BYU religion professor Randy Bott speaking to a class. (Photo by Stuart Johnson/Deseret News)

This guy is either the most subversive, hilarious guy to hit BYU in decades, or an inexcusably imbecilic pseudo-intellectual.  Check this news story out:

SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Church responded Wednesday to statements made to the Washington Post by a popular Brigham Young University professor.

In a Feb. 28 Washington Post article, Randy Bott, an associate professor in BYU’s Department of Church History, provided what he reportedly believed to be a possible explanation for the church’s policy until 1978 of forbidding blacks from holding the priesthood.

“What is discrimination?” Bott told the Post. “I think that is keeping something from somebody that would be a benefit for them, right? But what if it wouldn’t have been a benefit to them?”

Bott reportedly told the Post the ban protected blacks from what the newspaper described as “the lowest rungs of hell,” where they would have been sent had they abused their priesthood powers.

“You couldn’t fall off the top of the ladder, because you weren’t on the top of the ladder,” he reportedly told the Post. “So, in reality the blacks not having the priesthood was the greatest blessing God could give them.
Read the rest of the story here:  http://www.ksl.com/?sid=19414666&nid=1016&title=lds-church-we-do-not-tolerate-racism-in-any-form&s_cid=featured-1

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