Separation of Church and State and the Mormon Conspiracy
The concept of Separation of Church and State has been threatened many times in the history of the United States. One of the most blatant historical times in the violation of this accepted principle of Separation of Church and State occurred in the Utah Territory under the leadership of Brigham Young, President and Prophet of the Mormon Church from 1847 to 1877. The Theocracy that Young established lasted for 30 years, although there were feeble attempts by the United States government to establish the concept of the Separation of Church and State in the Utah Territory. The following is included in The Mormon Conspiracy ,written by Charles L. Wood, that describes Young’s Theocracy:
Separation of church and state is written about in further detail at the book's website the Mormon Conspiracy to Rule the US Government.
The aim of the Mormon leaders was to establish an independent state in the Salt Lake Basin for their Kingdom of God with neither affiliation with the United States or Mexico. (Mexico ceded the Pacific Southwest which included the states of Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico to the United States shortly after the first group of Mormons reached the Salt Lake Basin in 1847). The Deseret state, established in 1849 included not only Utah, but most of Nevada and Arizona and parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, California and Oregon. As Young had learned from Joseph Smith when he organized the Government in the Theocracy of Nauvoo, democracy was not a part of God’s plan for his Kingdom in the state Deseret. Brigham Young was approved as Governor of Deseret without opposition, and other officers of the state were unanimously elected. 1
All of the candidates who won election in the territory of Utah were selected by church Authorities. (Utah was a considerable reduction from Young’s original state of Deseret, that at one time included all or parts of Nevada, California, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, California and New Mexico.) Of the 96,107 votes cast from 1852 to 1870, 96 per cent went to the Mormon Church ticket. “... And from 1847 to 1875, not one candidate chosen in advance by Mormon leaders failed to win elections.” 2 As stated earlier, Brigham Young was in total control of the territorial government during his reign as President and Prophet of the Mormon Church.
To illustrate further that Brigham Young was not only in control of the territorial government, but was
also in complete control of the people consider the following:
During Young’s reign, the election law was essential to the continuance of his theocracy. Although there
was great opposition to one-sided elections by non-Mormons, a theocracy was guaranteed due to the loyalty
and obedience of Deseret’s overwhelming Mormon population, and the isolation from the United States.
1 David L. Bigler, The Forgotten Kingdom, The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1847-1896, Spokane, Washington: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1998, 44-47