“Those who are alive to their religion know that there is much to do. The sisters have weighty duties placed upon them, and duties that cannot be accomplished singly, but require a unity of heart and feeling. We must be united.” Eliza R. Snow
Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan group dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing. We are both watchdogs and activists, guided by our discipleship to Jesus Christ and His teachings. Our goal is to oppose unlawful and/or unethical proceedings and to promote positive change.
In our role as watchdogs, we will ask ourselves two questions when considering an issue: 1) Is it legal? and 2) Is it ethical? If the answer is no to one or both questions, then we will work to oppose that issue.
Members of this group honor the rule of law and are absolutely committed to civility and respectful discourse and conduct. We pledge to uphold all the core principles of nonviolent resistance as practiced by Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.* We will not engage in name-calling, vitriol, or hate speech of any kind. We will seek to understand all sides of every issue before taking action.
*Note: Mormon Women for Ethical Government is a private organization and is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do, however, fully sustain, honor, and support the Church’s doctrines and leaders.
Welcome to Mormon Women for Ethical Government. This group was born of desire, frustration, and hope — the desire to act, to do something (anything!) to push back against what we see happening in the United States right now, the frustration that comes from feeling directionless and alone in our efforts, and the hope that, working together, we can actually make a difference. There is strength in numbers, power in organization.
And so we created an organization where we can share ideas and plans of action, coordinate our efforts, and support one another. This might take the form of something as simple as making a phone call to an elected representative, or participating in a letter-writing blitz to senators and members of congress to register opposition to a piece of legislation or a governmental appointment. Or it might entail something as momentous as marching in a peaceful protest or participating in a rally or sit-in. It could even include something as life-changing as running for political office!
We believe we were created to act and not be acted upon. We know, too, that God expects us to be “anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of [our] own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in [us].” (D&C 58: 27-28)
These are strange times. Many of us are reeling, aghast at what is happening, dismayed (if not horrified) by what we are hearing on the news and reading in the headlines each day. It seems inconceivable, surreal, Orwellian. We cannot stand by and do nothing. To do nothing is to be complicit in this great evil.
And so we must act. But it is our belief that we must act always in kindness and with civility. A call for kindness and civility is not a call for resignation or acceptance or capitulation. It’s simply a call for us to hearken to the better angels of our natures as we engage in the fight. We take our former first lady’s mantra as our battle cry: “When they go low, we go high.” Yes, a battle cry, for make no mistake about it, we are here to fight.
There’s more than one way to engage in battle, however. In the words of our hero, Martin Luther King, Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” So let’s fight, by all means! Let’s fight with focus and determination and ferocity. Let’s drive out the darkness, drive out the hate–but with light, and with love, because those are the only weapons that can possibly lead to ultimate triumph.
Sharlee Mullins Glenn
Founder, Mormon Women for Ethical Government
The fundamental tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolent resistance as described in his book, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. (Beacon Press, Reprint edition; January 1, 2010)
PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.
PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.