Salt Lake Tribune
Wed, Aug 7, 2014
Subject: Cliven Bundy On the Fringes
Bundy’s views ‘far on the
of Mormonism, says BYU prof
Mormon cattle rancher Cliven
Bundy takes an idiosyncratic stance on his church’s 12th Article of Faith,
which calls for "being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and
magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." (NOTE: IN THIS COUNTRY
WE THE PEOPLE ARE KINGS)
Bundy, who owes the federal
government more than $1 million in grazing fees, supports the U.S. government
only when it doesn’t interfere with what he views as his rights.
In a 1994 speech at America’s
Freedom Festival in Provo, LDS apostle Dallin H. Oaks rebuked the notion that
Mormons can break laws they think are unjust.
Oaks pointed to church
policies reminding Mormons in any nation that they are "obligated by the
12th Article of Faith to obey the tax laws of that nation (see also Doctrine
& Covenants 134:5) . … A member who refuses to file a tax return, to pay
required income taxes, or to comply with a final judgment in a tax case is in direct
conflict with the law and with the teachings of the church."
There are even rules in the
Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Inc.) for disciplining
members "who don’t obey the law," Monson said.