Defending Utah: Hannah Stoddard – BYU, Bernie Sanders and Marxist Infiltration
Hannah Stoddard of the Joseph Smith Foundation discusses the recent poll at BYU where students would have elected socialist Bernie Sanders as president.
President Brigham Young’s Endowment
“We have enough and to spare, at present in these mountains, of schools where young infidels are made because the teachers are so tender-footed that they dare not mention the principles of the gospel to their pupils, but have no hesitancy in introducing into the classroom the theories of Huxley, of Darwin, or of Miall, and the false political economy which contends against co-operation and the United Order. This course I am resolutely and uncompromisingly opposed to, and I hope to see the day when the doctrines of the gospel will be taught in all our schools, when the revelation of the Lord will be our texts, and our books will be written and manufactured by ourselves and in our own midst. As a beginning in this direction I have endowed the Brigham Young Academy at Provo.” 1
‘Snow White Birds’
Article: President Boyd K. Packer, The Snow-White Birds
President Joseph F. Smith – 3 Dangers
THREE THREATENING DANGERS. There are at least three dangers that threaten the Church within, and the authorities need to awaken to the fact that the people should be warned unceasingly against them. As I see these, they are flattery of prominent men in the world, false educational ideas, and sexual impurity.2
President Benson’s 5 Anti-Christs
As a watchman on the tower, I feel to warn you that one of the chief means of misleading our youth and destroying the family unit is our educational institutions. President Joseph F. Smith referred to false educational ideas as one of the three threatening dangers among our Church members. . . . . if [parents] become alert and informed as President McKay admonished us last year, these parents can help expose some of the deceptions of men like Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, John Dewey, Karl Marx, John Keynes, and others. 3
“Now we should all be opposed to Socialistic-Communism, for it is our mortal and spiritual enemy – the greatest evil in the world today. . . . For Communism is just another form of socialism, as is fascism. . . . socialism is the same as communism in its ultimate effect on our liberties.” (Ezra Taft Benson)
“The position of this Church on the subject of Communism has never changed. We consider it the greatest satanical threat to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work among men that exists on the face of the earth. . . . No member of this Church can be true to his faith, nor can any American be loyal to his trust, while lending aid, encouragement, or sympathy to any of these false philosophies; for if he does, they will prove snares to his feet.” 4
- Brigham Young, Letters of Brigham Young to His Sons, p. 200
- Improvement Era, Vol. 17, No. 5, p. 476. March, 1914
- Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1970, pp. 21-25, also quoted in The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 307.
- Statement concerning the position of the Church on Communism, made by President David O. McKay, 1966, read full statement