I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Well At Least They Don't Want To Put Him To Death

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.
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."
Apostasy is a word we normally associate with Iran or Pakistan not the United States.  Here is an example of his criticism:

If he were elected, would the LDS church influence President Mitt Romney to administer its agenda?
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.
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.

1 comment:

  1. I wrote this on the Daily Beast:

    I worked the IT dept. in a Mormon company (before the owner was putaway for tax fraud). Neways was the name and defrauding poor Japanese suckers was the game. "Oxygen water"being one of the more memorable products. The whole company was a nasty hive of cousins and nephew Princelings each vying for their stake of the Riches. I could never understand why. They were all guaranteed to inherit their own planet, why the rush for material riches? I jest, of course. I never got the sense that even one of them believed in the afterlife. Venal, racist people who worship a buck like it was the font of life itself.


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