Sunday, 23 August 2009
The Census Bureau said that Mormon missionaries from Utah — however visible they are all over the world in their white shirts and ties — would be left out of the 2010 census. In 2000, more than 11,000 foreign missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were not counted, when the state fell 857 people short of qualifying for a fourth seat in the House of Representatives. The census counts military personal and federal employees living abroad, but no other citizens. Representative Jim Matheson, a Democrat, recently sponsored an amendment to a State Department budget bill that would require the Census Bureau to study whether passport records could be used to count Americans living abroad.
I found the above on the New York Times website and thought it rather intriguing. Why is it that our nation is not counting these people? Even if you put aside the fact that CJCLDS believes in plural marriage and is on the Mormon side of Christianity, shouldn't they still be considered members of our nation where we're guarenteed freedom of religion? These people believe that they are doing God's work, the definition of a missionary, so why would we deny their existance when it comes to truly knowing how many people are in our nation and how many people practice different faiths? What if the Census wasn't counting Mormon missionaries, but Christians in general? Aren't they being a little unreasonable simply because of the type of faith these missionaries believe in?
How would you feel if you were in this position? What is your reaction to this article?