Liberal Mormons love to whine and gripe about their bad experiences with Church authorities. And seriously, who can blame them? Think of the poor, assertive relief society sister whose perspective is dismissed or undervalued by the ward brethren. The gospel doctrine teacher whose open-ended and exploratory style is rejected as not “spiritual” enough. The thoughtful missionary made to endure the overbearing censure of another hyper-orthodox elder not much older or more mature than he is. Given Mormonism’s lay priesthood, its rule excluding one of the sexes from formal positions of priesthood authority and what some would describe as a lack of checks and balances at the local level, perhaps Mormon congregational life is a ticking timebomb of bad experiences just waiting to go off!