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Mormon Wars Part 7: The Coming of Civilization

My Born-Again readers may be disappointed to find out that Brigham Young was not in the business of killing passing Christian settlers for vengeance or blood sport. That’s a very titillating fantasy for subsequent generations of foaming evangelicals to indulge while they sit around flattering themselves in Christian coffee houses perpetually waiting for the Rapture to come, and listening to Michael W Smith. Continue reading

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Mormon Wars Part 6: A Perilous Quirk and a Blunder

As I have said before, if we were not on the defensive in this case, I would say nothing about these things; but it ill becomes men who have got ten criminals to our one to come here as our reformers, and try to disfranchise men who are ten times as good as they are. Continue reading

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Mormon Wars Part 5: Rumors of Rumors of War

We don’t have to guess the purposes of the Utah Expedition. We have the smoking gun on James Buchanan. We have his version of the “Mob Manifesto” and it follows the same Christian pattern used by the “Regulator” committees in Missouri and Illinois. There was no Mormon rebellion. Brigham Young didn’t need a memo from Washington to explain the Utah Expedition. The Utah Expedition was the memo from Washington. There was very little to misinterpret in that message. Continue reading

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Mormon Wars Part 4: Politics, the Other Religion

The tragedy at Mountain Meadows was the direct result of America’s determination to destroy Mormonism, not vice-versa. Had a pack of Christian reformers, disgruntled federal appointees and contract-holders, not gone tattling back to Washington with the usual litany of grossly exaggerated tales of Mormon “outrages,” deliberately trying to provoke a federal assault upon the Mormon capital, there would have been no US invasion of Utah Territory. If there had been no invasion, the Mormon officials in southern Utah would have had no cause to hold up the Fancher’s wagon train, no cause to withhold basic provisions from them, and the Fancher Party would have passed, with only some slight complaining on both sides, peaceably through Utah without incident. Continue reading

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Mormon Wars Part 3: Hillbilly Rednecks

The Mormons never really had a prayer making friends anywhere in the Midwestern region. In the end, it was inevitable by sheer force of numbers, that the frontier politicians, Christian preachers, Godless capitalists out to make a buck, and their attendant, enforcement mob would win. The entire area was ruled by mobs for generations afterward. Continue reading

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Mormon Wars Part 2: Prelude to a Storm

Most movers and shakers in American politics pandered to rabid Christian constituencies like the Temperance Movement only because they could still get a drink in any backroom gin joint they wanted anyway. But looking pro-Temperance automatically gained them the massively organized WASP Temperance vote. So too, in their days of glory, did pandering to the anti-Mormonists gain you a similarly solid block of votes, essentially the same block of votes as the Temperance vote, whatever your personal feelings on Mormonism might actually be. Continue reading

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Mormon Wars Part 1: The Fighting Parson

John Chivington was the swashbuckling Methodist minister who’s militant Christianizing and Abolitionist sermonizing got him driven out of the Kansas/Missouri conflicts of the mid 1800’s. “Bleeding Kansas,” it was called. His ecclesiastical overseers moved him to Nebraska territory for his … Continue reading

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