To the editor:
I am writing in response to the article, “Church Appeal Rejected.” (Editor's note: the appeal has been filed but not yet heard)  I take issue with Linda Booth’s statement that the Restoration “intentionally left the church.”

I attended the Fairbanks Branch in Houston, where I spent many years helping to build that church. In 1984 the rules were changed about women in the priesthood. That seemed to be the only church dogma that had to be accepted. You didn’t have to believe the Book of Mormon or even believe in Jesus Christ, but you had to believe in and accept women in the priesthood. The priesthood who didn’t accept this dogma were “silenced.” Those of us who couldn’t accept it were forced out. The locks were changed on our buildings as if we were common thieves.

The Community of Christ obtained a copyright on both the RLDS symbol and the name in 2005. They then sued a small Restoration branch, South Branch, to quit using that moniker. They capitulated. Without warning, the Community of Christ then sued Devon Park.

Linda Booth also said that the “suffering” the members of Devon Park have had after being used by the Community of Christ was “self-inflicted.” This is cruel.

The Community of Christ promotes communities of “love, joy, hope and peace.” On the surface this sounds very good, but their actions belie their statements. Devon Park lost the suite, but they have appealed the case to a higher court.

We are still baptized members of the RLDS church and are proud of the name. That is who we are. I am not a member of Devon Park, but this whole lawsuit has opened up the separation wounds I felt in 1984. The Community of Christ 2010 conference has changed their theology so that it does not in any way reflect the theology of the church I joined in 1963. They don’t want the RLDS name, they have changed their name, so why won’t they let us use it?