Mormon Activist Excommunicated After Campaigning Against Church Policies

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canada goose coats on sale Sam Young, a former Mormon bishop from Sugar Land, read a church letter announcing the decision Canada Goose Outlet during apress conference in Salt Lake Cityon Sunday. canada goose coats on sale

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buy canada goose jacket For almost a year, canada goose clearance sale Young has been calling on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints to put an end to one on one interviews between local Mormon leaders and young people in their congregations. buy canada goose jacket

canadian goose jacket The wide ranging, private conversations allow the leaders to investigate whether children are following church teachings about sexual purity, prayer, health and other matters. The interviews are usually conducted by congregational leaders known as “bishops,” who are often middle aged men with little professional training in counseling children. The Canada Goose sale conversations help bishops determine whether children are “worthy” enough to participate in important religious activities, such as temple ceremonies. canadian goose jacket

Canada Goose Parka Parents like Young became worried after learning that some bishops have used the interviews to ask children deeply personal and sexually graphic questions about subjects like masturbation and pornography. Canada Goose Parka

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Canada Goose sale Last October, Young started buy canada goose jacket an online petition urging the church to end the practice of one on one interviews and require an adult of the child’s choosing to be present whenever these conservations occur. To date, his petition has garnered over 22,000 signatures. Canada Goose sale

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints revised its guidelines on personal interviewsin March, allowing children to invite an adult to sit in on the conversations. The church has said that bishops’ interviews are “an important part of ministering to those in a congregation.” Bishops are reportedly counseled not to ask kids “unnecessarily probing or invasive” questions.

In June, the church Canada Goose online released a Canada Goose Jackets list of the questions bishops typically ask interviewees during these conservations. One of the questions is, “Do you live the law of chastity?”

canada goose clearance sale Young was unsatisfied with the church’s response, saying that having two adults in the room should be a canada goose uk outlet requirement, not an option. Shortly after the church announced canada goose store its policy change, Young led 1,000 current and former Mormons in a canada goose clearance marchin Salt Lake City, demanding an end to the private interviews. In July, he began a 23 day hunger strike hoping to influence the church. canada goose clearance sale

buy canada goose jacket cheap Young’s public activism is Canada Goose Parka seemingly what led to his ouster from his faith community. Young said the church’s excommunication letter states that his membership was revoked “for conduct contrary to uk canada goose outlet the laws and order canada goose uk shop of the church.” buy canada goose jacket cheap

“The issue is not that you have concerns, or even that you disagree with the church’s guidelines,” the excommunication letter reads, according to cheap Canada Goose Young. “Rather, it is your persistent, aggressive effort to persuade others to your point of view by repeatedly and deliberately attacking and publicly opposing the church and its leaders.”

Canada Goose Jackets The excommunication means Young can’t enter Mormon temples and speak at church meetings. He can canada goose coats on sale appeal the decision to a higher ranking church body, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Canada Goose Jackets

canada goose store The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints told reporters that it does not comment on individual disciplinary hearings. canada goose store

canada goose black friday sale “Because of the personal nature of church disciplinary matters and to respect the privacy of those involved, the church does not provide information about the proceedings,” the church said in a statement obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune. “Church discipline is administered by local leaders who are familiar with the individual and his or her circumstances.” canada goose black friday sale

canada goose At least two other high profile dissenters have been excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of canada goose outlet online Latter day Saints in recent years over disagreements about church teachings. canada goose factory sale Kate Kelly, a lawyer who pushed for women’s ordination, was excommunicated in 2014 after being found guilty of apostasy. John Dehlin, who ran a podcast in which he publicly expressed doubts about his faith, was excommunicated in 2015, also on the charge of apostasy canada goose.

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