For those of you who are saying "So what?", "What's the big deal?", "We shouldn't judge", etc., you are not grasping the significance of what happened. I'm not concerned with what James did or didn't do. I could care less. What is important is what the Brethren of the Church did or didn't do as a consequence of their Official Statement.
The Church said that he was not guilty of "disillusionment" or "apostasy". For those of you unfamiliar with excommunication, it is a serious matter. Excommunications do not happen lightly. They are for very serious sin and often can involve a very serious crime.
I was threatened with excommunicated for presenting the Church with my research on Paleo-Hebrew, until it was brought to Pres. Hinckley's attention when the matter was dropped. Elder Hamula was a General Authority and thus his court was held by all the Prophets. President Monson was not in attendance because he is no longer functioning as the President of the Church.
Excommunication is for 1) Apostasy or 2) Severe Sin so great that it would qualify as a criminal act. I cannot come up with any other reason that would not fall into either of these two categories. Thus the Church giving an official statement that it was not for "Apostasy", means it was for a serious criminal action. Like I said I don't care what Hamula did or didn't do, but what the Church did or didn't do. The Church has a responsibility to report any and all crimes committed or confessed by Church members. This is a standard held to any and all religious leaders of any and all religions. Elder Lee, who was excommunicated back in 1989 was guilty of Apostasy and serious crimes, which the Church termed "conduct unbecoming of a member". Several years thereafter it came out that Elder Lee had sexually assaulted an underage girl back when he was a General Authority. If the Church did not know about the rape, then they are cleared in any wrongdoing, but if President Benson knew, he is guilty of not reporting and covering up the crime of a member. Church leadership has been under attack for knowing of crimes committed and not reporting them. Those currently trying to sue the Church wanted to subpoena Pres. Monson to testify of what he knew of the criminal actions of members who had wronged the plaintiffs. The Church lawyers successfully argued that Pres. Monson would not testify. So if Elder Hamula was not guilty of Apostasy and was guilty of a crime, why then aren't the Church leaders reporting the criminal action? The news agencies have caught onto the significance as I have and have searched Arizona and Utah Court filings and have found that Elder Hamula is only guilty of a traffic violation some time ago. That's not sufficient for excommunication. The Church has a responsibility to report criminal behavior to government authorities, so when it comes out later it will look very very bad to the Church who is already under pressure for not disclosing crimes of its members.
Elder Hamula is now in hiding. If he was wrongfully excommunicated as they tried to do with me, he would be speaking out against the Church's corruption. The covenant to not "speak evil of the Lord's Anointed" does not apply if they are guilty of sin or crime, for women covenant to "hearken to the counsel of her husband as he hearkens unto the counsel of the Father". Members do not follow leaders in unrighteousness. So something seriously big is going on. Either the Church has lied in that Elder Hamula is actually guilty of Apostasy or the Church is covering up a criminal action. Their official statement condemns them, not me.
I have pointed out that history has parallels of Religious leaders being incarcerated and murdered. Warren Jeffs, for example has committed horrible crimes, yet he still has devoted followers. Religious corruption is worse than governmental or civil corruption, because despite their crimes they will still fool their followers. Jeremiah was put in prison in Jerusalem which resulted in chaos of Church leadership. Joseph Smith was arrested and murdered while in jail and the new Church fell into leadership confusion. With 23 September 2017 the Government and Religious leader will emerge. This can only happen if the United States government and the LDS Church falls into chaos. Something will trigger the LDS Prophets to either be arrested or murdered. We don't know why Elder Hamula was excommunicated, but the seriousness of the ramifications and implications are blatant because of the poor quality statement put out as the Church's Official Statement. Hopefully it is just the blame of the Church's Spokesman, like the President's Spokespersons who lie and cover up what the President is doing to the press. I can totally see the Church's Spokesman to be fully responsible for the poor quality statement. But there again the Church leaders need to have a talking to and a firing of the Spokesman for misrepresenting the Church's position. If they don't, then it is as if they approve of the words and the wording of the Official Statement and we are back to the original problem. Transparency by Church leaders of Church leaders is necessary. Elder Ballard's talk to the CES instructors last year pointed out a new paradigm for Church instruction. Leaders and teachers are no longer to hide Church history and doctrine from the students, students need answers, not coverups and brush offs. To keep members from knowing what serious infraction Elder Hamula is guilty of reveals that the Church Leaders are not implementing what they requiring.
Just as Trump looks bad for cracking down on White House leaks to the press, when those leaks reveal Trump's corruption, so too does it look bad for the Church to secretly excommunicate its leaders and not report crimes to government authorities or warn Church members of the danger Elder Hamula may pose to the public and membership. The Church's Official Statement demands that the Church now reveal the truth for why the excommunication occurred, because it looks very bad for the Church. Isaiah's prophecy that the sins of the people be revealed upon the rooftops must come to pass. There is now a state of confusion and it must be resolved and not by silencing the masses who are asking sincere and legitimate questions. If the Church were to contact my Stake President to have me excommunicated for this post, that would be the worse thing the Church could do. Section 121 is very clear, you do not cover up sin. Again we do not know what happened, but the Church's Official Statement paints the Church in a negative light and that is all I want addressed and fixed. I don't want to see the Prophets go to jail. With a majority of members in government they may pass up on their responsibility to arrest "there own" for crimes. That would only make things worse. So to the Church I say, "Fix the Official Statement!"