May 24, 2009

Lamanites = "filthy people"

In Laman's Terms:  Looking at Lamanite Identity

Confirming the video's point:

LamanitesIn the Book of Mormon, Lamanites are described as having a "skin of blackness" caused by God's curse on the descendants of Laman for their wickedness and corruption.

"And he had caused the cursing to come upon [the Lamanites], yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, and 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." (2 Nephi 5:21).
Comment:  Let me see if I understand the Mormons' beliefs. The Lamanites were a tribe of Israel who left the known world. The farther they went from civilization, the more debased and degenerate they became. God turned them brown to reflect their faithless, evil existence.

The Lamanites are supposedly the ancestors of today's Native Americans. When God punishes white people as he did the immoral Lamanites, they become vile, debauched savages--i.e., Indians. But all is not lost. If these unholy creatures return to God's ways and follow the Book of Mormon, they can become "pure and delightsome"--i.e., white--again.

Hence the Mormon effort to proselytize Indians throughout the Americas. These people were white until they stopped obeying God. Once they resume obeying God--as interepreted by Joseph Smith--they'll grow lighter until they look like white people again. Mormonism can save them from God's curse of being brown.

In other words, Mormonism is racist at its core. Nice.

For more on the subject, see Mormon Leaders Made a Mistake and The Indian-Mormon Connection.


Melvin Martin said...

Whenever I fly over Salt Lake City, I always time my shits for when we are directly overhead ('a la Jerry Lewis and Mississippi).

dmarks said...

I was not aware of the custom of dropping Jerry Lewis when flying over Mississippi. I doubt the French would be amused.

Melvin Martin said...

During the height of the Civil Rights movement in the late '60s, Jerry Lewis told Johnny Carson on an episode of The Tonight Show that he always takes a dump over Mississippi (one of the most racist states then) while on board a commercial airliner--I do the same thing over Salt Lake City (since 1983).

And dmarks, I perform this activity as a passenger on board a commercial aircraft--AND NOT FLYING OVER UTAH ON VIA MY OWN POWER (just to clarify...).

"Here, ya fuckin' cultists! Have some 'Lamanite dynamite!'"

Shonie De la Rosa said...

The fuckin' mormons run just about everything here in Kayenta as well as influence just about everything that goes on in this town too. I can not stand the mother fuckers. I have seen the film "Lamanite: In Layman Terms" and screened it at the 2nd Annual Monument Valley Film Festival last year. Needless to say no mormons showed up for the screening. It was a really good film (IMO) and Angelo Baca did a great job on it.

I always tell Navajos around here that are with the mormon church, "You were born Navajo, not mormon." Navajo is not a religion it's a people, a way of life, culture, it defines who you are as a human being.

Navajo mormons.....give up your identity, language, culture, everything that defines who you are as well as give 10% of what every money you make to the fuckin' church. And to top it all off, if you pray hard you will become white when you die and join the rest of the white mormons in heaven.

The mormon church is fucked up. South Park has a really good episode that talks about the fuckin' mormons. I love that episode.

dmarks said...

Melvin: Thank you for dispelling any notion I had that you were a blogging condor.

dmarks said...

"In other words, Mormonism is racist at its core. Nice."

Also important at the root of Mormonism was the once-common idea that the Native peoples of the Americas were too stupid to build mounds, so white people had to have done it.

Variations of this persist into the modern era, as in Shirley McLaine's claim that the Inca were too stupid to figure out how to fit rocks together and make buildings, so it had to have been space aliens.