For all its cinematic weaknesses, I left the theatre weeping. "Now you know how I feel when I see holocaust films," my Jewish husband told me gently as he wiped away my tears.
To even suggest that this historical event had any similarity to the halocaust is absurd and unjustified. The Arkansas company was not a band of innocents just trying to get to California in peace. Time and time again they pocked at the Mormons and opened fresh wounds. Might I remind you that they also had a bunch with them called the Missouri Wild Cats that threatened the normally peaceful Mormon settlers with extinctiion, something real in the Mormon's minds since they had just fled Missouri where governor Boggs had legalized the extermination of all Mormons in that state and Illinois where thier prophet had just been murdered. The Arkansas people were also not entirely innocent since Parley P. Pratt had just been murdered there and some of the company claimed authorship of those murders. The US government had just issued a command for the army to enter Utah territory to remove Brigham Young as governor and subdue the people. This was seen as another attempt to destroy the Mormons. Were the Mormon justified? No absolutely not. However, to compare this to the halocaust? The Mormons truly felt that the Arkansas company would go to California, raise a militia, return and kill them all. So what would you do and how far would you go to protect your way of life? How many Iraqui and Afgan women and children have died because America felt it had to protect itself from future attacks? Does your wife leave a movie about the travesty of the Vietnam war weeping? How many movies have you seen about the Hauns Mill Massacre? Never heard of it? That's because it was the Mormon men women and children who were killed and there are no anti-anti-Mormons out there willing to produce a movie like that. Think about it.
Mar 31 - 10:19 PM