The Book of Mormon Is Fiction – Duh

I don’t think this is really breaking news, but the LA Times has an article about how DNA evidence shows that Native Americans are descended from Asians and not a lost tribe of Israel. Of course, that’s science, so Mormons are free to instead take the word of the Book of Mormon, which bases its whole story on the lost tribes of Israel sailing to America. Eventually, I’d like to read through the Book of Mormon (or at least parts of it), but in the meantime, it’s nice to get nuggets like this:

The God-fearing Nephites were “pure” (the word was officially changed from “white” in 1981) and “delightsome.” The idol-worshiping Lamanites received the “curse of blackness,” turning their skin dark.

It’s good to see that the infallibility of the Book doesn’t preclude the Church making “official” changes to it. Perhaps some day there will be a Mormon Reformation that will get back to the original text and restore the racism.

Oh – incidentally, I should point out that the last time I did some reading about the BoM, I learned that Mormons like to be clear about this point pertaining the “curse of blackness”: the blackness itself is not the curse, but merely the mark of the curse. So that’s way better, right?

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  1. Posted February 20, 2006 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I think it is fair to point out that there are many sects that believe (or believed) the curse put on Cain and his descendants for killing Able was dark skin, so the “curse of blackness” was not a new concept when written into the BoM.

    Using religious texts as a way to further seperate people is yet another reason I can’t subscribe to organized religion. There’s enough tension without the same groups that say we should treat others fairly and kindly saying that some people are cursed.

  2. Posted February 20, 2006 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Right, but there’s a difference between the racist guy who interprets his holy book in a racist way and the well-meaning guy whose holy book is racist regardless of interpretation.

    In fact, it’s kind of nice that the Church decided not to – as you say – use the BoM to separate people. However, it’s not totally honest to go editing the infallible word of God.

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