Glenn Beck Continues to Mislead the Public

12 September

He started off with one of the big ones: “We often hear the word polygamy and Mormonism coupled together. Why?”

Glenn said that the media would love nothing more than for people to equate Mormons with polygamists like Warren Jeffs, but nothing could be further than the truth. He said polygamy was a perversion of everything they believe in, and practitioners are excommunicated. He compared it to the portrayal of Corleones in the Godfather Trilogy – simply because they call themselves Catholics doesn’t mean for one second they are following practices of the LDS church.

Glenn explained that Mormons in America did once practice polygamy, but it ended 122 years ago. He explained that in the 1800s, there was massive persecution of Mormons wer driven out of New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. In Missouri, the governor even issued Executive Order-44 which ordered that all Mormons be exterminated or driven out of the state, resulting in 10,000 Mormons who lived there either being killed or forced to flee. Executive Order-44 wasn’t overturned until 1976. As a result of this persecution, there weren’t many men left. The desire to repopulate played a role in the decision to practice polygamy, but only about 5% did it before the practice came to an end in 1890.

Polygamists today are not Mormons.

My Response to this is that Glenn Beck is Misleading the Public. I responded on his blog and it was taken down, but those of you that are seeking truth continue to search and so you have found this blog. Here is my post that was taken down. “What you have said about polygamy is a very inaccurate. In fact Joseph Smith took young girls that needed a father, not a husband that was already married. He also took other men’s wives. Even though polygamy is not practiced today secularly within the Mormon Church it is still practiced spiritually, meaning a man can still be “sealed” to more than one woman. Polygamy has not been renounced as something Joseph Smith and the other prophets did was wrong. God would never command such evil. He strictly states in scripture that a husband is to be of ONE wife.” 1 Timothy 3:2, 12

Read more about polygamy in my book Loved into the Light.


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3 Responses to “Glenn Beck Continues to Mislead the Public”

  1. camdenc September 12, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    That is similar to the story that I was fed growing up in how to respond to non-Mormon’s questions about polygamy… Here is an excerpt from Testimony…

    . In response to her question about polygamy, I told her; “The church started polygamy because the US President commanded 2,000 Salt Lake bound Mormon pioneers to drop everything and fight in the Mexican-American War in the 1840’s. Thus, the older men who couldn’t fight stayed behind and since the women far outnumbered the men, the older men took them in to care and provide for them. There weren’t any sexual relations between them; the older men just cared for them and their children with shelter, clothing, and food”.
    Yes folks that is what I was taught growing up and as Paul Harvey would say; “Now for the rest of the story”.
    I later found out that Joseph Smith practiced polygamy long before they even considered moving to Utah. Brigham Young stated that “men couldn’t become Gods unless they entered into polygamy” and the Mormon Church fought against the United States regarding plural marriage, but only caved in so they could get statehood (Utah). I guess I had heard the “shortage of men” story given to non-Mormons so many times that I came to believe it as fact. I think Hitler coined the phrase, “if you tell a lie big enough and often enough… people will eventually believe it as fact”.

    • lovedintothelight September 12, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      The same for me. I asked directly and was directly lied to.

  2. danielwalldammit September 14, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    It’s what he does, no more no less.

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