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.