Nothing Says Christian Love Quite Like Christian Hate: The Sand Creek Massacre

"No matter where you live in America, you're living on occupied land that indigenous people were murdered for." Frank Waln

The Methodist preacher turned Civil War hero is still raw after spending years fighting Confederate flag-waving soldiers and treaty-waving Indians. He’s tasted blood, and now he’s on the warpath. With hundreds of unsuspecting American Indians just around the corner, he’s found his perfect opportunity.

He stands to address his men, knowing full well that the Arapaho and Southern Cheyenne pose no threat.

“Damn any man who sympathizes with Indians!” he says. “I have come to kill Indians, and believe it is right and honorable to use any means under God’s heaven to kill Indians.”

And then, for emphasis: “Kill and scalp all, big and little.”

The Butcher of Sand Creek Massacre, Methodist Minister the Reverend John M. Chivington
The Butcher of Sand Creek Massacre, Methodist Minister the Reverend John M. Chivington

He does just that. It’s a violent affair from the start.

As the chaos begins, the American Indians raise American and white flags — symbols of peace. But Chivington ignores the plea, instead raising his arm for attack.

Cannon and rifle fire rain down upon the village. Indians scatter. The hysterical militiamen charge, chasing down men, women, and children, killing them cruelly and without mercy.

The unrelenting attack lasts most of the day. The militia uses more than 1 ton of ammunition.

But once the shooting ends, the bloodshed doesn’t cease. Chivington wants victory, not prisoners. So, as the smoke clears, his militia slaughters the wounded. They scalp the dead, mutilating women, children, and infants. They cut off the women’s breasts and cut out their vaginas. They stripped the skin off the children’s backs to cure as leather. They cut off the men’s and boy’s scrotum’s to use as tobacco pouches and to wear as trophies around their necks. They ransack the village, taking supplies and livestock. Whatever is left, they destroy and burn.

In all, Chivington’s men scalp, rape, and murder hundreds of Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho people. Meanwhile, the militia loses fewer than 10 men, mostly due to friendly fire and sloppiness.

According to Congressional testimony in 1865 by John S. Smith, an American interpreter present at the time of the attack, the carnage was ghastly.

“I saw the bodies of those lying there cut all to pieces, worse mutilated than any I ever saw before; the women cut all to pieces … . With knives; scalped; their brains knocked out; children two or three months old; all ages lying there, from sucking infants up to warriors … .
By whom were they mutilated? By the United States troops who called ourselves Christians.”

Over the following weeks, Chivington and his men were lauded in the Denver press by the editor of the Rocky Mountain News, William Byers, who wrote in December, “Among the brilliant feats of arms in Indian warfare, the recent campaign of our Colorado volunteers will stand in history with few rivals,” and that they had carried out a “thousand incidents of individual daring” and “once again covered themselves with glory.” Chivington led the victory parade of the now named Bloody Third Regiment into Denver to a hero’s welcome.

Indian agent Sam Colley, outraged by the massacre at Sand Creek, wrote to U.S. Senator James R. Doolittle of Wisconsin, who was a member of the Joint Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the (Civil) War. Colley informed Doolittle that the Indians who had been attacked were peaceful and under the protection of his Indian agency and Fort Lyon. News of the massacre continued to spread and on January 10, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives directed the Committee on the Conduct of the War to hold hearings to try to establish what took place at Sand Creek.

On March 13 1865, the Committee on the Conduct of the War began congressional hearings in Washington D.C. regarding the events which had occurred at Sand Creek. Indian agent John Smith gave his eye witness testimony as to the atrocities he had witnessed carried out by Chivington’s men. Smith told how he had witnessed around 100 Indians, men, women and children, surrounded by soldiers who fired on them indiscriminately. Smith testified that he witnessed Indians killed from “sucking infants up to warriors…women cut all to pieces, worse mutilated” than he had ever seen before, with “their brains knocked out.”

