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Opinion

Alex Beam

A big win for the Mormon church

Nov. 6, 2012, the day that Latter-day Saint Mitt Romney claimed 58 million votes in the presidential election, may qualify as the most important day — ever — in Mormon history. What had long been America’s most reviled, and openly rebellious, religious minority had become certifiably mainstream.

Less than a 100 years ago, every young male Mormon joining the church had to recite an “oath of vengeance” against the United States, swearing to seek revenge for the 1844 killing of church founder Joseph Smith. Until 1927, Mormons vowed “to avenge the blood of the prophets upon this nation, and . . . teach the same to your children.”

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