Tonight (and tomorrow) on PBS be sure to catch the documentary “The Mormons”. It’s tough to say if this will be slanted one way or the other. It sounds like the LDS church is tempted to distance themselves from it for fear of the content. But they did cooperate a great deal in the production. Daniel Peterson, “the church’s highest paid apologist”, is in both part I and part II. Meanwhile “notorious” ex-Mormons Steve Benson (grandson of Ezra Taft Benson) and Dan Vogel (author of LDS history books) were both cut out of the program all together.
Here’s my guess. The program will generally show Mormons to be normal, happy, successful citizens. This image will be contrasted against anti-Mormon rhetoric about cult members, occultic practices, secrecy and polygamy. But it will also show historical information that the average LDS member (12 million and growing) is unaware of. I think we can expect to see at least a reference to the following: seer stone in a hat, Masonry, further investigation into Joseph’s polygamy and the circumstance surrounding the Nauvoo Expositor, The Book of Abraham discovery in the 1960’s, American Indian DNA, Mountain Meadows Massacre, and post-manifesto polygamy in Utah.
Should be interesting. What do you think will be in the program?