Mormon church specifically condemns white supremacy

FILE - The Salt Lake Temple is shown during opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Salt Lake City. More than 100,000 Latter-day Saints are expected in Salt Lake City this weekend for the church's biannual general conference. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give carefully crafted speeches aimed at providing members with guidance and inspiration in five sessions that span Saturday and Sunday. They also make announcements about church statistics, new temples or initiatives. In addition to those filling up the 21,000-seat conference center during the sessions, thousands more listen or watch around the world in 95 languages on television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is specifically condemning white supremacist attitudes in its strongest statement since a Virginia rally over a Confederate War monument descended into deadly violence.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday that any members who promote white-supremacist views aren’t adhering to its teachings.

Leaders say that some in white supremacist communities assert the Mormon church is neutral or even supportive of their views, but “nothing could be further from the truth.”

Leaders say such views are morally wrong and sinful.

A church spokesman declined further comment.

The condemnation comes two days after church leaders issued a more general statement against growing intolerance after one woman was killed and others injured when a car rammed into a crowd of anti-white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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