Native American relations:
Described as "dark", "loathsome", "filthy" people who falsely believed
they were "wronged" by their white "brethren". They need to be saved
from their filthiness and ignorance by the more elect white "gentile"
brethren. They, along with other dark-skinned people will turn white in
the end if they are good. Dark skin described as a curse and mark from
Never-mind Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Smith is the real man of God:
"… I do not
believe that the people of the North have any more right to say that
the South shall not hold slaves, than the South have to say the North
I see persons in the free states signing documents against slavery, it
is no less, in my mind, than an array of influence, and a declaration
of hostilities against the people of the South! What can divide our
Union sooner, God only knows!
the first mention we have of slavery is found in the holy bible,
pronounced by a man [Abraham]…who was perfect in his generation and
walked with God
the principle had been an evil one, in the midst of the communications
made to this holy man …[Abraham] would have been instructed
differently. And if he was instructed against holding men-servants and
maid-servants, he never ceased to do it; consequently must have
incurred the displeasures of the Lord and thereby lost his blessings -- which was not the fact."
-Joseph Smith, church magazine Messenger and Advocate, 1836
Womens' equality and rights:
sanctioned" polygamy. Stay home (barefoot and pregnant). Women must not
enter the workforce. Feminism viewed as a "threat to the Church" by
Boyd K Packer.
Civil rights for blacks:
"The civil rights movement
is a phony" is how Ezra Taft Benson put it. At this time leadership was
more concerned with abstaining from drinking tea and coffee than it was
with addressing the segregation issues of the day. They contributed to
the division by continuing to ban blacks from full membership.
Apparent disconnection with reality:
"...the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians."
Where is this found? Some obscure sentence by some random church figure from a long time ago?
Nope. It's on the INTRODUCTION PAGE of the Book of Mormon. Native
Americans are primarily of Hebrew descent. Evidence of how out-of-touch
the leadership is (a very diverse group)
When it comes to fitting in, sometimes I just have to say "No".