Blasphemy for the Day: DNA vs. the Book of Mormon

A new feature in response to the BBC’s Thought for the Day, for that blessed day of rest, Sunday. You don’t have to be a believer to enjoy a day of rest.

Now that Mitt Romney is overwhelmingly likely to be the Republican presidential candidate, it’s time to inspect his beliefs. And instead of a godless atheist like me wielding the hatchet, I’m leaving it in capable Christian hands. This video looks at Mormon claims that Native Americans are descended from two Jewish tribes who sailed to Central America in the 6th Century BCE. Rather than from Eurasians migrating over the Bering Strait about 12,000 years ago. It concentrates on the DNA evidence, of which there is none, for the Mormon claim, while making passing reference to the equally impressive lack of archeological and linguistic evidence.

A pleasure to watch. For dessert, there is a rich, treacly homily about not accepting fictitious accounts, while ignoring the fictitious nature and glaring inconsistencies of the Bible. Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “Blasphemy for the Day: DNA vs. the Book of Mormon

  1. He, he, he. Deliciously nutty! I think they’ve been trying to claim Native Americans as lost tribes for some time. I remember going to a series of talks as a young kid on Egyptian archaeology. They started out really good, and then got progressively more weird (I seem to remember something about pyramid building and their relationship to ziggurats). Yup, you’ve guessed who were doing the talks…Hope all’s well with you in Bonnie Scotland.

    • The best explanation of mormon beliefs I’ve ever heard was in a South Park episode. Obviously a parody, but they’re usually scrupulously accurate in the details, which makes the parody even more devastating. As to Bonnie Scotland, I’ve just about had my fill of this extremely isolated bit of it, at least. Four hours from Glasgow, and nothing much in between! Cabin fever like I’ve never experienced before. Right now now, I regret moving from Seattle.

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