Race Relations

The Limits of Empathy

July 12, 2016
The Limits of Empathy

Today’s guest post is from Brother Sky. There have been some significant events over the past eight months involving the church and how it treats people (the November policy change, sexual assault at BYU, ongoing women and the priesthood discussions, etc.) Kristine A wrote a post about a year ago about how Mormons aren’t terribly good at empathy. […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, LDS, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Race Relations, Spirituality | 21 Comments »

The Hereafter is a Hustle

July 6, 2016
The Hereafter is a Hustle

There is one quote (among many) that I heard over the last few years that has changed the way I see and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ: “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.” -Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara […]

Posted in economics, Mormon Belief, Politics, Race Relations, theology | 44 Comments »

Was the Revolution a Mistake?

July 4, 2016
Was the Revolution a Mistake?

Monday July 4 is Independence Day in America.  I came across an interesting (heretical) point of view:  3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake.  Dylan Matthews argues that “the British Empire, in all likelihood, would have abolished slavery earlier than the US did, and with less bloodshed.” “Independence was bad for Native Americans”, and […]

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Posted in LDS, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Race Relations, Women | 14 Comments »

#MHA2016 – Race Discussions

June 13, 2016
#MHA2016 – Race Discussions

I really enjoyed the Mormon History Association meetings at Snowbird, Utah this weekend.  I can’t tell you how much fun these meetings are for me.  The thing I hate most is when there are 2 sessions at the same time that I want to attend.  It can be difficult to choose at times, but I […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Race Relations, Reviews | 9 Comments »

TW: Trigger Warnings

March 22, 2016
TW:  Trigger Warnings

For those who participate in online discussion forums, you have doubtless encountered what are termed “trigger warnings.”  There seem to be two schools of thought about them.  One school says they are necessary to protect individuals in discussions from the emotional distress of reliving past traumatic events.  Another school says that everything’s becoming a trigger […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Race Relations, Violence, Women, workplace | 24 Comments »

Fellow Mormon Progressives: You’re Doing it Wrong

March 19, 2016
Fellow Mormon Progressives: You’re Doing it Wrong

I have something to say and I’m not sure it’s my place to say it, but I have tried to bite my tongue all day, and I have been so concerned about ALLY THEATER (which I suck at) that I didn’t want to claim a voice in this controversy. But I can’t take it anymore. […]

Posted in Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Women | 45 Comments »

Servant Sealing

February 22, 2016
Jane Elizabeth Manning James

This past weekend, I had occasion to attend an unusual sealing ceremony.  One of my wife’s co-workers is in her 70s.  Her husband passed away last year.  Yesterday she was sealed to her dead husband.  Her son served as proxy for her deceased husband.  (Incidentally, she has been married and divorced to 2 other men […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Reviews, Temple, theology, Women | 6 Comments »

Comparing 1978 and 1985

February 15, 2016
Prophet/President Stephen Veazey, First Counselor Becky Savage, Second Counselor Scott Murphy (seated)

Continuuing with the theme of Black History Month, I thought I’d reflect on changes in the past 30 years or so.  In 1978, the LDS Church announced the lifting of priesthood restrictions on black men.  In 1985, the RLDS Church (now known as the Community of Christ) announced the lifting of priesthood restrictions on women. […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Prophet, Race Relations, Women | 32 Comments »

The Mormon Church and Blacks

February 8, 2016
BlackMormons

February is Black History Month.  I recently finished Matthew Harris & Newel Bringhurst’s most recent book, The Mormon Church & Blacks:  A Documentary History.  The black priesthood ban has been a pet topic of mine; I have written nearly 60 posts on the topic over the past 8 years. For me, this has been one of […]

Posted in Church Policy, History, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews | 14 Comments »

Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

December 28, 2015
Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

I finally finished Paul Reeve’s book Religion of a Different Color.  Paul highlights the strange evolution of Mormons, once seen as not white enough, now seen as too white. From page 270, …as late as 2012 the perception persisted in some corners that Mormons were racist and that there were few or no black Mormons.  […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Race Relations, Reviews | 12 Comments »

Is inclusiveness a meaningless value?

