A billboard attacking the Mormon Church for racist and homophobic stances is being promoted outside of tonight’s presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida. Mormon Church officials are decrying the mobile billboard, which is sponsored by an atheist group, as inaccurate and misleading.
The billboard reads, “No Blacks Allowed (Until 1978). No Gays Allowed (Current). Shame on Mormonism.” It’s sponsored by American Atheists, a New Jersey-based organization.
American Atheists president David Silverman told CNN the billboard is not directed specifically at Mitt Romney and added, “Nobody seems to be talking about the implications of having a very religious Mormon president. There are a lot of things about Mormons that people don’t know; including the fact that racism is an important part of their dogma. … We all understand the implications of having a Christian president. We do not understand the implications of having a Mormon president.”
Mormon Church officials responded to the billboard, calling it, “misleading.”
“This group seems not to know that there have been black members of the church since our earliest history, and there are many faithful gay members of the church today,” Dale Jones wrote in an email to CNN. The church calls on gay members to be celibate, and it vehemently opposes same-sex marriage.