Why Is Romney Avoiding Religion and Race?

In an opinion piece for BlackAmericaWeb, Michael H. Cottman says that ignoring these issues is probably sound strategy because the GOP candidate's faith teaches that black people are cursed by God.

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In an opinion piece for BlackAmericaWeb, Michael H. Cottman says that ignoring these issues is probably sound strategy because the GOP candidate's faith teaches that black people are cursed by God.

Even though the overwhelming majority of African-American voters will support President Barack Obama in the general election over Romney, black Republicans have been particularly silent about how Mormons view black folks.

For decades, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has taught that black people are “inferior” and “cursed” by God because of something sinister that blacks did before they were born.

“And [God] had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity,” according to a bizarre passage from the Book of Mormon. “For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that 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. And thus saith the Lord God; I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities."

Shades of the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of 1692.

So where are the tough questions for Romney from black Republicans?

Read Michael H. Cottman's entire piece at BlackAmericaWeb.

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