at Deseret News. He indicated that the paper version of their newspaper does carry the following disclaimer:
Forum rules: We recommend letters to the editor be kept short. We routinely condense and edit them. All letters must include a full name, address, telephone number and, whenever possible, a signature. Names are withheld only when publication would endanger or seriously embarrass the writer.
I suggested that they post the same disclaimer online.
UPDATEx3: The Daily Herald also published my letter, also in its entirety. They slightly altered my title, inserting the word “good” in “Romney not good representative of LDS views”.