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bullet2004-DEC-03: "Vigil for Peace" conducted in Tempe AZ: Straight Gate Ministries is concerned about what they call a: "NEO-CRUSADE, an unholy war against the entire Muslim world under the name of 'War on Terrorism'." They feel that it is finding support in conservative Protestant churches. They sponsored a peaceful demonstration at the Calvary Tri-City Church in Tempe. They talked to and gave peace literature to about 75 members of the congregation. The Straight Gate Ministries comments: "We have all learned there is no way to speak out, inside most churches.  The pastor and deacon board maintain practiced control, and dissent is usually treated as apostasy.  This was not so with the early Followers of Christ, where there was apostasy but there was also dialogue."  The pastor of Calvary church received two demonstrators and exchanged literature. He also sent out coffee and donuts.
bullet2004-DEC-12: Mormon author disfellowshipped: A longtime Mormon educator, Grant Palmer, 64, wrote a book "An Insider's View of Mormon Origins."  It questions the historical accuracy of church history. After a church trial, he was disfellowshipped from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a fourth-generation Mormon; he says that he still loves the church and its basic message. He remains a church member, but loses his ability to go into the temple or serve a church calling.

In his book, he concluded that Joseph Smith actually wrote the Book of Mormon, incorporating passages from the King James version of the Bible, information from the Masonic Order, etc. Similar conclusions have been reached by academic researchers, and by computer specialists who have compared the text of the Book of Mormon with writings known to be by Joseph Smith. Church teaching is that Smith translated the Book of Mormon from a message inscribed on golden plates left by ancient authors. But this book may have been considered highly damaging by the Mormon church because of Palmer's high-profile role in the church and because the book was created for a general readership. Since 1993, a total of seven authors have been tried for writing unorthodox opinions about Mormon history, feminism and theology. Five were excommunicated; two were disfellowshipped. 12

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  11. Charles E. Carlson, "PHARISEE WATCH: A Self-Liberating 'Vigil for Peace' in Tempe AZ," Straight Gate Ministries' newsletter. See: http://www.whtt.org
  12. Travis Reed, "Mormon author disciplined for book questioning church history," Associated Press, 2004-DEC-12.

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