This sounds like something that would come out of an Islamic theocracy.Mormons Want to Excommunicate Romney Critic
David Twede, 47, a scientist, novelist, and fifth-generation Mormon, is managing editor of MormonThink.com, an online magazine produced largely by members of the Mormon Church that welcomes scholarly debate about the religion’s history from both critics and true believers.Apostasy is a word we normally associate with Iran or Pakistan not the United States. Here is an example of his criticism:
A Mormon in good standing, Twede has never been disciplined by Latter Day Saints leadership. But it now appears his days as a Mormon may be numbered because of a series of articles he wrote this past week that were critical of Mitt Romney.
On Sunday, Twede says his bishop, stake president, and two church executives brought him into Florida Mormon church offices in Orlando and interrogated him for nearly an hour about his writings, telling him, "Cease and desist, Brother Twede."
Mormon leaders have scheduled an excommunication"for apostasy" on Sept. 30. A spokesman for the church told The Daily Beast that the church would not be commenting for this story.
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Twede says that during the interrogation he felt “attacked, cornered, and very anxious."
If he were elected, would the LDS church influence President Mitt Romney to administer its agenda?Go to the link to read the rest. This should give us something to think about. I have had business dealings with LDS members and they were rarely good. If you are not a Mormon it's OK to take you to the cleaners.
Given Romney has served as a clergyman, still holding the office of High Priest in the LDS church to date, he just may find that he answers to a higher power (i.e., the LDS prophet) more than to the US voters. Romney, as a faithful LDS member, has solemnly covenanted in the Mormon temple that he wholly-devotes himself, his time and his talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed him to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (see the words of the “Law of Consecration” and “Law of Sacrifice” given in the temple).
Would the LDS church attempt to use their ecclesiastical authority over their High Priest in office? One can turn to history of political action taken by the LDS church to perhaps predict what may happen.