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Date: August 20, 2012 11:24AM
Well folks, here is proof that Mormons read this board. Dr. Perego responded to this post!http://www.josephsmithdna.com/1/post/2012/08/etruscan-dna-vs-amerindian-dna.html
I hope he will look at this one and realize how his idea of Paleoindians being animals without souls is sickening.http://exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,543556,543634#msg-543634
What makes this most disturbing to me is how it can be applied to America. We know that the DNA studies done by Dr. Perego and others find the ancestors of American Indians from Asia, long before Adam of 6,000 years ago. But Native Americans don't have a religious idea of 6,000 years ago. To the Indians, ancestors older than that are sacred humans.
The LDS Church has conceded that there were migrations from Asia http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/dna-and-the-book-of-mormon
and changed the Book of Mormon introduction. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/695226008/Debate-renewed-with-change-in-Book-of-Mormon-introduction.html
So what are we to think of those in America before the Book of Mormon times? Were they similar to but not quite human? They did not have spirits that were children of God according to Dr. Perego. He suggests that they only became human sometime 6,000 years ago. Or did it happen only after Book of Mormon people began to arrive? Did descendants of Adam mate with the animal creatures that looked like people? Then were those offspring human with souls? I am very troubled by these words from a scientist that I have appreciated until now.
There are many difficulties for scientists in being able to study ancient humans in America. The NAGPRA dispute with Kennewick Man http://www.nps.gov/archeology/kennewick/index.htm
is the most well known example.
But there are opposite cases where studies were able to be done with friendship. Scientists respected the American Indian beliefs and built partnerships and cooperation in studying a person that died 10,300 years ago.http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=kemp+on+your+knees+nagpra&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CF0QFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinchot.org%2F%3Fmodule%3Duploads%26func%3Ddownload%26fileId%3D710&ei=0fGwT_zYCYiE8QSAztnlCA&usg=AFQjCNF5-YIbOVyMKqP6EWqtGOuoQjyezg
What impact might words like Dr. Perego's have on future cooperation with research scientists and American Indians? The Book of Mormon is harmful because it condemns the spiritual beliefs and practices of America's first people (Alma 17:15). Teachings of Mormonism contributed to an LDS scientist carrying his own views even further, to dehumanize the sacred ancestors of the living American Indians.
Here is a video with an American Indian perspective on DNA and life, including the idea that God will not bring the world to an end with a Savior and glory in the next life. There is sobering reality in indigenous ideas, from people that worship their ancestors while an LDS scientist speculates if those in the past were even human.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LV3G7Pjel0