Illinois Apology to Mormons

A follow up to my post on the Nauvoo Legion.  In 2004 the Illinois General Assembly passed a resolution apologizing to Mormons for the conflicts between Mormons and non-Mormons leading up to the death of Joseph Smith on June 27, 1844.  I am rather dubious about such apologies.  Apologizing for the actions of others from long ago I think has little practical utility, especially when the apology costs nothing.  If one were cynical, and frankly as a life long resident of Illinois, it is hard not to be cynical about virtually any action of the state government in the Land of Lincoln, one might suspect that the apology has more to do with fostering Mormon tourism, as indicated in the above video,  at Nauvoo and surrounding regions, than in righting an historical wrong, especially when the average legislator in the General Assembly would have a depth of historical knowledge little greater than that possessed by the average ward boss in Chicago.  Be that as it may, here is the text of the resolution: (more…)

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Published in: on August 14, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (1)  
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