Mormonism and Church discipline/Scholars

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Mormonism and the discipline of Church scholars

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Church discipline of scholars

  • Does the Church excommunicate scholars who publish historical information?
    Brief Summary: Some claim that the Church excommunicates or disfellowships scholars who publish historical information that is embarrassing to Church leaders. It is often claimed, despite the fact that these disciplinary actions are carried out by local leaders, that they are in reality instigated by general authorities. It is also claimed that the Church is silencing honest people for telling the truth. (Click here for full article)
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  • Excommunication of Sonia Johnson
    Brief Summary: Why did church leaders oppose the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the United States? (Click here for full article)
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  • Excommunication of D. Michael Quinn
    Brief Summary: Quinn claims that his excommunication was the direct result of his historical research on the origins of Mormonism. He refused to attend his own disciplinary council, telling his stake president that it was "a process which was designed to punish me for being the messenger of unwanted historical evidence and to intimidate me from further work in Mormon history." (Click here for full article)
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