Let those who boast of our wise govern-ment, onr just laws, our equal rights, and the protection of every citizen, read the fol-lowing from the “Non-resistant and Prac-tical Christian," the best paper in the Union that has a priest at its head, and published in Milford, Mass. Let those who prate about religic s toleration, and call America the home of the brave—an asylum for the oppressed, read it, and tell me if they can, when, in these latter days, the old harlot of Rome has committed more shameful out-rages than have been committed against the deluded Mormons, many, very many of whom were as honest, tho' deluded, as any class of citizens in the Union.
Two of their leaders were shot by a mob, when prisoners under our "just laws" that are said to protect the weak as well as the strong, and a sham trial was had to acquit the murderers. Twice they were driven from their homes by brutal mobs; being impelled to escape for life, at the loss of only all their property, and our "glorious government" did not move a finger to pro-tect them. No crime of theirs could justify such outrages. Had they been murderers and every thing vile, they were entitled by law, to an impartial trial, and to protection from the violence of mobs.
What American can read the following without blushing to think that such deeds were done in his own country? What friend to humanity can read it, without mourning over the demoralizing influence of that abominable trash generally taught by the American cergy, as the religion of Christ? It is the same spirit that whipped Quakers and hung witches in olden time; and while men condemn the ignorance and cruelty of the sixteenth century, they are guilty of the same acts, in a little different form, to be sure, but in the same spirit.
"The Poor Mormons.—Thousands of Mormons are pining and perishing in the great Western wilderness, between the Mississippi and the Pacific. They were left behind by their more able and energetic pioneers, who were compelled to remove from Nauvoo and the adjacent parts of Il-linois by the mobocracy of that State.—Those that were left behind, were the poor, the halt and the blind of the sect, who could not go with the pioneers to California. It was stipulated with the mobocratic anti-Mormons, that these unfortunates should remain behind till the departing emigrants could reach their distant home, and provide for their reception. But the persecutors, "Regardless of their promise, drove them all off with fire and sword in a few weeks.—They fled for their lives, some with what little property they could carry off, and some almost naked In this miserable plight they struggled on through the savage wilderness, vainly endeavoring to overtake the advanced party. Destitution, famine and suffering intolerable have been their lot. At the last accounts many were dying others eking out life in wild game and such vegetables as barely sustained existence, and others wasting away with disease ne-cessarily brought on by extreme privation, fatigue and misfortune.
Who is to answer for all this? It was the duty of the Governor of Illinois and, in default thereof, of the United States, to pro-tect them from one of the most outrageous persecutions to which any people was ever subjected. At least, if they must be driven off, they should have been provided for in the wilderness. But government with all its pretentions to protect the weak, seldom goes much out of its way to help those who cannot help themselves. This treatment of the Mormons will be an everlasting disgrace to Missouri, Illinois, and the Nation. Noth-ing that can be said of the ignorance, fanat-icism, or crimes of the Mormons will excuse much less justify the persecution they have received. Their great error was in resort-ing to the exercise of political power and fighting in self-defence. They ran like fools to the ballot-box and to the sword, and they have perished by a ballot-box, catridge box mob, government stupidly looking on without affording them the least substantial aid. Christian Non-Resistants, stick to your principles, and you will be safe."
There, who will boast any longer about just and equal laws, and call this guilty, land-stealing, man-enslaving, woman-whip-ping, baby-selling, Indian-killing, witch-hanging, Quaker-voting, Mormon-hunting thieve’s den, the home of the brave and asylum of the oppressed? True, there are many pretty good sort of people scattered up and down the land, but the most of them lack energy, courage, faithfulness, or their testimony would soon kindle a fire in the hearts of the hypocritical, murderous voters that support so vile a government.
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