Mormon Church Changes Stance on Race

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Mormon Jesus approves.

Just as the Roman Catholic Church has become  more liberal, the Church of Latter-Day Saints, or Mormon Church, has decided that “dark skin” is no longer the “mark of Cain.”  I tell ya, the End must be extremely goddamn nigh.

VIA Dwindling in Unbelief

The LDS church has finally confessed. It admits that it was wrong about
race from the church’s beginning in 1830 until 1978 when God changed
his mind about black people.

Here is what the new document “Race and the Priesthood” says about it:

Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse … that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else.

If that is true, then the LDS church disavows the Book of Mormon, which says that God cursed people by blackening their skin, causing them to be “a dark, filthy, and loathsome people,” and that any “white and delightsome” person who “mixes seed” with them will be “cursed with the same cursing.”

Here are just a few passages in the Book of Mormon that the Mormon church now disavows:

After they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations. 1 Nephi 12:23

He had caused the cursing to come upon them … wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God: I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people … Cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed; for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing. 2 Nephi 5:21-23

And the skins of the Lamanites were dark …which was a curse upon them because of their transgression against their brethren…therefore they were cursed; and the Lord God set a mark upon them. And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren, that thereby the Lord God might preserve his people. Alma 3:6-8

This people … shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people … because of their unbelief and idolatry … They were once a delightsome people … But now, behold, they are led about by Satan. Mormon 5:15-18

In the document, the LDS church tries to blame its racist past on the early 19th century American culture from which it arose. It claims, for example, that it was commonly believed in the early 1800s “that God’s ‘curse’ on Cain was the mark of a dark skin.” And that “[a]ccording to one view, which had been promulgated in the United States from at least the 1730s, blacks descended from the same lineage as the biblical Cain, who slew his brother Abel.”

Which is true enough (except for the fact that there was no United States in the 1730s). But what the document doesn’t say is that this same view is clearly expressed in its own scripture (The book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price).

And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them. Moses 7:22

The document also says that “[b]lack servitude was sometimes viewed as a second curse placed upon Noah’s grandson Canaan as a result of Ham’s indiscretion toward his father.”

Which is true again. But it is also true that Mormon scripture says the same thing.

There was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people. Moses 7:8

Now this king of Egypt was a descendant from the loins of Ham, and was a partaker of the blood of the Canaanites by birth. … from Ham, sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land … Pharaoh … seeking earnestly to imitate that order established by the fathers in the first generations, in the days of the first patriarchal reign, even in the reign of Adam, and also of Noah, his father, who blessed him with the blessings of the earth, and with the blessings of wisdom, but cursed him as pertaining to the Priesthood. Abraham 1:21-26

So now the LDS church is no longer just embarrassed by its scriptures, it rejects them entirely.

Now it’s time for all Mormons to do likewise.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Anyone noticing a trend here? I.e., institutions asserting leadership by following trends that have been established outside their own hierarchies for decades? I.e., not really “leading”.

    Who the f*ck needs them if the best they can do is pick up on trends a generation or so after the fact?

    • echar

      What I feel is that this boils down to them seeing which way the wind is blowing. Less people equals less tithing.

    • lunasea

      Well…apply that line of reasoning to practically any religious movement at any point in history and you’ll be wondering how such institutions manage to keep afloat, at all…

  • echar

    Growing up in the LDS church, I had no clue. I mean, I did find it odd that at the age of 12 or so , that I saw the first black family to visit our church. There was also one Polynisian family. It didn’t click until later that this is/was part of the doctrine.

    At the same time, I was raised to accept everyone and to empathize. I remember asking my mom about how the church felt about people in same sex relationships, due to a couple visiting our church. She said the church doesn’t hate gay people, but it does not accept sex between them.

    Pretty odd, but that was normal to me.

  • heinrich6666

    ‘[E]xtremely goddamn nigh’. Har!

  • David Tiffany

    According to Mormon prophecy, to let blacks into the priesthood is to lose the priesthood and the church being left to its own end. Read what Bringham Young said, “I say now, when they [his discourses] are copied and approved by me they are as good Scripture as is couched in this Bible . . . ” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 264; see also p. 95).
    First he says his words are as good as Scripture. Then in another place he says, “Let this Church which is called the kingdom of God on the earth; we will sommons the first presidency, the twelve, the high counsel, the Bishoprick, and all the elders of Isreal, suppose we summons them to apear here, and here declare that it is right to mingle our seed, with the black race of Cain, that they shall come in with with us and be pertakers with us of all the blessings God has given to us. On that very day, and hour we should do so, the preisthood is taken from this Church and kingdom and God leaves us to our fate. The moment we consent to mingle with the seed of Cain the Church must go to desstruction, — we should receive the curse which has been placed upon the seed of Cain, and never more be numbered with the children of Adam who are heirs to the priesthood untill that curse be removed.” You can find this in the speech recorded in the following link:
    http://www.utlm.org/onlineresources/sermons_talks_interviews/brigham1852feb5_priesthoodandblacks.htm
    It sounds as if things are getting a little shaken up in the Mormon religion. It’s not surprising.
    Joseph Smith and the early Mormon church fathers introduced a gospel that was not the same gospel that Paul the Apostle preached.
    Galatians 1:6-9, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!”
    But there is hope. The Gospel that Paul the Apostle preached, the true Gospel, is good news, and it saves people from judgement.
    http://downtownministries.blogspot.com/

  • Dingbert

    They keep Books of Mormon alongside Gideon Bibles in Marriott hotels. I always bookmark these passages for future readers.

    More embarrassing LDS hijinx:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Horse_Prophecy

  • TeeJay

    Point 1: Add to the above referenced scripture Alma 3:4-6 — … the Amlicites … marked themselves with red in their foreheads after the manner of the Lamanites ,,,
    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.

In other words, the red skin (Amlicites) and dark skin
    (Lamanites) were marks they put on themselves.

    

Point 2: In Alma 3:14-17 is found a portion of the original curse placed upon the
    Lamanites. It ends with: “And again I say, He that departeth from thee,
    shall no more be called thy seed; and I will bless thee, &c.”

This is
    the only place in the entire Book of Mormon that uses the symbol
    “&C.” In other words, it is not the entire curse. Nephi most likely assumed that whoever had the small plates would also have the large plates where the full curse was probably spelled out. We don’t know what the entire curse said.



    Point 3: There were no black skinned natives in the Americas when Columbus arrived. But, Mayans did practice tattooing and painting themselves — especially before going to war. The North American Indians commonly used red and / or black paint as their “war paint.”



    Point 4: dark skinned people were not denied priesthood under Joseph Smith, Jr.
    Joseph Smith authorized the ordination of Elijah Abel who was a “negro” and was
    ordained as an elder in June 1836 and a seventy in 1841. The denial of
    priesthood to dark skinned people started in 1852 with Brigham Young. (Wilford
    Woodruff’s Journal, Vol. 4, p. 97)



    I am very happy for those in the Mormon church that they are opening a door to a
    greater degree of love for all mankind. The essence of God is the very deep and
    abiding love for His creation — including people of all stripes and colors.

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