Posts tagged: Randy Bott

More on Blacks and the Priesthood

By , March 1, 2012 10:26 pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement yesterday stating in no uncertain terms that Br. Bott did not speak for the church and that his speculations were wrong:

The positions attributed to BYU professor Randy Bott in a recent Washington Post article absolutely do not represent the teachings and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU faculty members do not speak for the Church. It is unfortunate that the Church was not given a chance to respond to what others said.

The Church’s position is clear—we believe all people are God’s children and are equal in His eyes and in the Church. We do not tolerate racism in any form.

For a time in the Church there was a restriction on the priesthood for male members of African descent. It is not known precisely why, how, or when this restriction began in the Church but what is clear is that it ended decades ago. Some have attempted to explain the reason for this restriction but these attempts should be viewed as speculation and opinion, not doctrine. The Church is not bound by speculation or opinions given with limited understanding.

We condemn racism, including any and all past racism by individuals both inside and outside the Church.

The Pre-1978 Priesthood Ban and a BYU Professor’s Misguided Comments

By , February 29, 2012 9:26 am

There is much to say about this, but all I’m going to do for the moment is link to this.

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