- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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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