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Kelly to Mormon leaders: Don’t punish me
Religion » Ordain Women founder insists in letter that it would be wrong to penalize her.

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Kelly tells her bishopric it would violate her conscience to distance herself from Ordain Women. "I cannot repent of telling the truth, speaking what is in my heart and asking questions that burn in my soul."

In past statements, church public-affairs officials have said that asking questions is fine — even encouraged — but that Mormons should not recruit others to viewpoints that contradict doctrine.

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Isom conceded on the "Radio West" program that the church’s written doctrine includes no prohibition on women’s ordination.

In a statement earlier this month, church spokeswoman Kristen Howey said that when "members’ actions contradict church doctrine and lead others astray … " they "in effect choose to take themselves out of the church by actively teaching and publicly attempting to change doctrine to comply with their personal beliefs."

A number of Mormons, including progressives advocating for LGBT inclusion and conservatives who say the church is straying from its doctrines, are being disciplined by local LDS leaders in what some consider an Internet-age crackdown. Some conservatives already have been excommunicated in recent months.


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