I’m a serious, committed, political conservative with libertarian leanings. Senator Harry Reid and I disagree fundamentally on virtually every political controversy. Moreover, I’ve found not only his policy positions but some of his specific comments extremely trying. Still, I’ve always resisted the tendency of some of my Latter-day Saint fellow-conservatives to demonize him. And former Utah senator Bob Bennett — author, by the way, of the excellent book Leap of Faith: Confronting the Origins of the Book of Mormon — explains a significant reason why:
I’ve heard the same thing from other sources. Senator Reid, they’ve told me, has been the most willing of any of the Latter-day Saints in the Senate and the House of Representatives to step forward to help the Church when foreign governments were harassing it or causing it difficulties. He’s almost always been helpful to BYU at events in and around the District of Columbia. He is, to the shock of many, an active and believing Latter-day Saint.
Humans, and all things human, are complex.