Let me first say — I feel bad for Kate Kelly. Excommunication from the LDS church is no small matter. Depending on how she handles it, it could have devastating, eternal consequences for her and her family. It’s sad, it really is. For any church members to say that they are glad she is gone, or that they are vindicated by this decision…well, it’s not a very good attitude to have, friends. We want for Kate what we want for everyone — eternal life and exaltation.
The doctrine/lack of doctrine behind the issue of ordaining women has been discussed. A lot. That’s not what I want to do here.
I have to bring to light, though, a facet of this sad event that is having far-reaching consequences — most notably, a negative perception of the church that I love.
It saddens me to see that Kate Kelly’s excommunication has turned into “Mormons can’t ask questions or they’ll be excommunicated.” Some members of the church claim to feel “silenced” by this action against Sister Kelly. They say that the church is sending a message that if you ask questions, even sincere ones, you will not be permitted membership in the church.
Here’s my problem with that: Kate Kelly was NOT asking a question.
I repeat: Kate Kelly was NOT asking a question. Not anymore. She was sharing a teaching, a belief.
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