I caught this newspaper article in my Google News alert about a grassroots campaign by Mormons to call the leadership of the religion to task for its involvement in Prop. 8. Intrigued by the possibility, I followed the link to the website: http://www.excommunicatethechurch.com. From what I can gather, this is one person trying to start a movement. I certainly don’t mean to make light of his efforts, but the newspaper article makes it seem as though Jason Beckett has the First Presidency running scared with hordes of angry Mormons at his beck and call (Chino, I need a graphic here!).
Um, yeah, as a scholar of Mormonism who pays attention to these things, my sense is that there is no such movement. If anybody got the Church’s attention as a result of Prop. 8, my guess is that it was Signing for Something (which certainly would have been worthy of some Brodie Award if they had existed in 2008). So, any thoughts on this grass-ROOT (no “s”) effort? Anyone heard anything about it?