Just before the final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012, American Atheists paid for this ad to be driven around Boca Raton, Florida, where the debate was being held.
By Hemant Mehta|Friendly Atheist
The ad referenced two doctrines of the Mormon faith — one, that black people were forbidden from entering the priesthood until 1978, and second, that sexually-active gay people are still banned from the church altogether.
Let me repeat that first part: Black people were forbidden from entering the priesthood until 1978. 1978!
It’s a fact echoed in the lyrics to “I Believe” in the musical “The Book of Mormon”:
I Believe; that Satan has a hold of you
I Believe; that the Lord, God, has sent me here
And I Believe; that in 1978 God changed his mind about black people!
You can be a Mormon
A Mormon who just believes!
It’s one of those things you can’t sweep under the rug. It was blatant racism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints never really owned up to it.