Officially this blog supports free practice of religion if done so peacefully, even the ones as bizarre as Mormonism. The Mormons fought to have this video suppressed because it reveals some pretty ugly truths about them. Theses truths include not only bizarre beliefs about becoming Gods and galactic councils but a fundamental racism they would rather not have become public knowledge. The YouTube page with this video does include references to the Mormon literature that the information in the video came from and when I checked it for myself I found it to be correct. Here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q6brMrFw0E
“Are the Mormons abolitionists? No … we do not believe in setting the Negroes free.” Joseph Smith
The Church denies being racist but until 1978 they were officially a racist organization only changing their policy when the law forced them to. In all fairness it does seem as though they are trying put that ugly piece of history behind them. So what’s with the secrecy? Wouldn’t an honest admittance of a dark past give the organization more integrity?
Then there’s the misogyny something that is common to many religions but the Mormons take it to a level almost equal with fundamentalist Muslims.
“…woman’s primary place is in the home, where she is to rear children and abide by the righteous counsel of her husband” (McConkie 844). This attitude, coupled with the doctrine of polygamy and the absolute power claimed by the men of the church, created a legacy of profound sexism which modern Mormonism has been unable to escape.”(Longaker 1996)
While there are many issues with Mormonism that could take much more than a blog post to properly explore (i.e. polygamy) it is important to keep putting this information out there because even a potential president (Mitt Romney) belongs to this racist and sexist religion that refuses to acknowledge that many of their beliefs are simply unacceptable in a civil society.