Of One Voice? : Mormon Attitudes Toward the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment
Oklahoma State University
Ph. D. Oklahoma State University 2010
The present study seeks to further explore the Mormon population's experience with the First Amendment religion clauses as well as provide information on the church-state attitudes of practicing Mormons. The Mormon Church, historically a persecuted minority religion, particularly targeted by conservative Christian groups, has in recent years become politically aligned with the Christian Right on many issues. Their tenuous alliance with Christian Fundamentalism is similar to alliances forged between other historically antagonistic religious groups such as conservative Catholics and Protestant church. As a historically persecuted group, this is a difficult population to gain access to, and therefore Mormons have been largely overlooked in recent studies on religion and culture wars in American society. This study hopes to fill part of this gap by extending Hunter's (1991) Culture Ware theory and Jelen and Wilcox's (1997, 1995) Church-State Typology to the context of the Mormon religion.