Brigham Young: Mixing with the seed of Cain means death

Feb 15 2012 - 4:39pm


With an improving economy depriving them of their primary campaign issue, deserate GOP presidential hopefuls are resurrecting the always-inflammatory "God, guns and gays" arguments. But, they should be advised that these topics can bite both ways. They may regret accusing the president of "making war on religion" and opening that door.

What happens when Mitt Romney, in a nationally televised debate with the president has to deal with the following: "You'll remember, governor, that I took a lot of heat for attending a church where the pastor took a pretty radical view on some issues, but I've been doing a little research into your own religious background and discovered that your Brigham Young said: "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." (Journal of Discourses, Volume 10, p. 110).

Then, in what would be a masterful exclamation point, the president turns to Romney and asks: "Now doesn't that mean, Governor, that your religious leader, teaching that black people are descendants of Cain, would have justified the murder of my parents?"

How does Romney dig himself out of that theological hole?

M. Jensen Ogden

North Ogden


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