This is REALLY no surprise, and when Dej brought it to my attention, my first thought was “I wonder what took so long.”
See, I saw this half-naked missionary man calendar a while back. Men on a mission. Ha. Funny. The Web site name itself is “Mormonsexposed.com.” Uh, yeah, I pretty much knew that was no active TBM who put THAT whole endeavor together.
Anyone who thought it was has been puffing at the old crack pipe a little too long. Do people even smoke crack anymore? Or is meth the drug of choice? I digress.
This story pretty much confirms my suspicions.
SALT LAKE CITY – A Las Vegas man who devised a calendar that features shirtless Mormon missionaries is facing a disciplinary hearing and possible excommunication because of the project.
A lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chad Hardy was summoned by letter to a Sunday meeting with a council of elders to discuss his “conduct unbecoming a member of the church.”
Later in the story, Hardy confirms that he is NOT an active member of the Church.
A returned missionary himself, Hardy acknowledged he has not been an active member of the church since 2002. He said he’s never been contacted by anyone from the church encouraging his return to the fold and he suspects the current inquiry was driven by the church’s Salt Lake City headquarters.
Down at the bottom of the story, we get this:
An excommunicated person would be removed from official church rolls, although he or she would still be welcome at church services. Excommunicated members are prohibited from receiving the sacrament and can’t perform church callings such as teaching or preaching during meetings. They also cannot enter church temples.
All I have to say is, DAMMIT, why didn’t I think of this?