Now that the Kate Kelly excommunication is in the rear view mirror, apparently enough time has passed for the Church to move forward on John Dehlin. The New York Times has reported that a disciplinary council is set for January 25. The charges against John were posted on his website, Mormon Stories. John was notified that the issues are:
- My 10-year effort with Mormon Stories podcast (http://mormonstories.org), wherein difficult historical and cultural issues are discussed in an interview format
- My public support of same-sex marriage (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MxCXjfAunk)
- My public support of the Ordain Women movement (http://ordainwomen.org/project/hi-im-john/)
- My publicly expressed doubts regarding key elements of orthodox LDS theology (http://mormonstories.org/questions-and-answers/ )
- My publicly expressed criticism of the church’s approach to LGBT members, feminists, intellectuals, as well as its lack of transparency regarding finances
He doesn’t want to be exed and feels compelled in his position.
While my family and I would prefer to be left alone by LDS church leadership at this time, I would much rather face excommunication than disavow my moral convictions. In the coming weeks, months, and years ahead, it is my intent to provide increased support to Mormons who are transitioning away from orthodoxy.
Then, in a surprising announcement, April Young Bennett announced that she has been forced to (1) resign her position on the board of Ordain Women, and (2) delete posts she has written that raise the question of women’s ordination to the priesthood as a condition for renewal of her temple recommend. April complied, but wrote
I do not believe that temple recommends should be used as leverage to censor ideas or silence advocacy, but if I hadn’t complied, I would have missed my brother’s recent temple wedding. Choosing between following the dictates of my conscience and being present for a family wedding has been heartbreaking. In the end, I concluded that while others may take my place as an author or an advocate, no one can replace me in my role as my brother’s sister.
I agree with April. I thought that stake presidents and bishops had been instructed to stick to the question in the temple recommend interview, and not add to them. I know in the past, some have asked about birth control, drinking Coke, or other questions. While I was writing this, a news story on KUTV appeared in which April was quoted that temple recommends should not being used to censor. One of my relatives responded to the news story, “of course it’s ok to censor.”
What are your thoughts?