November 29, 2017 — Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to Bigotry

November 10, 2017 — Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government with Regard to Sexual Violence

November 7, 2017 — Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government with Regard to Gun Violence

October 30, 2017 — Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government with Regard to the Mueller Investigation

September 9, 2017 — Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to Bannon Interview

September 5, 2017 — Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) with Regard to Announcement About DACA

August 12, 2017 — Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to White Supremacist Rally and Ensuing Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

June 29, 2017 — Mormon Women for Ethical Government Call for Decency in Political Discourse

May 2, 2017 — Mormon Women for Ethical Government Gather to Protest Unethical Detention of a Young Mother

April 6, 2017 — Mormon Women for Ethical Government and Others Gather in Prayer to Protest Feds’ “Changed Priorities” for Deportation


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November 29, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to Bigotry

In yet another abhorrent display of ignorance, the president has retweeted several anti-Islam videos from Alt-Right sources. This comes just days after he exhibited indefensible cultural insensitivity in a meeting with Native American leaders and follows over two years of immature, inflammatory, bigoted, and false tweets and statements.

Mormon Women for Ethical Government soundly condemns this behavior. This cannot stand. We call on our political leaders to stop ignoring such completely inexcusable comportment and to demand that the standard of conduct required from the President of the United States be upheld. The safeguarding of religious freedom requires us to protect people of all faiths not only from being denied equal rights of citizenship, but also from any impingement on their ability to express their faith openly without fear of persecution, particularly from the highest office in the land.

Finally, we call on good people everywhere to reach out with love and compassion to our sisters and brothers of all nationalities, ethnicities, races, and religions. We further urge all citizens to contact their members of Congress to remind them that Islamophobia, hate speech, and bigotry of any kind have no place in our government and cannot be tolerated to the least degree.

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*Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan group dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing. MWEG is not formally affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do, however, fully sustain the leaders and doctrines of the Church.


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November 10, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government with Regard to Sexual Violence

As Mormon Women for Ethical Government, we unequivocally state that the human body and its sexual powers are sacred. Any abuse or misuse of another’s body is contemptible and worthy of the most severe condemnation.

In the strongest possible terms, we assert that sexual harassment, assault, and violence preface the fall of a culture at large and should not be normalized or condoned in any way or by anyone, especially those charged with political leadership. Hence, we boldly condemn any attempts to justify such inexcusable and reprehensible behavior and demand that our elected leaders set a morally sound example.

For those who seek by any means to protect those guilty of sexual aggression and who deflect blame by either accusing the victim or by hiding behind the smokescreen of “fake news!” we issue a warning: Those who hide truth are themselves liars, and share in the greater guilt of a culture sinking into depravity.

We call upon good people everywhere, including those we have elected to make our laws and lead our country, to uphold the core values of honor, decency, and human dignity upon which our nation was founded.

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*Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan group dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing. MWEG is not formally affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do, however, fully sustain the leaders and doctrines of the Church.


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November 7, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government with Regard to Gun Violence

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Fort Hood. Charleston. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. These massacres and the many others across the U.S., including over 300 in 2017 alone, have left their bloodstain on the soil of our nation. Members of Mormon Women for Ethical Government believe our nation will ultimately be held accountable both to history and to God if we continue to watch in horror and do nothing.

Today, we forcefully proclaim that we have witnessed too many slaughters and we commit to work alongside other concerned citizens to push for immediate legislation for commonsense regulations that a majority of Americans already agree upon–bans on assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and bump stocks; reasonable waiting periods before firearm purchases; and more thorough background checks, including for private sales and at gun shows. We also call for a much needed national self-examination. Our culture of violence must change. And we must lead out in this change, beginning in our own homes. Not only do we need better laws, we need better people.

How many of our children must be sacrificed on the altar of individual liberties before we are shaken to action? As people of faith, we are sincere in offering our thoughts and prayers to the victims of these horrific acts of violence. But without accompanying action, our words can only echo across the land as a hollow mockery until they are coupled with both laws and people that honor the sanctity of life. We urge all citizens to stand together to defend our most fundamental freedom —the right to life.

*Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan group dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing. MWEG is not formally affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do, however, fully sustain the leaders and doctrines of the Church.


