For almost 200 years Latter-day Saints have believed Native Americans and Polynesians are descended from ancient seafaring Israelites and carry a dark skin because of a divine curse. My 2004 book, Losing a Lost Tribe, challenged these widespread LDS myths on the basis of DNA evidence. The Sacred Curse reveals how the latest whole genome research has thoroughly exposed the nineteenth century origin of Book of Mormon racism.
Rodney Meldrum and his Heartland team are desperately defending their false claim that the Native American mtDNA X2a lineage is derived from Israel. Digital Legends, the major publisher of Heartland propaganda, is now selling a book that falsely represents the research on Kennewick Man in order to force it to align with Heartland dogma.
The arrival of the Internet and social media is now exposing Mormon apologetics to a much larger audience of ordinary Mormons. This greater transparency has spurred increasing numbers of LDS academics to admit LDS scripture originated in the nineteenth century.
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