About the author James Hyams James Hyams juggles several careers including being a journalist and a social worker. Testimony to this is his thesis titled: Government secrecy and the withering watchdog:
Links Member beliefs Most Latter-day Saints are fully aware that black men were excluded from the priesthood from its inception till It was largely taught in the Church that up through the s blacks were denied the priesthood because they were from the lineage of Cain, who was cursed with a black skin after killing his brother Abel.
People were born black because they were less valiant in the pre-existence. The ban on blacks holding the priesthood was reversed due to revelation received by the prophet Spencer W.
Kimball in and was not due to the civil rights movement. Prospective converts, even black ones, are not told about the prior priesthood ban on blacks. The Church has not admitted that the original ban was a mistake nor has it offered any form of apology.
The leaders say the proclamation took care of that. Sincethe Church has avoided publicly commenting on the reasons for the ban in the first place. Racist comments made by leaders of the Church The leaders of the church up through the s made it very clear why blacks were denied the priesthood.
There are too many comments to list them all but here is a sample of the comments made by various LDS officials emphasis added: History of the Church, 1: History of the Church, Vol. 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, Journal of Discourses, Volume 10, page You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, un- comely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind.
The first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother.
Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin.
Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race - that they should be the "servant of servants;" and they will be, until that curse is removed; and the Abolitionists cannot help it, nor in the least alter that decree.
How long is that race to endure the dreadful curse that is upon them? That curse will remain upon them, [p. They were the first that were cursed, and they will be the last from whom the curse will be removed.
When the residue of the family of Adam come up and receive their blessings, then the curse will be removed from the seed of Cain, and they will receive blessings in like proportion. Journal of Discourses 7: You may inquire of the intelligent of the world whether they can tell why the aborigines of this country are dark, loathsome, ignorant, and sunken into the depths of degradation When the Lord has a people, he makes covenants with them and gives unto them promises: PDF file It is not the prerogative of the President of the United States to meddle with this matter, and Congress is not allowed, according to the [p.
If Utah was admitted into the Union as a sovereign State, and we chose to introduce slavery here, it is not their business to meddle with it; and even if we treated our slaves in an oppressive manner, it is still none of their business and they ought not to meddle with it.
Journal of Discourses 4: PDF file In our first settlement in Missouri, it was said by our enemies that we intended to tamper with the slaves, not that we had any idea of the kind, for such a thing never entered our minds.
We knew that the children of Ham were to be the "servant of servants," and no power under heaven could hinder it, so long as the Lord would permit them to welter under the curse and those were known to be our religious views concerning them.
Journal of Discourses, 2: And why did it pass through the flood? PDF file Why is it, in fact, that we should have a devil? Why did the Lord not kill him long ago? Because he could not do without him.
He needed the devil and a great many of those who do his bidding to keep men straight, that we may learn to place our dependence on God, and trust in Him, and to observe his laws and keep his commandments.JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
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