Off Topic – Religion and Race

As I sit here watching a documentary on Black Mormons, I wonder to myself two things:

1) Why would God create all people in his image but not make them equal?

2) Why would you want to be apart of a group/organization/society that doesn’t want or accept you?

The Mormon Church (Church of Latter Day Saints) tried to justify their racism in not allowing black men to serve in the priesthood because there was no divine intervention to tell them so. Those of African descent were considered lesser and unworthy of the priesthood, but according to church leaders, that was God’s way. How does that make sense? If God wanted people of different races to be lesser, he would have just made them that way, like animals. So, if you believe that skin color is his way of making “others” less important, you are sorely misguided. Don’t use your religion to shield your bigotry.

On the other side, why would you want to consort with people who view you as less important? What kind of comfort and love can you feel being apart of a church that teaches that you are evil because of your skin color?

Just a few things to ponder…

2 thoughts on “Off Topic – Religion and Race

  1. I am a Mormon and I don’t agree with what my church did. There is no justification. I hope one day my church issues an apology for the pain they have caused. However, given our past, I don’t think that means you can’t befriend Mormons today.

    • I grew up in a community with a large Mormon population. I have befriended many in my lifetime. I have always believed in freedom of religion, and therefore try not to judge others in their choices. The documentary raised this issue for me in that, these people over the years have been fighting so hard to be accepted by a church/religion/group of people that clearly (at least at one time for sure) did not want them. So why bother? I’m glad the changes were made and there has been progress but I wonder (I don’t know first hand because i wasn’t allowed to keep the materials I was given at one time) if the degrading wording has been removed? Or the stigma in general within the church. My post was more about the unfortunate mentality that there is a superior race and the need for those of color to be accepted in circles they aren’t welcome.

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