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Monday, January 10, 2011

"[A] lie repeated does not become truth."

All sorts of bizarre tales get told about Mormons and Mormondom. In an article entitled, "Living History: What’s that USC professor smokin'? in the Salt Lake Tribune by Ardis E. Parshall, a Utah historian, he debunks point-by-point assertions made by Charles Whitebread, a former U.S.C. law professor about the history of marijuana in Utah.

Whitebread identified his main source of information as "the Mormon National Tabernacle in Washington." I wish someone would have queried Mr. Whitebread about this imaginary source. It does not exist. 


Why wasn't Mr. Whitebread's credibility questioned in his lifetime as well as after? Parshall apparently tried and his posts were picked up by at least two prominent blogs (NothingWavering and Keepapitchinin) but Whitebreads nonsense has gone viral on drug-friendly sites.

I have no respect for liars. In addition, I have no respect for those who perpetuate others' lies.

A lie repeated is still a lie.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Krista. Thanks for picking up on my column.

    Keepapitchinin is actually my blog, and Nothing Wavering is a distributor of that blog, so it's really just me calling Whitebread's bluff. Perhaps the reason his weird version of history was not refuted until 2009, when I first wrote about this at Keepa, is because no Mormon or western historian happened to be aware of his speech -- the pro-pot lobby and the Mormon history field seldom intersect! But one of my readers stumbled across one of those viral sites and sent in the pertinent lines, asking me for my take. The post at Keepa was my answer.

    There's an old saying that a lie can travel around the world before the truth can put its boots on. That has certainly been the case with this issue. But that doesn't matter -- the truth is there for honest people to find, and no matter how often a lie is shouted it can't drown out the truth.

    Thanks again for your post.

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