Abraham Lincoln Hated Mormons (and the Constitution)

It was soon after the battle at Gettysburg. The prophet Brigham Young in Utah territory was following the footsteps of the Prophet Joseph Smith, seeking to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth, through the authority given him by God.

President Abraham Lincoln penned these words to a Pastor Chiniquy, a Canadian Marxist activist as well as former Roman Catholic priest:

“Two cankers are biting the very entrails of the United States today: the Romish and the Mormon priests. Both are equally at work to form a people of the most abject, ignorant and fanatical slaves, who will recognize no other authority but their supreme pontiffs. Both are aiming at the destruction of our schools, to raise themselves upon our ruins. Both shelter themselves under our grand and holy principles of liberty of conscience, to destroy that very liberty of conscience, and bind the world before their heavy and ignominious yoke.

The Mormon and the Jesuit priests are equally the uncompromising enemies of our constitution and our laws; but the more dangerous of the two is the Jesuits the Romish priest, for he knows better now to conceal his hatred under the mask of friendship and public good: he is better trained to commit the most cruel and diabolical deeds for the glory of God.

“Till lately, I was in favour of the unlimited liberty of conscience as our constitution gives it to the Roman Catholics. But now, it seems to me that, sooner or later, the people will be forced to put a restriction to that clause towards the Papists. Is it not an act of folly to give absolute liberty of conscience to a set of men who are publicly sworn to cut our throats the very day they have their opportunity for doing it? Is it right to give the privilege of citizenship to men who are the sworn and public enemies of our constitution, our laws, our liberties, and our lives?

(Pastor Chinequy, “Fifty Years in the Church of Rome,” p. 488)

A few interesting notes

Christ’s restored and one true gospel is lumped in with the Jesuit religion by Lincoln, showing no distinction or perception on his part. Yet both religions were considered, as it were: enemies of the state. Because they did not support his unconstitutional efforts in the War of Northern Aggression, Lincoln condemns them.

Notice how worldly governments and leaders felt about the Mormons then. One cannot help but see a marked departure from how conspiring men treated the prophets and apostles of God, in days past—compared with today. There was no handshaking with Babylon nor was there warm affections toward the restored church. Rather, the Mormons were despised by those leaders, such as Lincoln, conspiring for more obedience and power. This letter of vitriol and animosity by the president of the United States of America towards Mormons is evidence of it. We have no persecution like this today. Today, we have quite the opposite.

Note how Lincoln is against liberty of conscience and against the free exercise of faithful followers of Christ. “Till lately, I was in favour of the unlimited liberty of conscience as our constitution gives… But now…” Lincoln ceased to believe in the protections enshrined in our Constitution with these statements. Therefore, he does not support God-given liberty.

Questions to ponder

  • What does this kind of dialogue say about the true character of Abraham Lincoln?
  • Was Lincoln the freedom-loving patriot that modern propaganda has made him out to be? Why do both the Democrat and the Republican parties lionize Lincoln?
  • Are there more evidences, besides those posed here, that Lincoln did not believe in the Constitution and instead set it aside, yet while professing to believe or protect it?
  • Was Lincoln a man of integrity and principle?
  • Where else do we see this kind of pattern today?

One final thought

Some will be lightning quick to defend Lincoln, saying that his heart changed after checking the Book of Mormon out from the Library of Congress. First of all, Lincoln checked out a number of anti-Mormon books in addition. From this, at best, we can say he was simply learning “all the angles” of Mormonism, not that he was pro or positive toward the religion in any way. It would require actual evidence to believe that he was in favor. For example, sources showing Lincoln protecting the rights of the Saints or, perhaps, converting to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These would be more compelling evidences. The truth is, Lincoln checked out and returned The Book of Mormon a full year before writing these dark accusations against the Mormons, believing our priests were trained to “commit the most cruel and diabolical deeds for the glory of God.”

We would be wise to acknowledge the words and actions we have been given, as evidenced here, to discern this U.S. President’s true nature. Don’t let confirmation bias—as painful as it is—distort evidence that is… well, plainly evident. Yes, we were all lied to in our public educations/ indoctrinations and had many historical events twisted or hidden from us. Villains were presented as heroes. It is never too late, however, to discover what is factually correct and ultimately will allow us to draw nearer to God.

To learn more about the “Real Abraham Lincoln,” please check out this video from author Thomas DiLorenzo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97wfeFPXuZE

Also check out all of these great past articles from Faithful Saints about Lincoln:

https://faithfulsaints.com/?s=lincoln

5 thoughts on “Abraham Lincoln Hated Mormons (and the Constitution)”

  1. Please provide sources when making claims about people.
    As far as I’ve been able to find, Charles Chiniquy himself is the only source for the claimed Lincoln letter; he wrote it into his book “Fifty Years in the Catholic Church.” No corroborating information was found, no second witness. Nor did I find any connection to Marx, including searching through Chiniquy’s 400-page book. I did find that Lincoln was the lawyer representing Chiniquy in an 1856 defamation case; the trial was settled when Lincoln convinced Chiniquy to recant his accusations against another priest.
    Chiniquy is not somebody who is considered trustworthy. When a Catholic priest, he had a reputation for inappropriate behavior with women, and was suspended in 1851 for performing a ‘criminal act’ on a girl. He didn’t reform, and was excommunicated in 1858. Even then he continued offering Mass to others. He joined the Presbyterians and spent the rest of his life railing against the Catholic church. He was known to lie and misrepresent, in order to inflame the people and increase his income.

    Maybe Lincoln said those things. Maybe he didn’t. Either way, I don’t recommend leaning on Chiniquy’s words in order to make a case against Lincoln.

    1. Feel free to read all the other articles and videos we provide references for, regarding Lincoln’s character. There are many witnesses and actions that verify that Lincoln was not a principled man. This is just one tip of the iceberg.

  2. I like how you claim he hated the constitution, but the alleged quote you excerpt from indicates he hates Mormons because he views them as a threat to the constitution

  3. Although Lincoln is lauded as the first or second best President of the United States, for LDS he is the third worst, after Van Buren who let the Missouri mobs destroy the Saints and Buchanan who attacked Utah. Lincoln said if the Saints left him alone, he would leave them alone. If he would have followed that, he wouldn’t have been bad, but he encouraged anti-polygamy laws to persecute the Saints.

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