FROM Ron Scott
Mormonism Crosses Path with Presidential Race Again The Daily Beast has reported that a controversial Mormon blogger who has criticized Mitt Romney might be excommunicated. David Twede, who writes about the Mormon Church, has been summoned to the disciplinary council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orlando, Florida this weekend. But it's his writing questioning the teachings of the Church that has him in hot water, not his criticism of the GOP candidate. That's according to journalist and life-long Mormon Ron Scott, who himself has written critically of Romney.
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