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The Lustful Lout

Patrick Q. Mason

in The Mormon Menace

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740024
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894666 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740024.003.0002
The Lustful Lout

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On the morning of July 21, 1879, LDS missionaries Joseph Standing and Rudger Clawson were abducted by a posse of a dozen armed men. The vigilantes charged the elders with coming to Georgia “for the purpose of stealing their wives and daughters and taking them to Utah.” In a sudden melee, one of the vigilantes fired into Standing’s face, and the missionary died several hours later. In the aftermath of Standing’s murder, Mormons portrayed themselves as innocent victims of religious intolerance. Native Georgians painted a different picture, denouncing the moral bankruptcy of the Mormon elders and the threat they posed to the Christian morality of southern homes, communities, and women. Standing in particular was depicted in newspapers as a “lustful lout” who had spent his mission defiling the female population of northern Georgia.

Keywords: Standing; vigilantes; missionaries; Georgia; intolerance; murder

Chapter.  6278 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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