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This album was released in 1960. The Mormons, or the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-Day Saints, didn’t give black male members the power to bless their families, baptise their children, or marry in the temple until 1978. Yes, you read correctly, the Priesthood was withheld exclusively from men of African and Asian descent until 1978. Somehow the Mormon PR machine has done an incredible job of keeping their history of sanctioned racism under wraps, even while they have a candidate running for president.

So, in lamentation of this religion’s contemporary racism, here are the five worst racist quotes from LDS leaders and their segregation-of-the-soul soundtrack.

But first a little background. The Mormons, for 148 years, were hell-bent in the belief of the “Mark of Cain”. Basically, they believed that anyone with rich reserves of melatonin is a direct descendant of Cain, the world’s first murderer. Supposedly God turned Cain, along with every member of his direct lineage, black as punishment for his unforgivable sin. According to Mormons this sin, and skin, prohibited them from rejoicing fully in the fruits of God’s love.

Officially Mormons reversed their racist doctrine during the heyday of disco but this is one of those instances where you have to call no take backs.

Read more about this absurd doctrine here.

5) Apostle & Editor of Salt Lake City’s daily newspaper Deseret News – Mark E. Petersen

What would Jesus do?

Can we account in any other way for the birth of some children of God in darkest Africa, or flood-ridden China, or among the starving hordes in India, while some of the rest of us are born here in the United States? We cannot escape the conclusion that because of performance in our pre-existence some of us are born as Chinese, some as Japanese, some as Latter-day Saints. These are rewards and punishments…a Chinese, born in China with a dark skin, and with all the handicaps of that race seems to have little opportunity.

– Apostle Mark E. Petersen at the Convention of Teachers of Religion, BYU, Utah, August 27, 1954

4) Apostle & Utah State Representative –  George F. Richards

I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t preach racial hatred.

The Negro is an unfortunate man. He has been given a black skin. But that is as nothing compared with that greater handicap that he is not permitted to receive the Priesthood and the ordinances of the temple, necessary to prepare men and women to enter into and enjoy a fullness of glory in the celestial kingdom.”

-Apostle George F. Richards at General Conference, April 1939

3) Prophet, Father to 34 Children, & British Expatriate – John Taylor

He said something about loving one another, and growing beards…but definitely not neck beards.

After the flood we are told that the curse that had been pronounced upon Cain was continued through Ham’s wife, as he had married a wife of that seed. And why did it pass through the flood? Because it was necessary that the devil should have a representation upon the earth as well as God.

– Prophet John Taylor from Journal of Discourses Vol 22, pg. 305, August 28, 1881.

2) Prophet, First Governer of Utah, & namesake of the NCAA Basketball sweethearts BYU – Brigham Young

It’s hard to forget the past when said past is filled with such complete and utter dick moves.

“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 from Journal of Discourses, pg. 109-110, March 8, 1863

1) Prophet & US Secretary of Agriculture – Ezra Taft Benson

Yep. Soak it all in.


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