Racism in the Mormon Church

10 February

White Blood Mixed with Negro Blood Brings Death on the Spot

Journal of Discourses 10:110-111; “Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, March 8, 1863

Romans 8:1; “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

With the Lord’s pure and perfect word nothing else needs to be said.

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9 Responses to “Racism in the Mormon Church”

  1. Dr. Arthur Frederick Ide July 14, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    The cult of Mormonism has been racist since its beginning with Joseph Smith’s declaration that he found the breast plate of Moses’ brother Aaron, and used the ancient Babylonian sorcery stones Urim and Thummim that were originally known as urtu and tamitu so that he could (mis)translate not only golden plates that no one else saw, but also pieces of Egyptian papyrus. To convince others to follow him, Smith reconjured the myth of Cain and Ham, and called the curses leveled each fictional character a sign of God’s displeasure by darkening the pigmentation of each man (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 5:21, cp. 1 Nephi 12:23). What Smith refused to accept was the Biblical reality that it was not Ham who was cursed but his grandson, but this did not fit comfortably into his tirade against Black people–people who he would cry out against in his own quest for the presidency of the USA. To Smith “Black” meant evil, yet in many of the religions that his family studied and at time practiced, they engaged in the Black Arts in quest of power and entrance into a heaven they considered to be uniquely their own. The most fervent followers of Smith today, especially those running for public office, confess their allegiance to the original message of Smith: one of racist hatred and determination to transmogrify human rights to the judgment of a theocratic King-Priest to rule over a nation divorced from democracy (Bushman, Richard Lyman (2005), Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, New York: Knopf, p. 522).

    • CamdenC July 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

      Dr. Arthur – While I was growing up in the LDS church, it was nothing for my dad or uncle to tell “N-word” jokes at home, around camp fires, and even in the halls of the LDS church. I was engrained with racism growing up, but even more than that, I was engrained with PRIDE. You see, I was told that I was a great warrior for Christ and that I fought valiantly during the war in heaven on Jesus’ side. How did they know that about me? Well I had what I call the “Mormon Tri-fecta” 1.) I was born white. 2.) I was born to Mormon parents. and 3.) I was born in America…

      Once I got saved, it sickened me to think of how I was brainwashed into believing that Blacks were any less than me in any aspect whatsoever. It was so deeply engrained in me that my flesh causes it to “creep in” ever so often. I have to immediately defend the “slings and arrows” of the enemy and ask the Lord to forgive me. From birth to 26 years old, it was constantly there, and as you know, what we learn from 0-5 years old tends to stay with us our entire lives. I am ashamed of my past for making fun of and being racist. I remember when the “decree” went out in 1978 that the Blacks could now hold the Mormon priesthood. It was like the you know what hit the fan at our church and at home. I remember seeing a black family at church for the first time when I was 16 years old. We (me included) “murmered” amongst ourselves; “What are they doing here?” “Look at how they are dressed” etc… That is not the Love of Christ… that is prejudice, legalism, and racism. It hurts my heart to see African-Americans joining and buying into the LDS church… I try to witness to them about the church’s racist beginnings, but it seems they are trapped in the “Maze of Mormonism”.

      Please pray for me and for all the lost souls caught in the church of Joseph Smith… and thank you for your insight and history!

      Galatians 5:1-14

    • CamdenC July 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

      Dr. By the way, check out the book; “One Nation Under Gods” by Richard Abanes… it is a great read on the history of the church, their racism, and their plans for an American Theocracy…

    • Dr. Arthur Frederick Ide July 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      Thank you for your kind reply. I, too, have rediscovered life when I left the guilt-ridden bigotry of the church I grew up in–thinking (having been taught) that only a few people are saved, and that the color of skin was the indicator of salvation and the amassment of wealth the barometer to immediacy into a spiritual planetary world where I would propagate my species for eternity. I have learned a lot since then.

      If you are able to handle reading more iconoclastic works on the Mormon movement, you might want to entertain a quick read of my blog on Joseph Smith and his move toward religion that included creating an army, running for the presidency of the USA, etc. quite like other prominent Mormons today. It is at http://arthuride.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/curse-on-canaan-black-people-mitt-romney-and-mormonism/.

      It is my good fortune to have collected a copy of the 1830 Book of Mormon, and in my private library I have every book and pamphlet ever issued by any
      Mormon press–and now I catalogue contradictions and more. I am always happy to invite two Mormon youth in for coffee, but for some reason they do not stay long when I bring out my Mormon materials and then copies of the Papyrus John Smith (PJS 1-11) and offer them my hieroglyphic dictionaries. Fortunately, being fluent in 36 languages, I do trouble those who come from various countries, as I am now collecting Mormon publications worldwide.

