Anonymous Mormon Fundamentalist Utah man against HB99 and the persecution of the LDS Church.
The persecuted have now become the persecutors. The LDS church once was persecuted so harshly in Missouri that the Governor of Missouri (Governor Boggs) gave an extermination order of the Mormons, which made them head west to Utah to find religious freedom. Now that they accomplished and are living their level of religious freedom, since 1890, they have now become the persecutors. They represent a large portion of the House and Senate, which both voted in favor of HB99.
Their most recent attack has been with House Bill 99 (a bill they support) that now makes polygamy a felony crime for the thousands of polygamists living in Utah. All the polygamists in Utah now face a 5-15 year prison sentence for living how they feel their Lord is telling them to live. Will the LDS Church violate more of their remaining 12 articles of faith they claim to believe in? Since giving up the 11th Article of Faith which used to allow all men the right to worship who, how or what they may, will they change the wording to say “…as long as they believe what we believe”? Or will they only now teach the remaining 11, since they no longer live by the 11th article of Faith?
Will the thousands of fundamentalists living in Utah move out of State to avoid the LDS and State persecution? Will they all turn themselves into the Utah State Attorneys Office for prosecution, knowing full well the State doesn’t have ability to house tens of thousands more men and women in prison who only want to worship how they may? Or will they go underground, living their principle, legally divorcing their first wives with regards to the State, and just live in cohabitation as they did through most of the past 125 years?
It is sad that a state that was built on religious freedom is no longer willing to allow others that same freedom the LDS enjoyed in the 19th Century. Do the LDS people even realize the refugees they are opening their arms to are also polygamists? Is it okay because they are Islamic polygamists instead of Mormon polygamists? I wonder how the LDS people now feel about being the persecutors considering they were once persecuted? Will they only live by their 11 articles of Faith, since their actions now prove they don’t allow “all men the same right to worship who, how or what they may?
~Anonymous Man, Utah