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.