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 July 28, 2012

Blacks and the Mormon Church

 

            The Mormon Church is yet another example of Americana that Blacks strived to be included.  It is puzzling, and disheartening, to see Black people attempting to immerse themselves in anything American.  The Mormon Church has made it clear that it is a racist organization which does not desire to have Black members.  They rationalize this contradiction against humanity by the usual lies and interpretations.

The Mark of Cain
 

            The Bible tells the story of Adam's sons, Cain and Abel.  Both had given sacrifices to God.  Cain gave a sacrifice of crops and Abel gave a sacrifice of livestock.  God was pleased with Abel's sacrifice, however God did not accept Cain's offering.  Subsequently, Cain killed Abel and for this he was cursed by God.

 

The successor to prophet and founder Joseph Smith, Brigham Young espoused the European / American belief that the "mark of Cain" was black skin and a broad nose.  I am not a Bible scholar,  however I saw nothing in Genesis that indicated that Black skin was, in fact, the "mark of Cain".  Brigham Young and others can use Genesis to determine that the "mark of Cain" is black skin.  However, they should remain intellectually consistent and use Revelations to determine that Jesus Christ had "hair like lamb's wool" and "skin of bronze".  In other words, Jesus was Black, and thus had the "mark of Cain".

Pre - 1978
 

            The Mormon Church was conflicted about the question of bondage during the days of slavery in the United States.  On the one hand, the religion taught that all people are the children of God.  On the other hand the religion taught that all members of the church was bound to obey the law of the land.  The church refused to side with the Christian abolitionists of the North.  They accepted the Southerners' doctrine that any teachings of the equality of man would result in slave rebellions.  They refused to speak to slaves without the permission of the slaveholder.  The Utah Territorial Legislature officially sanctioned slavery in Utah in 1852.  The Utah Territorial Legislature was dominated by the Mormon Church officials and Brigham Young was the governor of the state.

In 1852 Brigham Young proclaimed the racial restriction policy of the Mormon Church.  Although, under the leadership of the prophet, Joseph Smith, some Blacks had attained full membership, including the priesthood, there was now a racial restriction policy.  Native Americans, Hispanics, Melanesians and Polynesians were not included in this restriction.  This policy was only intended to apply to Blacks.  It basically complied with the standard racist American criterion, one drop of Black blood is sufficient to consider one Black.

            The official Mormon Church policy did not seem as insidious as it actually is.  It proclaimed that Blacks were allowed to join the church, they just were not allowed to enter the priesthood.  However, in the Mormon Church, all male head-of-household church members were part of the priesthood.  Black men were also prohibited from the temple Endowments and sealings. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s the Mormon Church's official policy was to remain silent on the question of Black equality.  They were as racist as the average White American and sought to keep Blacks from entering their environments.  


Racial Restriction Policy Ends in 1978

 

            On June 8, 1978, the First Presidency, which is the highest presiding or governing body of the Mormon Church, declared that the racial restriction policy was over.  The announcement was that prayers were answered, presumably by God, and the revelation was given that the Mormon priesthood was open to all men, regardless of color.

Some critics contend that the revelation was more motivated by pragmatism than by divine intervention.  They point out that the Mormon Church was trying to expand into other countries, particularly Brazil.  These diverse nations would not put up with White supremacist racial policy as readily as America.

 
Other critics contended that the end of the racial restriction policy undermined the teachings of earlier Mormon prophets.  Most notable among these was Brigham Young.  Prophet Young had stated, in 1852, that Blacks would not receive the priesthood, ".....until the redemption of the earth".  The Mormon Church answered that new revelations supersede older revelations.

The Mormon Church continues to be ambiguous on the question of interracial marriages.  Official Church policy, since 1978, maintains that interracial marriage is permitted.  However some church documents and some church leadership, as late as 2011, discourages this practice.

            It has been almost 150 years since the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States corrected the racist assertion that Blacks were only 3/5 of a human being.  In spite of the correction, racism is still a prevailing factor in the United States.  It cannot be presumed that the revelation to end racial restriction will be any more effective than the 14th Amendment.  Perhaps not nearly as effective, the 14th Amendment was intended to correct a law, while the revelation was intended to correct a belief.     

 


Random Thoughts

He who defines the terms, will control the argument.

            When the liberation theologian, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, condemned the United States for specific injustices, America used every available tactic to demonize him.  One strategy was to assert that Reverend Wright was moving into, or attempting to move into a "White neighborhood".  If he loved Blacks, they screamed, why would he want to move to a "White neighborhood"?  Here, they are defining the terms in order to control the argument.

 

Black nationalists are allowed to move into nice neighborhoods.  In racist America, the fact that the nicer neighborhoods are predominately White comes as no surprise.  Blacks are not trying to move into bad neighborhoods because White people live in the particular neighborhood.  Nicer neighborhoods offer a safer environment and better school system than do bad neighborhoods.  Blacks can love their people and still aspire to live in nice neighborhoods.  To believe otherwise is to fall for the same old, tired manipulations once again.

Just asking..... Can a People rise up by riding the coattails of another People?


Big like bear

Black like crow

Talk more shit

Than the radio

Happy Birthday Big Daddy Dem

RIP

July 29, 1950 - September 30, 1979




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