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Joseph Smith: First Prophet and President and Founder of the Mormon Church:

“Had I anything to do with the negro, I would confine them by strict law to their own species, and put them on a national equalization.” History of the Church, Volume 5, pages 218-219

Joseph Fielding Smith: Tenth Prophet and President of the Mormon Church:

“Ham, through Egyptus, continued the curse which was placed upon the seed of Cain. Because of that curse this dark race was separated and isolated from all the rest of Adam’s posterity before the flood, and since that time the same condition has continued, and they have been ‘despised’ among all people.’ This doctrine did not originate with President Brigham Young but was taught by the Prophet Joseph Smith….we all know it is due to his teachings that the negro today is barred from the Priesthood.” The Way to Perfection, pages 110-111

FamilyFriendsFreedom says: It speaks for itself. As do all of the other quotes from Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, & Bruce R. McConkie regarding this issue. If it has changed now that just shows how it is an ever changing religion with an ever changing god. The God of the bible is the same yesterday, today, and forever…He does not change, His laws do not change, His views do not change, and I can trust a God (the only God) that does not change. These quotes are not “out of context” they are from the prophets and Apostles own mouth.

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Bruce R. McConkie: of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Mormon Church:

“Those who were less valiant in the pre-existence and who thereby had certain spiritual restrictions imposed upon them during morality are known to us as the negroes. Such spirits are sent to earth through the lineage of Cain, the mark put upon him for his rebellion against God and his murder of Abel being a black skin….Noah’s son Ham married Egyptus, a descendant of Cain, thus preserving the negro lineage through the flood….The negroes are not equal with other races where the receipt of certain spiritual blessings are concerned, particularly the priesthood and the temple blessings that flow therefrom, but this inequality is not of man’s origin. It is the Lord’s doing, based on His eternal laws of justice, and grows out of the lack of spiritual valiance of those concerned in their first estate.” Mormon Doctrine, 10th printing, pages 527-528

Mark E. Peterson: of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Mormon Church:

“Who placed the Negroes originally in darkest Africa? Was it some man, or was it God? And When He placed them there, He segregated them….The Lord segregated the people both as to blood and place of residence. At least in the cases of the Lamanites and the negroes we have the definite word of the Lord Himself that He placed a dark skin upon them as a curse-as a punishment and as a sign to all others. He forbade intermarriage with them under threat of extension of the curse ….And He certainly segregated the descendants of Cain when He cursed the Negro as to the Priesthood, and drew an absolute line. You may even say He dropped an Iron curtain there. The Negro was cursed as to the Priesthood, and therefore, was cursed as to the blessings of the Priesthood, Certainly God made a segregation there.

“Think of the Negro, cursed as to the Priesthood. Are we prejudiced against him? Unjustly, sometimes we are accused of having such a prejudice. But what does the mercy of God have for him? This Negro, who, in the pre-existence lived the type of life which justified the Lord in sending him to the earth in the lineage of Cain with a black skin, and possibly being born in darkest Africa-if that Negro is willing when he hears the gospel to accept it, he may have many of the blessings of the gospel. In spite of all he did in the pre-existent life, the Lord is willing, if the Negro accepts the gospel with real, sincere faith, and is really converted, to give him the blessings of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost….

“If I were to marry a Negro woman and have children by her, my children would all be cursed as to the priesthood. Do I want my children cursed as to the priesthood? If there is one drop of negro blood in my children, as I have read to you, they receive the curse. There isn’t any argument, therefore, as to intermarriage with the Negro, is there? There are 50 million Negroes in the United States. If they were to achieve complete absorption with the white race, think what that would do. With 50 million Negroes inter-married with us, where would the priesthood be? Who could hold it, in all America? Think what that would do to the work of the Church!….

“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. I think the Lord segregated the Negro and who is man to change that segregation?” Race Problems-As They Affect The Church (address given at Brigham Young University)

 Joseph Fielding Smith: Tenth Prophet and President of the Mormon Church:

There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had and estate before we came here, and were obedient, more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less….There were no neutrals in the war in heaven. All took sides either with Christ or with Satan. Every man had his agency there, just as they will receive rewards hereafter for deeds done in the body. The Negro, evidently, is receiving the reward he merits.” Doctrines of Salvation, Volume 1, pages 66-67

“President Brigham Young, answering a question put to him by Elder Lorenzo D. Young in a meeting held December 25, 1869, in Salt Lake City, said that Joseph Smith had declared that the negroes were not neutral in heaven, for all the spirits took sides, but the posterity of Cain are black because he (Cain) committed murder.” The Way to Perfection, pages 105-106

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So, is it bigotry by Al Sharpton or bigotry by the Mormon faith? Is the pot calling the kettle black?

Before you answer are you up to date on the history of the oppression from the Mormon church against people of color?

