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By Bob McCue:  I am reminded of what David O. McKay said in a 1950s General Conference address in reference to the case of a much more strident and unfaithful member of the Mormon Church - the openly atheistic University of Utah philosophy professor Sterling McMurrin. President McKay had a short time before stymied attempts to excommunicate McMurrin. In what many who heard him understood to be a reference to McMurrin, he said:

"Ours is the responsibility ... to proclaim the truth that each individual is ... entitled to freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly; that he has the right to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience. ... organizations or churches which deprive the individual of these inherent rights are not in harmony with God's will nor with his revealed word." [Pres. David O. McKay, General Conference 1950] [Grant Palmer Letters to Newspaper Editors at Rethinking Mormonism]

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