Mormons do the religious thing -- rewrite their own history to look a little more like actual people and less like sociopathic fantasists
On hearing news that the Mormons have rewritten their history on exclusion of African-Americans from the priesthood, in the new digital version of the Book, ignoring Brigham Young’s racist rantings but giving a sort of blah-blah empty non-explanation that elevates Mitt Romney’s vapidity to the level of the status of Noam Chomsky’s “Just say what the thing actually is and let the chips fall where they may.”
Prayer and revelation?
The LDS church had the revelation that repealed the prohibition against black people having access to the inner temple ONLY when the NCAA told them that if they didn't, BYU would be banned from the inner temple of bowl games and millions of dollars for their athletic programs.
Revelation? Of the balance-sheet sort.
This similar to what a friend who grew up in Planet Utah told me that when the LDS folk realized that so many youngsters were drinking cola drinks, they repealed the prohibition against such (because of the caffeine) but ONLY for Pepsi (in which company they owned vast amounts of stock) and not Coca-cola.
This is a decision that we can admire from a business balance-and-loss point of view, but this, like the NCAA integration decision does nothing -- as far as I can see -- to give any points to their ethical, spiritual, social, or humanistic aspects.
We await their decision to have a revelation allowing gay people to pursue their lives without interference from their executives -- even if for some bizarre reasons, a gay person might actually want to become a Mormon (hey, there are Jews who longed to become Nazi's) -- just as soon as the gay community becomes a large enough economic force to cause the church to do the math and have the revelation to see them as a Demographic and not as a nest of sinners.