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Feminist Housewife Excommunicated from Mormon Church

May 10, 1995

PROVO, Utah (AP) _ A feminist housewife who wrote about a divine mother in heaven and challenged the notion that Jesus would not allow the Mormon Church to be led astray says she has been excommunicated.

Janice Allred said the action was taken late Tuesday after a five-hour hearing before a disciplinary council headed by Bishop Robert Hammond, the lay leader of her congregation.

Hammond declined to comment. Spokesmen at church headquarters in Salt Lake City routinely refuse to comment on such cases, saying they are local matters.

Including Allred, at least eight high-profile feminists and academics have been excommunicated in the last two years on grounds of apostasy or public criticism of leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormons believe their leadership to be divinely inspired. Supporters of the disciplinary actions contend that failure to sustain and obey church leaders is a repudiation of the church’s most basic beliefs.

Allred, 48 and the mother of nine, said she would appeal.

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