Delana R. Eckels maintains that "Blood Atonement" is openly taught by leaders as a form of control of the people.

Sep 27, 1859
Delana R. Eckels

Delana R. Eckels, Letter to Lewis Cass, September 27, 1859, Federal and Local Government Files, Brigham Young Office Files, CHL CR 1234 1

Delana R. Eckels
Delana R. Eckels, Lewis Cass
Lewis Cass

It would be well for the credit of the United States, if the disorders in Utah stopped with this reckless disregard of the rights of property, but it is not so. Life, liberty and allegiance exist here by quite as precarious tenures. The seventh section of the same chapter from which I quote above inculcates the duty of murdering those who may rebel. It is in these words: “7 Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind: and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days; and the rebellious shall be cut off out of the land of Zion, and shall be sent away, and shall not inherit the land; for, verily, I say that the rebellious are not of the blood of Ephraim, wherefore they shall be plucked out. Behold, I the Lord, have made my church in these last days like unto a judge sitting on a hill, or in a high place to judge the nations; for it shall come to pass that the inhabits of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion.” These pernicious doctrines are taught publicly in the Tabernackle, and printed and sent out every where to the faithful—See the “Deseret News” for 1857. They are no more abstract theories, but are strong, living, active, controling principles that permeate the whole body and are obeyed from the heart. A fundamental principle of Mormonism is, that all power and eclesiastical is in their priesthood. That there is from necessity an inseparable untion of church and State—that the latter is subordinate to the former, and that Mormonism, is the only true religious. Hence they have ever refused to aid us in administering the territorial government, and doing whatever they can to prevent it. They are rebellious against out form of government to day as they ever where. True they are not openly under arms.

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