We've had our Kate Kelly threads, DA, so I don't really want to let this one devolve into another one because its topic is about a general purge, not Kate Kelly. I must correct some errors in your statements, though. Kate Kelly's discipline was not sudden, she was on probation which was the result of previous warnings she didn't heed. The disciplinary council was the result of not keeping the provisions of the probation. This was a process that had taken at least several months (the public doesn't know exactly how long). At the time all of this started she did live in the ward/stake, and did so in fact until just prior to the council. It is church policy, and makes total sense, that such a council be held where she lived when the events leading to the council occurred and in reality most of her work appears to have been done there. It would actually be unfair to her and the church to have had it in her new ward where they didn't know all the circumstances, they didn't know her, and she didn't know them. She was further offered the opportunity to take part via video or voice link and declined.DevilsAdvocate wrote:I believe that a 70 would say that because that's what the Church wants people to think to protect their image and maybe it is technically true sort of the way they claim they didn't spend tithing money on the mall and GA's salaries (but where did the original money for the businesses and other investments come from if not donations from well intentioned members?). What I don't believe is that Kate Kelly's local leaders suddenly just up and decided that she needed to be disciplined when she didn't even live in that stake anymore completely on their own and without any direction from top leaders. I think some of the purge talk came from John Dehlin, Rock Waterman, and others claiming they were threatened with Church discipline around the same time. I'm not afraid of any widespread purge but I definitely wouldn't want to use my own name on these boards the way Ray and others have.
I agree that the purge talk probably started as the result of John Dehlin and Rock Waterman saying they had been threatened at the same time (neither have been disciplined yet that we are aware of) and a bit of a media feeding frenzy.
I have considered using my name here, I'm not totally uncomfortable with it anymore. This is another example of the ship of the church turning - divergence of opinion and questions are OK in respectful moderation.