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The reason the film created such a heated debate was that it openly accused the acting head of the Mormon Church, President Gordon B. Hinckley, of committing homosexual acts with another man and even with "feminine looking boys Lawsuit Threatened On Feb.
The statements in question, relating to the personal conduct of President Hinckley, 'are entirely false,' said Mr.
Shea, who is representing the LDS Church Ed Decker, who narrated the film and helped research and write it, said this is the first legal action the LDS Church has threatened against them.
Dick Baer, a prominent critic of the Mormon Church, took issue with the contents of the film when he was interviewed by a newspaper: Baer says 'God-Makers II' is sensational and dwells on the bizarre.
Baer and Ed Decker For instance, Sandra Tanner, who has written many books about Mormonism, including one that convinced Baer to leave the church, is not endorsing 'Godmakers II. The reader may remember that Baer was present with Ed Decker in the lengthy scene at the lawyers' office.
Baer's name appeared in third place on that list. Because of Dick Baer's role in the first film and his extensive work with Mormons, his critical evaluation of The Godmakers II is very significant. Before looking at the charges against President Hinckley, we need to take a look at another part of the video that throws some light on the question of whether the material presented in the film was thoroughly researched.
In discussing the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the narrator Ed Decker asserted: The truth of the matter, however, is that there is absolutely no evidence to support such an accusation. The idea that Joseph Smith would consider digging up his brother to obtain the plates actually came from the mind of document forger Mark Hofmann and was set forth by him in his infamous "Salamander letter.
Decker in saying that the spirit actually required Joseph to dig up his brother's body. Hofmann confessed to prosecutors that he forged the Salamander letter.
He, in fact, was questioned about the very part of the letter that mentioned Alvin: What about, 'shall I bring what remains', talking about Alvin? Part of that was from my own imagination and part was from Since Hofmann's confession that he forged the Salamander letter has been known for over five years, it seems hard to believe that anyone would still be maintaining that there is "strong evidence" that Joseph dug up Alvin's remains to please the spirit.
In any case, the use of this discredited tale should alert the reader to be careful about accepting statements in Godmakers II without doing further checking. Ed Decker and others who have brought accusations of immorality against President Gordon B.
Hinckley claim that they have hard evidence to support the charges.
Our examination of that evidence, however, raises many questions with regard to its validity. While we cannot say with absolute certainty that there is no truth in the accusations, on the basis of the evidence that we have examined, we find the charges difficult to accept.
In fact, we find it hard to believe that they wouId be made public without some confirming evidence from more reliable sources. Lest the reader should misunderstand our position, we do not wish to be considered apologists for President Hinckley or the Mormon Church.
In fact, in the last issue of our newsletter we severely criticized Hinckley and other church authorities for suppressing the McLellin Collection from prosecutors in the Mark Hofmann case. Nevertheless, we feel that it is our duty to present our readers with well-balanced research on this issue.
We are deeply concerned about such serious charges being made on evidence that seems questionable. We are very sensitive to this issue because we ourselves have been the target of very malicious stories circulated by members of the Mormon Church.
The evidence against Mr. Hinckley comes from four individuals. The first is Charles Van Dam. Van Dam made many serious charges against Hinckley in a video tape, made on July 17, He died of AIDS just months after making his statement.
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