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Why Did the Mormon Founders Hate Black People?Political Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
Nobody has to like it, but the facts are the facts; the religion has traditionally denied Blacks.
(SALEM) - With the nation's first Black President, there were so many bizarre things, like the way his name sounds like 'Osama' and the fact that his middle name is 'Hussein' - what were the odds? However nothing is stranger than knowing that Mitt Romney hails from a cult--like 'religion' that doesn't allow Black people to serve in their upper echelons.
Oh maybe technically the Mormons allow Blacks to attain high positions today... but I doubt it is anything more than a face-saving political move. I suspect that little has changed within the confines of this über secret church. Ritualistically, they're the Elk's Lodge of religious institutions and we all know old habits die hard.
One thing I found most interesting during my five years in the Las Vegas TV news market, was that almost all of the money in the big properties, is handled by Mormons who work as casino executives. Again, a supposedly religious organization allowing this type of contact with greed and gambling money screams conflict; I doubt God would be in sync with it.
If you just peel back a layer or two, and see beyond the veneer, you are confronted with facts about this group called LDS that are just not comfortable. In fact, they sound downright illegal.
Paint it Black
No matter how you stack it up, Mormon history is one of racial bigotry and there is no getting around that fact. Its subscribers adhere to scripture scrawled by some feeble brain in the 1820's who managed to achieve one more big split from traditional, legitimate Christian philosophy, as if the overly manhandled faith needed that.
Mormons simply customized and in effect, bastardized the words of God to fit the occasion. The knowledge that their racial philosophy was so tainted is plenty of determiner for any humanitarian.
And as the years have passed, the LDS or Mormons or whatever name they are using at the time, have not been able to get with the program in any way, shape or form. They made a religion and they made it hateful and prejudice.
Of course it is no secret that the Mormons are a 'fend for your own kind' mentality like the Israeli population. I think the message there is, "all others be damned" and I personally believe it is our responsibility to create a better world for all mankind and never let things turn so bleak, but apparently they don't see it that way.
Most people don't seek to be survivalists in a Mad Max world. Is it not better to engage in political activism and help prevent catastrophic problems, than to store food and guns for some creepy Biblical end game scenario?
But all that aside, the real problem with the LDS Church is its systemic racism. There is no excuse and it is a joke that both the multiple wives scenario and bigotry are what stands out so clearly about this group.
I think of the Buddhists; they reason that it isn't bad to be dark skinned or to be a woman, you just need to die and come back as a man to be truly 'great'. The Mormons are told that if they are good little humans, they get their own planet when they die. This proves that the motivation is not for the betterment of society, but to gain a great scene after you kick the bucket, what a joke.
Nothing like a shot of ultra patriarchal religion in your coffee. Oh wait, Mormons can't drink coffee either, is it because it's black?
Wikipedia explains that after the death of Joseph Smith, Jr., Mormon leaders starting with Brigham Young himself, instituted a policy of excluding people of black African descent from Priesthood ordination and from participation in temple ceremonies. You might be shocked as to why...
The first reference in Latter Day Saint writings describing dark skin as a curse and mark from God refers to Lamanites. The Book of Mormon, published in the late 1820s, states the following about a group of people who rebelled against God:
These practices of outright racial contempt continued in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) until the 1978 Revelation on Priesthood.
In other words, their early leaders who are full of shyster-like tendencies, created a religion so they could have multiple female sex partners, can you believe the horseshit? Smith pulled it out of a hat at what age... 14 was it? His demented prophesies about Black people lasted as official Mormon doctrine until 1978. That would be 115 years after Abe Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It is a joke!
Apparently reformers haven't gotten very far in this man made religion.
"All men are created equal" Mitt.
Remember too that bigots are little brains who likely had too many generations in their past cross breed. This is one of the biggest contributors to racial bigotry you know.... too many generations of inbreeding.
People of the LDS Church, I hope that you go to some effort to prove that you are beyond this archaic behavior.
I'm heavily disillusioned with Barack Obama, though I expect his win in the upcoming election was never a question and every minute the news dedicates to Romney is an exercise in futility.
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.
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