While browsing FLAK this morning, something I haven't done in months, I came across a reference comparing the September 6 to Galileo Galilei. I knew that Galileo Galilei was imprisoned by the Catholic church due to his views on how the Earth revolves around the earth, but I had not thought about how the current LDS church deals with heretics and its similarities with the Catholic church.
As a refresher course, Galileo Galilei had the view that the Earth revolves around the Sun. This was considered heretic due to the fact that several bible scriptures reference the Earth as being stationary. Reference = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei#Church_controversy
The September Six are a group of LDS church members who had differing view's and idea's concerning church doctrine, theocracy and history that the LDS church does not advocate. They were considered intellectuals and the church didn't like where their ideas where going. The church excommunicated five and disfellowshipped one in hopes of squashing the movement of those who might find problems with church history and want to reconcile them within mainstream Mormonism. Reference = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_Six
As I've commented before in previous posts, I have a huge problem with how the church knowingly omits its own history in hopes of perpetuating a grand idea of who the church is. When looking at church history, its very difficult to read church history and reconcile it with all of the education handed down by your church leaders. A little thing called cognitive dissonance steps in and your mind wrestles with all of the new information, which is not refuted by church leadership, and the journey begins.
I find it difficult to to understand how the LDS church, which is supposed to be the source of truth for the world, can excommunicate members who look at church history, which can be done reading official church books, and decide that what the church teaches in Sunday school lessons are not the entire story. I know there is more to it than that, but the fact of the matter is that we are taught in church meetings the things that church leaders think will instill more faith in us. They don't think that the facts are important. Church leaders have even told us to ignore the things that dont make the church look good.
I know I'm not the only one who thinks this, but the church is becoming more mainstream in an effort to bolster church membership. What they don't understand is that the differences where exactly what kept a lot of people in the church. The church needs to take back its identity and become the church that it was intended to be, not the vanilla flavor church that has a rocky beginning. It's as if the church today thinks that using PR spin will make them look good. They shoot themselves in the foot because anyone who is really interested can google anything the church claims and find that its contradicting itself, or at the least, leaving our the unsavory parts in an effort to put their best foot forward. The church needs to explain how the church really came to be. Their members need to be told the truth so that they can deal with sincere questions from non-members who have heard about many of the contradictory aspects of church history.