Florida Evangelical Leader Calls on Romney to Renounce ‘Racist’ Mormon Religion

Points to Book of Mormon declaration that God cursed Africans with dark skin so they would be ‘disgusting and detestable to white people’

O'Neal Dozier
O'Neal Dozier
It was not surprising that Rev. O’Neal Dozier, the spiritual leader at the WorldWide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, Fla., endorsed Rick Santorum in the Florida primary campaign earlier this year. Dozier and Santorum are both rabid anti-gay activists who have made offensive statements about gay people that are so nutty that they would be funny if they weren’t so hateful.

Santorum famously compared consensual gay relations with “man on dog sex,” and Dozier once said that homosexuality was “something so nasty and disgusting that it makes God want to vomit.”

Now Dozier, who is Santorum’s honorary Florida chairman, has become the first prominent evangelical leader in this cycle to make an issue out of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s religion. In a press release last week, Dozier — an African-American who sees no irony in the fact that he has built his career by promoting anti-gay bigotry — called on Romney “to openly renounce his racist Mormon Religion,” because of passages in the Book of Mormon that are blatantly racist:

The purpose of this request is to foster and maintain good race relations here in America. The Mormon religion is prejudiced against Blacks, Jews and the Native American Indians. These allegations are substantiated and validated by the writings of the former Prophets and Seers of the Mormon Church. The Mormon Church says that the Book of Mormon is “the most correct book, even more correct than the Bible.”

The Book of Mormon in 2nd Nephi, Chapters 5:21-23 accuses God of cursing African people and causing them to have black skin in order for them not to be attractive to white people. These verses also accuse God of causing the black African people to be disgusting and detestable to white people. Furthermore, these verses accuse God of being against inter-racial marriages between blacks and whites.

The Mormon Prophet, Brigham Young in the (Mormon) Journal of Discourses further degrades black African people by saying that they are uncultured, unattractive, unpleasant, low-life, wild and unintelligent. Prophet Brigham Young further states that “if the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain (black person) the penalty under the Law of God is death on the spot.” Also, according to Mormon Doctrine, Native American Indians were also of the class of the cursed because their skin was also a darker color. Both Alma 3:6 and Mormon 5:15 of the Book of Mormon degrade the Lamanites, which are the Native American Indians in the same way they do black African people.

The Mormon Church is also prejudiced against the Jews. In the (Mormon) Journal of Discourses, the Mormon Prophet, Brigham Young railed against the Jews in a very hateful way when he said, “I would rather undertake to convert five thousand Lamanites (Native American Indians), than to convert one of those poor miserable creatures (Jews) whose fathers killed the Savior… yes, I would rather undertake to CONVERT THE DEVIL HIMSELF, if it were possible… I would say, leave them and come home, the Lord does not require you to stay there, for they must suffer and be damned…leave them to live and die in their sins and ignorance…they take pleasure in their wickedness… (Mormon Journal ofDiscourses).

In a bizarre turn, the Dozier news release brings up the work of Helen Radkey, whose investigations into the Mormon practice of performing posthumous baptisms of Jews who were murdered because of their faith have frequently appeared in Pensito Review:

Also, it is newsworthy to mention that the Mormon Church has a bizarre Mormon practice that involves posthumously baptizing Non-Mormons by proxy. According to Helen Radkey, a former Mormon, both Adolf Hitler and Ted Bundy were baptized at Mormonism’s ground zero-Utah in 1993 and 2008 respectively. In fact, Radkey reported that the Mormon Church attempted to conceal the Hitler baptism. Helen Radkey also claims that the Mormon Church has posthumously baptized Holocaust victims, serial killers, 9/11 hijackers, Muslim terrorists, etc.

Dozier first made national headlines in 2005 when he became a source of embarrassment to Florida’s Republican governor Jeb Bush, who had appointed Dozier to a Judicial Nominating Commission and even arranged to have Dozier invited to the White House to meet with George W. Bush, the governor’s brother. As we reported in 2005:

[Dozier] grilled judicial nominees in South Florida as to their religious beliefs, church activity, how they would rule on sodomy issues, whether they would post the Ten Commandments in the courthouse, and for females, a bonus question: how would they raise their children while on the bench?

In the 2008 Republican Party primaries, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, an ordained Baptist preacher, characterized Mitt Romney’s religion as a “satanic cult” because of verses in the Book of Mormon that appeared to describe Jesus and Satan as brothers.

Reacting to Huckabee’s comments, at least in part, Romney gave a much publicized presentation on his religion that was intended to be the final word on his relationship to his faith, similar to the speech on his Catholic faith that John F. Kennedy delivered to Baptist preachers in Texas during the 1960 Democratic primaries. Critics panned Romney’s presentation which they found to be oddly devoid of passion.


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  • Eric
    March 12, 2012 - 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Most of what Dozier said is wrong, and all of it is taken out of context.

    The Book of Mormon does not deal with or mention Africans. At all. It is (purported to be, if you have faith in it as scripture) written by a small group of Israelis, who travel by ship to the Americas (about 1000 years before the Vikings were known to). Africans don’t enter into it, neither do today’s Native Americans, as “Lamanites” are simply the children of the families who came from Israel.

    As for all the Brigham Young comments, they are pretty bad, cherry picked as they are from speeches in the 1850s. I challenge Mr. Dozier or anyone to find something less offensive from another Christian preacher from the same time period.

    They do not represent the full story from that time, and they most certainly do not represent Mormon thought today.

  • AppeaseThis
    March 12, 2012 - 10:25 pm | Permalink

    One member of a Christian offshoot church spreads his Christian based hate and questions the faith of another Christian sect member’s church because of their brand of faith based hate. Priceless. I guess freedom of religion and freedom of speech also come with the same amount of freedom of ignorance.

  • Joe
    March 12, 2012 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

    As a Christian I try not to judge others. I love all people, and know there are good people everywhere. I know Dozier is a Santorum supporter. And, although he doesn’t seem to share my non-judging belief, this doesn’t mean Obama doesn’t.

    Still, if Obama does play race cards I think he would have a better hand against Santorum. The Catholic Church has called upon Santorum “…to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.” And, a simple internet search shows that Santorum’s Church does struggle with racial issues today, Mitt’s Church has few issues.
    And, if Obama were to look at the past, the Mormons have a mere mote, compared to a giant beam in Santorum’s eye. The United Nations has determined that the racism of mainstream Christianity led to the enslavement and genocide of maybe a hundred million people. And, anti-Semitism was much more a mainstream Christian and Muslim thing, not LDS.

    Even Obama’s mostly white Congregationalist/UCC Church had more serious racial issues than Mitt’s Church. And, if he’s Muslim… , I’ll just say there are some issues there also.

    Dozier has grossly misrepresented LDS teachings. There was some bigotry among Mormons, but the Book of Mormon teaches that all are alike, Black, white, Jew, etc. The Book of Mormon is about some Israelites (of Judah and Manasseh) who escaped Jerusalem before the destruction of the first Temple. It teaches that God still remembers His covenants with them. Whites and other gentiles are chided for their treatment of them, and gentile Mormons seek to be adopted with them.

    Most LDS are probably of Native American descent, and there are about half a million Black Mormons.
    My racially mixed family (Black, Native American, etc) feels more at home in the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS than anywhere else.

    • March 13, 2012 - 9:59 am | Permalink

      Joe – Good thing none of your family members are gay. If so, they would be made to feel the opposite of “at home in the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS.”

  • March 13, 2012 - 6:27 am | Permalink

    The problem is that even a broken clock is right twice a day, and Dozier is right about the racism that is a bedrock foundation of Mormonism.

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