Well, congratulations, guys, you made Runnells a martyr.
It's baffling to me sometimes the way the church operates. Though the CES Letter is still discussed frequently in apologist and ex-Mormon circles, it's my understanding that its initial buzz has died down considerably—until this business about a possible excommunication. I did a little messing around with Google Trends, and I may be wrong about this. Apparently searches for "CES Letter" have been generally trending upward over the last couple of years, but searches for "Jeremy Runnells" just hit their highest spike ever, so I'm declaring my limited research to be inconclusive.
But regardless of whether or not the CES Letter's circulation is rising, why would the church keep Runnells in their news cycle by holding a disciplinary council so long after the fact? Wouldn't more of the same "be careful what you read on the internet" and "some truths are not useful" help members avoid a letter they might not know about? Isn't threatening its author with discipline and keeping him in the news raising the CES Letter's public profile? As glad as I am that the church continues to make awful PR moves, it bothers me that the possible rationales behind them are unfathomable.
I have a ton of respect for Jeremy. I think he handled himself with poise and I wish all the best for him and his family during what must be a strange and troubling time.