Mormonism isn’t democratic. Everyone knows that.
There are no public debates to determine Church policy. There are no contested elections. Mormons vote almost weekly to “sustain” decisions made by their leaders, but these “sustaining votes” signal acceptance of the decisions rather than actual agreement. And they are almost always unanimous in the affirmative. In thirty years of church attendance in three countries and a dozen states, I have never seen a single “no” vote.
This line of reasoning is accurate, as far as it goes, but democracy has many dimensions. [Read more...]