Mormons have a well-deserved reputation as a conservative bunch. Hence, I have to include this wonderful image of leftist Mormons on the picket line.
The picture shows a members of Mormons for Equality and Social Justice picketing with striking miners in Huntington, Utah. If you haven’t been following the adventures of MESJ, you ought to. They are an group of Mormons who are interested in left-wing/progressive politics and religious orthodoxy and loyalty to the church.
I think that they are important for a number of reasons. First, they are explicitly trying to articulate a political vision based on Mormonism. Second, their efforts illustrate that Mormon conservatism need not be a foregone conclusion. Hence they open the possibility of a pluralistic, but nevertheless explicity Mormon and faithful discussion on politics. Third, even if you don’t agree with their particular brand of political activism, a bit more political diversity among Mormons can only be good for the Church and for Mormonism.
Kudos to MESJ from a basically classical liberal Mormon!