According to Wilfried Decoo writing for timesandseasons.org (13 Dec 2012) wrote the following about our recent LDS European PR/PA disaster:
Vocal Mormon Republicans, devoted to a strong USA and unable to separate religion and politics contradict the perception of diversity and tolerance the Church wants to market. These people gain attention from the media they have an aggressive, controversial story to tell. Journalists use the voting figures from Utah to confirm how Mormons think. They continue to bring up Prop 8. An audience, unaware of tendencies and nuances, is thus easily led to believe that the Mormon Church is deeply America-centered, ontologically Republican, and conspiring with the religious right for political power. Not true? The recent disclosure of the political affiliation of most members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve is devastating for the image of an international, politically neutral church. There is something preposterous to claiming the status of “world religion” when the highest leadership is affiliated with the American party most despised by the rest of the world.