    • Dr. Arthur Frederick Ide July 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

      The past is over; it is time to move forward. What is critical is that each of us keep an open mind–for it is through knowledge and constant learning, pursing the conduct of inquiry, that we become free; or, as is better said than by me: “Seek the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

      I applaud your determination to help others. By helping others, we help ourselves. There is no mortal who is a god, and Joseph Smith was never the reincarnation of Moses (contrary to what he wrote), and each of us has a responsibility to help all mortals (it is for that reason I could never vote for Romney, as with his massive off-shore wealth, he could be doing good by building homes for the homeless, feeding the hungry, clothing those with little or no clothing, and so forth–not planning on spending over $200 million to win an election–that is too close to the goals and ideology of John Smith in 1844).

      You have my best wishes, and being a very old man (obviously), I will use your honesty as a skeleton to which to drape new sinews of reason and cover with the skin of discovery. Thank you.

  2. lifeafterministry July 14, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    Well said!
    The tragic part of this is how the sometimes very intelligent of the Church choose not to do their homework. Reality is a frightening prospect when you have everything temporally to lose and everything eternally to gain.
    That which cannot be seen is faith and some of us don’t have a lot of that to spare.
    While the race issue wasn’t the initial catalyst for my exodus as I began researching, it became the nail in the coffin for me.
    Finding out about the occult connection wasn’t a surprise, but it made me very saddened for those still caught up in the horrific lies of this guy and his cohorts.
    Thanks for sharing with us and please share more!

    • Dr. Arthur Frederick Ide July 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

      When people are desperate, frustrated with the events of the time that they spend on earth, the family that has little bond between its members or is a rope or religion that is strangling individuality, then we find ourselves and others who turn to the occult in quest of information that we are too intimidated by to discover for ourselves. The problem with Joseph Smith is he lived in a time, much like today, that was given over to radical revivals where groups met in near Pentecostal hysterics and worked themselves into a frenzy–falling down and muttering without understanding. Even in the Book of Acts it states clearly that “foreign tongues” were understood by those people from the nations that used them regularly, and the apostles spoke only with knowledge having listened to a message of love and forgiveness.

      Religion has become a crutch for those who are not lame, but who use it to hide their own woeful feelings of self-inadequacy. It is time that everyone of us turn to the pursuit of knowledge that cannot and must not be limited–we must read omniverously of all things so that we can best understand ourselves. Joseph Smith declared that he translated ancient heiroglyphs, but he had no formal education, and his translations were completely wrong, as I show in an article that may be too dissettling for you consider. Smith fantasized and hallucinated deliberately: when he buried his head into a hat with the ancient black and white stones from the breast plate of Aaron, to speaking as if he were the Wizard of Oz, from behind a curtain while faithful followers dutifully wrote down his prattling.

      Conscientious people and true scholars open their research for peer review, and accept criticism as a light to further investigation. I never am upset with a solidly reasoned refutation, and respond quickly by reviewing my own notes and reasoning. You have taken a big step to distance yourself from the mindless memorization of a cult. Someday, if you feel in the mood and want to know more about Smith and his Angel Moroni, the alleged son of a warrior priest by the name of Mormon, consider my article http://arthuride.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/curse-on-canaan-black-people-mitt-romney-and-mormonism/ as no angel is born to a warrior no matter how high the station or how bloody the conquest. Thank you for your considered comments, as they will help me in composing my next article or book.

    • lifeafterministry July 15, 2012 at 12:06 am #

      Well Dr. Ide I respectfully agree with your insights about it being important for all of us to be well read. And I appreciate and wholeheartedly concur with your analysis in that regard.
      I do however have reservations about a comment or two on your blog regarding statements about the Bible.
      1. I accept the Pauline letters as holy and acceptable by, through and from God.
      2. I’ve not experienced a Mormon congregation where segregation is the norm since the sixties so I can’t comment on your opinion in that genre.
      3. As I stated earlier here I agree with you regarding the need for people to be educated but I disagree that this is what leads us to and gives us total freedom. The only way to achieve that status, if you will, is through the merits and mercy of Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life and true freedom is found in no other way.
      I speak from personal experience. I traveled the world, learned four languages, received a decent education in World War History, English, Journalism and general studies and I found that no matter where I traveled, whom I met, circles I congregated with; no one and nothing brought me the lasting peace and freedom I found in Jesus. I found that I had been running for years and years trying to disrobe myself from past and experiences I’d soon like to forget.
      The two things that plagued me most were the loss of my twin boys and my daughter. My boys died half way through a pregnancy and my daughter died due to a bad decision on the part of a doctor. After having other children after those losses I still found no fulfillment even though I love my two daughters dearly and wouldn’t trade them for the world.
      My search wasn’t for another degree, nor was it making sure I’d seen enough back roads of Europe, Asia, Africa or South America or wherever. I needed relief and peace and contentment and those places, people and things were nothing but detriments from what I was truly needing in life and that was God Himself.
      The Mormon Church had so blanketed my thought process that it acted like a drug. I had no idea I was living in that fog like state of mind until the day I accepted Jesus.
      Knowing more stuff and people had nothing to do with what I really needed to exist or survive.
      I see education as a means to enjoy and gain insight into various subjects we may not otherwise have the privilege of knowing. God has gifted/blessed each of us with varying degrees of intellect and its for us to use that accordingly for His glory.

