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Published: Friday, May 27 2011 11:11 p.m. MDT

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Springville, UT

As a John D. Lee descendent, I am a fan of Juantita Brooks.

I find it interesting how the Society tries to split the difference, a huge deference to "political correctness", when it says: "However, Juanita's arraignment of the guilty was tempered by a deep compassion. She understood that those who carried out the massacre were fundamentally good and decent men led by circumstances to commit a deed for which their own conscience condemned them." Lee was excommunicated, then had his rights restored decades later. There is enormous moral ambiguity in all of this, amongst all the parties. I doubt we will ever know the truth of who knew what and when, and who was involved and not. Recent whitewashes will never settle the issue.

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