RELIGION AND POLITICS: Should your religious beliefs influence your vote?

Utah (ABC4 News) – The 2020 election is just days away, and Utahns across the state are casting their ballots. Perhaps more than ever, Americans are encouraged to exercise their right to vote and vote for the candidate who best matches their personal beliefs and opinions.

And while we can expect to hear from organizations like the NFL, NBA, Facebook, and some retail outlets, there’s another key part of society that’s been proactive in getting the vote: religion. .

The United Jewish Federation of Utah told ABC4 it is calling on its communities to vote and revitalize its Democratic ideals. “We call on our community and the leaders of our institutions to urge their members to come out and vote,” the federation says. “As a community, we cherish our plurality of differing opinions and believe that by exercising this right, we uphold this most important ideal,”

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City says it also encourages its congregations to exercise the right to vote.

“The community of the Catholic Church extends far beyond our parishes, as do our obligations to the common good. Catholics are not only expected to vote and otherwise engage in our political community, we are morally obligated to do so,” says Jean Hill of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City.

“This obligation flows from our baptismal promise to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all that we do. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “everyone must participate, each according to his position and role, in the promotion of the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person. … As far as possible, citizens should participate actively in public life.’”

Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also encourage political participation and voting for Church citizens in the United States.

“We urge Latter-day Saints to be active citizens by registering, exercising their right to vote, and engaging in civic affairs. We also urge you to take the time necessary to educate yourself on the issues and candidates you are considering,” as stated in a statement to Latter-day Saint members.

Latter-day Saint leaders have not endorsed any individual candidates, but are advising voters to consider moral issues.

“Principles consistent with the gospel can be found in various political parties, and members should seek candidates who best embody those principles. While the Church affirms its institutional neutrality with regard to political parties and candidates, individual members must participate in the political process. Please strive to live the gospel in your own life by demonstrating Christlike love and civility in political discourse.

Imam Shuaib of the Islamic Center of Utah says he addressed his followers on the importance of voting in a recent sermon: “I encourage my followers to exercise their civic responsibility/duty and vote” .

The Islamic Center of Salt Lake City is the largest in the state and this year the Islamic Center of Utah is the first mosque in Utah to be approved as a polling place for the Nov. 3 election.

Did you vote? See Utah.gov for voter information.

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Ruth R. Culp