MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reports that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is agreeing to a resolution that would resolve the controversy over whether the church’s church-state separation doctrine was “inconsistent with the purposes of the United States.”
The resolution was reached Tuesday in a meeting between Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Church of Christ, which has about 7 million members, and Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which have about 4 million members.
In the resolution, church leaders have agreed to an agreement that states, “It is hereby agreed that, consistent with the intent of the Constitution of the U.S., the church shall not engage in any ‘relationship’ with a state for purposes of political power or political influence.”
“This resolution affirms the church recognizes that its religious freedom and freedom of speech protections are in line with the Constitution,” a statement from the church said in a statement.
“We hope this resolution will help resolve this conflict in a way that protects the First Amendment rights of the church, its members, its supporters and its members of the general public.”
In the past, the church has defended its church-states separation doctrine, arguing that the U