Mormons, race, baptizing the dead and some links

We didn’t get to two controversial topics while discussing Mormonism on the radio today.

Here’s producer Alex DiPalma’s report. She manned the phones:

Several callers during this morning’s program on Mormonism and politics raised the question of racism within the Mormon faith. Many were disappointed that the topic wasn’t addressed during the show. So were we.

One caller pointed out there is no question that the LDS Church has a racist past. Our guest Joanna Brooks agrees. But how has that racist past evolved, and what does it look like today? Here’s what she has to say.

We also didn’t discuss the Mormon rite of posthumous baptism.

In case you wanted to follow up on sources mentioned by Brooks:

She likes the reporting on Mormonism done by the Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times. She also hoped folks would read her friend Jana Riess’s piece in the Washington Post called “Is Romney Mormonism’s JFK?


(SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MI – FEBRUARY 21: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall meeting campaign stop at Eagle Manufacturing Corporation. Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Stephanie Curtis