On April 6th 1976 I and my associates encountered unmistakable evidence of a mafia-like presence on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. We determined that a corrupt racketeering organization was the real power of the church and that the church leaders were pawns, puppets or willing participants of that criminal entity.
Using religion as a front has been the modus operandi of crooks and scoundrels from the earliest times of earth's history. The reason being the eager credulity of humans to fall prey to any claims that "emanate" from "God".
Intellectuals of the church; many of whom over the years have written articles and letters to the leaders of the church attempting to reason with them have been dismayed by the total silence coming from those leaders. In fact the offices of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve are similar to the black hole theories of astrophysics when it comes to answering their critics.
Their offices have been alluded to as the Marble Palace Mob and the Temple of Deafening Silence. Mormons who have been faithful members doing their mind/time occupying allegiance to the church are of course the most desirous kind of membership blindly following the leaders, never questioning anything.
However, for a small percentage of members who have broadened their studies to the point that they wish to request a fuller examination of the issues of the faith which are not covered in the stilted and programmed plan of salvation, continued membership becomes a problem for them.
Descendants of early pioneers to the Salt Lake valley who have been so culturally bonded to the church because it is not merely a religion but a way of life; find that socially, it is better to remain silent and not mince words with other members for fear that they may become dis-fellowshipped or excommunicated resulting in social ostracism from the church and hence the society in which they have lived their entire lives. For them the cost of expressing intellectual integrity is too high a price to pay. Within the church there exists a significant group of such persons who privately will thank the visible dissident for his or her contribution to the cause for enlightenment while they, themselves, dare not be visible and for good cause.
Few others who were descendants of early converts have taken the risk of suffering excommunication for their visible outspoken efforts to bring intelligence, questioning debate and new learning into the church to correct perceived errors. These individuals both men and women suffered the rebuke of the local elders of the church by way of excommunication but never heard one word directly from the top leaders of the church to whom they had addressed their concerns.
Among those we can name C.D. McBride of Logan, Utah who was a boyhood playmate of the past church president Spencer Kimball: G.T. Harrison of Orem, Utah who challenged the leaders on the changing history and doctrines of the church only to be excommunicated and Dr. John Fitzgerald of Holladay, Utah who wrote letters to the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune challenging the church on its then racism only to be excommunicated. Each of these men had performed a mission for the church in their youth but like so many other returned missionaries, later learn the falsehood of the Mormon claim which they had preached and promoted.
In every case an effort is later made to discredit these men with assertions of moral infidelity as the reason for excommunication rather than admit to doctrinal disputes with the church leaders.
The church is not interested in correcting anything that is working for them and the leaders can ill afford to openly engage in any debate with dissidents. For to do so would expose the lack of deep understanding of the doctrines they espouse. Indeed, they have no need to come out in public debate, for they have juniors, duped by elders in the thousands if not millions, who are more than willing to lay down their life in the defense of the non-answering leaders. They are in fact surrounded by those defenders and as a result can retreat to their temple of deafening silence with apparent impunity.
But it is also apparent that discipline of anyone who publicly challenges the Mormon position or may appear to have gotten the upper hand will be dealt with in a way that a lesson will be taught that those persons will never forget and will likely cause them to retreat to their own temple of silence for fear of having even greater punishment inflicted upon them including an untimely death itself.
While the public may observe the disrepute being inflicted upon those individuals it will never know who was the moving power behind such an event for in each case the punishment will never be identified as coming from an entity of the church or the reasons given for it. It is possible the candidate for public discredit may never know himself exactly why he was being punished.
In 1982, author John Gardner published a book, MICKELSSON'S GHOSTS. The story was about a college professor who bought an old house in Pennsylvania and went through the process of remodeling it only to find hidden within its walls evidence of the life of Joseph Smith, Jr. the founder of Mormonism. The professor learned of the existence of killer Danites of the church and in fact discovered that some of his own college faculty were indeed Danites.
In time, as the professor probed into the issue, he was deliberately run off the road on his bicycle and killed. While of course the book was fiction, Gardner did rail against the historically correct existence of Danites within the church and enlarged the theme to a point of belief. Shortly after the book was published, Gardner, a motorcycle enthusiast was run off the road and killed in the same manner as the hero of his book.
The well known massacre of the 1857 Fancher wagon train at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah is but one example of the work of criminal killers within the Mormon Church. Recently the church admitted its complicity yet blamed in on the elders in southern Utah. Yet anyone who knows anything about the political structure knows full well that an atrocity of that nature could never have happened without the sanction of Brigham Young. Not often known was the escape on foot after darkness of two men from the Fancher Train. After the massacre at Mountain Meadows, elders of the church rode their horses to locate these escaping men and upon finding them, slit their throats.