December 16th, 2007 | Published in Uncategorized | 14 Comments
This is interesting. Mitt Romney’s foray into the presidency
has white folks talking about religion and slavery.
This was the worst political speech of my lifetime. Because this man stood there and said to you “this is the faith of my fathers.” And you, and none of these commentators who liked this speech realized that the faith of his fathers is a racist faith. As of 1978 it was an officially racist faith, and for political convenience in 1978 it switched. And it said “OK, black people can be in this church.” He believes, if he believes the faith of his fathers, that black people are black because in heaven they turned away from God, in this demented, Scientology-like notion of what was going on in heaven before the creation of the earth.
I was actually surprised by the anger and candor of the
comments. Do you know any Mormons?
For a long period of time Black African members of the LDS church were unable to hold the Priesthood. In honor of Black History Month let’s take a look at why this was so, when it changed, and what’s happening now.
From the first days of the Church (1830) until 1978 members who were of Hamitic or Black African descent were denied the blessings of the Priesthood. Why were they denied the Priesthood for so long? Joseph Fielding Smith once stated, “a meaningful response to this question rests on an understanding of what the Priesthood is.”
Did you know that Black people weren’t allowed to
be Mormon’s until ’78? But then again, Black people
weren’t allowed to be Republicans either. And no I
don’t mean the Abraham Lincoln republicans but
the Nixon Reagan Republicans.
Do you have a problem with a Mormon President?
Should Romney come clean on the Mormon’s history with Black folks?
If he did, what difference would it make?