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Mormons Maintain Hard Line Against Dissidents

Mon., Oct. 2, 1995, midnight

There is no place in the Mormon Church for naysayers who point to past problems while ignoring its bright future, the faith’s president said Sunday.

“This work has consistently moved forward and has never taken a backward step since its inception,” Gordon B. Hinckley told the church’s 165th Semiannual General Conference in the Tabernacle.

Hinckley, who became president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints seven months ago, signaled that the church will maintain its tough stance against scholars, feminists and others who question doctrine.

Two years ago, six people who had written about Mormon history and new interpretations of theology were summoned to church disciplinary councils. Five were excommunicated and one was disfellowshipped. Other excommunications followed.

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