At a recent gathering in Utah's Washington County, Rep. Lavar Christensen, candidate for Utah's Second Congressional District said the following,
"Tolerance is the religion of people who no longer believe in anything."
I bet that is exactly what Mormon Pioneers (my ancestors) felt as they were chased out of Nauvoo, Illinois.
Membership grew rapidly from 1830 to 1845, and the church prospered. Hostility, fear, and controversy, however, surrounded the church. The rapid growth of church membership, the financial success of the members and their church, religious beliefs that were outside mainstream Christian tradition, the practice of plural marriage (polygamy), a large well-armed militia, the blurring of lines between church and state, and the perception by some non-Mormons that the church was a threat all fueled intolerance. Hostilities escalated, and on June 27, 1844, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by an angry mob while jailed in Carthage, Illinois (Taken from The Mormon Pioneer Trail website).
Maybe in a hundred years Lavar's family will make a formal apology.