Regarding The Tribune’s May 12 cover story, “Pot backers urged to reconsider,” the LDS Church has once again shown its inability to keep its hands out of the political process in Utah.

The LDS Church has a long history of this behavior, and in this case, it is telegraphing — if not explicitly instructing — its members how to vote on a potential ballot issue or to block the measure from reaching the ballot in the first place. This is not an indictment against Mormonism qua religion or any individual adherent of the faith, but rather against the institution itself, which must decide whether it wants to be a tax-exempt religious organization or a taxpaying advocacy group for the Utah Republican Party.

If a lawsuit is necessary to help the LDS Church make that decision, I would encourage an enterprising young lawyer to get to work.

Charles Goodwin, Salt Lake City