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

  • Ann

    Public radio avoids the basic information when it focuses on the sensational. Mormons don’t believe in the Triune God. They don’t believe Jesus is God. They believe God earned His way to become God and that they can earn the way to become gods and get their own planet.Even worse is the fact that they don’t talk about this to the point where it is almost cultish. Cults are secretive.

  • As a Mormon, I do believe in Jesus the Christ, redeemer and Savior of mankind. We are not a cult. As my Muslim and Jewish friends agree, if people have questions about religion, just ask someone of that religion.

  • Ann

    Thanks Ann. I’m aware that you believe that Jesus exists. The Bible says that Jesus is God, the one triune God. God, The Holy Spirit, Jesus are one–the only God. I need the Savior to get to heaven-the cross is the only thing that will get me there.I won’t vote for Romney because I can’t relate to him and because he won’t talk about how the Mormon beliefs are different from those of Protestants and Catholics.

  • LindaSDF

    Ann, it’s a little difficult to talk about things that don’t exist.

    Jesus is God in that He is part of the Godhead. But, Jesus is not our Heavenly Father, who is who we pray to, in the name of Jesus Christ.

    Jesus said, be ye therefore, perfect, as your Father in Heaven is perfect. And Paul said that we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. However, I don’t remember any of my church leaders talking about getting my own planet.

  • Ann Lyons

    I links that are posted on the Daily Circuit Blog refer to polls. I am not interested in polls – I am interested in HISTORY! And the Mormon church has a very dark history in relationship to race in America. The doctrine question above is another issue. I recommend this link to get some hard information – not cheerleading for the church which seems to be what Ms. Miller is interested in.

  • Paul.

    Hey Ann, Its wonderful that you believe in Jesus, just a note of clarification, the Bible doesn’t say triune anywhere in it. Be careful what bible you use there are some out there that are not accurate translations of the original scripts, just a copy of a copy of a copy, which as you know is a good way to get the message miss-con-strude. The King James is a good example of a poorly copied bible, many mishaps in this one, bible scholars do not recommend this version for accuracy. Even leaving out one letter can change the entire meaning of a sentence.