Since I haven't had time to do an entry in a while, I thought i'd come back at it with what is sometimes call the 3rd Testament of the Bible. That's right . . . The Book of Mormon! The other week I finally saw the musical and it was one of the most wonderful theater experiences i've had; that says a lot given how big a musical theater nerd I am. I had read the book a few years back when a couple of mormons showed at my doorstep. I told them to leave the book with me and that, in a months time, I will read it and will be ready to discuss it with them. So, I read it. Without getting in to it too much and so as not to lump the whole thing in to a short piece, there was something that stuck out to me that I hadn't thought of until I first listened to the musical (this is the song I'm mostly referring to: http://youtu.be/PHEqCXY2B-w). It's the verse that had them condemning black people all the way to 1978 when their ban from priesthood and taking part in ceremony had been lifted. Anyways, the goes:
2 Nephi 5:21 And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.
This above verse is a direct invocation for blatant racism, just like all the rape quotes rape and people ownership quotes of the Old Testament are invocations for misogyny and slavery. So, the rules changed in 1978. However, the mind-blowing thing is that there were many black members already, a small crowd prior to 1978, but one that existed nonetheless. It is the same kind of cognitive dissonance involved here that allows people to excuse genocide in the Old and slavery in the New Testaments. It's like still celebrating Columbus Day when his atrocities are very well documented.
There is only one way to look at that verse. God condemns black people, and later, the mormon people thought better of it. It's offensive to think that black people were given their skin color because god thought they were evil dicks. That is the proper way to view it . . . offensive and absurd! God is a dick. There, i've said it. My statement is not a true thing though. I do not believe in a real god that could commit such monstrosities. The above verse was written by a man that hated black skinned people and needed a way to teach people to also hate them as equally as he. When you invoke gods name in that, it makes it a righteous thing. And we have been fighting against all of these things since we, simply, thought better of it.