Conjecture, innuendo, rumor, and outright falsehoods are vomited back into our faces once again. The new PBS Frontline special, "The Mormons", is almost entirely negative -- ignoring beautiful truths and positing misunderstood tenets as the shaky foundation of a rotten religion. Sad.
Each aspect of the church's history can be viewed in a positive light or a negative light. The producers have chosen mostly to ignore the positive viewpoint and only present the negative viewpoints, over and over. I fear mainstream Christianity would fare much worse if given this same treatment.
Early faithful church members wrote their point of view, and outsiders and disaffected members wrote theirs -- I wasn't there, so I don't know for sure which is true. However I have entire books written by the men being denigrated here, and their words are incredibly inspiring. Feel free to read the writings of Brigham Young or Wilford Woodruff to see what I mean. "Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter?"
The masses wanted Jesus crucified in his day, and things haven't much improved. Don't buy it.