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Response to Raster (Reply #21)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 06:07 PM

52. And this is the one thing about the Mormon faith that pisses me off

Let me preface this by saying what I mean is, everyone's free to believe whatever kooky shit htye want, so long as it doesn't step into my space. I'm not going to share those beliefs, so I just don't worry too much about if people think a dude with a magic hat is king of a new planet or whatever's going on there...

But their "beliefs" about Native Americans HAVE caused real harm to history. One of the favorite pastimes of traveling Mormons was apparently scrubbing over existing petroglyphs and carving the ten commandments in Scholastic Hebrew over what was left, just so they could point and go "Look! Jesus wuz here!" Their bullshit has percolated up into general discourse, leading an asinine number of people to believe variations on the "Indians were invaders who killed all the good white people" story. Even into actual science regarding the possibility of paleolithic immigration from Europe; the "story" usually presented there is of anatomically modern caucasians landing and then getting kileld by the brown savages from Elsewhere™

As for the "lost tribe," fucking everyone's the lost tribe, if you read enough books. From the Irish to the japanese to the Fuegans, every time a European met a new culture, they would gasp and go "Lost tribe!" - it was sort of a fad at the time.

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