White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at today’s daily news briefing declined to allow a question about issues that could play a role, even if subconsciously, in the 2012 election – that of being black and Mormon.
Carney allowed only 20 of the 65 reporters at the daily news briefing to ask any questions, with most of the time going to CBS and CNN, which asked six questions each, and NBC, Fox and NPR, which got five questions each.
Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, had been prepared to ask two questions, but was not allowed.
He had wanted to ask: “On Sunday, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote that Mormonism has jettisoned ‘a ban on black clergy members that was in place until 1978.’ Question. Does the White House believe this is an accurate report?”
He also wanted to ask, “Does the White House believe that Wikipedia is wrong in reporting that Elijah Able, a black Mormon, received the LDS priesthood in the 19th century, as did his son in 1900 and grandson in 1935.”
Bruni’s actual column focused on the low profile that is been given GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney’s Mormon beliefs.
He said, “Romney’s even longer period as a Mormon lay leader in Boston involved counseling and consoling people dealing with marriage problems, addiction, unemployment: some of life’s messiest, scariest stuff. He must have gained a fluency in human frailty. But when The Times’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg was researching an article about that time, Romney predictably declined her interview request. ”
He continued, “He has released tax returns, putting his Swiss accounts in the foreground. But he still cloaks his church duties, consigning his French proselytizing to the background.
“Is it the right political calculation? I’m not sure. But I know it makes for a woefully incomplete portrait, denying voters something that they deserve – and that might well cut his way.”
Bruni wrote that it was interesting that religion has not been discussed more in the campaign.
He said, “There are valid reasons … to home in on Romney’s religion, not in terms of its historical eccentricties but in terms of its cultural, psychological and emotional imprint on him.”
He also noted that Mormonism include “controversial tenets that it has jettisoned, like a ban on black clergy members that was in place until 1978.”
However, the Blacklds.org website, which is dedicated to black members of the Mormons, wrote that Elijah Able was ordained an elder in the Mormon church in 1836 and in 1839 was made a member of the Nauvoo Seventies Quorum.
The site confirms his son and grandson later were elders or priests in the Mormon church.