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October 30, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government with Regard to the Mueller Investigation

SALT LAKE CITY, UT- In light of the recent indictments in the inquiry led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, we call upon Congress to enact legislation that will protect this critical investigation and ensure that the whole truth be uncovered. We further call on Congress to insist that proper checks and balances between branches of government be maintained so that anyone found guilty of serious crimes against our republic or of abusing constitutional powers throughout the course of this investigation be barred from returning to any position of public influence. In addition, we reject and will vigorously contest any proposal for unethical pardoning or any other obstruction of justice.

We appeal to our fellow citizens to respond to the ugly divisions that threaten our beloved nation not with increased animosity, but with greater unity, reaching out to one another in love and good will. We thank Special Counsel Mueller and his team for their tireless efforts on behalf of the values and ideals that define democracy and pray for their well-being and continued ability to discover truth and defend liberty.

*Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan group dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing. MWEG is not formally affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do, however, fully sustain the leaders and doctrines of the Church.


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September 9, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to Bannon Interview

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — As citizens of a nation founded on principles of honor, decency, and justice, we, as Mormon Women for Ethical Government, denounce in the strongest possible terms any attempts to justify indefensible behavior. In a four-minute pre-released clip of an interview that will air on 60 Minutes Sunday evening, Steve Bannon once again dismisses as mere “locker-room talk” the wholly repugnant and puerile boasting of sexual assault by the man our nation went on to elect to the highest office in the land. In attempting to excuse this reprehensible conduct, Bannon demeans not only the intelligence, but the humanity of good people everywhere.

While vulgar and juvenile braggadocio does sometimes, regrettably, occur, it is not the norm and it is never condonable, especially when it comes from a 59-year-old grown man.

This attempted normalization of indecency, along with the chilling revelation that for this administration, it is blind loyalty or the highway — even in the face of irrefutable evidence of depravity and wrongdoing — reminds us that we, as citizens, must be absolutely vigilant in ensuring that this type of morally vacuous ideology never in the least degree be allowed to influence the governing or policy-making of this country.

Bannon asserts in this interview clip that “people don’t care.” We are here to boldly proclaim on behalf of principled people everywhere that we do care. We care, deeply. We are watching, and we will continue to act and to speak out against dishonor and corruption wherever it is found.

*Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governance.


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September 5, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Official Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) with Regard to Announcement About DACA

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Mormon Women for Ethical Government believes in the dignity of all human beings, in the importance of families, in equal opportunity for all, and in justice, fairness, and compassion. We are grieved by today’s announcement that the Trump administration has rescinded DACA. This action shows an indefensible and reprehensible disregard for the 800,000 young DREAMers who were brought to this country as young children and have grown up here, graduated from high school, attended college, participated in the work force, paid taxes, purchased homes, raised families, and have otherwise shown themselves to be exemplary upstanding, law-abiding contributors to our society. We uphold the official statements of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on issues of immigration and, like the Church, support “an approach where undocumented immigrants are allowed to square themselves with the law.” We now call upon Congress to pass the DREAM Act of 2017 or similar legislation to protect these vulnerable DREAMers and to provide a path to citizenship for them. And we call upon people of conscience everywhere to make sure that their elected representatives do just this.

*Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan group dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing. MWEG is not formally affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do, however, fully sustain the leaders and doctrines of the Church.


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August 12, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Statement from Mormon Women for Ethical Government in Response to White Supremacist Rally and Ensuing Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) decries racism wherever its ugly tentacles reach. As devout followers of Jesus Christ, we believe our path is clear—to love and respect one another as fellow sons and daughters of God. In daily practice, in civil discourse, in policy, our goals are to love, honor, and defend the rights of all our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

We stand with the good citizens of Charlottesville, Virginia, who are being singled out because of skin color or religion by gangs of cowardly white supremacists. We believe in the inherent dignity of every human being. Our beloved nation was inspired by the ideal of a government that was not tribal, but based on rule of law, fairness, and equal opportunity for all. We call upon honorable people everywhere to stand with us against racism, bigotry, hatred, and violence.


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June 29, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Mormon Women for Ethical Government Call for Decency in Political Discourse

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Mormon Women for Ethical Government holds as one of its core principles nonviolence both in deed and in word. The language employed by those who engage in political discourse–particularly those who hold the highest offices of government — ought to stand as a model of decency, self-control, respect, and honor. Neither freedom of speech nor our treasured freedom of press grant impunity, but, rather, responsibility, and we call on all those in positions of public service to model greater responsibility in their exercise of those freedoms and to encourage others to do the same.


