Juggler Vain wrote:
It is ridiculous for you, Ray, to imply that Compton's book says Helen willingly agreed to the marriage arrangement that Joseph eventually imposed on her.
The author of this blog post came to a realization, after a lifetime in the LDS Church hearing (and wrongfully trusting) people like you mischaracterizing the known facts in the service of Joseph Smith's legacy, that she had been misled to believe that Joseph Smith's behavior in this regard was virtuous and essentially different somehow from the behavior of Warren Jeffs.
You're comparing Joseph Smith to Warren Jeffs? WOW! Is all I can say.
Have you read Compton's book? You don't need to quote me excerpts, because I have his book right before me now in my hands, chapter 22, page 486, "Polygamy, Melancholy, Possession".
Shall I scan and post it? Would you like to receive it by email? I don't need "excerpts", because I have the whole book right here at my hand.
Let me know what suits you.
Please reread my post. I didn't compare Joseph Smith to Warren Jeffs. Maren Stephenson, the author of the blog post that you found "very moving" did. Since you've now misread Compton, my post, and Stephenson's blog post, I will directly quote her here so people can read it for themselves (emphasis mine):
I listened half-heartedly, questioned his sources, though I wasn’t about to go looking at them myself. Our prophets had made it clear that anything written outside church documents was suspect and anti-Mormon, fabricated for the sole purpose of destroying faith. Yet Sean continued, until one night it was about polygamy, my archnemesis.
“Did you know that Joseph Smith married a 14-year-old girl against her will? Did you know that he’d send men on missions and marry their wives in secret when they were gone?” I sat there silent as he kept talking, a horror growing in my gut. I knew that if Sean was right, then Joseph Smith was a fraud. I saw no difference between his acts and the modern-day acts of Warren Jeffs, whom I abhorred. And if Joseph Smith was a fraud — then what did that make the Church?
See, the way you choose to discuss things we are both reading (and I also have Compton's book in my hands) requires me to quote excerpts, so other people don't believe you when you vaguely accuse me of misunderstanding what was written. The things we are both reading do not support what you are saying, so I don't know why you are saying it, other than really poor reading comprehension skills or armchair apologist-caliber bad faith.