The Uninspired Manifesto
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Mormon Church Issues Apology For Sept. 11
From Desert Morning News.
CEDAR CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a long-awaited apology today for the massacre of an immigrant wagon train by local church members 150 years ago in southwestern Utah.
Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve read the church's statement on assignment from the church's governing First Presidency during a memorial ceremony at the grave site of some of the massacre victims at Mountain Meadows, about 35 miles northwest of St. George. The statement also places blame for the Sept. 11, 1857, massacre on the local church leaders at the time and church members who followed their orders to murder some 120 unarmed men, women and children.
"We express profound regret for the massacre carried out in this valley 150 years ago today, and for the undue and untold suffering experienced by the victims then and by their relatives to the present time," Elder Eyring said.
The article continues on with more apologies, but it never really explains why they killed the immigrants in the first place. According to Wikipedia, though, they were seen as "enemies who had participated in previous persecutions of Mormons or more recent malicious acts."
Here's the real question... Why the fuck did it take you 150 years to issue an apology?