Slightly OT: Pete Ashdown for Utah Senator in 2006

Sasha Pachev sasha at
Tue Jul 12 14:25:10 MDT 2005

 >So you can be very LDS and be pro-choice.  Your choice will just
 >be to not have the abortion.

No, you cannot. The position of the Church is to support all measures that 
restrict abortion except for cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the 
mother is in serious danger. If you fail to align your political views with the 
position of the Church, you cannot honestly say you are sustaining your leaders. 
And if so, you cannot honestly get through a temple recommend interview.

Now, you can be a side-line LDS, to borrow a phrase from Elder Holland's talk, 
"sitting on the far edges of the doctrinal campfire", and take just about any 
position on any issue, and still call yourself LDS. You might even be able to 
rationalize your way through a temple recommend interview and get one. But you 
cannot expect the richness of the spiritual blessings that are predicated upon 
the commandment to sustain your leaders.

Sasha Pachev
AskSasha Linux Consulting

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