Douglas' Utah Policy.
We desire to keep the people forewarned of Judge Douglas' ideas of Mormondom with its leachery and its base prostitution; that thus forewarned they will be forearmed and ready for the fight in after years, say in 1858-9 or 1860. Mr. Douglas drew up the Utah bill and says he is "responsible for it." In proof of this see his Chicago speech for 1850, which we have already heretofore quoted.
But now Mr. Douglas in his Springfield speech wants the Mormon territory wiped out, and the great compromise measures of 1850 torn to atoms to set him light in the two races for which he is preparing. In his Springfield speech he does not contend for the repeal of the Utah Mormon leachery bill, upon the grounds of its polygamy, leachery, seduction and infa-my; but he puts its repeal upon the ground of foreignism, treason and such like clap-trap elo-quence. Do not forget the fact: read his speech and see if he contends that the territorial bill of Utah should and ought to be repealed, be-cause of the hundred-and-one wife system with its leachery, seduction and prostitution, its vi-olation of Christianity and civilization.
Douglas' charge against the Mormons is that they are foreigners, rebels and traitors; not a word does he utter against polygamy. Since Mr. Douglas made his speech here he has more thoroughly defined himself through his Chica-go Times. In that sheet of June 26th he says:
"The inhabitants of Utah are Mormons. Po lygamy or concubinage, is apart of their reli-gious faith. (Mark that, 'a part of their reli-gious faith.') We do not (the Democracy do not) believe that Congress has any more right to dictate to the people of Utah upon the number of wives each man may possess, than it has to dic-tate to them the particular female each man shall marry. Congress has no right to say to the men of Utah that they shall have but one wife nor that they shall marry at all. Congress has no more power to dictate how often they shall wed than it has the power to dictate to the men of Illinois that they shall marry negroes."
The same article further says that the Demo-cracy "deny to Congress the right of regulating the religious faith or any other domestic institu tion." Here and on this platform stand the bogus Democracy. There let them stand. The Demo-cracy contend first that the hundred wife system is a part of the Mormon's religious creed; and the Democracy draw the conclusion that Con-gress has no right to disturb the Mormons. Mark the logic: mark the loop hole and look out for frauds and wilful deceptions.
The Democracy then declare themselves for the inalienable right to the religious one-hun-dred-and-one-wife system of the Mormons and deny the power of Congress to interfere in any of the Territories for any purpose on earth. Suppose the Mormons add counterfeiting and murder as a new section of their religious creed, can not Congress prohibit? Will the Democra-cy interfere? No. We as Republicans, as civilized men, as Christians, take issue with the Democracy here, and say that the old policy of Washington, Jefferson, Madison and others, bottomed and based as it was upon the Consti-tution, upon civilization, Christianity and re-ligion—deep imbedded in the human heart—is the best and only true policy for the people, their peace, their virtue, their civilization, their Christianity and their Union.
Senator Douglas drew up this infamous Utah bill, knowing at the time that Mormons and Mormons alone inhabited or would inhabit the Territory: he is yet against its repeal upon the policy on ground of Mormonism with its se-ductions, crimes against nature, leachery add beastiality. The Democracy say that these are part of the Mormons' religious faith. Religious faith; good heavens. Cannot the Mormons and murder, rape, arson, counterfeiting and perjury! and then will not the Democracy say these are a part of the religious faith of the Mormons?
People of Illinois, look at this matter and look at the leader of the Mormon Democracy—Sen-ator Douglas—read him—understand him. Your country calls upon you to do your duty in the premises. We have honestly set before you the matter, and it is left for you to act.
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