(AP)- "A Ron Paul supporter, 28-year-old Bret Hatch, asked Romney whether he agreed with a passage from the Book of Mormon that describes a cursing of people with a "skin of blackness." Romney's staff took away the microphone before the Green Bay man could read the passage."
ABC, MSNBC, Politico, Washington Post, and CNN are among the hundreds of media organizations that also falsely attributed this verse to the Book of Mormon. It isn't in the Book of Mormon.
Associated Press falsely claims the verse describes a cursing of dark skin. False. Moses 7:8 describes a cursing on the land. Never in any Mormon scripture is the dark skin itself called a cursing:
Behold the people of Canaan, which are numerous, shall go forth in battle array against the people of Shum, and shall slay them that they shall utterly be destroyed; and the people of Canaan shall divide themselves in the land, and the land shall be barren and unfruitful, and none other people shall dwell there but the people of Canaan;
For behold, the Lord shall acurse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people.
Not a single news organization has reported the truth. Some others at least didn't propagate the lie that this quote is from the Book of Mormon. But they failed to report that the protester made that mistake. Zero news reports quoted the scripture that he was referencing. If they did it would be obvious that the protester lied when he said it was talking about interracial marriage.
Associated Press goes on to lie: " Some Mormons may have heard verses from scripture cited in their communities as an explanation of why blacks were not allowed to become priests."
The verse states as a matter of history that early Canaanites attacked people around them, they got darker skin because the climate got hotter, and that people despised them for it. It has nothing to do with marriage and doesn't explain Mormon beliefs at all. The Book of Mormon actually commands Mormons: "Despise them not because of their black skin."