Mark of Cain
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Here is the text from Genesis, chapter 4:
A literal reading of this passage could be easily make clear a science-fictional idea where a certain segment of humanity descended from the lineage of Cain would be cursed with an aberration in skin pigmentation.
The weak attempt to preserve antebellum racism in America worked because Southern Protestant preachers said they read the Bible in a way that included a teaching wherein blacks were inferior due to a descent from Cain's brood. As such, it was a basic violation of the First Amendment to restrict exercise of religiously-approved doctrines regarding interactions with blacks. The Southern Democrats were apt to maintain social order and be seen as quasi-religious by not challenging these precepts. The Southern Baptist Convention did not formally renounce its racist past until 1995.
 Modern iterations in creationism
The hinge of the Creationist movement is that human beings are divinely created by God. However, considering this level of literalism in their doctrine, it is easy to see this view also extends to the later chapters on Genesis. It may not come up alot, but if they believe in Noah's Ark and the Exodus, they probably have to, by default, accept this view. As such, according to Creationists, Cain-ites would still walk the earth marked as a cursed line, damned for eternity to the 7 deadly sins. The fact the Creationist set also tend to be pro-austerity fiscal policy advocates who use blatant and obnoxious stereotypes about Welfare Queens and Dangerous Black Men gives this theory further credence.
The Mark of Cain theology was most blatant in the teachings of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religious movement. Smith tied the Mark with the Curse of Ham, claiming in the Book of Abraham that Ham's wife was a descendant of Cain. It was only in 1978 that the President, Prophet, and Seer had a vision that said they should allow black Mormons full participation in the faith. However, ceremonials for the Church still maintain the idea of the Mark of Cain. Now they believe, however, that a prayer and blessing can remove the curse upon Baptism into the Church. They no longer believe that removal of the curse will result in black people becoming white.
- ↑ Priest, Josiah Slavery as it Relates to the Negro or African Race. (1843)
- ↑ Baptists Renounce Racist Past; The Southern Baptist Convention Pledged To eradicate Racism From Its Membership. Orlando Centinel, June 21, 1995.
- ↑ With creationists, this is hard to pin down, because they spend so much more time on superficial topics such as the giants in the days of Noah and where Cain got his wife.
- ↑ Wilford Woodruff, Diary of Wilford Woodruff. January 16, 1852. "The Lord said I will not kill Cain, but I will put a mark upon him and it is seen in the face of every Negro on the earth, and it is the decree of God that that mark shall remain upon the seed of Cain and the curse until all the seed of Abel should be redeemed and Cain will not receive the Priesthood or salvation until all the seed of Abel are redeemed. Any man having one drop of the seed of Cain in him cannot hold the Priesthood, and if no other prophet ever spake it before I will say it now in the name of Jesus Christ."
- ↑ Official Declaration 2. lds.org.
- ↑ Mormonism and racial issues/Blacks and the priesthood/The "curse of Cain" and "curse of Ham." fairmormon.org.