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03-09-2013, 08:39 PM (This post was last modified: 04-09-2013 01:04 AM by EvolutionKills.)
RE: Just got a BoM
(03-09-2013 02:37 PM)maklelan Wrote:  
(03-09-2013 09:35 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  The book is entirely unimpressive. I'd much rather go back and re-read the Iliad or Beowulf before I trudge through the BoM again; the story is so racist it hurts.

It appeals to the common 19th century Protestant notion of the curse of Cain, but it also condemns those who hated and persecuted people because of the color of their skin, as well as proclaims those in a particular community with darker skin to be more righteous than those with white skin. For the time period this was quite progressive, as was Joseph Smith's platform regarding slavery. It was Brigham Young and other leaders from then through to the mid-twentieth century who produced the more racist ideologies that are mostly responsible for informing the websites and mischaracterizations from which you've drawn this notion of the Book of Mormon's racism. If you would just sit down and actually read the book for what it is instead of what other people tell you it is, you'd be surprised (not by how entertaining it is, but by how little it has to do with its popular characterization). You're certainly free to remain padded up inside your presuppositions and prejudices, though. The internet has certainly provided enough buttressing.


It's racist at it's core. One of the central themes, intentional or not, is that the local Native Americans were shit. They couldn't be expected to do anything, it all had to be handed to them from the Lost Tribe or Jesus. It is entirely ignorant of the massive civilizations built throughout the Americans by native people, and their contributions. At the time, the people of Central America had a 365 day calendar that was more accurate than it's European counterpart; not that you'd learn this from reading the BoM.

And try to dress it up however you wish, the BoM runs into the same problem as the Bible. When push came to shove, Mormons opposed the abolitionists, and they quoted their scripture to do so. You are of course are free to selectively interpret it to suite your more modern sensibilities, but you have to be willfully ignorant to miss just how easy it is to justify racism using the BoM; much in the same way as people do with the Bible. No amount of apologetics can erase the crimes of the past, and the rest of us would be fools to forget them.




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06-09-2013, 02:04 AM
RE: Just got a BoM
It looks like my work is done here...

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