 See our blog on Mormon History and People of Color for documented scripture references on black discrimination from the Mormon Church. Under Category Mormon Church and African Americans.

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headliner reads: Romney: Sharpton remark on faith was bigoted   (the quotes are taken from CNN.com)

 He also accused Romney’s campaign of engaging in “a blatant effort to fabricate a controversy to help their lagging campaign.” 

See Mormon or Christian to research for yourself, to what he was referring.  Perhaps he worded it incorrectly. Perhaps he should have said a blatant effort to fabricate truth and stir controversy to help their lagging campaign. It seems he was saying the same thing and if you look at the facts you will see this is also true (as far as the portion about the fabrications and the controversy….the motive is not for me to judge but the fact is the Mormon church put this out there for public debate and offered a fabricated version of the truth so they are open for criticism.  

Sharpton told The Associated Press that “[Mormons] don’t believe in God the way I do, but, by definition, they believe in God.”

Can you tell me what is wrong with the above statement? It is true, he is even being nice to say he feels they believe in god, he is only saying they don’t believe in God the way he does. They don’t, so what is bigoted about that?  

 ]“The main point here is that Mormons have served this country honorably and with integrity for a long, long time, and … it would be a very big mistake not to vote for someone based on their faith — Mormon faith or any other faith,” Carville said. 

I completely 100% agree with the above comment. It would be a shame to vote for anyone based on their faith regardless of that faith, based on their gender regardless of their gender. The above comment is right on target and I do not believe Al Sharpton was saying otherwise.

 It seems there are a lot of sites that are very excited to nab Al Sharpton and proclaim him as a bigot or hypocrite in this situation but they were not the objects of the racial discrimination imposed by the Mormon church for so many years and by their god. If you lived through that and you had a religion deciding that you were unworthy and a cursed person because of your skin color perhaps you would not feel you were a bigot to oppose such a faith because they were bigots themselves and it seems the very people discriminated against feel God will judge those types of sins against mankind. I truly feel Al Sharpton felt America as a whole understood the bigotry that has been a cornerstone in the Mormon church for a long time (although it has now miraculously changed it’s mind…a little too little a little too late). What Al Sharpton said is not even comparable to what Don Imus said. Those beautiful and wonderful girls never did anything directly to Don Imus however the Mormon church has directly oppressed people of color for years.  If Al Sharpton had known that the majority of people were not informed he may have phrased that much differently. I give him laud for giving the American Public credit for using their God given intellect and just assuming they were informed. This is much different than the Mormon church who does not give credit to the American Public for having independent thought and intelligence enough to get full disclosure of their true beliefs and try to candy coat the truth because they feel we cannot handle the truth. Give Al Sharpton some credit here, it seems like he obviously wants to do the right thing for society (in this situation). The people who are trying to force him to apologize or to prove him a bigot in this situation are not looking at the facts and realizing he and every person of color have been the direct victim of racial bigotry by the Mormon church and it’s god and it they did look at that fact and they lived through that they would have to step back and re-think who the real bigot is in this situation.  

Let’s get to serious business here. Sharpton could have easily been referring to the fact that the Mormon faith openly oppressed dark skinned people for years. Their own book says their black skin was a curse and it is incredibly offensive and SHOULD BE OFFENSIVE to anyone in this country and especially people of color.  Lately, that has changed but it was a strong and observed belief and if their fundamental beliefs were that people of color were cursed and of satan then they cannot come back and say not that thier god was wrong, the prophet was wrong, or the new prophets decision out weighs the old prophets decision because it just shows their god is wishy washy. If they believe that people of color are cursed then you cannot oppress people in the name of God and then take that back. Their god and their church claimed this curse on black people. I would not serve ANY god who thought black skin was a curse or the people were evil, sons of satan, you name it I don’t believe it. That is a BIGOT not SHARPTON. Their own church was practicing BIGOTRY and for them to turn that around and slap Sharpton with a bigotry claim is Hypocrisy in its greatest form. Good for you Mr. Sharpton.  I truly believe that he was saying that a church that was so outright about it’s discrimination against people of color that God will take care of that. He has a right to be offended, take the hit to the chin and just move on Romney because your church did it so now just confess and move on and don’t play the victim and pretend Sharpton is making statements of bigotry because you know full well he is only saying what the majority of the American public do not know and that is that the Mormon faith persecuted and oppressed black people for years and with the support and approval of your god (they don’t know because the church hides that fact too from the majority of the public), so again if your god can make a mistake that BIG….oops that’s a big one. I wouldn’t want to serve a god that could make a big boo- boo like that and then try to change his mind. I kind of would like a God that says what He means, means what He says, and sticks to that, and DOES NOT CHANGE …not yesterday, today, or ever.   The quotes shown above were taken from CNN.com and I wanted to comment on the unfair assessment that Al Sharpton is a bigot because of his statements, in this situation. Please feel free to comment on your view.

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