Apparently, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who steps into “it” quite a bit, has done it again. The same man who railed about Don Imus and his infamous “nappy-headed hos” comment, said of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, “As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don’t worry about that; that’s a temporary situation.”
Well, now. Hypocrisy at its finest? I do not condone Imus’s remarks, and in fact found them in poor taste and frankly, downright disgusting, but is this comment really all that different?
It’s a complex situation, to be sure. After all, Mormons have, for years, claimed to have the ONLY TRUE THING. And this Church claiming to have the only conduit to God’s ear has, for years, discriminated against African-Americans.
It was not until 1978 that black men could even hold the LDS priesthood. I suppose I understand why Al Sharpton thinks the Mormon God is different from his God.
We were taught that black people were less valiant in the pre-existence, and thus were cursed with black skin.
What I found must interesting when researching this, is that Apostle LeGrand Richards, when interviewed about the change in the ban, said that while God never said that blacks were less than savory, Native Americans WERE!
RICHARDS: Well, we don’t want to get that as a doctrine. Think of it as you will. You know, Paul said “Now we see in part and we know in part; we see through a glass darkly. When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away, then we will see as we are seen, and know as we are known.” Now the Church’s attitude today is to prefer to leave it until we know. The Lord has never indicated that black skin came because of being less faithful. Now, the Indian; we know why he was changed, don’t we? The Book of Mormon tells us that; and he has a dark skin, but he has a promise there that through faithfulness, that they all again become a white and delightsome people. So we haven’t anything like that on the colored thing.
How nice, that if they are just faithful to the Mormon Church, they can become white. Let’s trade one bigotry for another.
As for explaining the ban, I found a FAIR article (taken from a speech) from 2002, that had THIS astounding passage:
3 Nephi 2:15-16.
15 And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites; 16 And their young men and their daughters became exceedingly fair, and they were numbered among the Nephites, and were called Nephites. And thus ended the thirteenth year.
There are Blacks here today who are members of the Church. Why have we not turned White? But there are Blacks who have joined the Church, married White spouse, and their children became lighter than their Black parents. Then those kids grew up to marry those that believe as they do, which most are White, so they married White, and their kids became even lighter, and so on. Makes you think a bit, doesn’t it?
Is this man NOT saying that the promises of the Book of Mormon, that dark people will become “white and delightsome,” seems to be coming true?
For the critics, please note I have included links to the entire articles so you can read and judge for yourself and not accuse me of taking it out of context.
Some other choice quotes about blacks and the Mormon Church.
Mormon Apostle Bruce R. McConkie summarized the doctrine as follows:
“The Negroes are not equal with other races where the receipt of certain spiritual blessings are concerned, …but this inequality is not of man’s origin. It is the Lord’s doing, is based on his eternal laws of justice, and grows out of the lack of spiritual valiance of those concerned in their First Estate [the pre-existence].” Mormon Doctrine, p. 527 – 528, 1966 edition
Typifying the attitude of Mormon leaders was Mormon Apostle Mark E. Petersen, who said, in an address at Brigham Young University on “Race Problems as They Affect The Church” (August 27, 1954, as quoted in Jerald and Sandra Tanner’s book The Changing World of Mormonism, p. 307):
“Now, we are generous with the Negro. We are willing that the Negro have the highest kind of education. I would be willing to let every Negro drive a Cadillac if they could afford it. I would be willing that they have all the advantages they can get out of life in the world. But let them enjoy these things among themselves.”
This last two quotes are from Richard Packham’s Web site, but they can be verified from many other sources. I only CHOSE this Web site because I know it to be matter of fact, honest, and easy to read.
So, I guess I understand Al’s feelings about Mormonism, but I don’t really appreciate his intimation that HIS God was just going to out-of-hand dismiss any Mormons. Frankly, the God that created our world, if he/she does exist, surely loves ALL of his creations, Mormon/Catholic/Baptist, whatever they may be. Right?
Or is that concept just too simple for bigoted religious folk?