This is a letter to the editor about Sacred Space by a Native American
Sacred Space means many things to many people. For Christians? It typically means the church in which they gather, or where they may pray at home or other places. Sacred space to Jews are typically their Temples, and places in Jerusalem. For Muslims? It too is their mosques, and other spaces.
For many Native Americans returning to the Old Paths of Native Ways? Sacred space is typically the outdoors. Places where other Native Americans once roamed, where they lived and worked, where they hunted and feasted, and where they died.
Native American spirituality is, in many cases, totally different than the Abrahamic or many other paths of spirituality. Mother Earth is our church, Father Sky covers us during prayers and rituals, the Four Winds or Directions leads us. Grandmother Moon and Grandfather Sun gives us wisdom and teachings of the lessons of life.
Our songs during prayer and ritual are the songs of nature, birds singing, chipmunks and squirrels chattering, wolves howling, etc. The sounds of the winds moving through the trees is also music, as well as the rushing water. This music of Nature is as sacred to us Native Americans as your hymns you sing in your churches on Sunday morning. Our songs are the beatings of the drums, the playing of the flutes, etc, the dancing in the circles. These are our paths of recognizing the one great truth, WE as a human race as well as the race of nature? Are all connected. We depend and need each other to survive.
But? What if you came into your churches on Sunday morning and found the floors to be littered with cigarette butts, plastic bottles, dog feces and urine? What if in the middle of your rituals in your churches? People busted into them and started yelling, screaming, making all kinds of ruckus? What if people came in disrespecting and denigrating your churches and your beliefs? Saying to you? We do not care. We will trample and trash your churches all we wish to because what you believe in does not matter to us? How would you feel if this was done to your beautiful churches, or your Temples or your Mosques? Or any other place you call your Sacred Space where you go to fulfill your spiritual and other needs?
There is a place in Berlin that is in fact? Sacred to the local and other Native Americans. Many of us go there for our spiritual needs, to fulfill our paths as Native Americans. It is a very historical and spiritual place for Native Americans. It is a place where our ancestors used to live, worship, and die. It is full of Native American spiritual ways for us.
But it is not like it once was because people who do not care have turned our church into a desolate place. No longer do the birds sing there like they once did, nor do the wildlife visit like it once did. It has been trashed, denigrated, and wrecked by people who simply do not care, nor respect other peoples Sacred Spaces or spiritual paths. The archeological sites are being wrecked by these people and they do not care. There are also? Many rare and protected species of wildflowers, like purple trillium, lady slippers and many others that will not appear this year due to the carelessness of these people and their dogs ripping the place up. The dogs leaving their urine and feces scents behind along with their constant barking have driven off the wildlife. Each day those of us who truly love and care for the area that go out there have to pick up cig butts, plastic water and soda bottles and even piles of dog crap left behind.
So again, I ask, how would you like it if this was done to your Church or Sacred Space, cause we Native Americans of the area that use that trail as our church sure do not like it.
Respect Sacred Space, where ever it is. Especially that of Native Americans.
After a few discussions with some Christians? I have come to realize something. Atheists, LGBTS, Pagans, Native Americans and all others that Christians have either historically persecuted? Or still persecute to this day? Are actually? More Christian than those who DARE proclaim themselves Christians are.
The Basic Rules of being a follower of Jesus Christ and calling yourself a Christian
Generally? The basic rules of Christianity, even from those whom I debate and they say the Fake Christians are not the True Christians and a True Follower of Jesus acts this way, describe a True Christian this way.
Love above all else is the rule. If you do not love your neighbors which is all your fellow human being? Even those whom YOU consider your enemy? Then you cannot call yourself a True Christian. If Jesus loved all of us? And we say we are a True Christian? Then we must love everyone else no matter what, just as Jesus did for you.
You cannot spread hate, violence, anger in the name of Jesus. Jesus could have killed all the Romans and his enemies if he wanted to. He did not preach hate, but love. He did not preach war but peace. He did not practice punching his enemy in the face but he turned the other cheek. Even when he was dying on that cross for you? He forgave those who put him up on that cross. He got mad at the false teachers and even stated? Any true follower of his? Should do the same. There is nothing wrong with going after the money changers, the false prophets, the preachers and teachers of hate. If he went after them and even turned over their tables in the very Temple? Then so should all True Christians do this to all those they declare Fake Christians.
You cannot judge anyone. Jesus commanded that you were never to judge others, unless YOU were completely without sin and could cast the first stone. That you were to go correct your brothers and sisters in love when they were wrong, but you were never to judge them worthy of heaven or hell, because only your God and Jesus can judge you worthy of either heaven or hell. And even the bible says to never judge another, for as you judge another the same judgement shall be given to you. And the same measure you use to judge another? Shall be the same measure used to judge you. So take the massive mote out of your own eye Christians, before you attempt to take the tiny mote out of my eyes.
