Here is the evidence-
URL to Dan's post: http://www.mormondialogue.org/topic/60262-review-of-greg-smiths-review-of-mormon-stories/page__st__80#entry1209235403
Text of Dan's post:
Dan Peterson wrote:
There's always "Everybody Wang Chung," I suppose. He claims to be a currently serving bishop. He also claimed that his wife surprised him with a tour to Israel this past April/May, led by me. He was, he promised, going to go and to report back to his apostate buddies on all my silly Mopologist antics there. Later, when asked, he claimed to have actually gone, and again, under prodding, promised to provide a chronicle of my ridiculousness while he was with me in the Middle East. So far as I can tell, he's never done so. Finally, just the other day, I got out a list of all of the people who accompanied me on that tour, and I had a friend who is a bishop cross check it against the Church's leadership directory. There were no currently serving bishops on that tour. I suppose Everybody Wang Chung's claim could still somehow be true, but I very much doubt it. It seems far and away most likely that he isn't a currently serving bishop, despite his assertions (he doesn't seem to believe much of anything, and is contemptuous of those who do, often in pretty foul language), and that he didn't go to Israel with me. In other words, if I had to bet, I would bet that he's a fraud. Screen Shot of Post.
This is what it violates:
Rollo Tomasi wrote:
Here it is in relevant part, from Section 13.8
entitled "Confidentiality of Records" in Handbook 1
(2010) (emphasis added):
The records of the Church are confidential, whether they exist on paper, in computers, or in other electronic media. These include membership records, financial records, notes of meetings, official forms and documents (including records of disciplinary councils), and notes made from private interviews.
Leaders and clerks are to safeguard Church records by handling, storing, and disposing of them in a way that protects the privacy of individuals. Leaders ensure that information that is gathered from members is (1) limited to what the Church requires and (2) used only for approved Church purposes.
Information from Church records and reports may be given only to those who are authorized to use it.
Information that is stored electronically must be kept secure and protected by a password (citation omitted). Leaders ensure that such data is not used for personal, political, or commercial purposes. Information from Church records, including historical information, may not be given to individuals or agencies conducting research or surveys.
EDIT #1. Here is Dan's first response.
Here’s how my latest crime against humanity went down:
1. Sometime in 2011, I believe, “Everybody Wang Chung” [hereafter, Everybody Wang Chung], a pseudonymous poster on a mostly agnostic/atheist message board largely populated by apostate Mormons and overwhelmingly devoted to virulent criticism of the Church and of some of those who defend it—criticism in which Everybody Wang Chung enthusiastically participates—claims to have accepted ordination as a Latter-day Saint bishop.
2. Somewhere late in 2011, Everybody Wang Chung claims to have been surprised by his wife (who seems to be unaware of his attitude toward the Church) with an early Christmas present: She’s signed him up for a tour of Israel, late in April 2012, led by Daniel Peterson. He promises to report to the message board on Peterson’s ludicrous antics and ridiculous statements while in Israel, and to post photographs. Some amused comments follow for several days, encouraging him in his plans and suggesting needling questions he might ask. Peterson, who checks in on this particular message board from time to time in order to find out what the critics are up to, is not happy at the thought of a contemptuous apostate covertly sneering at him throughout the tour (e.g., when Peterson is speaking, and testimonies are borne by tour participants, at the Mount of Beatitudes, in the Garden of Gethsemane, and at the Garden Tomb).
3. Comments on the message board soon die down, however, and, over the course of the six months or so between (2) and the tour, Peterson forgets about Everybody Wang Chung’s claim. Thus, when he actually leads the tour, Peterson isn’t thinking about the matter at all. He gets to know everybody on the tour reasonably well—they spend roughly sixteen hours together daily, every day, for ten days—and everyone appears to have a satisfying experience in the Holy Land. Peterson and his wife, who accompanies him on these tours, consider the participants friends. (Some already were.)
4. A month or so after the conclusion of the tour, however, somebody asks Everybody Wang Chung if he actually went to Israel with Daniel Peterson, and whether he’s going to post any reports. Yes, he responds, he did go. And he will be posting reports. They never come.
5. In the meantime, though, Everybody Wang Chung continues to post comments on the message board that seem radically incongruous with being a faithful member of the Church, let alone a currently-serving bishop. Many of them are extremely insulting toward Peterson. He is also reputed to have sent some extraordinarily abusive and crude emails to one or two people who are friendly to Peterson. Some of his posts actually trade on his alleged status as a currently serving bishop: On several occasions, for example, he declares Peterson worthy of Church disciplinary action. On others, he publicly apologizes to the world on behalf of the Church for Peterson’s evil deeds, viciousness, and dishonesty.
6. Watching these things, and hearing about them, Peterson reflects upon those who toured Israel with him in April/May 2012. He and his wife conclude that such behavior plausibly fits nobody on the tour, and that Everybody Wang Chung’s claim to have accompanied them to Israel must be a lie.
7. Finally, in March 2013, having observed Everybody Wang Chung’s behavior for nearly a year since the tour, Peterson gets out a list of the participants on the April 2012 trip to Israel. Were any of them actually currently-serving bishops? It’s easy to eliminate most of those on the list (e.g., women, himself, and people he knows in his daily life) as potential candidates. But a small number of men remain—none of whom seem even remotely plausible as sneering closet apostates engaged in a clandestine vendetta against Peterson—who might be bishops.
8. Peterson asks a friend of his who is currently serving as a bishop to check those names against the Church leadership directory. Were there any currently-serving bishops on that tour? The answer comes back No. There were none. This seems to confirm Peterson’s confident belief that Everybody Wang Chung has been lying about either being a bishop, or going on that April 2012 tour of Israel, or—most likely—both. Peterson says so publicly, on another message board.
8a. Had the answer come back that there was a bishop on that tour, that answer would not have surprised Peterson. Several bishops have gone with him to Israel before—including, one year, Peterson’s own. In fact, he can’t recall any other tour that didn’t have at least one bishop on it. But, strikingly, there were none on the April 2012 tour.
8b. Had the answer come back that there was a bishop on that tour, there would have been no particular reason to believe him to be Everybody Wang Chung. The purpose of comparing the list of tour participants was to see if there was a way to prove that a currently-serving bishop posting as Everybody Wang Chung had not come to Israel. A clear disproof was possible, but far from certain. As it happened, though, the answer was clear and decisive.
8c. Since, at the most, the crosscheck could have served only the negative function of demonstrating that no bishop went to Israel with Peterson in April 2012, it could not actually have identified Everybody Wang Chung. So there was never a question of using it to ascertain, let alone to publicly reveal, Everybody Wang Chung’s identity. Nor was there was ever any intent to do so. There was no quest for private personal details. Holding the office of a bishop is a matter of public knowledge, and hardly secret. Bishops are sustained by their congregations, announced publicly, and officiate visibly. Peterson’s check with his currently-serving friend could (and, as it happens, did) establish a negative, but was incapable of making a positive identification.