Here’s what pisses me off the most:
John Dehlin loves the Mormon Church and what it represents at its core. Anyone can find him saying that in his own writing on his website.
If he wanted to leave the Church, he could/would have done it by now. But he hasn’t. In the midst of all his problems and doubts with the LDS religion, he has always opted to stay, to push forward, to support the ideals of love and charity and service that the religion is supposed to be all about.
But the Church is itching to kick him out because of the little details Dehlin justly points out as wrong.
I’ve been to his website, gone to the primary source, and here’s the thing—Dehlin is much gentler with the Mormon culture than I am. Dehlin is much more educated than I am as well—he is about to graduate with a PhD in clinical & counseling Psychology from my very own Utah State University.
Dehlin is all about love—about healing the wounds that the Church causes due to sexism, racism, and sexual shaming. Growing up in the Mormon Church and culture, I cannot tell you how many young men I have seen go through pure hatred for themselves and their beautiful bodies because of this ultimate shaming. Dehlin is about individual people, about helping them have healthy relationships with things such as porn instead of adopting the Church’s “Touch it and go to Hell” approach.
Dehlin is about love. Dehlin is about help for the misfit. Dehlin is about people and real life and right now. And because he believes in helping people find their best selves within and outside of the Church, he is on trial to be excommunicated.
Dehlin is an opportunity for the Church to demonstrate its openness to questions and ideas.
Instead, of course, it’s demonstrating that it has no tolerance for such things.
To get the first-hand information yourself, visit Dehlin’s website here: http://mormonstories.org/john-dehlin/