In a forum for ex-Mormons on Reddit, Mc Knight posted recently that three people approached him and said a secure site would make them feel more comfortable sharing files, and that he hopes the site “tips that scale for them.” “Other than that, this is an ‘if you build it they will come’ project,” he said.
He said he expects many of the leaks will be mundane, simply showing that every move in the church is not divinely ordained, as members are led to believe, but that in fact the church runs “very much like a business.” Ryan Cragun, an associate professor of sociology who studies Mormonism at the University of Tampa said many religious scholars are eager to learn more about the finances of the church which are “a black box.” The church owns many businesses and properties, but there is little public information available about them.
There is a hungry audience, though, among people who have left or are thinking of leaving the church.
“For someone in the middle of a faith transition, such information is more fuel for the fire,” he said. Follow Acts of Faith on Twitter or sign up for our newsletter.
5 that says children of same-sex couples will not be baptized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly called Mormons, until they are 18 years old.REUTERS/Jim Urquhart A former Mormon launched a web site Monday offering a secure portal for people who want to leak internal documents or videos about the Utah-based church.The Mormon Wikileaks web site seeks to build on a growing number of leaks that have shed light on the inner workings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its position on controversial issues such as gay marriage.The site was launched by Ryan Mc Knight, of Las Vegas, Nevada, who gained national attention in October after posting a series of inside conversations between senior Mormon church officials on a You Tube channel called “Mormon Leaks.” “Our goal is, pure and simple, transparency,” Mc Knight said in an interview.“Sometimes people come across information through the course of their jobs that makes them feel uneasy or like it is something that church members deserve to know.” He said the web site provides an anonymous “avenue” for them to share it.Specifically, the law forces sex offenders to notify law enforcement everytime they adopt a new online identity, which could allow websites to selectively restrict their comments.