This is just one of many such examples of anti-Mormon bigotry leading to murder and other serious forms of violence in American history. Mormon history is littered with stories as violent as this. Like Jews and African-Americans and other historic targets of religious- and ethnic-inspired violence, Mormons’ history makes it very clear hatred against them often isn’t words, and polite society should be sensitive to that, just as it rightly is for many other peoples.

Jeers about the “Mormon mafia” need to be called out, as does the vicious mocking that would be deemed bigotry if directed against any other ethnic or religious group. It’s not okay to have a double standard for what’s acceptable for some people and not for others.

There’s a joke among Jews that all of our holidays are basically a celebration of the fact that a group of people at some point in history tried to kill us, but they didn’t, so let’s eat. While anti-Mormon sentiment hasn’t been around nearly as long, nor has it been nearly as deadly in terms of percentages, there have been plenty of instances in which anti-Mormon hatred has spilled into bloodshed historically.

For some time in progressive circles it’s been en vogue to frame American history to put it and our founders in the worst light possible. Because of Mormons’ religious convictions, however, few who see American history in a negative light pay any mind to the Mormon Church’s tragic history, which is the only major religion to form on American soil. The Mormon Church shouldn’t have to form its own version of the ADL in order to force the media and the American public to take threats against its members seriously.