capt jack wrote:
Hat-tip to Beastie from mormondiscussions.com
who reports on this letter to the editor in the Weekly Standard by none other the so-called professor of Islamic Studies at the so-called BYU (click here
REGARDING FRED BARNES's profile of actor Jon Voight ("Hollywood Witness," September 3), apart from the overwhelming consensus of critics that September Dawn, in which Voight stars, is a pathetic excuse for a movie, there are several other points that should be made about its misrepresentation of history.
The so-called Mountain Meadows Massacre is in no substantial way parallel to the attacks of 9/11. Speaking as a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, there is no real resemblance between Mormons, even in the nineteenth century, and adherents of Wahhabi Islam.
At least one of the pivotal and most damning statements put in the mouth of Brigham Young by the scriptwriter of September Dawn appears to have been entirely invented by an anti-Mormon just a few years ago. It is not only "the church" that denies Brigham Young's alleged role in ordering and masterminding the massacre; no credible professional historian appears to believe it either--for the clear and sufficient reason that there is no evidence to support the charge. In fact, there is considerable reason to reject it. September Dawn is a disgrace, a piece of shameless anti-Mormon propaganda. Fortunately, it appears destined to disappear without leaving much of a trace behind.
Keep it up Danny boy; whatever you think about BY ordering the massacre, it was a massacre. That part isn't theory, conjecture, hyperbole.
Maybe I should start doing the same thing: The so-called Haun's Mill atrocity; the so-called murder of Joseph Smith; the so-called tragedy on the Sweetwater.
Why is everyone else's tragedy "so-called"? That's right, silly me, they play for Jesus' team and thus have every right to piss on any tragedy that is not their own.
"So-Called?" "So-Called?" Other than the tired abuse of this word, Peterson has his facts wrong once again. If he'd leave wee willy winkie alone while writing, he might be able to focus his thoughts better.
Peterson. First of all. Fuck you. Second, the church leaders who led this massacre (I refuse to follow the church's new "perpetrators" label) namely Dame, Haight, Higbee, Lee, and Klingensmith carried out the order to kill these defenseless men, women, and children AFTER THEY HAD BLATANTLY LIED TO THEM PROMISING TO PROTECT THEM, FOR GOD'S SAKE. Then when Higbee gave the command "Do your do", you know Peterson, like the whole "Duty to God" award thingy, except this time they turned on the person they were escorting AND PUT A BULLET IN THEIR HEADS. The few people who ran off were caught and either bludgeoned to death, or their throats cut, or their heads were blown off. These were defenseless men, women, and children.
How could this massacre ever be termed "so-called?" It was a massacre in every sense of the word, and it was more horrific in my mind than 9/11/01 because they looked these people in the eyes before they killed them, and they killed them under the pretense of protecting them from the Indians. It was nothing more than wholesale butchery on the Mormons part. Peterson needs to brush up on his lies before he tries to take on MMM. I recommend that he stick with BoM apologetics (tapirs as horses and what not) and leave the mentally taxing arguments to others. Peterson just shows, once again, what a lightweight he really is.