Politics and prejudice

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  • Confused Sandy, UT
    June 6, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    I am not sure where you got your historians from, mostly the anti Mormon groups claim that.

    After 1896, The church no longer Sanctioned or performed Plurial Marriages.

    However, the ones that were already within the bounds of Plural Marriage, was allowed to remain that way. Most of them went to Mexico to escape the pressures of the Federal Government.

  • cbird Sandy, ut
    June 6, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    I have to disagree with what, Hal Boyd suggested. That Mitt Romney's presidential bid could lessen Mormon prejudices in the same way Barack Obama's campaign did for African-Americans. Barack Obama's campaign did nothing for prejudices, it made it worse in my opinion.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 6, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    To "Esquire | 7:01 a.m." once again, you show that you only look at biased inaccurate sources. The LDS church ended the practice of polygamy when they said that they did.

    The only new polygamous marriages after the LDS church made its deal with the US government were from splinter groups, not the LDS church.

  • Brian D. King OREM, UT
    June 6, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    Thanks Esquire for your clarification on my letter. Even in a short letter, I should have emphasized that the Church no longer openly sanctioned plural marriage.

    My point is still that it polygamy was not legal, and that B.H. Roberts was an open polygamist who brought two wives to Washington. That was, in itself, an open confession to breaking the law, and reason enough to not be seated.

    Thanks for all your comments.


  • Herman Finklemeiyer Orem, UT
    June 6, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    Your key point in the opinion piece is spot on. Although there are for sure prejudice against Mormons it was not the issue that caused to uproar with Roberts.

    William H King went on to serve in the US senate and represent Utah for 24 years.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 6, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    King was actually Utah's first congressman, elected in '96 when Utah first became a state. He later served many years in the Senate. A proud Democrat and faithful LDS member.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 6, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    You may or may not be completely accurate on the events, but I do take issue with one statement. You say polygamy "was also not practiced within the LDS Church" after 1900. This is actually not true. Historians tell us that polygamy was practiced, and ceremonies performed, well into the 20th century (by decades), just not acknowledged by the church. It is a curious history, to be sure.