Mormon who runs website for doubting members ousted

2015-02-10 23:08
John Dehlin and his wife. (Eli Lucero, AP)

John Dehlin and his wife. (Eli Lucero, AP)

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Salt Lake City - A Mormon man who gained notoriety over the past decade for running a website that offers doubting Latter-day Saints a forum to chat has been kicked out of the religion.

John Dehlin announced the decision from regional church leaders on Tuesday.

He becomes the second high-profile church member to be excommunicated in the past year in what Mormon scholars consider to be the Utah-based faith's way of keeping dissenters in line.

Regional church leaders told Dehlin in a letter that they made a unanimous decision to excommunicate him for apostasy. The church defines apostasy as repeatedly acting in clear public opposition to the faith.

While not a lifelong ban, excommunication is still a rare move that amounts to the harshest punishment available for a church member.

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