3 thoughts on “Nothing Says Christian Love Quite Like Christian Hate: The Sand Creek Massacre”

  1. Militant, I’m mostly taking a break from the blogs during Lent, but thought I would stop by and talk with you awhile about this. Militant, this man was a Methodist Minister and yet he walked away from everything that Jesus stood for and became consumed by hatred and vengeance seemingly to the point of madness. What do you feel leads to this terrible cognitive dissonance in a person? How was he not able to see this evil within himself, but instead seemed to justify it?

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    1. We would have to resurrect all these people, each and every person who declared themselves Christians, and did acts like these. Going all the way back to when Christians started their persecutions of Pagans, to where they brutally slaughtered people in their Crusades, their Inquisitions, their Wars. Their enslavement of African and other people, their mass extermination of us Native Americans.

      You would have to ask the psychos of say the KKK, or Aryian Nations, or the Proud Boys, or all those ChristoTaliban preachers of hate I have exposed in this blog. You would have to ask them all how they can proclaim themselves followers of Jesus Christ and say and do the things they say and do. But I would not advise you to do so. Because you more than likely sad to say…be gang raped and murdered by these freaks because you would be considered a race traitor and a fake Christian according to them and trust me, there are many reports of these groups? Doing this to girls and women.

      But to sort of answer your questions?

      You can say it is a combination of extreme brainwashing and fear. Two of the things the leaders of Christianity realized way back in 322 AD worked to great affectiveness when they made it a death penalty punishment to be a Pagan. They used the same techniques for the Crusades and all their other wars and? What they did to us Natives, Africans and others.

      First the leaders proclaimed these things the Will of God. They denigrated and dehumanized all of us they went after. They branded us Satanic, pure evil, and even that we had no souls to save in the first place. Look at what Christians and Muslims say about us atheists to this day in their dehumanization of us. We eat babies, we can have no morals because we do not believe in a god, we will murder, rape, steal, etc at the drop of a hat. They proclaim that we atheists have murdered more people in the name of atheism than Christians did in the name of Christianity, which is a bald faced lie.

      This is the same justifications and dehumanizations they used against those they proclaimed as witches and heretics. They said witches kissed the ass of Satan, were the cause of miscarriages, of storms, etc, they sacrificed and ate baptized babies. They said shit about Africans that they had no souls, that they could not be saved. They said of us Native Americans we were of less value than even their slaves and their animals.

      These were Christian ministers, pastors, preachers and priests saying this shit and then? Ordering Christians to go and slaughter them all in the name of God and Jesus and the bible. They used the bible to justify their brutality and slaughter, such as thou shall not suffer a witch to live (even changing the original verse, because it actually says? Thou shall not suffer a poisoner to live). They justified their slaughters of Jews by saying it was the Jews who put Jesus to death. They justfied what they did to us Native Americans by proclaiming it the Manifest Destiny of God, Jesus and the Bible and that their god and Jesus gave them these lands to subdue and conquer. They justified the enslavement of others using bible verses to do so.

      They told Christians that all their sins could be absolved if they went and did these acts. They told Christians it was their duty under God and Jesus to go and do this. That if they went on these Crusades, these wars, etc? And lost their lives? They would be losing it for God, for Jesus, for the Church, for Christianity. There was great fear in the common Christian with all the horror and terror that was brain-washed into them by the Christian leaders, using such horror and terror tactics as their invented hell, their Satan, their demons etc. They saw what Christian leaders did to those who even questioned them, doubted them, decided they were full of shit. Those were tortured brutally and murdered horrifyingly.

      They saw what Christian leaders themselves did to the Pagans with their own hands, putting them to brutal deaths in the name of God and Jesus and the bible. They did not want to be on the receiving end of that so they did as they were told.

      They were though? Just as responsible for their actions as the leaders who commanded them to commit those actions.

      And this is how your Christianity? Actually rose to power.

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