August 24, 2007
Jon Voight-September Dawn
The Mountain Meadow Massacre
I just saw the movie September Dawn in Provo, Utah. It has left me speechless. I don't know how they could have been anymore fair or objective. Yet critics of the film are saying it is a lie, all lies. Well I find the critics reactions to the film far more disturbing than September Dawn was, and some comments are out right frightening!
Well I hate to be the barer of bad news, but Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid were both Mormons. Then there were Mormon serial killers such as "Wild Bill" Hickman and Porter Rockwell. And of coarse Mormons decimated the Utah Indian culture, murdered them, beheaded them, put their remains on public display, but that's ok, according to Mormons they were not human beings, the were "heathens and savages, punished by God with dark skin, and that is was a "matter of supremacy between the white man and the Indian." Quoting from John Peterson's book Utah's Black Hawk War, a book the Church gave their highest literary award to, Brigham said "Seek out the murdering Indians and slay them;" but in light of the political situation he commanded them "to keep quiet about it. Do your duty and say nothing to any man," he ordered, "and call upon nobody to help you for you are able to help yourselves." But even Brigham had to admit, regarding his own people, that the "Architects of Zion" had to "work with such material as the Lord has provided, stupidity, wooden shoes, and cork brains thrown into the bargain." Hmmm... not much has changed. Where are the critics when we need them?