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In many cases, statements were grounded in scripture.Taken together, critics maintain the historical record reveals a systematic, intentional, deeply entrenched policy of racial discrimination that was based in scripture and endorsed at the highest levels.The leaders of the church up through the 1970s 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): has been misunderstood, we feel in duty bound to state, in this Extra, that our intention was not only to stop free people of color from emigrating to this state, but to prevent them from being admitted as members of the Church.Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race?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. 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.
Upon what moral authority does our current prophet speak if revelations made by past prophets are no longer valid?
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The Book of Mormon states, 'black and white, bond and free, male and female; … We do not tolerate racism in any form." In 2006, then Church president Gordon B.
Hinckley declared that, "no man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ.
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.