Atheists are launching a new media campaign against Mormons. This time, they are supposing we practice some bizarre form of segregation based on one’s sexual orientation or skin color. (link)
As I posted earlier, if there is a faith that is chock full of contradiction and misinformation, it is the Atheist one. Here they are showing their ignorance, almost proudly.
Let me defend my faith with two simple observations: The Mormon Church has always welcomed blacks, and the Mormon church has always welcomed homosexuals.
For the record, we accept anyone from any background into our faith. It is contrary to our doctrine to deny anyone access to the Lord’s blessings based on anything but their worthiness. For the dead, we don’t even care about their worthiness.
On the history of black relations with our church, I propose two points. One, that we never taught that blacks would not receive the highest levels of salvation. In fact, our religion was the first in modern history to point out that all the blacks who died without knowing Christ would have an opportunity to join all the faithful Saints in heaven. Two, Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo city was part of the underground railroad, helping runaway slaves in material ways. It doesn’t take much effort to find stories of Joseph Smith offering his own bed, his money, his property, to help black people in Nauvoo.
Joseph Smith’s ideas about the black people, that they were no different from whites, was truly radical in his time. It is still a truly radical concept for many.
As for the ban on the priesthood, when it was instituted, it was understood to be temporary, and at the same time, it would not limit any black person’s ability to progress and receive the saving ordinances and be exalted along with the whites. Similar bans on the priesthood are recorded in the Bible, such as limiting who is allowed to officiate in the temple, etc…
On the topic of homosexuality, we do not discriminate. Sexual relations outside of marriage is a sin, no matter the sexes of those involved. To those who have proclivities to violate themselves in such a way, they must follow God’s counsel to cross themselves, to learn to tame their flesh. We believe that Jesus Christ can help people overcome their sins, not just by paying the price for their sins so they need not suffer the consequences, but to change their hearts so that they no longer want to sin. Given that fact, we do not consider homosexuals to be any different from us. We are a all sinners, and all of us need that change of heart to turn us into new people, reborn through Christ, whose hearts have no desire to sin but to do what God wants all the time. In fact, we teach that the smallest sin will keep one out of heaven, along with the greatest sin. Murderers and paperclip thieves are grouped together, along with liars and adulterers and every other form of sinner.
It is apparent that this ad campaign is intended to deceive people into believing that which is not true. Is it any wonder that this deception comes from the Atheists? Here we have a “religion” whose primary deception is found in their first article of faith: God does not exist. How can they know it? The simple fact is that it is impossible to disprove the existence of something, let alone the existence of a supernatural being. That does not stop them from trying, for they assume, illogically, that the absence of evidence is evidence of absence. When confronted with this fact, they squirm and suppose a different idea altogether: That those who have personally come to know God and Christ are liars or mentally sick, even though both are easily verifiable and provably false in many cases. (Yes, some Christians are liars, and others are mentally ill. But that is certainly not true for all of them.)
This charge of discriminatory practices is hardly comparable to the charges that we have horns in our head, that we steal babies, that we steal young women, that we eat human flesh, or that we are plotting to overthrow the world’s governments. We are well familiar with blood libel, as well as the effects of it, which occasionally results in murder. We watched people come into our communities, rape and murder us, steal our property, throw us off of our land, deny us the right to vote or a fair trial, hold us indefinitely on false charges, or do all manner of vicious things, often in the name of righteousness or justice. Let the Atheists cast their lots with the mobs that tried to destroy our religion from the beginning. At least we know the end of their efforts, because we have seen it time and again.
The way we counter these charges is to live our lives honestly and without fear. Let’s tell people what we really believe. Let’s let them see into our homes and personal lives. Let’s be a light to this world as we always have been.