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The following is excerpted from Tad Walch of the Deseret News. To read the full article, click here.
The Texas man who conducted a three-week campaign this summer publicly opposing a policy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now faces possible church disciplinary action on Sept. 9.
Why has a Houston-area church leader called a local disciplinary council for Sam Young, a former church bishop? It isn’t because Young wanted the church to end sexually explicit interviews of children, as he said and a Newsweek headline stated, according to a church official.
Instead, Houston Texas South Stake President David Frank Hruska said the disciplinary council will consider whether Young is in apostasy based on reports that he has repeatedly acted in “clear, open and deliberate public opposition to the church or its leaders.”
Young is the director of Protect LDS Children, which is asking the church to change its policy on interviewing children and youth to “no one-on-one interviews, no sexually explicit questions ever.”
But research suggests that when youths have positive interactions with adult leaders who are religiously active they have positive outcomes and become well equiped to handle challenges as they become adults.
Local church leaders conduct interviews to assess worthiness for baptism, confirmation, missions, advancement in the Young Men and Young Women programs and temple attendance. They also use the interviews to counsel, advise, support, inspire and guide children and youth, the church has said.
“My contention is I’m not opposed to the church or its leaders,” Young said Thursday. “I’m opposed to a policy.” However, he allowed, “I can see how someone can interpret what I’m doing as opposition to the apostles.”
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