Magazine article The Christian Century

Mormon Blogger Faces Probe over Comments on Temple, Not on Romney

Magazine article The Christian Century

Mormon Blogger Faces Probe over Comments on Temple, Not on Romney

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A MORMON BLOGGER who has written critical web essays about Mormon history, temple worship and contemporary issues--including essays about GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney--is facing church discipline for "apostasy."

Initially, the Florida blogger, David Twede, managing editor of MormonThink, told news media on September 21 that the threatened church action was due to his comments about Romney. Later that day, he denied that any political criticism was the cause.

Twede told the Salt Lake Tribune that his church leaders never brought up Romney, a Mormon, in their exchange with him. Though not supporting the Republican nominee, Twede apologized to Romney, saying, "I didn't mean for [the story] to go this way."

Indeed, plenty of Mormons across the country are critical of Romney--in public and often--but none have been threatened with any church sanction.

"It is patently false for someone to suggest they face church discipline for having questions or for expressing a political view," Michael Purdy, a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in a statement. …

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