Date: January 24, 2013 01:30PM
"For a time in the Church there was a restriction on the priesthood for male members of African descent. It is not known precisely why, how, or when this restriction began in the Church but what is clear is that it ended decades ago. Some have attempted to explain the reason for this restriction but these attempts should be viewed as speculation and opinion, not doctrine. The Church is not bound by speculation or opinions given with limited understanding. We condemn racism, including any and all past racism by individuals both inside and outside the Church."
1) 'For a time' is somewhat disingenuous - it makes it appear that it was just a couple of years as opposed to circa 150.
2) Are we not all ultimately of African descent?
3) Why were South Americans restricted as well then? Why can't TSCC just use the word 'black'?
4) Isn't it true that black sisters were also restricted with regards to the temple? If so, why?
5) Isn't it odd that a church claiming revelation through God's only mouthpiece on earth doesn't even know why something as far reaching and damaging as this was in place? Isn't this also really insulting to those affected for many years?
6) Either prophets haven't deemed it important enough to bother asking Jesus (shame on them) or Jesus hasn't answered (shame on him). Neither come out of this well.
7) Does God feel that telling women not to wear two earrings is much more important than explaining previous racist attitudes?
8) Wasn't the insulting statements of past prophets doctrine? If not, why should we should heed any current leaders?
9) TSCC can blame individual (scapegoat) members for rascist comments, but a) they're only repeating the utterances of previous leaders b) can't TSCC see that by not providing doctrine, they only have themselves to blame when members try to explain troublesome issues.
10) Do they specifically condemn previous Apostles, Prophets and GAs, all of whom have made some very unsavoury comments about blacks in the past? Why was their understanding so limited?
11) Isn't apologising part of the repentance process? What a great example it would be for TSCC to just admit they were wrong in the past and apologise for the hurt. We all know why they won't do this of course.
12) Finally, the PH ban makes much more sense when you realise the church is false and prophets are just misguided and uninspired old men.