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Practice what it preaches

Published December 13, 2004 12:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2004, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

It is with heavy heart that I learned Grant Palmer, author of An Insider's View of Mormon History, has been called in for an LDS Church court (Tribune, Dec. 8). He seems to be the latest in the growing list of those who are persecuted for their attempts to grapple honestly with difficult issues of church history.

Disciplinary actions against loyal and devoted scholars suggest that authorities care more about suppression of discussion than following the high ideals they proclaim. They create a public relations disaster for the church.

As Sterling McMurrin said in a letter to the editor in these pages almost 10 years ago, “The LDS Church has considerable power and wealth, with a strong tradition of leadership and action. It is not a fledgling sect that can survive only on conformity and obedience. In its theology, the church celebrates freedom, intelligence, knowledge and love as the great values. It can afford to practice what it preaches.”

Let the church begin by stopping any further actions that offend against free thought and expression.

William T. Dobbs

Salt Lake City