Utah is perhaps best know for the young men and women it sends out in white oxfords and names tags called missionaries. These religious missions are partially responsible for nineteen percent of Utah residents speaking a second language compared to the national fifteen percent. As well only seven percent of Utahns are not proficient in english while twenty one percent of the national populations fails in english proficiency. Missionaries sent overseas learn the language of the country where they serve. Over one hundred and twenty languages are spoken in u\Utah and one in twelve Utahns is an immigrant. One of the largest growing populations and languages in Utah is Tongan. This may be accredited to the large number of missions sent to Tonga-Samoa. No doubt the LDS church has an huge influence on the demographics and culture of Utah. Still only sixty three percent of Utahns are mormon of that forty three are considered active members. However republicans hold a eighty six to eighteen majority in the Utah legislator, eighty eight of the representatives are active members of the church and only one of the vast majority of republicans is not mormon. It’s clear that this is not a proportional representation of Utah’s population. The church has taken strong stances on a number of controversial issues and the politicians in Utah are greatly influenced by their faith. Sen. Jim Dabakis was recorded saying “I find a lot of my colleagues perceive that their church would act this way, and therefore they would need to act this way,” It appears even on issues that the church does not involve itself the values and opinions of the church still influence law makers. When the church does become involved it can make a big difference. Dabakis remembers struggling to pass a law preventing housing discrimination to the LGBTQ community until the LDS church publicly backed it. Utah legislature has remained predominantly republican and LDS over the years even as numbers of churchgoers and republicans has declined. Whether you find yourself on the same side of the isle as the church or not it cannot be denied that the LDS church an influence over Utah politics that greatly misrepresents its residence.Tags: FaithPoliticsUtah
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