just me wrote:
Just me, It is brilliant.
Well done Quinn.
It really is.
Does anyone else really really wanna see the journals the church has under lock & key? I want to sooooo baaaaad!
It's good to see Quinn back, he really is a very talented historian. I just read his piece and he truly nailed it. I've always felt that D&C 132 in combination with the Second Anointing permits any act besides murder on the part of Church leaders and Quinn made the case perfectly.
I didn't know that Brigham Young offered his wife to Joseph Smith, but given his requests of John Taylor and Heber C. Kimball it shouldn't come as a surprise. I think after Quinn's response it is going to be very difficult for anyone to claim that Joseph Smith was not having sexual relations with his wives (whether they were married to other men or not.) The case of Leonora makes you consider how willing many of these polyandrous wives actually were, especially since they were viewed as property of their husbands. I had assumed that given Joseph Smith's godlike status within the Mormon community that many were more than happy, but that may not have been in all cases.
Unlike Quinn however I feel Joseph Smith's actions condemn themselves, I don't think it was the Lord warning not to judge him I think he wrote D&C 132 himself to give himself immunity. Considering how the supposed revelation threatens Emma with eternal damnation for wanting her husband to be faithful I don't think Joseph deserves any understanding whatsoever. Nothing is going to change it though, especially not any apologetics, it is what it is. I'm sure Will Schryver will enjoy learning that early Mormons enjoyed sexual puns at women's expense as much as he apparently does.
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