when they do things like this.
A Mormon named David Twede was threatened by LDS leaders in Florida with excommunication if he did not stop criticizing Mitt Romney in his blog. It has been a secret tenet of the faith that Romney ascending to the presidency was predicted by Prophet Joseph Smith in the White Horse Prophecy. Ann Romney has subtly alluded to this by saying that Mitt is destined to be the savior of America.
While the LDS Church cannot publicly discipline Harry Reid for apostasy without risking a firestorm they felt safer attacking a lone individual expressing his personal opinion.