Saturday, September 25, 2010

General Conference Wisdom

With General Conference Coming up, thought I'd post some nuggets of wisdom from past conference talks:
Let's start with good old fashioned racism:
In General Conference, 1960 (and the ensuing published official Conference Reports), Spencer W. Kimball said: "I saw a striking contrast in the progress of the Indian people today.... The day of the Lamanites is nigh. For years they have been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised. In this picture of the twenty Lamanite missionaries, fifteen of the twenty were as light as Anglos, five were darker but equally delightsome The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation. At one meeting a father and mother and their sixteen-year-old daughter were present, the little member girl--sixteen--sitting between the dark father and mother, and it was evident she was several shades lighter than her parents--on the same reservation, in the same hogan, subject to the same sun and wind and weather....These young members of the Church are changing to whiteness and to delightsomeness."

Not to be outdone by Ezra T. Benson:

"There is no doubt that the so-called civil rights movement as it exists today is used as a Communist program for revolution in America just as agrarian reform was used by the Communists to take over China and Cuba." 
Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1967, pp. 34-39

Of course, Brigham Young was the best racist of them all:
Will the present struggle free the slave? No"
"Ham must be the servant of servants until the curse is removed. Can you destroy the decrees of the Almighty? You cannot. Yet our Christian brethren think that they are going to overthrow the sentence of the Almighty upon the seed of Ham. They cannot do that"
Discourse by President Brigham Young, delivered in the Bowery, Great Salt Lake City, October 6, 1863.

More to come. More to come...

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