Ray A wrote:
I think the basic thinking is, and has been for a long time, that those who break the moral code, even if inactive but still publicly identifying as Mormon, are no threat, even though the Book of Mormon calls it "the sin next to murder".
The critic is the Church's greatest threat, and even if he/she breaks no moral code, they will be hunted down.
Spy rings tracked Quinn's activities, but where are the spy rings tracking Mormon porn stars? Or for that matter, Mormons engaging in "questionable business activities"?
It seems quite an anomaly to me, considering that someone like David Wright should be excommunicated for trying to be honest, and criticism labeled as "a disease".
You're absolutely right, Ray. And we need to bear in mind the close relationship that the SCMC has with apologetics. I'm sure you'll recall that DCP was summoned to serve as an "agent" of the SCMC---something he apparently agreed to do without so much as a second thought. Thus, the "spies" are going to tend to be reserved to those individuals who pose a threat to the Church-Mopologetic agenda.