Mormon's seem to have an extra measure of respect when it comes to authority. They claim an agency to impose authority that I can agree with if boundaries are established that do not extend this authority beyond the limits of their own church membership.
When Mormons or any other religionists for that matter claim agency from God to interpret His intentions and desire government to be an extension of this agency, then whether or not they admit it, they are seeking a Zion on Earth or a theocracy by the best dictionary definition of the word. Some of Chrustians of course will deny this claiming that Islamic governments are not obvious Theocracies. The words theocracy and Zion differs with how a dictionary or encyclopedia defines them.
Since my own liberally oriented philosophy considers the American Founders intention not to link religion as defined by one church or religious philosophy with government, I offer Alan Ashley Pitt's interpretation as to the proper role of authority...
If governmental authority is the result of an agreed upon social contract then I might respect it. This is the case with the Constitution and it's Amendments.
external order on men's lives.
The power is only as great as fear
or respect makes it
The difference between fear and
respect is the difference between
tyranny and authority
Respect for authority implies trust
in and obedience to its judgements.
Never respect authority which is not
of itself, worthy of your respect
For obedience for its own sake is insanity.
If you obey authority out of fear
you are as culpable for its abuses
as though they were your own.
But if you obey authority out of
respect , you are adding to the
peaceful order of life itself.
© 2004 albert vallone - 3/30/16