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Would you gladly welcome a Mormon into your family?

Apparently some Americans still hold strong views about Mormons and with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney proudly boasting his longtime association with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormon religion is being scrutinized today perhaps more than ever.

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, a number of voters say they would be “uncomfortable with a close family member marrying someone who is black or Mormon, with slightly more distrust from people outside their community.”

The poll exposes long-standing prejudices about marriages between people of varying races and religions with little differences in opinions four years after Americans elected President Barack Obama as the nation’s first black president.

“Twenty percent of voters report discomfort with the idea of a Mormon marrying into their immediate family; 14 percent say the

same for African-Americans,” according to the poll. “For blacks, proximity appears key: Whites living in communities with few or no African-Americans are more apt to express uneasiness than those in more diverse communities.”

The poll doesn’t get into specifics about how blacks feel about Romney and his Mormon faith, but since most African-Americans will vote overwhelmingly for Obama in November, the issue of Romney and his religion may only be a concern for black Republicans who are not yet solidly behind Romney’s candidacy.

But one black conservative, a Mormon who plans to vote for Romney in November, says he's standing by his faith.

Don Harwell is president of the Genesis Group, a support group for African-Americans in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that was "established to meet the needs of Black members, many of whom were descendants of early pioneers," according to its website.

"I know the church is true and I am a firm believer," Harwell told CNN. "There are always problems, you can find the problems, or you can focus on the positive side."

In what some historians are calling a post-racial society since Obama’s election, the new survey also asked voters about their views on racial discrimination.

“Since Obama was inaugurated as the first African-American president, fewer Americans say they sense discrimination against blacks in their own communities,” the survey revealed. “About 37 percent of those polled say African-Americans face discrimination, down from nearly half the public in January 2009. The decrease is most pronounced among whites and other non-blacks.”

Although Romney doesn’t talk much about his faith on the campaign trail, the new poll is timely considering many black Americans are skeptical of a religion that teaches that black people are cursed by God.

For decades, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has taught that black people are “inferior” and “cursed” by God because of something sinister that blacks did before they were born.

“And [God] had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity,” according to a bizarre passage from the Book of Mormon. “For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God; I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities."

Until 1978, the Mormon church banned black men from its priesthood. The church also barred black men and women from temple ceremonies that promised access into the afterlife.

“Mormons, they're prejudiced against blacks," Marvin Perkins told USA Today. "Let's say you have this powerful witness of God telling you that this church is truly of him," said Perkins, a black salesman from Los Angeles. "And then the people in that church lovingly tell you that you are cursed. How do you reconcile those two things?"

Perkins told the newspaper that he was considering joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints back in 1988 but couldn’t justify joining a religion that discriminates against black people.

Romney has not spoken substantively about his religion and does not usually take questions about his Mormon faith.

When Romney was asked by a GOP delegate about whether he agreed that black people were cursed by God, Romney, who appeared agitated, answered “no” and quickly walked away.


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9 thoughts on “New Poll: A Mormon in the Family?

  1. africanwarrior on said:

    Remember one thing folks , White people will say they hate other White who are Mormons, but remember they prefer any White person before a Black person, White people hate being called racists in public that is why they lie to pollsters .
    I will guarantee you that over 60% whites hate secretly to see their kids have sex with a Black person. America is no longer just a White and Black country , Latinos ,Orientals ,Asians are also part of the New “Browning Of America”. The White person still prefer his/her kids live with another White person , next would be a White looking Latino, next a Chinese, and last a Black person. The Whites strongly believe we are subhumans

  2. blackldsnproud on said:

    I find it interesting that people who know nothing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can always find information that is half lies or all lies. How can you know something about anything, if you haven’t participated in it yourself? It’s sad that those who like to hear themselves talk (or write) are willing to print whatever may make the story sound good. I could respect someone more if they were willing to ask questions about things they know nothing about.

  3. wellsk1959 on said:

    Although we are looking at two different “minorities”, the bottom line is we should vote for the person we feel will best represent our needs. We should vote for the person who will work with Congress to develop new jobs, make college education affordable, and strive for equality for all people. I can’t tell you who to vote for, but I hope I can encourage you to vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain when things go wrong.

  4. jimmyg on said:

    We should all be wary of politicians whose religion instructs their followers to loath other humans.Leaders like that can be dangerous,remember when Adolph
    Hitler rose to power in Germany,he started out despising Jewish people.We should all be wary of religions that flip flop.Some Mormons still practice their old
    Religious beliefs that one man can have a harem of wives.Some of those wives
    Are teens with older men..Remember folks God is not a flip flipper.Gods word is true yesterday,today,and will be true forever…Run and tell that…

  5. africanwarrior on said:

    Obama and Romney are “Minorities” who are soft selling their unique heritage. Obama bi-racial , Romney Mormon. Why don’t you mention that Romney has not gone officially to address Mormons in Salt Lake City? They both fear being labelled

    The Hatred for Obama (who is 50% White) in the Deep South including Texas strongly shows that racism is well and alive in America, how else do we explain how our beautiful first lady Michele being projected as an ape openly?
    Is Morgan Freeman wrong when made the statement that African Americans are still waiting to elect the first legitimate Black President? Evidently Morgan is a very strong Obama supporter

  6. africanwarrior on said:

    MR Cottman I would hope we do not encourage religious and racial discrimination .
    In the deep South (NC,SC, ALA.Miss, Georgia, Tenn, Va, W VA) over 35% are against inter racial marriages, and 15% are against Mormons. In the Northern Swing States the actual resistance to inter racial marriages is still around 25% and anti Mormonism is around 10%

  7. jimmyg on said:

    Who says Mr Geedys religion will hurt his election chances in Nivember? Too the contrary,millions will vote for him because they agree with him and his religion.By
    The way, the Mormons not only talked bias,they practiced bias,until somebody told them,it just was not right to look down your long noses at other mere mortals..God may have told them that in the beginning…So,you have to question flip flippers….

  8. DUKODY1 on said:

    How will being a Mormon hurt Romney chances of being the next POTUS. It didn’t hurt Obama back in 2008 when Obama’s preacher for 20 years called out White folks and condemned the USA. It didn’t hurt Obama when he lied and said He never was present when the good ol Rev. made racial speeches on Sundays. So why would it hurt Romney because his church talked about Black people. Wasn’t that the norm here in the US for White folks to talk about Black folks. Some took their hatred out by calling Blacks Monkeys, Apes, and some took it a bit further and killed innocent Blacks. There is no secret for White folks not wanting Blacks in there churches where they praise their lord. Wake Up Black people. This is not a story, this is old news that has come back for election time. Tell this journalist to talk about JOBS for Blacks, How this so-called first Black POTUS has failed the Black Communities. And Black leaders are cowards for not speaking out against Obama because of same skin color. Now that is a Story folks. But unfortunately it’s one that no Black journalist wants to talk about. Oh we see it’s election time…SHAMEFUL

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