      I do enjoy your insight and sharing about Joseph Smith! It’s not often I come across someone who understands and/or agrees with me that his practice in the Black Arts was indeed a staple in his personal life.
      The symbolism carved on the Nauvoo and Salt Lake Temples should be a dead give away there’s something seriously wrong with the ideology and psyche of that guy. 😉 The first two years I worked with Ed Decker he had me attend classes on Satanism being held in Kirkland, WA and taught by a professor from Portland Univ. – his name escapes me at the moment…
      Those two years were a mind opening experience for me when I realized what God had rescued me from. The classes had nothing to do with Mormonism per se, but they served as an eye opening tool for what Mormonism is truly based upon.

    • Dr. Arthur Frederick Ide July 15, 2012 at 12:37 am #

      Dear Michelle,

      Authorship is not imprtant, unless it is plagiarized (as with the alleged works of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young). Unfortunately those who followed these two men (after 1848) used their works as foundations for their own. This is my reference to Paul. According to the only three records we have in the synoptic gospels, Paul was never an apostle–he was self-styled one on the road of Damascus–but that story has numerous antecedents. That does not distract from the Letters, unless the authorship is considered critical. I do not feel it is (and I do have doctorates in Bible, Theology, Biblical Textual Translation, etc, from major universities worldwide). I look at content. That is why I read the various papyrus (Egyptian writing paper made from fonds) that Smith said he translated–his translations are bogus even to the slightest trained mind.

      As for your faith in Jesus, that is exemplary and I do not reject it–but it must be the Jesus of the Gospels (all eight of them, as the four in the current collection is the result of Constantine I calling on Eusebius of Cesaraea to write 50 bibles for the churches in the East. Over 500 manuscripts were burned in 325 at Niceae because of politics, but fortunately copies were scurried away (in the same manner as the works of Aristotle, Plato, Socrates and others were taken out of Europe during its Dark Ages when the Roman Catholic church was consigning any unapproved writings to the fires), and we have Q (which is the source for the Gospel of Mark, and Mark is the foundation for Matthew and somewhat for John. Luke was not an apostle, but a writer (best known for the Books of Acts). The problem, as I learned at the University of Haifa, is that many original works were glossed and then the glossarium put into the text. That is the reason for textual criticism.

      People will never give anyone the peace of mind needed to sustain the travails of this life; that is where faith comes in, as it alone can give the tranquility that the soul requires. Because of this “inward fire” (that comes from the Gospel of Thomas that the entire church recognized from 90 to 310 AD) you were able to cope with the loss of your beloved children. Losing a child is painful–as was learned by Abraham and even God with the sacrifice of his son. My solitary point is that one must be open to questioning everything (“Seek the truth, and the truth will make you free”), and not unquestionly accepting the word of anyone from Joseph Smith to me and beyond. Nothing is certain but death, but even death of the body is not permanent.

      Becareful of imposters, or as the Bible says, “false Messiahs”. We have too many who become Hollywood symbols such as the distortions in Mel Gibson’s bad screen play “The Passion of Christ” (I have written a book on that, and Anna Catherine, the German nun who recorded her hallucinations), or similar charades.

      Never would I cast aspersions on anyone, but I will always question–that is why I mastered 36 languages, that is why I own the complete Mormon collection and many others from the Analecta Bolianda to the Recueil des Histoires and more. I own over 2000 scrolls dating from 40 BC to 500 AD,
      written in a variety of hands and on various medium–and it is the study of those that makes me realize the plethora of reality.

      Your letter is memorable and cherishable as it shows your strength of character and also exposes your openness to learn. Never accept anything blindly, but go with that which gives you realistic comfort. Even Jesus wept, prayed, told his friends to weight for him, and ate and drank wine–he was first of all a mortal–the immortality came when it was required. He was not some ancient god sitting on a tall mountain, or one who shifted-shapes to consort with mortals, nor any of the other characteristics we can find in tales from Norway to South Africa. Keep your spirit burning like a great candle, but remember to taper the wax and stay fresh.

      Many thanks for your kindness in writing such a bold and frank essay. I will cherish it.

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