Target: Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Goal: Stop the excommunication of a prominent Mormon Church critic.
John Dehlin, a member of the Mormon Church, has been charged with abandoning his religion for criticisms he has leveled against the Church regarding its stances on women and LGBT people, and faces excommunication. Instead of embracing reformation and updating its doctrine with the times, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deciding to insulate itself. Demand that the Church drop its charges of apostasy against Dehlin.
John Dehlin has been an outspoken critic of the Mormon Church for over ten years. He founded a podcast called Mormon Stories in 2005, where he interviews a broad range of Mormon scholars, officials, and critics, and has done research as a Ph.D. candidate in psychology on the negative impacts church teachings have on gay Mormons. Additionally, he has spoken in favor of gay marriage and the ordination of women into the priesthood. Dehlin has been the subject of three different investigations by the Church in the past, but only now has been officially threatened with excommunication.
These charges come in the wake of a number of other excommunications the Mormon Church has conducted against other pro-women, pro-LGBT reformers. Sign the petition below to demand that the Church end its witch hunt and lift its charges against Dehlin.
Dear President Monson,
I am writing you today regarding your church’s actions against John Dehlin. It pains me to see a religious body take such a hard stance against critics who advocate for reforms that are so urgently needed.
Dehlin has stated time and time again that he is only acting in accordance with his conscience, and that if it came down to a choice between censoring himself or holding to his conscience, he would choose the latter. Surely your church cannot hold a person in contempt just for doing what he feels is right. Your labeling him an apostate and threatening him with excommunication, when considered with the similar actions you have carried out against Kate Kelly and other critics, betrays your true motivations. You are doing nothing but trying to silence criticisms against your Church in a era when components of your doctrine are no longer socially acceptable. You are grasping at straws, and it shows.
I would recommend that instead of reacting to criticisms with literally the most extreme weapon you have at your disposal, you instead understand them as what they are—observations pointing out how your church is outdated—and take them to heart. Updating your organization in the way Dehlin, Kelly, and countless others have outlined will help everyone. I demand that you lift the charges against Dehlin immediately.
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