When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the ‘New Age’ got the better of the ‘alternative medicine’
The Church of Latter Day Saints, which began as a branch of the Roman Catholic Church, is now the second-largest church in the United States, with about 4.5 million members.
The Mormon Church, the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., has around 3.5 millions members.
Now it’s facing a lawsuit from a Utah couple, who allege that their religious rights were violated when their daughter was forced to attend a therapy session for anxiety and depression.
The case has been filed by the family of John Dehlin, a former LDS church member and therapist, and his wife, Kim.
The Dehlins say they were not notified of the therapy sessions by the church, and that the sessions were not medically necessary.
“Our child was not told of the sessions,” Kim Dehls said.
“We were not told that he was going to be going to a therapist for treatment.”
The lawsuit alleges that church policies were violated in December 2011 by the Salt Lake City-based Church of Christ, which claims it provides “services for individuals who suffer from anxiety and/or depression, mental health disorders, substance abuse, and other mental health issues.”
The DeHlins say that in their daughter’s case, the church gave her an antidepressant medication and a psychotherapy session to help treat her anxiety.
But they say they did not get a copy of the counseling plan and were not informed that the medication was a hallucinogen.
The couple filed a complaint with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, which is investigating whether church policies or church leaders violated state and federal laws.
The attorney general’s office said it has requested that the church pay the DeHlins $30,000 in damages and the Dehlins’ attorney fees.
The Salt Lake Tribune has learned that a former Mormon bishop and a former Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster have been charged with violating the state’s “sanctuary law” in the case.
The state law prohibits anyone from participating in “spiritual or non-spiritual” practices if they are under age.
The Utah church has been sued several times for violating the law in other cases, including in 2014, when the Dehels’ church was sued for $150,000 by the parents of an 18-year-old Mormon boy who died of a drug overdose.
The church is not facing any charges in that case, and the case is ongoing.
The lawsuit against the church alleges that the therapist was in fact a Mormon bishop who was a counselor at the church’s headquarters in Salt Lake.
In a press release, the De Hlins said the therapist “did not know about any specific medication or the treatment plan.”
“He had no clue what was going on in the church or what the church was doing to help his patients,” Kim said.
The statement said the church “should not have permitted a therapist to attend this session.
The therapy session itself was unnecessary and would have likely led to a worse outcome for the patient.”
The Mormon church declined to comment on the case and did not return a request for comment.
John Dehalins’ lawyer, Steve N. Hildreth, said in a statement that the couple was “disappointed that this lawsuit has been brought to the attention of the Attorney General.”
The church has denied the allegations.
“The Church of The Flying Spammons is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to individuals with serious mental illness and has always been open to listening to the concerns of our members and patients,” the church said in the statement.
The LDS Church has more than 100,000 members, but there is a strong Mormon population, especially in the Salt Lakes area, where Mormon culture is closely tied to the region’s Mormon communities.
The denomination has also been a hotbed of controversy in recent years with the deaths of two prominent members, Ezra Taft Benson and Warren Jeffs, both of whom served as apostles.
According to the church documents, the couple said they were told in October 2012 that they would have to leave their church if they wanted to keep their marriage, which ended in divorce in August 2014.
The revelation said they would be excommunicated.
A spokesman for the church confirmed to the Salt Sun that the two members were excommunicated.
In his statement to the newspaper, John Dehlins said, “I have suffered so much since the end of my marriage, I have no choice but to leave the church and live as a gay man.”
He said he believes he is a victim of a conspiracy.
“I think this is a way for the Mormon church to discredit me and discredit the Church,” he said.
In 2013, the family filed a $6.3 million lawsuit against Dehline, who served as a Mormon Bishop in Idaho for 15 years.
The suit claimed the church had refused to let the couple leave their home in the state and had been abusive and threatening to expel them from