Thursday, December 6, 2007

Romney, Mormonism and the Absurdity of Religion

Matthew Yglesias wrote an excellent post that calls out Mitt Romney for his recent speech on his Mormon faith. He cited an poignant article from a 1959 issue of Time, which discussed Mormonism's explicit textual justification for racism:
Whatever they may do or leave undone about their Negro brethren, most U.S. churches hold that all men are equal before God. One notable exception: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Book of Mormon teaches that the colored races are descendants of the evil children of Laman and Lemuel, who impiously warred against the good children of Nephi and received their pigmented skin as punishment. Last week a Utah State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights drew on this Mormon scripture in a scathing report on the state of the tiny nonwhite minority in Utah.
Read the full post here.

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