Open Letter to Dr. Richard Land to Ask Romney to Renounce Historic Mormon Racism

An Open Letter of Invitation to my Brother in Christ Dr. Richard Land: President, Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:

Join Me in Asking Mitt Romney to Renounce the Historic Doctrinal Black Racism of His Mormon Church Before the 2012 General Election

Dear Dr. Land,

First, let me thank you for your years of service to our Lord on such critical issues as the Right To Life and the Defense of Marriage through your leadership at the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Many across our Nation have now heard your recent words of commentary that the President has “poured gasoline on the racialist fires” in his comments on the Trayvon Martin case and that Black leadership has exploited the case in an effort to “gin up the black vote for an African-American president who is in deep, deep trouble for re-election and who knows that he cannot win re-election without getting the 95% of the blacks who voted for him in 2008 to come back out and show that they are going to vote for him again” http://www.theblaze.com/stories/why-did-obama-invites-al-sharpton-to-easter-prayer-breakfast-but-not-southern-baptist-leaders/.

As an African-American pastor in the state of Florida, I grieve for this tragedy, witness that emotions are understandably running high and seek above all that truth be known and justice done.

I write today specifically regarding your accurate comment on Obama receiving 95% of the black vote in 2008 http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1209/racial-ethnic-voters-presidential-election and my contention that he could absolutely receive that same % in 2012, not due to the President’s policies, but due to the indefensible and historic doctrinal black racism of Mitt Romney’s Mormon Church which makes God Almighty the ultimate racist and doctrinally calls black skin a “curse” upon those who were “less than valiant” in a pre-existent life.

Consider the following quotes from Mormon scriptures, prophets and leaders and ask yourself: How can Mitt Romney or the GOP expect African-Americans to support his candidacy when his Church (for whom he has been a Bishop, served in foreign missions, performed posthumous baptisms, and conducted secret Temple sealings) has considered the very color of black skin as evidence of a God pronounced “curse?”

1. Journal of Discourses: Brigham Young, vol. 7, p.290-291: “Classes of the human family that are black uncouth uncomely disagreeable and low in their habits wild and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind the first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings this was not to be and the lord put a mark upon him which is the flat nose and black skin.”

2. The Way to Perfection: Joseph Fielding Smith, Salt Lake City, 1935, pp.101-2: “Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness he became the father of an inferior race. A curse was placed upon him and that curse has been continued through his lineage and must do so while time endures. Millions of souls have come into this world cursed with black skin and have been denied the privilege of the Priesthood and the fullness of the blessings of the Gospel. These are the descendents of Cain. Moreover, they have been made to feel their inferiority and have been separated from the rest of mankind from the beginning.”

3. Pearl of Great Price: Joseph Smith, The Book of Moses 7:22: “And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not a place among them.”

4. Juvenile Instructor, vol. 3, p.157: “A black skin is a mark of the curse of heaven placed upon some portions of mankind.”

5. Journal of Discourses: Brigham Young: vol.10, p.110: “Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.”

This repugnant doctrine has never been denounced by Mormon Church leadership or removed from Mormon works. In 1978, as you know, the Church changed its practice of denying male blacks full membership or “priesthood”, but the doctrinal “curse” of black skin has never been repudiated-to do so would fell their entire theology and claim to Truth.

And what of Romney’s response to Americans publically questioning him on this doctrine that stands in direct opposition to Dr. Kings profound Dream “that one day, [our children] will live in a nation not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”?

1.12/17/2007: Mitt Romney/Tim Russert Meet the Press interview on Mormon Racism: (note: Russert does not ask about doctrine, only practice) Romney asserts “I certainly believe that it is a faith, well it’s true”. At interview’s end, Russert states “but your Church was wrong to exclude them [blacks] for so long?” Romney refuses to answer saying only “I’ve told you exactly where I stand.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pcw0woPX5VY&list=PLCF34C018F8291CA0&index=15&feature=plpp_video

2. 4/2/12: Mitt Romney Wisconsin Town Hall meeting: Voter attempts to ask Romney the black “curse” question by trying to quote the Book of Mormon. Romney’s staff actually turns off the voter’s mike and takes it:

(video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNC8YCqd2gw

(article) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/53840652-68/romney-question-mormon-church.html.csp

Today Dr. Land, I appeal to you, as a fellow Christian pastor, conservative thinker, pro-family leader, and supporter of Dr. King’s dream, to publically join my recent call http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/pro-santorum-pastor-romney-renounce-racist-mormon-faith-article-1.1037563 to presidential candidate Mitt Romney that he without hesitation:

Renounce the doctrinal racism of his Church which is an affront to the character of God and to the dignity of an entire people;

Declare to this Nation that the words of Brigham Young and Joseph Smith quoted above are not now nor were they ever true.

Affirm that it has never been the case that God judged peoples from a pre-existent life in such a way that if they were “less than valiant”, a “curse” of black skin was put upon them in this life.

With African-Americans making up over 10% of the registered US voting population, there are over 20 million potential voters that deserve an answer to these questions.

As an African-American conservative, I have every expectation that Barack Obama would use such facts to the strong detriment of the Republican cause in the general election. It is important this issue be addressed in the primary as our silence now will only prove deafeningly destructive to our cause for real conservative victory for ALL Americans in November.

Again, thank you for your ministry in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I look forward to your response.

Pastor O’Neal Dozier

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Reverend O’Neal Dozier’s bio:

ROMNEY’S RACIST RELIGION WOULD BE OBAMA’S SECRET WEAPON FOR HIS RE-ELECTION: Rev. O’Neal Dozier, Senior Pastor of The Worldwide Christian Center Church in Pompano Beach, Florida says that President Barrack Obama will allow his surrogates to use Mitt Romney’s racist religion as a secret weapon to assist him in regaining THE WHITE HOUSE for four more years.

CONDENSED BIOGRAPHY: For the past twenty-five years Rev. O’Neal Dozier has been a strong advocate for social causes in the south Florida area such as: fighting to keep a mosque with terrorist ties from being built in a predominantly black impoverish neighborhood where he pastors and in other such areas of the country; being the key note speaker at many anti-abortion rallies and as a result being awarded the prestigious “Bart T. Heffernan Award” by “Broward County Right to Life”; holding rallies against “Gay Marriage” and “Gay Adoption of Children”; advocating for a more diverse judiciary while serving on the “Florida Judicial Nominating Commission” by urging the state governor to appoint more blacks and other minorities to the judgeship; partnering with Black Clergy Associations to promote equality of life for all minorities, etc.

Rev. Dozier served on the official campaign committees of President George W. Bush, Governor Jeb Bush and Governor Charlie Crist and was an advisor to all three of them. Rev. Dozier is a graduate of Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida and has a law degree (J.D.) from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. He served two consecutive terms in the United States Army. Rev. Dozier also played professional football in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears during the 1974 football season. For the past 26 years Rev. Dozier has served as Senior Pastor of The Worldwide Christian Center Church in Pompano Beach, Florida.

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