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No Female Priests for you (Mormon Edition)

Via the BBC:  Mormons oust Ordain Women’s Kate Kelly over women priests

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has excommunicated a prominent backer of ordination of women priests, her advocacy group has said.

Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, was notified of the ruling on Monday, a day after a trial by judges in the Mormon Church, Ordain Women said.

The group said the Mormon Church hierarchy deemed her an apostate for her contravention of Church doctrine.

That the church in question does not ordain women is not, in grand scheme of religious practices, all that odd (see, e.g., the Roman Catholic Church).  It is just interesting that advocating for female ordination led to ex-communication.

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Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. He is the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia and is currently working on a comparative study of the US to 29 other democracies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. KM says:

    It is just interesting that advocating for female ordination led to ex-communication.

    Can’t challenge the power. Know your place or be slapped down. She could have challenged on a number of issues and had the same fate. Her crime wasn’t that she had a cause – it was she had a cause in public and made them look bad.

    An example has been made and its been reaffirmed it’s their way or the highway (to hell). Sad all around.

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  2. James in Silverdale, WA says:

    The only following more debunkalble than Joseph’s Smith’s epic mormon sham is L. Ron Hubbard’s scientology. But don’t pull too hard on those threads, as most of religion is woven therewith.

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  3. @James in Silverdale, WA:

    But don’t pull too hard on those threads, as most of religion is woven therewith.

    Who knows; in two thousand years we may have mainstream politicians accusing atheists of being intolerant for suggesting Darth Vader was just a fictional character from some old movie:

    Jediism

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  4. CSK says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    May the farce be with you.

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  5. Tyrell says:

    The Church of LDS is powerful indeed, wealthy, and secretive. There are off shoots and splinter groups out there that are also powerful, and dangerous. The word in politics is that you don’t mess with them.

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  6. With the desire of the Mormon church to become more emergent there have also been risks. The gates that have kept them insulated from the world and the world insulated from them have had to be opened and I’m sure there have been those who have been appointed to handle the fallout. But they have failed. And so now the pressure is on and perhaps there is an attempt to close those gates again. But my prayers is that they never will close again, but that more and more of those who have been kept captive by the deception of Mormonism will be set free by the truth.

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  7. John D'Geek says:

    It is just interesting that advocating for female ordination led to ex-communication.

    Former Mormon here.

    Not interesting at all, actually — at least not if you are familiar with Mormon Doctrine and Policies. Everyone is entitled to their view in the LDS church, but only the Church itself can declare doctrine. Promoting “extreme” doctrine gets a person cast out of most religious bodies. This is not unique; the Catholic Church does the same thing (or did, at least). I know of at least one Buddhist body that “excommunicated” an entire support organization for doctrinal disagreements.

    One one crosses the line into declaring doctrine, which she apparently did; or actively teaching false doctrine (which she definitely did by LDS theology), there is no choice but to cast that person out of the fold.

    Every religious body has the responsibility to ensure that their doctrines, policies and practices, whatever they may be, are clear and consistent; and to officially remove those that refuse to abide by them. The utter chaos — and spiritual harm — that would occur otherwise mandates it.

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  8. @John D’Geek:

    Not interesting at all, actually

    Well, it was interesting to me :)

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