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The US Government vs Mormonism

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“The women and children fled to the woods, the men and boys to a log block Smith shop. The ruffians instantly surrounded the latter & in a few minutes massacred about 20,” Smith desperately writes in a letter to the Governor of Missouri (Smith). Robberies, assaults, and vandalism all taking place because of one’s religious belief. The Bill of Rights speaks of religious equality; regardless, persecution and discrimination are the outcomes of religions choosing to express their beliefs that go against the common Christianity. Receiving only persecution and no support, the Mormon Church fights for the freedoms of religion and equality as a citizen and are denied these rights by the government.

From the beginning, when Joseph Smith first told of his visions, people discriminated against him and his new profound faith. Smith proves his belief by continuing to have faith in his belief and religion. Smith takes his faith to Ohio where he receives persecution and assault, persecution caused by the peaceful living of their faith. No law gives people the right to discriminate and abuse a religion based on their beliefs. In the same way, the Mormon Church received continuous discrimination when they moved to Missouri. As the crimes against the Mormon Church rose and more attacks took place the government stood by taking no action (Bushman 21). These continuous attacks amongst all parts of the Midwest show the lack of equality amongst all religions. The idea founding the United States, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” that is stated in the Declaration of Independence has been ignored. The government poss...

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