I’m thinking about putting up a series of slides on the Book of Mormon’s racist, sexist, and odd teaching on YouTube. Below is the text of my first attempt. http://goo.gl/AZyy9U

The Book of Mormon teaches … Dark skinned people are dirty, repulsive, ugly, and idle

1 Nephi 12:23: And it came to pass that I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations.

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.

Changing Headings

Original chapter heading for 2 Nephi 5: “Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites are cursed, receive a skin of blackness, and become a scourge to the Nephites.”

Altered 2010 chapter heading: “Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites are cut off from the presence of the Lord, are cursed, and become a scourge unto the Nephites.”

The similar chapter heading for Mormon 5 changed too!

The Book of Mormon teaches … Associating with dark people is wrong & intermarriage will curse you and your children

Alma 3:6: And the skins of the Lamanites were dark … [8] And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren, that thereby the Lord God might preserve his people, that they might not mix and believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction. [9] And it came to pass that whosoever did mingle his seed with that of the Lamanites did bring the same curse upon his seed.

The Book of Mormon teaches … Losing dark skin would be a blessing from God

2 Nephi 30:6: And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and a delightsome people.

Changing Words

In 1981 “white and delightsome” was changed to “pure and delightsome”

However, 3 Nephi 2:15 still reads: “And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites.”

The Book of Mormon teaches … In heaven good people will be white and delightsome

Jacob 3:8: O my brethren, I fear that unless ye shall repent of your sins that their skins will be whiter than yours, when ye shall be brought with them before the throne of God.

The Book of Mormon teaches … Whiteness is associated with God’s favor and righteousness

3 Nephi 19:25: It came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon them, and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus; and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could be nothing upon earth so white as the whiteness thereof.

The Book of Mormon teaches … White people are more beautiful and delightsome

1 Nephi 13:15: And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles, and they did prosper and obtain the land for their inheritance; and I beheld that they were white, and exceedingly fair and beautiful, like unto my people before they were slain.

The Book of Moses Also teaches … Blackness is a curse from God & Black people have no place with god’s people

Moses 7:8: For behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people. (see Abraham 1:21-27)

Moses 7:22: And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them.

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