Three issues have conspired to cast Brigham Young in an almost monstrous mythical light. (1) The fact that he was the leader of a growing religious empire rubbed people the wrong way. (2) To a sex-crazed world, polygamy is seen as all about crazy sex. (3) LDS Church members, reacting against the slanders of the world, place the leaders upon pedestals of purity when they are not so pure. Because of this, the real Brigham Young is much different than we think.
On July 4th, 2011, I still think that the United States of America is the greatest nation on earth. But not because we are a superpower. America is not great because America is warlike. We are great in spite of that dismal fact. In order to survive, the United States as a political entity will have to learn from its citizens and from its churches how to be peaceful.
Is it possible that the political and military leadership in Pakistan didn't know that Osama Bin Laden was living under their noses? No. This is one of the growing list of reasons why average Americans and Pakistanis should get to know each other instead of believing the mutually reinforcing lies told by their governments.