Mor­mon leader kicked out of church for first time in decades

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SALT LAKE CITY | A Mor­mon church leader was re­moved from his post and kicked out of the re­li­gion Tues­day for the first time in nearly three decades.

James J. Ha­mula was re­leased from a mid-level lead­er­ship coun­cil based on dis­ci­plinary ac­tion by the re­li­gion’s high­est lead­ers, said Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints.

Mr. Hawkins didn’t say why Mr. Ha­mula was ousted, but the Utah­based church said it was not for apos­tasy, which refers to teach­ing in­ac­cu­rate doc­trine or pub­licly de­fy­ing guid­ance from church lead­ers.

The last leader to be ex­com­mu­ni­cated was the late Ge­orge P. Lee in 1989 af­ter Lee, an Amer­i­can In­dian, called Mor­mon lead­ers racist.

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