You must always TURN the other cheek and forgive your enemies or those who slap you in the face even. And not once, but as many times as you need to. Not only must you turn the other cheek? You must also pray for those who slap that cheek or those whom you consider your enemy. You must NEVER allow the sun to set with anger or hate in your heart against anyone. This is how all True Christians are always supposed to act for it is just like your own Lord and Savior acted. Even before you go to a church? If you are mad at any of your brothers and sisters? You must first go make your peace with them before you even go before the altar of the church.
How are Atheists, LGBTS, Native Americans, Pagans and others more Christian than most who DARE call themselves Christians?
Pagans have been turning the other cheek to Christians really since 335 AD when Christians made it a death penalty punishment to be a Pagan and started their Christian forced conversion persecution of Pagans.
I’ve met and known many Pagans of all different types through my years and I have read a whole lot of books from Pagan authors and at no time? Have I ever read in any Pagan literature where Pagans demand that Christians be put to death as witches and heretics lmfao.
Matter of fact? The biggest rule for most Pagans/Wiccans is? And it harm none? Do what thou will. That means harming not only other people? But even causing harm to yourself. And Christians can doubt this but? Even their “archenemy and scapegoat” the Satanists? Their rules are actually more moral and civil than the Christians. Their biggest rule above all else is also? Do what thou will but harm none.
Face it, some of the biggest persecutors of LGBTS are from the Abrahamic religions. In the areas where Christianity rules the roost? Their biggest persecutors are Christians. In Islamic regions? Guess what? It is the Muslims. Yes, it is a death penalty punishment in 14 Muslim countries to be an lgbt and they do put to brutal deaths lgbts. But guess what CHRISTIANS…YOU ARE ACTUALLY? NO BETTER.
There are many of those who call themselves Christians? Sitting in our prisons for brutally murdering lgbts all in the name of their Christianity. Many others who call themselves in prison calling themselves Christians who have beaten, tortured, raped, etc lgbts. Many for committing acts of arson and terrorism against lgbt establishments. And?
You got many Christian Pastors of Hate screaming like rabid dogs foaming at the mouth demanding brutal death penalty punishments against lgbts in the US and? Around the world. Hell, at least three of them? Are responsible for the persecutions of lgbts in Uganda, Nigeria, Russia and their satelite countries and many other places. In Uganda and Nigeria? Lgbts are put to brutal deaths by murder by those who are Christians who are riled up by the lies and evil they are told, all manufactured by these US Pastors of Hate.
We barely hear any Christians cry about these lgbts deaths or persecutions. But? We will hear a whole lot from Christians how lgbts should just shut the fuck up, go back in their closets and fucking die. Or how they are persecuting Christians by simply asking a baker to make them a wedding cake. These same hypocrite freaking bakers who have no problem making cakes for any adulterer who is equally and even more condemned in the bible? Than homosexuals are. Oh the fucking irony and hypocrisy huh?
But again? LGBTS keep turning their other cheek, as Christians try to rip that side off and demand that LGBTS keep turning their cheeks while Christians will cry if an LGBT tells them to just simply go fuck themselves. And what REALLY proves how LGBTS are more Christian than Christians are?
THEY DO NOT DEMAND THAT ANY CHRISTIAN BE PUT TO BRUTAL DEATHS, NOR HAVE ALL YOUR DAMN RIGHTS TAKEN AWAY AND PUT INTO NAZI STYLE CONCENTRATION CAMPS, OR DEMAND THE GOVERNMENT PUT YOU ALL TO DEATH NOW DO THEY?
But I hear Christian Pastors of Hate? Demanding this be done to them and all their psychotic, foaming at the mouth pew polishers shouting hearty amens and praise the lawds over this shit. And hey, you cannot tell them to stop their shit cause then? YOU ARE PERSECUTING CHRISTIANS!!!
And even funnier? LGBTS would just love? To be around you guys in your damn churches and gatherings not in hate? But in love.
And many of you? When you even find out your kid might be gay or lesbian? will throw those kids out onto the street and disown them. How the fuck do you call yourself a Christian over that when you do that to your own kid and hate them? Fuck you. Sure that might seems to be changing? But any fucking person who does this to a child? Has no fucking right to call themselves a parent in the first place, let alone be calling themselves a fucking human being.
But NOPE LGBTS are again? Proving by their turning the other cheek to Christians again and again? And even loving you guys? Whom they should in fact? Consider their enemies cause many of you really want to do them all manner of harm? And even wanting to join your damn churches? Well hey.
Again, Native Americans? Are more Christian than Christians. Christians did all they could to wipe us Native Americans off the face of the earth. They literally tried to commit what is known as extermination which is hugely different than just genocide. The Christians committed all kinds of warfare, from brutal slaughters to germ and other warfare. I could spend thousands of words describing all the things that Christians did to us Native Americans in North, Central and South America. But the plain and simple fact and truth is? Christians did in fact? Try to wipe us off the face of the earth.
