The U.S. government once attacked Mormons for their faith, blocked LDS immigrants from entering the country or jailed them at the border. It even tried to coerce some of them into converting to Protestantism.
It should not make the same mistake with Muslims, Mormon legal scholars and historians argue in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Thursday against President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants from six mostly Muslim nations.
"The Mormon experience provides a striking example of the harms of treating a particular religious minority as dangerous and foreign," the brief states. "If the executive order does target Muslims for disfavored treatment, then the history of the federal government's mistreatment of Mormons suggests it could take decades — if not longer — to undo the damage that such official action would do to the body politic and to the place of Muslims in American society."