Many conservatives will dismiss this article by its title. However, the Mormon religion is based on socialism and if you do a search on google for "Mormon socialism" you will get 1,240,000 hits.
The following is the opening to a 2011 article in the Salt Lake City Tribune:
Whether one accepts the historical or theological claims of the Book of Mormon, one theme in it is obvious: At their most righteous, the Nephites presented in the book were benevolent socialists; at their most depraved, they were greedy free-market capitalists.
In the zenith of Nephite culture, "the Lord called his people Zion because they were of one heart and one mind and they did have all things in common — and there were no poor among them." Having "all things in common" suggests a society invested in public infrastructure and welfare for the whole.
Redistribution is not an anomaly in Mormon scriptures. Joseph Smith declared that "It is not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin." (Doctrine and Covenants 49:20).
For any conservative this is surely commie talk! Yet Smith persisted, "If you are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things" (D&C 78:5-6).
Early Mormon leaders advocated a United Order to redistribute wealth for the benefit of all Saints.
Though redistribution is the highest economic order in Mormon scripture . . .:
Mormons tithe more to the Latter Day Saints than other churches in the US. Ninety per cent of Mormons tithe and Mormons have the highest percentage of members who tithe 10 per cent of their income or more.
graphic: Hysterical Raisins
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