Date: September 22, 2012 03:50PM
These slimy bastards at FAIR will stop at nothing, except negatively impacting the Crutch, which they apparently have done. And continue to do, without us.
Are you familiar with the outcome of Thomas Murphy's disciplinary council 9 years ago?
We in the XLDS community came to his call.
He led a protest here in Seattle that spread all over the country and gave the LDS crutch a big black eye for trying to silence honest scholars, like it's the dark ages.
We'd love a chance to protest the LDS Crutch again, for doing the same thing to you that they tried doing to Thomas Murphy.
You can make them back down like they did in the Thomas Murphy case.
Just because they're big and powerful, doesn't make them right!
I say fight for your freedom of speech.
This isn't just a Mormon issue, this is a major freedom of speech issue, that will test guys like Romney to answer where exactly they stand on freedom of speech, given the church's actions against you and the rising violence in the Middle East and North Africa, due to freedom of speech here in the US, which is questionable as long as tyrannical leaders, like yours and Mitt Romney, grow emboldened by a Romney victory. Can you imagine how much more insufferable these guys will become once a ROMNEY VICTORY goes to their heads? Can you imagine what happens when Mitt's Latter-Day (doomsday) Dogma (meta-narrative) clashes head to head with Muslim Extremist Dogma, with nukes?
There is a huge army of those who have emancipated themselves from the mental slavery of the tyranical faith we were born into, due to your contributions.
You've got an army of peaceful protesters, awaiting your call, and they will answer all across this country.
Give us a chance.
You don't have to say anything, except, "yeah, let's do this ish!"
Murphy drew attention in the media and from the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the publication of his essay, "Lamanite Genesis, Genealogy, and Genetics." This essay discussed available genetic evidence regarding the geographic origin and lineage of Native American groups. It relies primarily on evidence regarding mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited directly from the mother.
Dr. Murphy posited that this DNA suggests that Native Americans are descendents of individuals from northeastern Siberia—corroborating conclusions that anthropologists have long held on the basis of linguistic, physiological, and other anthropological evidence. He notes the 99.6% absence of any genetic heritage outside of known indigenous Native American haplogroups. (The remaining 0.4% is near universally agreed among anthropologists and biologists studying the issue to represent genetic markers that were introduced after the year 1492.)
In his essay, Murphy writes:
From a scientific perspective, the BoMor's origin is best situated in early 19th century America, not ancient America. There were no Lamanites prior to c. 1828 and dark skin is not a physical trait of God's malediction. Native Americans do not need to accept Christianity or the BoMor to know their own history. The BoMor emerged from Joseph Smith's own struggles with his God. Mormons need to look inward for spiritual validation and cease efforts to remake Native Americans in their own image.
Murphy concluded that "DNA research lends no support to traditional Mormon beliefs about the origins of Native Americans" and he has likened the Book of Mormon to inspirational fiction. Murphy has reaffirmed this point several times since the initial publication of his essay in interviews and in videos produced by Living Hope Ministries, a Utah-based evangelical Christian ministry that produces literature and films that question and criticize Mormonism.
In a review in 2006, the FARMS institute reviewed Dr. Murphy's claims.
Murphy's studies were expanded upon by molecular biologist Simon Southerton, a former Mormon Bishop, with his study Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans DNA, and the Mormon Church, Signature Books, 2004, which gives a more complete accounting of the current status of Polynesians and Native Americans in context with national studies, Mormon scholars and concessions by geneticists from BYU. Other researchers such as Scott Woodward are critical of Southerton's work.
In response to the publication of "Lamanite Genesis, Genealogy, and Genetics", Murphy's LDS stake president, Matthew Latimer, asked him to either recant his position regarding DNA evidence and the Book of Mormon or resign his membership in the LDS church. Murphy declined both suggestions, so Latimer scheduled a disciplinary council for December 8, 2002. Such a council might have resulted in Murphy's disfellowshipment or excommunication from the church.
His situation received widespread media attention and generated protest actions from some Mormon intellectual groups. Less than 24 hours before the scheduled meeting time, Latimer indefinitely postponed Murphy's disciplinary council on December 7, 2002. Finally, on February 23, 2003, Latimer informed Murphy that all disciplinary action was placed on permanent hold. In a note Murphy sent to several supporters for wide public distribution, Murphy expressed hope that other scholars in similar positions might benefit from Latimer's decision:
We hope that other stake presidents will follow this most recent example of President Latimer and likewise refrain from using the threat of the threat of excommunication as tool for disciplining scholars.
—-- Thomas Murphy, open letter dated 23 February 2003
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/22/2012 03:55PM by josephsmyth.