This man thinks that what the church is doing goes against the teachings in D&C that say to keep religion and government separate. He set up a website called Signing for Something that asks other members to sign a petition and/or contribute letters defending their political independence.
His own explanation:
He explains here that as a result of his efforts, he has been visited by the bishop and a couple of high priests who have asked him to resign or face church discipline.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been taught, “We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government …” (Doctrine and Covenants 134:9). Recent action taken by the First Presidency in support of a constitutional amendment in the State of California has rallied us to the cause of freedom.
Write a Letter
Please join us in standing up for our moral beliefs and our political independence by writing a letter and Signing for Something.
- Letter Submissions: 191
For having a different opinion on politics than the top of the church?
Sounds similar to Sonia Johnson, a woman who devoutly believed in the Mormon church, but was excommunicated in 1979 for her support of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment).
It'll be interesting to see if this has a chance to play out in the media, and whether that will make any impact on the vote in CA this November.