More FB Discussion, This time ab the NYT article “Racism in the Mormon Church”...

Aug 25, 2012 by

Update Aug 30, 2012: This HuffPo article by Samuel Brown “Mormonism’s Abandoned Race Policy: Context Matters” is very good. It shows the complicated position for Church leaders to repudiate racial views of the past while not disrespecting Church leaders believed to be modern prophets. This is my second to last post for a while. Here I’m sharing the discussion on my Facebook page regarding the New York Times recent op ed by John Turner “Racism in the Mormon Church.”  You see it here for several reasons. One, it’s good content that I didn’t have to create; shameless, I know. But more so, it’s worth a glimpse into the varied perspectives from bright faithful Mormons on the topic. I realized by the end of the discussion that I didn’t communicate well exactly what my grievances are....

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Summary of Lester Bush’s Seminal Article on Racial History of LDS Church...

Mar 1, 2012 by

I was going to write a full post tonight on BYU professor Randy Bott’s recent Washington Post comments in the article The Genesis of a church’s stand on race. However, I’ve spent most of my time reading rather than writing and now I’m really sleepy. Since I have a one-on-one leadership meeting with the Bishop tomorrow evening, it won’t be until the weekend that I can finish up. These words ignited the fallout: “God has always been discriminatory” when it comes to whom he grants the authority of the priesthood, says Bott, the BYU theologian. He quotes Mormon scripture that states that the Lord gives to people “all that he seeth fit.” Bott compares blacks with a young child prematurely asking for the keys to her father’s car, and explains that similarly until 1978, the Lord...

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“I’ve never met a black Mormon” “Yeah, we exist”...

Apr 3, 2011 by

This week, I saw the recently created Mormon.org video of my friend, Sheryl. She’s a BYU alum and a Teach for America rock star working to save students’ futures in the otherwise abysmal  D.C. public school system.  You can read her Mormon.org profile here. Sheryl is so great. I almost always feel like a million bucks when I’m in her presence. Some people just carry a contagious radiance and optimism. She’s one of them. The opening part of the video caused me to pause. Sheryl speaking: “When people find out that I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they say, “What’s that?” “I say, I’m a Mormon.” “They’re like, no, no way, I’ve never met a black Mormon.” “Then I’m like, yeah, we exist.” At first it made me laugh....

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