In a long overdue action, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued an APOLOGY for the Mountain Meadows Massacre of September 11, 1857. Lest you think this another carefully worded, “Well, we sure don’t think we played a part, but we’re really sorry it happened” type apology, let me quote from the actual apology, as it was noted in the Deseret News.
“We express profound regret for the massacre carried out in this valley 150 years ago today, and for the undue and untold suffering experienced by the victims then and by their relatives to the present time,” Elder Eyring said.
“A separate expression of regret is owed the Paiute people who have unjustly borne for too long the principal blame for what occurred during the massacre,” he said. “Although the extent of their involvement is disputed, it is believed they would not have participated without the direction and stimulus provided by local church leaders and members.”
Wow. Kudos to the Church for their actions. I would like to point out that I have ENCOURAGED this very action for years. The Catholics did it, and it worked in their favor!
I realize the movie September Dawn had some impetus in forcing their hand, although I haven’t really heard good things about the movie as of yet. But this is a positive step in the RIGHT direction. Acknowledging past mistakes is integral and important to moving forward. Plus, people aren’t as inclined to call you a cult when you are not hiding the less than savory parts of your past.
Just my take.