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Skin Color: Mormon Dogma vs. Science


One of the many reasons I am no longer a Mormon is because of the racist doctrines that are still bound in LDS scripture. To be fair most Mormons are not racist and they tend to ignore the racist teachings of their past leaders and the racist passages in Mormon scripture. In fact, as I have mentioned elsewhere there are Mormon apologists who are now trying to not only deny the seed of Cain dogma, but are now saying that LDS leaders who taught that the Book of Mormon taught that dark skin was a curse, were wrong. Well, good for them, and to help them along I suggest they try and get the video on the science of skin color, below, played at the next General Conference; since some Mormons continue to believe and teach the harmful seed of Cain doctrine and continue to perpetuate the falsehood that Native Americans were cursed with dark skin. To learn the truth about skin color see the video Skin Deep on the Smithsonian channel. See: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/sn/show.do?show=141379

For more information on the subject on the science of skin color see: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0211/feature2/online_extra.html

Update: after this blog post was published, in 2013 an Ensign article titled Race and the Priesthood, was published on lds.org that basically blames the priesthood ban on Brigham Young, and finally repudiated the seed of Cain dogma by stating: "Today, the [Mormon] Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form."

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