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Sunday school teacher axed for lessons on racism/LDS related

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http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/sunday- ... cist-past/

 

 

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Sunday school teacher fired for using official Mormon website for lessons on church’s racist past

 

David Edwards

06 May 2015 at 12:45 ET

 

Former Sunday school teacher Brian Dawson said that the Mormon church dismissed him because he used the church’s own writings to explain the evolution of racial biases within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

Dawson, who is a former Mormon missionary, recalled to The Salt Lake Tribune, that children in his Sunday school class asked him in February why his Nigerian wife would have chosen to join a church with a history of banning black people from the priesthood.

 

So he turned to a 2013 church essay titled “Race and the Priesthood,� which argued that former LDS President Brigham Young was influenced by racial attitudes of the 1800s. At the time, the church taught that black members could not enter the priesthood because the color of their skin proved that they were “fence-sitters� in the war with Satan.

 

The ban on black priests was lifted in 1978, although some Mormons still cling to the belief that dark skin is a curse.

 

After Dawson discussed the church’s essay with his Sunday school class, at least one of the parents complained to his bishop.

 

“Anything regarding black history before 1978 is irrelevant… and a moot point,� Dawson recalled the bishop warning him.

 

Dawson said that he was ordered to never again discuss “black Mormon history� with students, but he declined.

 

“If the [Holy] Spirit guides me in a way that involves these multitude of documents, who am I to resist the enticing of the Spirit?� Dawson asked.

 

The bishop replied: “The Spirit is telling me to tell you not to use those documents.�

 

Ezinne, Dawson’s Nigerian wife, pointed out that she grew up in the Mormon church, she said that she first felt racism within the organization when she attended BYU as a freshman.

 

“It didn’t make sense to me,� Ezinne told the Tribune. “He was not teaching black history. He was teaching Mormon history.�

 

“Our children are going to deal with this,� she added. “Lots of members are going to have to deal with it.�

 

In the end, church leaders agreed that they wanted members to use the essay to talk about racial issues, but they just didn’t feel like church was the right place to do it.

 

Ed note: The article has been updated to note that Ezinne Dawson first experience racism within the church when she attended BYU, not more recently.

 

Additional article

 

http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/2 ... fullpage=1

Edited by OnceUponATime
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formergothardite

So they want to pretend that all the racism never happened?

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Coldwinterskies

Not surprising. For a long time, the LDS church tried to deny a lot of the things that ex-Mormons knew were true about the church's history. They only started to address that stuff recently because the spread of information on the internet made it impossible to deny any longer.

If you look objectively at the history of the LDS church, it quickly becomes blatantly obvious that the whole thing was founded by a con man who just used religion to trick young girls and women into having sex with him. Just the thing about how he used a rock in a hat to translate scripture but couldn't produce the same translation twice makes it totally obvious that he was just making it up as he went along. The religion can only survive through denial and willful ignorance.

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shedemei
So they want to pretend that all the racism never happened?

Yes. That's exactly what the church does over and over again with pesky history and doctrine, and it works.

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Jana814
So they want to pretend that all the racism never happened?

Sounds like it!

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GotCaughtDancing

Yes. That's exactly what the church does over and over again with pesky history and doctrine, and it works.

Agreed!

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homeslice

Fired isn't the right word. It is not a job in any form. It's basically a 1 1/2 hour a week volunteer gig.

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ADoyle90815

Yes. That's exactly what the church does over and over again with pesky history and doctrine, and it works.

That's what they do, they want to pretend the racism never happened, as well as polygamy which is why they tend to bury their heads in the sand over the FLDS. Some of those who aren't FLDS, but practice polygamy are even related to other LDS members in Utah and nearby states.

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