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May 2, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Mormon Women for Ethical Government Gather to Protest Unethical Detention of a Young Mother

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Mormon Women for Ethical Government, SL Indivisible, Action Utah!, and other concerned citizens will gather at the Department of Homeland Security field office in West Valley City on 2975 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, in a show of solidarity for a young mother named Silvia. Silvia was detained by ICE officers in a Michaels parking lot on the morning of April 28, 2017, in front of her 8-year-old daughter. At the time, she was given no reason for the arrest, except that officials had been following her for several days. Her husband, who is a legal permanent resident, was called to come and pick up their daughter, and then Silvia was taken to an address undisclosed to even the family. She has been detained since then.

Silvia was brought to the United States at the age of 7 and has spent over two decades as a law-abiding member of her community. She has been compliant with ICE’s orders to check in over the course of many years, and she and her husband, Carlos, a legal permanent resident, had already filed for an I-130 (Petitition for Alien Relative), and were awaiting a decision. They had no reason to fear a deportation, least of all for a young mother who would have qualified for DACA protection all along if she’d had proper legal advice.

Silvia did not receive any notification to report to ICE prior to her abrupt arrest while in public with her child. She is the mother of three young children (ages 2, 8, and 10).

“That she would be detained like this is unconscionable,” says Sharlee Mullins Glenn of Mormon Women for Ethical Government. “It is our intent to gather at Homeland Security office in West Valley City to show solidarity for our sister and to pray that these inhumane orders that tear apart families and strike at the very heart of our Utah values will end.”

We echo the LDS church’s official statement given April 2014:

“The foundational principles on which the Church’s position [on immigration reform] is based are: We follow Jesus Christ by loving our neighbors. The meaning of ‘neighbor’ includes all of God’s children, in all places, at all times. We recognize an ever-present need to strengthen families. Families are meant to be together. Forced separation of working parents from their children weakens families and damages society.”

We oppose any method of enforcement that causes unnecessary harm or emotional distress to loved ones, particularly children. While we acknowledge the importance of obeying the law, we reject as an eternal falsehood the idea that mistakes cannot be corrected, and we urge comprehensive immigration reform to correct drastically disproportionate penalties for minor, immigration-related offenses. Until then, we will seek to strengthen our communities by reaching out in love and helpfulness to those who are threatened by these changes. We will mourn with, comfort, and bear the burdens of our fellow men and women.

Members of the nonpartisan Salt Lake Indivisible, Action Utah! and other grassroots groups will be on hand to stand with us in solidarity for the unethical treatment of this young mother.

When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00am
Where: ICE Salt Lake City Field Office (2975 South Decker Lake Drive, WVC, 84119 – UTA bus stop nearby)
What: Press conference calling on our government to demonstrate compassion
Why: Heavy-handed and inhumane deportation policy is tearing apart Utah families
Who: Mormon Women for Ethical Government, SL Indivisible, Action Utah!, and concerned citizens


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April 6, 2017
Contact: Sharlee Mullins Glenn

Mormon Women for Ethical Government and Others Gather in Prayer to Protest Feds’ “Changed Priorities” for Deportation

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Mormon women and other concerned citizens will gather at the Salt Lake City Airport in a show of solidarity for an area woman, “Isabel,” who has been ordered to leave the United States by ICE agents who will be on hand to escort her onto a flight bound for Colombia. Isabel is a single mother and is the sole caretaker for her disabled son and her 86-year-old mother. ICE will not provide her with a reason why her request for an extension was denied. We are currently seeking the intervention of members from our congressional delegation.

“It is our intent to gather at the Salt Lake City Airport to show solidarity for our sister and to pray that these inhumane orders that tear apart families and strike at the very heart of our democratic values will end,” said Sharlee Mullins Glenn of Mormon Women for Ethical Government.

As women of faith, we echo the words of Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: “Immigration questions are question dealing with God’s children. I believe a more thoughtful and factual, not to mention humane, approach is warranted, and urge those responsible for enactment of . . . immigration policy to measure twice before they cut.”
We call upon our government to fix our broken immigration system.

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Where: Salt Lake City Airport – Terminal 2. Lower level, near baggage claim. (776 N. Terminal Dr.)