With Donald Trump’s election, I knew I could not remain silent. I in no way considered myself an activist. But in January 2017, just after the inauguration, I opened my computer and worked late into the night setting up a nonpartisan Facebook group for myself and a few like-minded friends. I wanted to create a space where we could discuss ways in which we might join forces to counterbalance the fear and to call for decency, compassion and ethics in our government. We called ourselves Mormon Women for Ethical Government.
Immediately, friends began adding friends who added friends who added friends. Within just a few weeks, we had over 4,000 members, women from all across the political spectrum, Mormons and non-Mormons alike. Clearly, we had hit a nerve. There were thousands of other women of faith, like myself, who felt compelled to act — to push back against fear and hate and take a stand for love.
Our motto: We will not be complicit by being complacent. We believe that Jesus really meant it when he said that we should love our neighbors — meaning everyone, as the parable of the good Samaritan makes clear — and care for the poor, the sick, the homeless, the vulnerable. This is the calling of all Christians. We have been called to love.
We now have a president who, with the apparent consent and support of the majority of his own party, has declared himself to be above the law. A president who remains in office only because he has managed to instill such fear in most of the Republicans in Congress — with the notable exception of my senator, Mitt Romney— that they dare not cross him.
Where we go from here, and where we finally end up, will be determined by whether we choose love or whether we choose fear. That may be the defining question of our time.