Captain Moroni, general Mormon hero and all round good-guy. Right? I mean, there’s an action figure of this guy, and as Seminary kids we learned that famous statement by Mormon that if everyone was like Moroni, even Satan would quiver in his boots (Alma 38: 17).
I was just reading in Alma 51 about Moroni and the King Men. What a sad story. So there are these guys who want a king but are told to get lost, so they get in a huff and refuse to fight the Lamanites. Mormon clearly paints them as Bad Guys, but they probably had their reasons. So what does Captain Moroni do: “fight or die,” he screams, and dispatches 4000 of them to meet their Maker. And then — oh the horror — he “compels” them to hoist the Title of Liberty on their towers!
Stop for a moment. For a guy who liked liberty, this Moroni bloke was awfully intolerant. I mean, “compelled” to hoist the Title of Liberty?
Here’s a question for all of you: should Vietnam draft dodgers have been lined up and shot? Sure, consider them traitors if you want, but kill them? That’s crazy stuff. I know that the King Men were Major League Baddies, but still…
Moroni and I would not have seen eye to eye, methinks, which is too bad for me as I would probably have found myself having my skin flayed or my head removed as a consequence.
Anyway, Captain Moroni is not my favourite Book of Mormon character. But hey, the Book of Mormon has nothing on the Old Testament. Perhaps John C. can arrange a Captain Moroni vs. Joshua smackdown.