The Mormon church went out of its way this past week to remind its followers that they are free to drink Coke or Pepsi.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in response to an NBC News documentary on Mormonism, posted a statement on its website Aug. 29, saying "it does not prohibit the use of caffeine." But a day later, the church altered the phrase to say "the church revelation spelling out health practices ... does not mention the use of caffeine."
The Associated Press noted that even LDS presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been spoted drinking an occasional soft drink.
In 1833, Mormon founder Joseph Smith barred alcohol, tobacco and so-called "hot drinks," defined by church authorities as coffee and tea.
But LDS leaders said that doesn't mean they endorse caffeinated soft drinks. They just don't bar members from drinking them.
The headline in the Aug. 30 Salt Lake Tribune was simple: "OK, Mormons, drink up."