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 Post subject: October 2019 General Conference - Equality Watch
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:28 am 
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Excluding the Women's session of Conference:
29 Speaking Segments:
- 27 male speakers
- 2 female speakers

Women's session of Conference
6 Speaking Segments:
- 3 female speakers (who spoke first)
- 3 male speakers (the entire First Presidency, who gave the closing 3 talks)

Is that semi-annual General Conference lineup the hallmark of an institution that believes men and women are equal?

There was 1 black speaker - Peter Johnson, born in New York City and a BYU graduate.

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 Post subject: Re: October 2019 General Conference - Equality Watch
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:19 am 
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I don’t find it very surprising, considering the godhead consists of 2 dudes and their imaginary friend, which is also why giving the priesthood to women, and allowing them General leadership positions, will be the final concession of the church.

They do like to hear themselves talk however.

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 Post subject: Re: October 2019 General Conference - Equality Watch
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:10 pm 
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Part of the problem is that there are only nine general officers of the church that are women and there are over 120 general officers that are men. They're either going to have to start allowing people that aren't general officers give talks during conference, increase the number of general officers that are women, or shorten conference significantly in order to address this inequality. My vote is doing all three.

I have a question wrote:
Excluding the Women's session of Conference:
There was 1 black speaker - Peter Johnson, born in New York City and a BYU graduate.

I read somewhere that he was the first African American to have spoken during general conference.


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 Post subject: Re: October 2019 General Conference - Equality Watch
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:33 pm 
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Scott Lloyd weighs in to explain why it took so long for there to be a black American (with African ancestry) speaker at General Conference...
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I think real progress will not have come until we as a people are no longer inclined to make a fanfare whenever someone of a certain race or nationality takes the pulpit at general conference or is sustained in one of the higher councils of the Church (or cease to make a stir when, in our perception, not enough people of a certain "flavor: are in those councils).

We need to get to the point of judging others not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, as Dr. King put it.

http://www.mormondialogue.org/topic/723 ... 1209936391

Unusually, his official Church bio doesn't mention his parents.
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/chu ... n?lang=eng

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