Because Simon Southerton was excommunicated from the LDS Church–ostensibly because, while separated from his wife, he had a relationship with another woman–national media attention has been once again focused in on the controversial tenets of Mormonism. Despite the fact the Mormons tried to come up with other reasons to oust Southerton, everybody and their dog knows why he was actually booted. See, Simon’s research showed he could not find one single link between the Lost Tribes of Jewish descent, and Native Americans.
If you’ve done your Book of Mormon research, you know that it claims that Lamanites were the descendants of these extremely directionally-challenged Israelites, and it claims they found themselves, oddly enough, in the Western Hemisphere. Okay, we could MAYBE accept that (can you hear a IT COULD HAPPEN?), even though there isn’t one shred of evidence supporting it, except recent DNA evidence, like the extensive research done by Southerton, shows that the Native Americans are actually descended from Asians.
So what do the Mormons do? Kill the messenger, of course!! That’s standard practice.
In all of this, one thing really stood out for me. Here’s the deal. Either you accept DNA, or you don’t. And I’m not alone.
A columnist for a Boise weekly paper, Bill Cope, wrote this:
But the most troubling questions to come out of this episode-at least, in the mind of this impartial scorner of all things faith-based-has to do with the judgment of those pious individuals and august bodies who appoint themselves (usually with little or no input from the groveling congregation) as the wellspring of all wisdom. Where, exactly, do they draw their line between what is useful information and what is heresy? If they are so adamant about denying any science that contradicts whatever bilge they’ve been preaching, how the heck can they use that same science in the day-to-day, nonsectarian applications of it?
First of all, how the hell did Bill Cope end up in Boise, Idaho? That’s like living just east of the Temple, for hell’s sake. My SISTER lives in Boise, and there is as many Mormons there as SLC, I swear. (Please do not go find statistics and prove me wrong. I’m probably wrong. I just know there’s a whole hell of a lot of Mormons up there.)
Now that I have that out, let’s move on.
Whether you like Bill or not (and based on his column, I suspect I like him a lot), he’s right.
You don’t get it both ways. Either you BELIEVE in DNA evidence and its validity, or you don’t. Since the LDS faithful and hierarchy are dismissing it, that means they don’t get to use it for ANYTHING ELSE, either.
No more murder trials, no more DNA evidence, nada. Want to prove the bishop’s son really DID impregnate your daughter? Sorry, no can do-ee.
So, which one is it going to be?