Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Racist Foundation Of The Mormon Church

I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me.  Song of Solomon 1:5

For almost a century and a half from its inception, the Mormon church was shamelessly ingrained with overt racism. Even after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 it took another fourteen years, until 1978, for colored people to be fully allowed into the Mormon priesthood.  And while outwardly they have acquiesced to God, and federal law, it’s hard to imagine that racism doesn’t dwell to this day in many Mormon hearts.

The foundation was laid with Joseph Smith’s cockamamie fictional history of the righteous Nephites and the wicked, dark skinned Lamanites, and as it evolved the doctrine of the Mormons traced the evil black people to the first men. 

The best way to illustrate this is to let their own mouths testify against themselves.

“Cain slew his brother.  Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings.  This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which was the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race—that they should be the ‘servant of servants;’ and they will be, until that curse is removed, and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree.”  Brigham Young, Journal ofDiscourses, 7:290

“After the flood we are told that the curse that had been pronounced upon Cain was continued through Ham’s wife, as he had married a wife of that seed.  And why did it pass through the flood?  Because it was necessary that the devil should have representation upon the earth as well as God.”  John Taylor, Mormon prophet and third president of the LDS.  Journal of Discourses 23: 204.

“And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion.”  The Book of Mormon, Alma 3:6

“The Lord segregated the people both as to blood and place of residence.  At least in the cases of the Lamanites and the negroes we have the definite word of the Lord Himself that He placed a dark skin upon them as a curse—as a punishment and as a sign to all others.  He forbade intermarriage with them under threat of the extension of the curse….”  Mark Peterson, LDS Apostle, from an address given at BYU called, Race Problems, As They Affect The Church.

“Cain, Ham, and the whole negro race have been cursed with a black skin, the mark of Cain, so they can be identified as a caste apart, a people with whom the other descendants of Adam should not intermarry.”  Mormon Doctrine, 1966, p. 114.

Which all means that the Mormon church would not recognize the marriage of MOSES and Zipporah.

And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.  Numbers 12:1

Having justified themselves by their own tradition, the Mormons went on to become very nonchalant about their racism.

“Millions of souls have come into this world cursed with black skin and have been denied the privilege of the Priesthood and the full blessings of the Gospel.”  From The Way To Perfection, by Joseph Fielding Smith, tenth LDS president, from 1970-1972.

“There is not a man, from the President of the United States to the editors of their sanctorums, clear down to low bred letter writers in this Territory, but would rob the coppers from a dead nigger’s eyes, if they had a good opportunity.”  George Smith, LDS Apostle, from the Journal Of Discourses, 5:110

“But let them apostasize, and they will become gray-haired, wrinkled and black, just like the Devil.”  Brigham Young, Journal Of Discourses, vol. 5, page 32.

“I would not want you to believe that we bear any animosity toward the negro.  Darkies are wonderful people, and they have their place in our church.”  Look Magazine, October 22, 1963, page 79.

Jesus was surely a darkie.  Unless the angels protected him with sun block everywhere he went, including the forty days in the wilderness when he was tempted by Satan.  Can you really call Jesus cursed then hope for his salvation?

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  Matthew 12:31

According to the Scriptures we all have the same father—

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.  Matthew 23:9

--and therefore we are all brothers and sisters.

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