Rewriting the Books of Mormon to Allow Black People

Modern Mormons are only slightly embarrassed about their founder Joseph Smith’s belief in polygamy, but they are definitely freaked out by the very public ban on Black people in their “church.” What do to? Rewrite their “scriptures” of course! NPR reports:

…The two biggest additions to the new edition of Mormon scripture can be found in the book of Doctrine and Covenants, says Givens, a professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond, and they deal specifically with the church’s original ban on black priesthood ordination and polygamy.

Givens says Joseph Smith himself ordained black members of the church to the priesthood. But after Smith’s death, beginning in the late 1840s, Brigham Young apparently charted a new direction in terms, and began what became known as “the ban,” under which people of African-American ancestry were not permitted to hold the priesthood or to participate in temple ordinances.

“That was a policy that remained in place until 1978. It’s really the albatross around the neck of the church, and it was for many, many years,” says Givens, co-author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life.

“I think that this new introduction to the revelation ending the priesthood ban is a major step forward in many ways because it acknowledges that the practice may have originated — it seems to me, this is how I’m reading it anyhow — as a matter of error or cultural and historical conditioning rather than as the will of God,” he says. “And that’s a fairly significant statement for the Church to make.”

The changes also deal with polygamy. A new introduction included in Doctrine and Covenants, Givens says, declares that “monogamy is God’s standard for marriage unless he declares otherwise.”…

[read the full story at NPR]

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  • Ittabena

    The more organized a religion, the less religious it behaves.

  • Ittabena

    The more organized a religion, the less religious it behaves.

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    What do to? Forget it! Too little, too late. Cultural & historical conditioning is a bad habit to break. Nope… keep it!

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    What do to? Forget it! Too little, too late. Cultural & historical conditioning is a bad habit to break. Nope… keep it!

  • Juan

    Sure, just re-write the thing, that makes it all better. What a buncha SHITE!

  • Juan

    Sure, just re-write the thing, that makes it all better. What a buncha SHITE!

  • jnana

    No one becomes a Mormon because it makes sense.
    They do it for the benefits.
    JWs, too.
    And Scientology.

  • jnana

    No one becomes a Mormon because it makes sense.
    They do it for the benefits.
    JWs, too.
    And Scientology.

    • Juan

      Sorry, what benefits?

      • jnana

        perhaps they’re best described as “social” benefits, similar to the benefits of becoming a freemason(who happen to have direct links w/ Mormonism n the JWs, probably scientology, too)

      • jnana

        or how many poor Mormons do you know, or JWs? sure there are a few, but I think they do a fairly good job of taking care of each other. they are, or mostly were, and sometimes still are a persecuted group, and that means they tend to stick together real tight. which is a good thing, but I think many convert for this reason as well as the high moral standards, which, people really crave for nowadays

      • jnana

        or how many poor Mormons do you know, or JWs? sure there are a few, but I think they do a fairly good job of taking care of each other. they are, or mostly were, and sometimes still are a persecuted group, and that means they tend to stick together real tight. which is a good thing, but I think many convert for this reason as well as the high moral standards, which, people really crave for nowadays

      • jnana

        READ THESE POSTS IN OPPOSITE ORDER TO MAKE BETTER SENSE!
        ;)

  • BuzzCoastin

    changing doctrines is a necessary adaptation for any religion
    most do over time
    Roman Catholics can eat meat on Friday & go to Mass on Saturday now too
    the Mormons just made it easier to sell more underwear to morons of color

  • BuzzCoastin

    changing doctrines is a necessary adaptation for any religion
    most do over time
    Roman Catholics can eat meat on Friday & go to Mass on Saturday now too
    the Mormons just made it easier to sell more underwear to morons of color

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