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A Mormon bishop has been excommunicated for challenging church leaders on their policy of asking children sexually explicit questions during interviews.
Sam Young, 65, from Salt Lake City received news of his excommunication in a hand-delivered letter from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday.
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Young is protesting against the Church’s policy of conducting ‘worthiness interviews’ on children and teens, which he feels is a physically and emotionally abusive practice.
Members are asked a series of questions about their adherence to church rules, specifically its sexual code of conduct, alone in their bishop's office.
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The interviews are required for all teenagers for worship in the church's temples and for baptism into the faith of 16 million members.
Young, who posted a copy of the excommunication edict on his blog, said he will appeal the order.
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In an interview with CNN, Young said he feels 'supremely disappointed' in the loss of his membership in the church itself and in the leadership.
He also feels 'sadness for the victims who the church was rejecting by this verdict.
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'You are entitled to your opinion or position,' the edict said. 'But you cannot remain a member in good standing while attacking the Church and its leaders and trying to get others to follow you'.
Young, 65, spent his life following Mormon cultural prescription. Born in rural Utah, he served as a church missionary in Guatemala and El Salvador, married in a church temple and raised six Mormon daughters.
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But after discovering his daughters' experiences with bishops as Mormon youth, he became an unlikely activist in the #MeToo era.
As a bishop in the early nineties, Young said he regrets inviting 12 to 18 year olds into his small office in a Mormon meetinghouse in Houston and asking them church-mandated questions about their abstinence from premarital sex.
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