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On Law and Social Prohibitions

On Law and Social Prohibitions

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Published by: Jim Smith on Mar 03, 2012
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On Law and Social prohibitions:Mormonism’s Anti-Libertarian Social ActionsFeb 2012 James B. Smith
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Forward by John L. Harmer 3
Introduction 5
A series of Facebook posts. 7
The Assertion of Compatibility 10
Prohibition 12
What are the Libertarians saying about Prohibition? 12
The Brethren act by the Lords wisdom 15
“It is in your power to elect men who will enforce that law.” 15
Warning about the Repeal of Prohibition 17
“False arguments of those who are trying to break down the safeguards of our Constitution” 18
II. Obscenity Laws 20
Definitions 20
The view of the blind 22
So, what are the Libertarians actually saying about obscenity? 23
Libertarians Honor the Obscene 26
Laws do not make men live morally, they allow moral men to live. 29
The LDS Church’s support for Anti-Obscenity laws. 32
Elder Haight and the use of Law 34
California Proposition 18, April-November 1972 37
The Church sides with the Anti-Obscenity movement 39
United States Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography 40
The Tolerance for evil, October 1971 42
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and myhouse, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 43
III. The Legal Definition of Marriage 45
What Are the Libertarians saying about marriage? 47
The Church calls on elected leaders to enforce marriage definitions. 51
Points of conflict 53
The Watchmen on the Tower issue their Warning 55
A Direct Example how We are all Effected 57
The Past is Prologue 58
Closing: A Question of Judgment 60
Sources and Notes 65
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Forward by John L. Harmer
As a Latter-day Saint I am pleased to recommend James Bradford Smith's remarkabledocumentation of the historical commitment by the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in support of political issues of moral significance. This documentation bySmith merits the careful study of every Latter-day Saint who seeks an understanding of thehistorical role of the leadership of the Church in matters affecting the moral climate of oursociety.Smith has provided a compelling mandate to every Latter-day Saint to committhemselves to support the leadership of the Church in temporal matters as well as the moretraditional theological mandates. His analysis of the correlation between current political
issues and the role of the Church in protecting the spiritual welfare of its members is bothbrilliant and consistent with the past and present practices of the Church leadership. I havefrequently quoted the statement of Lord Patrick Devlin, a noted British jurist, when he said:"
The suppression of vice is as much the law's business as the suppression of subversiveactivities...an established morality is as necessary as good government to the welfare of society. Societies disintegrate from within more frequently than they are broken up by external pressures...” (The Enforcement of Morals:
Oxford University Press: 1968)
What Lord Devlin said of the role of the state in suppressing vice is equally applicable tothe role of The Church.Any student of the Book of Mormon will recognize the consistency of Smith's analysis of these issues with the admonitions in the Book of Mormon to make whatever sacrifice necessaryto preserve our religious freedom. No other responsibility that rests upon the leadership of the

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