THE FIRST 9/11 was so shocking it was covered up for over a hundred years. Even more amazing, the true story of the first act of religious terrorism in the United States took place on Sept. 11, 1865, an eerily significant date. The massacre was ordered by the Mormon Church, which they deny, or at least executed by devout Mormons in Southern Utah who believed they were carrying out the orders of their Prophet Brigham Young. Out of his own mouth, from sermons taken from historical documents, Joseph Smith, the founder of the LDS Church, admired Mohammed. The seeds of violence began because of vicious attacks against the Mormon Church in Missouri.
SEPTEMBER DAWN weaves in a fictitious love story between two teenagers, Emily, the daughter of a Christian pastor, and Jonathan, the son of a Mormon Bishop who fall in love amidst the tragic, historical story of one of the biggest massacre in the United States. As a side note, there were arguably seven massacres in Utah and Idaho. Three Presidents, Lincoln, Buchanan, and Pierce tried to stop the slaughter of wagon trains traveling through Utah and Idaho to the California Gold Rush and government officials. Historical and Congressional records of speeches remain as indisputable truth that this is fact, not fiction.
Despite the fear and hatred surrounding the young lovers, they choose to put aside their differences. Forced to choose between his brother, his family, and his faith, or his beloved Emily, Jonathan is faced with a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
The story of the Mountain Meadow Massacre is a cautionary tale of violence and religious prejudice. Blame can be found on both sides but in the end, it is far better to remember history, not to point fingers, but in order that we not repeat it.
Based on the motion picture “September Dawn,” starring Jon Voight, also written by screenwriter/author, C.W. Schutter.
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