When is Glenn Beck Going to “Correct” American History by Teaching Mormon American History?
Glenn Beck must either repudiate Mormon history or cease his attempts to correct American history.
From Vanguard Church.com
Posted by Bob Robinson, 2-23-2010
According to Mormon history, the first group (the “Jeredites”) came to America after the tower of Babel. That civilization was destroyed because of “corruption” and “apostasy.” The second group came to America around 600 B.C. They were righteous Jews led by a man named Nephi. This group split into two warring camps, the Nephites and the Lamanites (which, according to the book of Mormon, were the American Indians). The Lamanites were ungodly so they were cursed with dark skin. Jesus Christ then came to America to reveal himself to the Nephites, creating a latter-day group of Christians (or the “latter-day saints”). However, the Lamanites defeated the Nephites, annihilating them in a battle in Palmyra, New York in A.D. 385. Some 1,400 years later, Joseph Smith discovered the Book of Mormon, written in a reformed Egyptian hieroglyphic on golden plates.
The Book of Mormon explains how great these two civilizations were.
• There were 38 cities cataloged in the Book of Mormon.
• “The whole face of the land had become covered with buildings” (Mormon 1:7).
• “Fine workmanship…in iron and copper, and brass and steal, makings all manners of tools” (Jarom 1:8).
• “did multiply and spread…began to cover the face of the whole earth, from the sea south to the sea north, from the sea west to the sea east” (Heleman 3:8)
• “Their shipping and their building ships, and their building of temples, and of synagogues and their sanctuaries” (Heleman 3:14).
So, where is the archeological evidence that such civilizations actually existed on the American continent? There has been absolutely no evidence found by any archeologists, period. The Smithsonian Institution issued official statements saying that it “has found no archaeological evidence to support [the Book of Mormon’s] claims.” The National Geographic Society stated “Archaeologists and other scholars have long probed the hemisphere's past and the society does not know of anything found so far that has substantiated the Book of Mormon.” (see the chapters on Mormonism in Walter Martin's Kingdom of the Cults and Ruth Tucker's Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement).
My point is this: Glenn Beck, the “researcher” that finds the truth about America’s history readily available in the local library, cannot figure out the truth about the fallacious historical claims of Mormonism.
And we evangelicals are supposed to applaud his historical acumen?