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Two activists in Mormon Church threatened with excommunication

Two activists in Mormon Church threatened with excommunication

Laurie Goodstein reports in The New York Times on action by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Two Mormons who have gained national attention for pushing their church to ordain women to the priesthood and to accept openly gay members have been notified this week that they face excommunication for apostasy.

The two are Kate Kelly, a human rights lawyer who founded the Ordain Women movement, and John P. Dehlin, the creator of a popular online forum for Mormons and a doctoral candidate in psychology who has published his research into the problems faced by gay church members.

It is the first time since 1993, when the church ejected a handful of intellectuals known as the “September Six,” that it has moved so forcefully to quash such prominent critical voices….

The church issued a statement late Wednesday saying: “Local leaders have the responsibility to clarify false teachings and prevent other members from being misled. Decisions are made by local leaders and not directed or coordinated by church headquarters.”

The article goes into detail covering the work of Kelly and Dehlin, along with what notifications they have received, what this would mean, and why they believe this is a coordinated effort of church higher-ups.

The full statement of the Church can be found here.

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