December 15, 2015
Is inclusiveness a meaningless value?

Dear readers of Wheat & Tares, I regret to inform you that today’s post begins with a quiz. I will present three statements, and then ask questions regarding the state of affairs described in those statements. May the curve be ever in your favor. Statement 1: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is […]

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Posted in Christian, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Race Relations, Religion, Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

Highlights of Lester Bush’s Address

October 19, 2015
Highlights of Lester Bush’s Address

Last week, Lester Bush spoke at the Black, White, and Mormon Conference at the University of Utah.  I posted a longer version at my blog, but wanted to highlight some of the cool notes from his address. (I typed as fast as I could–some of my notes are a little cryptic.)  Paul Reeve introduced him. Reeve […]

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Posted in Church Policy, History, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Premortality, Priesthood, Race Relations, Reviews, theology | 17 Comments »

Race & Mormon Women

October 14, 2015
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I attended the same conference Mormon Heretic did last week, Black, White & Mormon, held at the University of Utah. His earlier post highlighted the remarks from the first panel, Race and the Inner City. The other panels held that day were: Race & Mormon Women, Race at BYU, Elder Sitati speaking about Race and the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, Priesthood, Race Relations, Sunday School, Temple, theology, Women | 24 Comments »

The Most Segregated Hour in America

August 24, 2015
Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Some have said Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. What happens when it becomes less segregated?

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Posted in Christian, Culture, Race Relations | 16 Comments »

I’m racist

June 19, 2015
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I can pinpoint the exact moment that I realized I was racist. It was last year and I was reading Jana Riess’ Flunking Sainthood blog right after the General Women’s Meeting where she shared some highlights including: I remember being present at the April 2013 session of conference when Sis. Stephens was allowed to pray […]

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Posted in Empathy, Priesthood, Race Relations, Women | 34 Comments »

MHA 2015 Recap

June 8, 2015
MHA 2015 Recap

The Annual Mormon History Association meetings came to Provo this past weekend.  Last year it was in San Antonio, and next year it will be at Snowbird Resort in Utah.  Sometimes I like it better when it’s out of town, because I can attend all the sessions.  When I’m home, there’s just too much going […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church, Temple, theology, Violence | 8 Comments »

Remembering the Black Protests of the 1960s-70s

February 23, 2015
Remembering the Black Protests of the 1960s-70s

In my previous post on how to agitate faithfully, I noted that the only revelations we have received in the past 125 years came about as a result of agitation.  With regards to polygamy, the US government agitated in such a coercive manner that we got the Manifesto in Official Declaration 1 in which Wilford […]

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Posted in LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Race Relations | 32 Comments »

Heart of Africa Q&A

February 9, 2015
Heart of Africa Q&A

February is Black History Month.  Margaret Young, who teaches writing at BYU, has been heavily involved in writing LDS black history.  She has helped write the play, I Am Jane, a story about early black Mormon Jane Manning James, and has produced 2 films about black Mormons.  Her first film came out in 2008 and […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Reviews, Women | 10 Comments »

You should have known better!

November 14, 2014
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Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion regarding placing of blame for a lack of knowledge of Historical Facts. As Richard Bushman says at a 2008 seminar “Increasingly teachers and church leaders at all levels are approached by Latter-day Saints who have lost confidence in Joseph Smith and the basic […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Bill Reel, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Latter, LDS, Mormon Discussion, Race Relations, Science and Religion, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized | 57 Comments »

Utah’s Ferguson Problem

November 3, 2014
Utah’s Ferguson Problem

While most of the country is focusing on the shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer, the small town of Saratoga Springs, Utah has a similar controversy brewing.  Several people called the police about a 22 year old black man, Darrien Hunt, who was walking around a shopping center with […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Race Relations | 40 Comments »

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