So, this article in OpEdNews popped up in my Google News alerts today: The Sinister Entity Behind the Christian Facade of Mormonism. It’s by a guy named Douglas A. Wallace, who appears to be an embittered ex-Mormon who actually had a rather prominent position at some point in the past – mission architect (per his own bio, mind you). The article appears to be an ad for his book, Under The Mormon Tree.
My first question: Does anyone know anything about this guy? Has anyone heard of him before?
My second question/comment: It seems like it would be a good contribution by MSP to actually dissect the claims he makes in his OpEdNews post. Obviously I don’t want to legitimize a cooky conspiracy theorist if that’s clearly what he is. But I’m not sure if that has been established. So, anyone interested in dissecting his claims?
Here are the claims that seem falsifiable (i.e., we could determine whether or not they are accurate):
- Few others who were descendants of early converts have taken the risk of suffering excommunication for their visible outspoken efforts to bring intelligence, questioning debate and new learning into the church to correct perceived errors. These individuals both men and women suffered the rebuke of the local elders of the church by way of excommunication but never heard one word directly from the top leaders of the church to whom they had addressed their concerns. Among those we can name C.D. McBride of Logan, Utah who was a boyhood playmate of the past church president Spencer Kimball: G.T. Harrison of Orem, Utah who challenged the leaders on the changing history and doctrines of the church only to be excommunicated and Dr. John Fitzgerald of Holladay, Utah who wrote letters to the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune challenging the church on its then racism only to be excommunicated. Each of these men had performed a mission for the church in their youth but like so many other returned missionaries, later learn the falsehood of the Mormon claim which they had preached and promoted. In every case an effort is later made to discredit these men with assertions of moral infidelity as the reason for excommunication rather than admit to doctrinal disputes with the church leaders.
- In 1982, author John Gardner published a book, MICKELSSON’S GHOSTS. The story was about a college professor who bought an old house in Pennsylvania and went through the process of remodeling it only to find hidden within its walls evidence of the life of Joseph Smith, Jr. the founder of Mormonism. The professor learned of the existence of killer Danites of the church and in fact discovered that some of his own college faculty were indeed Danites. In time, as the professor probed into the issue, he was deliberately run off the road on his bicycle and killed. While of course the book was fiction, Gardner did rail against the historically correct existence of Danites within the church and enlarged the theme to a point of belief. Shortly after the book was published, Gardner, a motorcycle enthusiast was run off the road and killed in the same manner as the hero of his book. Not accurate per comments below.
- The Springville murders were another example of criminally sanctioned atrocities by the church against dissidents attempting to leave the Utah territory.
- The so-called Morrisite war in Ogden Canyon, Utah, where dissident Mormons were laid siege against by men under authority of Brigham Young. Cannons were used to blow apart their fortification and all the men and boys were killed. Women were saved for polygamous adventures. Not accurate per comments below.
- The Gunnison survey party was massacred near Delta Utah as they surveyed the route for the transcontinental railroad. An historical marker was made and is likely (as it was when I took a picture in 1993) in a state of vandalized desecration. Not accurate per comments below.
- The church pretty much dominates the Salt Lake Police Department and any number of actions in defense of the “pristine” image of the church is carried on by undercover operatives of the PD.
- U.S. Representative Allen Howe was set up for an arrest and conviction for soliciting by female officers of the police because he voted against the will of the church. Humiliation was so great for Howe afterwards, that he was buried in a secret grave for fear that it would be desecrated by the criminally insane order of the church. Not accurate per comments below.
- The kidnapping of Howard Hughes by the so-called Mormon Mafia led by recently deceased Bill Gay is another story of intrigue which I outlined in the March-April 1978 issue of the Millennial Messenger leading to capitulation on the part of the church to the cause of black priesthood ordination. John Meier was an aide to Howard Hughes and he had been set up by Bill Gay under the guise of Summa Corporation as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City. An attempt was made to extradite John from Vancouver, Canada. In an effort to obtain John’s presence in Utah, the sinister entity of Mormonism attacked and discredited John’s Vancouver attorney in a shameful way as reported to me by the Member of Parliament [MP] for Delta, BC. Not accurate per comments below.
- Two men were involved with me at the time of the ordination of a black man to priesthood in a pool at a motel in downtown Portland, Oregon April 2nd, 1976. One man – Darrell Lee – was an associate attorney and was a non participant but we had shared the same office letterhead. The other, John Evans, was an aviator and flight instructor and he did participate with me at a Conference in Salt Lake City on April 6, 1976. When Evans refused to identify himself outside Temple Square to the media, the church named him as Darrell Lee. Being an attorney, Darrell saw an opportunity to sue for slander and did so naming the church, Salt Lake PD, News wire services and local Portland area newspapers as defendants. The source for the false naming of Lee was the church as they took the name from the joint letterhead (which I had used in a communication with the church presidency) and making a giant leap in speculation gave it out to the media. Ultimately the case being a res ipsa [it speaks for itself] situation, an out of court settlement was agreed upon and the record sealed. Following that settlement, Lee with an associate invested in the Portland Meadows Race track in Portland, Oregon. Subsequently, an evil rumor was widely circulated that Lee had pilfered Jockey Trust fund monies. There was no proof offering of the allegations but the issue was a matter of great publicity in the Portland area. Lee and his wife Vicky were barred from stepping foot on the race track again even though they were innocent of any charges. Lee and his wife have pretty much gone into seclusion, having been taught a lesson by the anonymous criminal entity of the Mormon Church and likely have not connected the dots. I have regretted having used an office letterhead in my prior correspondence with church leaders whereby his name could have arisen in the first place.
- Earlier in Shelton, Washington on June 21, 1978, an assassin of the Danite order had shot an attorney in the back of the head as an apparent suicide in an elaborate scheme to set me up for discreditadation. That issue is presently before the criminal division of the IRS upon a request to deprive the church of its tax exemption status due to its racketeering.
Here’s one that seems questionable given the latest research into this:
- The well known massacre of the 1857 Fancher wagon train at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah is but one example of the work of criminal killers within the Mormon Church. Recently the church admitted its complicity yet blamed in on the elders in southern Utah. Yet anyone who knows anything about the political structure knows full well that an atrocity of that nature could never have happened without the sanction of Brigham Young. Not often known was the escape on foot after darkness of two men from the Fancher Train. After the massacre at Mountain Meadows, elders of the church rode their horses to locate these escaping men and upon finding them, slit their throats.
- From what I’ve read, the complicity of Brigham Young has never been established with 100% certainty. Anyone care to comment?