During July, the Title of Liberty Flag is a big thing in Idaho Falls.
But in this Sunday’s Idaho Falls paper, Corey Taule (Opinions Page Editor) takes the Idaho Falls mayor to task for signing a proclamation and declaring July Title of Liberty Month in Idaho Falls.
The Book of Mormon tells the story of Captain Moroni, a central figure in LDS theology, tearing off his coat and writing on it the following words: “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children.”
Moroni fastened his message on the end of a pole and called it the Title of Liberty. Believers flocked to Moroni’s banner, which was eventually “hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land.”
Some think a new group of believers will flock around the Title of Liberty banner in order to save the United States Consitution. LDS writer Michael J. Snider says this would fulfill a prophecy from Mormon church founder Joseph Smith.
The modern symbol is an almost exact replica of Moroni’s coat. . . .
. . . . By issuing his proclamation, Fuhriman [our town mayor] gave the city’s official seal of approval to a group specifically rooted in one religion.
This is more than one person giving a speech. It’s an entire community’s endorsement of a symbol that unquestionably derives from one religion’s primary text.
Corey goes on in his post, “Separating religion and politics”, to encourage elected officials to “leave the official seal at home.”
I would disagree with Corey. But to my LDS friends, I have completely different foundational premises on “God, Family, Faith, Peace and Freedom.”