Following a meeting with President Obama and religious leaders, Dieter Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) declared: "Our principle ... is that we love our neighbor, which means we love all people, in all places and at all times."
Uchtdorf and other religious leaders routinely invoke the "love of neighbor" to justify their unconditional support for illegal aliens. However, their love of neighbor appears to largely exclude American citizens, including American children, who are victimized by illegal aliens.
For example, when Donald Trump expresses love and compassion for his American neighbors who have had family members killed, raped, and brutalized by illegal aliens, religious leaders side with the illegal aliens and condemn Trump as an uncompassionate, hate-filled bigot.
According to the Mormon Church's newspaper, the Deseret News, "Trump's banter belies a willingness to use and discard other human beings at will." However, religious leaders often use and discard human beings (American citizens) who do not go along with their unconditional support for illegal aliens.
In addition, America's religious leaders have a double standard for American citizens and illegal aliens. They expect American citizens to accept and obey their religious teachings and doctrines. If Americans don't comply, they may be denied church ordinances and may even be excommunicated. However, these same religious leaders are more than willing to bend their rules and doctrines to allow illegal aliens, who are openly committing job-related felonies that victimize their fellow human beings, to receive full membership privileges and all church ordinances.
We saw this double standard when a sheriff in Indiana arrested illegal aliens for stealing the identities of Americans. In this case, religious leaders came to the defense of the identity thieves rather than helping their victims. However, if American citizens were to victimize illegal aliens, these same church leaders would demand that law enforcement officers arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate the Americans. They would show no love or compassion for the Americans committing the crimes or for the families of the perpetrators as they are marched off to jail.
In Utah, the Mormon Church pushed a blatantly unconstitutional law through the state legislature that grants amnesty to illegal aliens in the state of Utah and then pulled out all stops to prevent it from being repealed in spite of the fact that illegal aliens consistently violate the 8th and 10th Commandments as well as multiple state and federal criminal statutes. However, when Utahns asked the legislature to legalize medical Marijuana, which has the support of 64 percent of Utahns, the Mormon Church intervened and killed the bill because it was determined to violate Mormon doctrine.
Could the reason that America's religious leaders favor illegal aliens be that these religious leaders have determined, like Hillary Clinton, that Americans are irredeemable? After all, Americans are leaving organized religion in droves and those outside of organized religions are not open to missionaries and others trying to bring them into the established churches. On the other hand, illegal aliens accept the churches' offers of help and are willing to fill their pews in return for temporal benefits received — financial and moral support, pressure on authorities to refrain from enforcing laws that illegal aliens violate, assistance when they are arrested for violating immigration laws and for committing crimes against American citizens, and support for amnesty.
So rather than trying to save the souls of millions of American citizens who are not members of their churches, which is admittedly difficult, religious leaders shift their focus to illegal aliens because they are willing to join their churches. This of course raises the question of whether illegal alien converts will remain active for spiritual reasons should amnesty be granted or if they will drop out as soon as the temporal reasons for their membership no longer exist. Only time will tell.
In any case, like America's discredited political, media, and business establishments, America's religious establishment has failed in its duty to administer to everyone and to play its role in establishing the moral basis required for American democracy to function smoothly. Rather, the country's faith leaders have offered illegal aliens amnesty from their sins and crimes without any need to truly repent or to make restitution to the American citizens who have been severely damaged by their actions.
Taken together, the failures of America's religious leaders have likely contributed to the concern expressed by Americans over the direction of the country — 82 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going. And, by turning their back on Americans, the churches are sending the message that American citizens are irredeemable. This only hastens the rate that current members leave their churches and makes it that much harder to bring Americans who have left back into the churches.
This crisis of confidence in organized religion in American has been long in coming and will continue until religious leaders once again start showing true love and compassion for the American people rather than discarding them in favor of illegal aliens.