OGDEN — In a recent study conducted by social scientists at Weber State University, researchers found that most Mormons would be ‘highly uncomfortable’ with a Muslim apostle.
“It was pretty clear cut across the board,” said Ken Barson, a sociology professor who headed the project. “The overwhelming majority of Mormons said that they would be ‘highly uncomfortable’ with a mullah being either an apostle or the prophet, seer and revelator of their particular religion.”
While the LDS Church has made strides toward becoming more open and accepting, the study confirms that a racial and/or religious bias still exists within the organization and among its members. “I’d personally not like to see a Muslim in the First Presidency, and probably not in the Quorum of the Twelve, either,” said Bountiful resident Carl Donaldson, echoing the common sentiment. On the flip side, most Mormons said that they would feel “significantly more OK” with a Muslim prophet if they were the head of a sect of Islam instead.