Monday, September 17, 2007

Mormons regret massacre

I made it a point to visit the site of the 1857 Mountain Meadows massacre on a trip to Utah one winter in 1998 (I also saw a rocket motor being test fired at Thiokol's plant near Brigham City). It was important for me to see the site of the massacre because it represented a place of overt lies, depravity, and ultimately, the truth. The Mormons butchered a wagon train full of California settlers under false pretenses, forced the surviving young women into polygamist marriages as if they were war booty, and then blamed the whole thing on the Indians.

In my many talks with my Mormon friends, all have deigned any wrong doing by their cult. On the 150th anniversary of the massacre, the Mormons expressed regret, but did not take responsibility. What good is regret without acknowledging their role in the massacre?

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A ranking Mormon church official expressed "profound regret" Tuesday for the massacre of 120 California-bound pioneers moving through Utah on a wagon train on the 150th anniversary of the ambush.

A group that advocates for descendants of those killed said the remarks were the closest the church has ever come to acknowledging it was responsible. But church leaders declined to categorize the remarks as an apology.

Church Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve, the second tier of leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed a memorial service at Mountain Meadows, the massacre site 35 miles northwest of St. George, Utah.

"We express profound regret for the massacre carried out in this valley 150 years ago today, and for the undue and untold suffering experienced by the victims then and by their relatives to the present time," Eyring said.


Any bets on how long it will take for the Mormons to take responsibility for this heinous and cowardly act? I'm betting never.


mel said...

I'm not sure about the "forced into polygamy" part, though the children (boys and girls under "the age of accountability") were adopted into polygamous families and then were returned to their relatives some years later. I'd like to see some reference to the "forced to marry" point.

Two important points to add:
- Mormons have become masters of the PR spin ... this out of neccessity for survival.
- The MMM is a can of worms from hell in that it represents the very dark side of claiming to have a direct line to god in the context of an authority cult.

aidan said...

I’ve come across brief descriptions of the massacre. Didn’t realize the victim count was so high.

I was under the impression there had been some Mormon acknowledgment in the past, but that of course is a lot different from an apology.

Anonymous said...

Forced Polygamy? Can you find another way to tell a lie? Prove what you say. That's the most rediculous thing I've heard yet.

How about proving that those who are all accused of being murders in the massacare acually did it. Prove each person was actually a killer. you seem to know it all. Were you there a 150 years ago? All I see I is some BIG stone casting going on here. Find peace with your lies.

Anonymous said...

Indoctrinated sheeple. Don't question, don't research. Just reiterate the talking points. Creepy religion.