I want to share an image that is an update to an image that is making the rounds on social media, email, and message boards. I usually consider images with quotes on them less than ideal as the content of the message is not searchable and you can’t highlight the text to copy and paste, it is just generally inefficient. All of that is true about this image below, but as it involves two quotes in apposition (juxtaposition involves opposite things, apposition involves similar things) the fact that it is an image serves to highlight the similarities between the two quotes.

 

(click to see a larger version)A Prophet of God believes in racism, an apostle of God believes in homophobia

George A Smith believed non-racist ideas were not from God. Dallin Oaks believes the same about non-homophobic ideas.

 

George A. Smith, President & Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, believed in 1947 that if you sought to understand or characterize race relations through studying human behavior and historical tribalism rather than accepting that God has made the races for his own reasons and that we ought not to tamper, mix, or change our point of view of other races then you were succumbing to the reasoning of men rather than giving deference to the word of God.

Dallin H. Oaks, a leading apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, believes in 2014 that if you want to allow homosexuals to not be ostracized from society and if you see no logical and legal reason to deny them equal protection under the law as heterosexuals then you are not giving deference to the word of God – and ruining civilization as well.

Lest there be any confusion, in 1947 the leader of the church believed that differential treatment and views of different races was ordained of God and reflected his will. In 2014 here is how the church addresses that topic:

“Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form.”
source: https://www.lds.org/topics/race-and-the-priesthood?lang=eng

Will Dallin H. Oaks’ current position need to be disavowed and unequivocally condemned at some point in the future?

 

Reference to the first quote by George A. Smith:
http://www.mormonstudies.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Lowry_Nelson_1st_Presidency_Exchange.pdf (page 7)

Reference to the second quote, by Dallin H. Oaks:
https://www.lds.org/church/news/elder-oaks-gives-three-ways-believers-can-be-witnesses-of-god?lang=eng