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Posted by: Just Browsing ( )
Date: June 03, 2011 07:15PM

Was **W. CLEON SKOUSEN** ever excommunicated from the Church--

If so could you give me the date or a link or reference

Could be a Steve Benson type Question

Thank you for your help

JB

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Posted by: Nightingale ( )
Date: June 03, 2011 07:50PM

I think the answer is no. I'm sure it would be common knowledge here at RfM and mentioned often if Skousen had been ex'd. Of course, I'm not an expert.

Here is a reasonable-seeming bio of him though, which doesn't mention anything like that:

http://www.skousen2000.com/biography.htm

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: June 04, 2011 06:10AM

. . . and the mayor of SLC fired good ol' goofy Cleon from his position as the city's chief of police.

Then-Mormon president Spencer W. Kimball's First Presidency eventually sent out a letter to all local LDS leaders directing them not to allow use of Mormon church buildings to host events in behalf of Skousen's radical-right Freeman Institute.

And Skousen once violated copyright on one of my cartoons by changing it without permission to suit his own political purposes. I threatened legal action, so he publicly apologized, sort of (after first calling me to claim that a lawsuit would put him out of business).

But I don't think any of these offenses led to his temple blessings being stripped from him. :)



Edited 6 time(s). Last edit at 06/04/2011 06:26AM by steve benson.

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Posted by: baura ( )
Date: October 28, 2012 05:26PM

steve benson Wrote:
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> And Skousen once violated copyright on one of my
> cartoons by changing it without permission to suit
> his own political purposes. I threatened legal
> action, so he publicly apologized, sort of (after
> first calling me to claim that a lawsuit would put
> him out of business).



You could have put Skousen out of business and you didn't follow through with it??

You bastard!

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: October 28, 2012 06:56PM

. . . Skousen called me personally to claim that would put him out of business.

I settled for a published apology in his goofy mazazine (a skinback on his part which actually was kind of mealy-mouthed).

I hold myself fully accountable for not moving in for the monetary kill. I once visited his outfit's HQ in Provo, Utah. I tell ya, if he ran his business like he had his HQ "organized," he was doomed for failure. The place was an utter and absolute disaster. Even worse than my garage. :)



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Posted by: bona dea ( )
Date: June 03, 2011 07:50PM

I have never heard that.

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Posted by: atheist&happy:-) ( )
Date: June 03, 2011 07:57PM

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1034764/Obituary-W-Cleon-Skousen.html

For what it's worth, I never recall hearing anything like that.

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Posted by: SusieQ#1 ( )
Date: June 03, 2011 07:59PM

To my knowledge, he died at 92 in 2006 a fully worthy member of the LDS Church.
He had some very unusual ideas that some find not just fascinating, but believable. Nothing in his writings would cause him to be excommunicated, from what I can tell.

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Posted by: cludgie ( )
Date: June 03, 2011 11:45PM

What can be said of these people?

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Posted by: pachrismith ( )
Date: August 26, 2011 12:14AM

It may be they have actually read his works.

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Posted by: angsty ( )
Date: August 26, 2011 12:45AM

If they'll accept the wild claims of Joseph Smith and friends, their standards for belief are so wacky they can believe just about anything they want to.

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Posted by: another guy ( )
Date: June 03, 2011 08:08PM

Why would LDS, Inc. ex Skousen? He became one of its latter-day founding philosophers and thinkers...

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Posted by: angsty ( )
Date: August 26, 2011 12:34AM


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Posted by: Helen ( )
Date: June 03, 2011 11:43PM

He was Cleon's brother.

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Posted by: WiserWomanNow ( )
Date: June 04, 2011 12:32AM


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Posted by: Anon455 ( )
Date: June 04, 2011 12:35AM

Max again was facing disciplinary hearings after his re-baptism. He requested name removal rather than face ex-communication again.

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Posted by: LR Whitney ( )
Date: June 25, 2011 01:26PM

Just a follow-up, in light of Glenn Beck's bubbling excitement over discovering Klingon Skousen: was he ever disciplined in any way other than President Kimball's 1979 directives that none of his works or organizations be approved, sponsored, or hosted by LDS officers or facilities, either directly or implicitly?

http://lrwhitney.wordpress.com/

I've been working on Glenn Beck and now have to dig into Skousen as one of his primary motivators. Any help would be good.

Thanks

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Posted by: Chaske Fisher ( )
Date: October 28, 2012 04:40PM

Helen Wrote:
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> He was Cleon's brother.


Cleone was excommunicated from the church in England but had all his blessings restored.

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