They are not being tried for sexual sin, so I don’t have much experience with the nature of their crimes in this setting.
But here are a few random thoughts: Hypocrisy – The description of Kelly’s violation reads to me to be almost an exact description of Mormon missionary work…promoting and proselyting to others in an aggressive effort to persuade persons in other religions to the Mormon point of view, thus eroding their faith in Catholicism, Buddhism, Atheism, Paganism, Hinduism, Shamanism, Scientology, etc…
” – This is an entirely irrelevant response in my opinion. What did he think would happen when he started marrying other men’s wives and stealing the secret ceremonies of the Masons?
It still doesn’t make the actions of the mob honorable and just. Not always honest or without severe cases of confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance piled on a heap of logical fallacies.
The vacuum created by Kate Kelly’s ouster will be filled by others and the discussion will rage on.
As others have said, excommunication really is a “16th century solution to a 21st century problem.” “What did they think would happen? I’m glad I’ll be able to say I was one of the early ones who resigned before it became logical and fashionable.
Friend number two’s daughter came out recently as a lesbian and is currently dating a little person. Like me, both friends are completely accepting and affirming towards their children no matter what their path.
You are entitled to your views, but you are not entitled to promote them and proselyte others to them.
Other thoughts and observations come to mind: I changed my mind.
I AM going to weigh in on the recent “Courts of Love” for Kate Kelly, John Dehlin and others.
Kate Kelly now becomes an angry apostate, rather than a fellow sister in Zion and that will have an impact on future participation in Ordain Women.
Internet Savvy – The LDS church lost the PR battle as soon as the Internet took hold.