It's been a while since I wrote here, but current events dictate that I write at least a short blog. Most of you know from the New York Times and other newspapers that John Dehlin and Kate Kelly have been threatened with excommunication by the LDS theocorpocrisy for their views on cultural and political issues.
I can empathize. The LDS Church came after me in September 2012 for my writings, including political discussions, also reported in the New York Times by the same writer.
The LDS Church is caught in a hard place. If they excommunicate vocal members, they get negative press. But can they afford not to discipline members of opposing viewpoints? More and more members are breaking their temple covenant of "evil speaking against the Lord's anointed". If they tolerate it, it will catch on like the internet and spread to a large majority of members. These members will question policies like modesty, drinking tea and coffee, full tithing during economically difficult times, intolerant views against gays and atheists, and more.
The more members vocalize their "disrespect" the less power the Church Office Building has over the lives of their patrons--paying trons. (Tron is a "tool or device" by some definitions.) Temple patrons "donate" heavy dues for the privilege to attend a ceremony where they covenant to give all they own, all their talents and devotion to the church, to promise not to criticize the men receiving their devotion and payment. Patrons are beginning to see that they're mostly tools and paying for the privilege is not worth it.
As more members see the LDS Church pressure Kelly and Dehlin to shut up about opposing views or else, I hope they also take note of another member who has done far worse than these mostly mild mannered activists, yet who remains untouchable by the LDS Church.
In February through March of 2014, Tom Phillips, still managing editor of Mormonthink, acting as an individual filed a summons in the UK Magistrate Court against Thomas S. Monson, Corporate Sole owner of the LDS Franchise, and 'prophet'. Talk about "evil speaking of the Lord's anointed". What John and Kate have said pales in comparison to the many things Tom filed in court against the highest official of the LDS Corporation. Did they issue a disciplinary court for Tom? No.
I'll repeat here what I wrote in February:
Tom Phillips, a Mormon prosecuting the Mormon Prophet for fraud in UK, is claimed by some to be “bulletproof” against LDS Church retaliations because he received “a rare and secret ritual called the Second Anointing.”
According to Phillips, he is one of the very few people known to have received this secret ordinance and then speak about it openly.
If members thought much about it, they would realize that the LDS Church only goes after members it thinks it can bully into submissive silence when they begin speaking out against their church. I don't think either Kate or John will go away silently. Tom is a whole'nother matter. The LDS Corporation is caught with its hypocrisy pants on fire as it ignores Tom because it can't really speak to the truth on the Second Anointing.
In an online LDS instruction manual they prompt members: "Do not attempt in any way to discuss or answer questions about the second anointing." Why? Because the entire ordinance is meant to create secret elites who are even more invested to keep quiet everything they learn about top management within the closed halls of the church offices.
Tom just didn't buy it, and the church is hoping everyone ignores him and his second anointing. But they have pulled back the curtain again with their action against the latest critics.
When will they learn that even patrons can only be bullied so much?
The light is shining on the real reason for the temple ceremonies.