Criticism of Mormonism/Books/Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows/Chapter 3

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Response to claims made in "Chapter 3: Political Hacks, Robbers, and Whoremongers"

A FairMormon Analysis of: Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, a work by author: Will Bagley

Response to claims made in Blood of the Prophets, "Chapter 3: Political Hacks, Robbers, and Whoremongers"

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Response to claim: 39 - The author provides innuendo about death of Wakara from pneumonia "but perhaps from poison"

The author(s) of Blood of the Prophets make(s) the following claim:

Innuendo about death of Wakara from pneumonia "but perhaps from poison."

FairMormon Response

Fact checking results: This claim contains propaganda and/or spin - The author, or the author's source, is providing information or ideas in a slanted way in order to instill a particular attitude or response in the reader

"Another troubling tendency of Bagley’s is his habit of almost—but not quite—accusing Mormondom of criminal acts for which there can be no answer because no real facts are given. Federal officials “died mysteriously” (39), and Wakara died “probably of pneumonia but perhaps from poison,” all following conflicts with Mormons (33)." [1]



Response to claim: 50-52 - Blood atonement is presented as an active teaching, as prelude to the Massacre

The author(s) of Blood of the Prophets make(s) the following claim:

Blood atonement is presented as an active teaching, as prelude to the Massacre.

FairMormon Response

"Blood atonement"

Summary: It is claimed that during the administration of Brigham Young apostates were secretly put to death. They claim this is in line with the teachings of LDS leaders at the time that apostasy was the unforgivable sin, and that the only thing an apostate could do to redeem himself was to give his own life, willingly or unwillingly.

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Response to claim: 51 - Blood atonement to be implemented for those guilty of "the unpardonable sin"

The author(s) of Blood of the Prophets make(s) the following claim:

Blood atonement to be implemented for those guilty of "the unpardonable sin."

FairMormon Response

Notes

  1. W. Paul Reeve and Ardis E. Parshall, "review of Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, by Will Bagley," Mormon Historical Studies (Spring 2003): 154.