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This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some In his bestselling books Into Thin Air and Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer explored the In the prologue to Under the Banner of Heaven, Krakauer asks of the brutal. Under the Banner of Heaven has ratings and reviews. Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He states in the Prologue of the book: Krakauer buys into this old and worn-thin conclusion, oddly enough, for Krakauer seems to be a real fan of Brooks.

Those ingredients would attract a vast array of audience: Moreover, substantial evidence suggests that the Indians who participated in the famous meeting did not participate in the massacre. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have studied the tenets of their faith and the principles and doctrines associated therewith have come to know that: Odder still is the fact that his murderers and enablers aren’t even Mormon.

The idea of having more than one wife came into sharp contrast with all they had been taught and brought up to believe. He has taken every exaggerated idea, including some of his own making, and used those to support a warped idea of something that I hold pretty close to my heart.

What does the book reveal about fanatics such as Ron and Dan Lafferty? Whence did he derive the moral justification? At the core of his book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist uunder, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist baner received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.

A number of Church officials were incarcerated, and the government threatened to confiscate Church property, including the temples. The result is a full-frontal assault on the veracity of the modern Church. It will boil your blood and make you think.

Again, I think all religions are crap, but Mormonism was basically a nutty story pulled out of Joseph Smith’s ass less than year’s ago.


But at least now I have some context for why he and the other fundamentalists are how they are.

Rape and the Justice System in a College Town Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. If you, like me, went to Catholic school as a child, you may remember the story of how God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Issac. Further, Latter-day Saints uunder that marriage and the family were intended to last forever, undder survive death.

View all 39 comments. Conclusion One wonders just what the author hoped to accomplish in writing this book. Krakauer does not attack religion or the Mormons per se. President Wilford Woodruff issued what has come to be known as the Manifesto, and a constituent assembly of the Latter-day Saints in general conference accepted it in October The fundamentalists differ from the mainstream in that they are so devout they take every word as truth and that means damn everyone else in the world — literally.


The first is the government is willing to recognise it and allow it tax-exempt status in which case it becomes part of the establishment The second is that it becomes an issue of political-correctness and people and the media must appear to pay the cult at least the lip-service of respect whether or not it deserves it.

What are the connections between the beliefs and practices of Joseph Smith and his followers in the nineteenth century and the behavior of people like Dan and Ron Lafferty, Brian David Mitchell, and others in the twentieth? And let it be known right off the bat that I am a devout atheist who thinks all religions are a load of bull. For more reviews, and author interviews, go to BookBanter. I want to rant and rage at these smug, self satisfied assholes, and shatter their ludicrous, harmful beliefs.

Relying on his strong journalistic and storytelling skills, Krakauer peppers the book with an array of disturbing firsthand accounts and news stories such as the recent kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart of physical and sexual brutality, which he sees as an outgrowth of some fundamentalists’ belief in polygamy and the notion that every male speaks to God and can do God’s bidding.

Such a person is not, banneg, permitted to continue to fight the Church, stir discontent and sow discord among the Saints under the cloak of membership. The subject matter, however was pretty dark and gruesome for me personally to enjoy.


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Here are some of my conclusions and questions after reading this sprawling, fascinating account of the history of polygamy and violence within the Church of Later Day Saints: The trial of the Laffertys provides an excellent case to show how the mental health profession defines “crazy” and “delusional” in a way that could technically be used to diagnose all religious people as crazy; but of course, we define only some groups as nanner for their religious beliefs. View all 3 comments.

If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. I absolutely loved the book and could barely put it down.


krakaued Well, for those of you that would like to look further into it, then this is the book for you! I’d be interested in reading the authors’ response to criticism in the second edition.

Thee finished Under the Banner of Heaven two days ago now, and I haven’t written the review yet, waiting to see if anything would change in my mind about Mormons, and so far nothing has. For those not familiar with these conflicts or this period of American History, I think you will find it very interesting.

In the wake of oppressive laws that had been enacted, Jnder Saints believe that the Lord by revelation withdrew the command to practice plural marriage. I think what makes it so scary for me is the devotion to Smith and his ktakauer story told in the Book of Mormon that flies in the face of fact and common sense.

A lot of their relationships seem incestuous, or otherwise questionable. Is such freedom more important than happiness? Joseph Smith claimed that the doctrine of polygamy was divinely inspired. Krakauer does a great job of layering in a ton of interesting background while keeping the narrative of the events leading up the brutal murders moving forward.