Van Hale called at the beginning of the program, and requested 7 minutes, which I gave him, uninterrupted. During the 7 he attempted to put forward a theory, explaining why Joseph and Brigham were "racist" (because they were a product of their generation). That West Africa was populated by persons (negroes) who were not descended from Ham, etc, and therefore not subject to the curse. He said there was no evidence for this anywhere in the Bible. I refuted this with the testimony of Pres Brigham Young, Lord's anointed and President of the Church on the matter.
. . . thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. (Deut. 7:2-4) Mixed marriages between Israelites and Canaanites were a mark of apostasy. (See Isa. 2:1; Deut. 14:2; Gen. 27:46; I Kings 8:53; Ezra 9:5; Judges 3:5-8; 2 Cor. 6:14-18)
And in our dispensation, George Q. Cannon explained: This was a command that was given unto Israel with great force and emphasis. They were commanded from the beginning that they were not to marry with those who did not belong to their family, or did not belong to the Israel of God, or were not the covenant people of God. And it was not a new law; it was not a law that was given to Moses, and through him to the children of Israel for the first time. ... he (Abraham) took his eldest servant of his house and made him swear by the God of Heaven that he would not take a wife unto his son of the daughters of the Canaanites, a race with which he did not want his son to intermarry. (JD 25:363)
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