American Creation isn't the only outlet for cult propaganda, where typical liberals that despise truth, attack with the same venom as the Blitzkrieg of Nazi Germany. Make no mistake, the first verbal attack is usually made by a liberal. One of the managing females, more of a bomb-throwing liberal than a person searching for the truth, along with a Mormon blogger, who has many times showed his hate trying to hi-jack my own blog, showed their ignorance by defending Mormonism as a viable religion, and ignoring the historical record.
Does the historical record support Mormonism was an idea brought forth by Joseph Smith, known as "Joe Smith" by those who knew him in Palmyra, New York, or did he tap into occultic practices to start a cult? The answer is obvious; mormonism was exposed in a United States Court.
Joseph Smith was born in Sharon, Vermont, December 23, 1805, to Lucy and Joseph Smith Sr. Smith grew up with a superstitious mother in an area where several occult practices were deemed illegal in the 1820's. Joseph Sr. was a mystic, who spent most of his time digging for imaginary buried treasure. Former Mormon historian Dr. D. Michael Quinn has thoroughly documented the fact that father and son were avid treasure-seekers; his book entitled, Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (1987), actually includes photographs of seer stones owned by Joseph Smith Jr. It's no surprise Dr. Quinn was excommunicated from the LDS Church, in 1993, for refusing to keep quiet about his research. Other mormon historians, J.B. Allen, and G.M. Leonard also document Smith's youthful experiments with treasure-seeking.
Joseph Smith was tried in court for "glass looking" an occult practice used to find buried treasure on March 20, 1826. New York vs. Joseph Smith revealed that Joseph Smith "had a certain stone which he had occasionally looked at to detemine where hidden treasures in bowels of the earth were...and looked for Mr. Stoal several times."
-Frazers Magazine (New Series, February 1873): 7:229.
Walter Martin, in The Kingdom of the Cults, 1997 edition, says Smith was fined two dollars and sixty-eight cents, which was apparently paid. That Smith's case was a misdemeanor is irrelevant to the fact Joseph Smith was involved, and admitted paying the fine given by Justice of the Peace, Albert Neely. The description of the case by Neely, says Smith was a "glass looker." The only defense for the charges against Smith is claiming hearsay, insufficient proof, or corruption of the court bill, ignoring the much more abundant evidence against Joseph Smith.
Smith's troubles are of his own doing, reflecting Smith's immorality, arrogance, and deceit, not the 19th century schemes of anti-mormons with a grudge. The reason Smith left New York for Kirtland, Ohio, then Missouri, and Illinois, is evidence the people were not ignorant of his scam. It was at Kirtland, where Smith instituted polygamy and was later confirmed by "divine revelation."
Polygamy, along with the army the "General" was compiling, was the beginning of the crackdown by the United States Government. Smith and his cronies could not refute the evidence against him, so he silenced them by force, starting with an anti-Mormon publication entitled The Nauvoo Expositor. Our government was not unaware of Smith's activities:
--"The charge of "[t]reason [a]gainst [t]he United States [leveled against Smith in 1841] [b]y . . . U.S. President John Tyler [who]had finally had enough of Smith's private army, arrogance and outlaw behavior.
"On March 31st, he issued a proclamation charging Joseph Smith with treason . . . [as follows]:
"'Sir: You stand accused of high treason. You will deliver yourself up to governor at Springfield, Illinois, in order to be tried before the Supreme Court of [t]he United States next term. The governor of Illinois will be directed to tak you in custody, if you will not deliver yourself up. The President will deliver a proclamation against you, if you obey not this order by May 1, 1843."
- Respectfully yours, Hugh L. Legare, Attorney-General, [b]y Order of J. Tyler, President of the United States[.]'
"This federal arrest warrant for treason was still outstanding when Smith was killed at Carthage, Illinois[,] in June of 1844. . .
The evidence condemning Joseph Smith is massive, not only from his own mother, but other people who knew him, including sixty-two residents of Palmyra, New York, that signed a statement as to his character.
In an affidavit signed by Issac Hale and published in the Susquehanna Register, May 1, 1834, Joseph’s father-in-law said:
"'I first became acquainted with Joseph Smith, Jr. in November, 1825. He was at that time in the employ of a set of men who were called ‘money diggers’; and his occupation was that of seeing, or pretending to see by what means of a stone placed in his hat, and his hat closed over his face. In this way he pretended to discover minerals and hidden treasure."
"'Smith and his father, with several other money-diggers boarded at my house while they were employed in digging for a mine that they supposed had been opened and worked by the Spaniards. Young Smith made several visits at my house, and at length asked my consent to his marrying my daughter Emma. This I refused . . . [H]e was a stranger, and followed a business that I could not approve. . . . Smith stated to me, that he had given up what he called "glass-looking," and that he expected to work hard for a living . . ."
"'Soon after this, I was informed that they had brought a wonderful book of plates down with them . . . The manner in which he pretended to read and interpret, was the same as when he looked for the money-diggers, with the stone in his hat, and his hat over his face, while the Book of Plates were at the same time hid in the woods.'"
No wonder Mr. Hale didn't like Smith. Of course Mormons claim all the evidence against Mormonism is from anti-mormons, however, the amazing fact is "there exists no contemporary pro-Mormon statements from reliable and informed sources who knew the Smith family and Joseph intimately."
-Kingdom of the Cults, p.190.
Although, Smith denied the label "money-digger" he admitted mining with a Josiah Stoal. His mother clarifies by prima facie evidence, Joseph's exageration of the truth, writing Stoal "came for Joseph on account of having heard that he possessed certain means by which he could discern things invisible to the natural eye" (History of Joseph Smith by His Mother), 91-92.
"Joseph Smith Sr. in an interview later published in Historical Magazine, May 1870, clearly stated that the prophet had been a peep-stone enthusiast and treasure-digger in his youth, and, further, that he had also told fortunes and located lost objects by means of a peep stone and alleged supernatural powers therein."
-Martin's, Kingdom of the Cults, p. 185.
That Smith searched for buried treasure, evidenced by inumerable craters in the New York and Vermont countryside, by placing "peep stones" in a hat is evidence he was into the occult, therefore, his claim to be a prophet of God is a fraud.