And again? Do you see or hear Natives stating a complete and total rise up of ALL Red Nations and take it all back from you guys? Trust me, if we truly wanted to take it all back? WE COULD. One Native American Warrior? Is worth one hundred Christian warriors. And some? Are worth a thousand of them. But? WE just again? Want to be left in peace really. To be allowed to go back to our ways, to have you assholes leave what is left to us alone and stop trying to finish off polluting it, and destroying it, or destroying OUR Native cemetaries for your fucking golf courses, your fucking homes and your fucking football stadiums. I mean how the fuck would you guys like if if we Natives demanded all the graves at Arlington National Cemetary or the cemetaries where YOUR loved ones are buried and ripped up and a casino built upon them?
But nope, we Natives really wish you fucking Christians would actually leave us the hell alone. Yes, thank you to those Christians who are finally waking the fuck up and realizing what your Christians did to us, and thanks for the love. We do if you believe it? LOVE you all too.
Actually? I know MANY Red brothers and sisters? Who hold pow-wows and prayer sessions for you whites and Christians. Pretty freaking damn cool huh? So again? Native Americans? Turning the other cheek again, attempting to the best of our ability to love you Christians who consider us your enemies and want to continue to do us harm or insult, denigrate and defame us tell outrageous bullshit talking out of their asshole lies about us, or blame us for all the shit that was brought upon us by the “love, peace, non-judgment” of Christians on their fucking death camps Christians called reservations after their death marches to them
And here we go. Atheists. Yeah you Christians been forcing us to live in the fucking shadows for a very long time. You assholes been persecuting Atheists for so long? Well. But again? When I do say I want to see Christians reap what they have sown and see whole towns or whole churches of Christians brutally murdered or wiped out? NO, THAT IS IN FACT? MY PISSED OFF SATIRICAL SIDE THROWING THIS SHIT I HEAR FROM THESE SICK AND TWISTED OUTRAGEOUS CHRISTIAN PASTORS OF HATE AND DEATH BACK INTO ALL CHRISTIANS FACES CAUSE I AM FUCKING SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING IT FROM THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS, AND THEN WHEN I BITCH ABOUT IT? THOSE TRUE CHRISTIANS PLAY THEIR FUCKING GAMES OF NO TRUE SCOTSMAN LINE OF APOLOGETIC BULLSHIT AND OTHER BULLSHIT WHY THEY DO NOT HAVE THE FUCKING BALLS TO PUT A STOP TO THESE “FAKE CHRISTIANS” THEY KEEP CALLING THESE ASSHOLES THEMSELVES.
SO HOW THE FUCK IT IS AN ATHEIST IS PERSECUTING A CHRISTIAN? WHEN THEY THEMSELVES? DO NOT EVEN CALL THE PERSON A FUCKING CHRISTIAN THEMSELVES? OH THE HYPOCRISY AND IDIOCY OF CHRISTIANS LET ME FUCKING TELL YA LMFAO.
But honestly? This atheist? Would rather sit down with ya, smoke a big old bong, and either play cribbage or backgammon with ya, or watch some music videos or a movie, or go out and have some other fun. Not fucking fight with ya, not hate on ya, etc.
But honestly? We atheists? Could in fact? Be standing up to you guys in ways you would not believe. We are again? Turning the other cheek, trying to just live with you guys who actually? Do not even like us atheists in most polls and think we are lower than muslim terrorists and fucking pedophiles. I mean WTF.
So that makes us Atheists? Even more Christians than 99% of you who DARE call yourselves Christians. Just like Pagans, LGBTS, Native Americans and many others Christians love to persecute or have persecuted in their 1700 years of Christianity.
To start? This is NOT directed to all those True Christians out there who actualy practice and live their Lord and Saviors commandments. Especially? The second part of his greatest commandment and the bibles commands against hate, non-judgment, forgiving your enemies, treating all others as you would want them to treat you, and sowing good things.
I know there are a whole lot more of you True Christians out there than there are the ones who have hijacked your Christianity and preach and do everything opposite of what your Jesus ever commanded you to do. Yes, whether you believe it or not? We atheists? Have no problem with True Christians. We like you actually. You are really good and decent people. You do in fact? A lot to make the world a better place and do a whole lot helping others.
So PLEASE understand? This is against your Fake Christians ok? Again? I have no beef with you True Christian, I honestly and really do not. And yeah, I GET PISSED over THE FAKE CHRISTIANS I keep reporting on in this blog.
YES, I believe ANYONE who rapes a child? Should in fact? Get the death penalty. If we use that punishment? Then it should be for the most deserving of all scumbag criminals on our planet, those who harm innocent and basically defenseless infants, toddlers, children and teens. I do not care what you religion you claim to abide by, I do not care whether you are rich or poor, I do not care if you are a proclaimed saint or sinner. YOU harm a child? YOU should have your life taken from you. There should be absolutely NO MERCY to those who harm children.
Even still? It should be an automatic death penalty punishment if your victim? Is under the age of consent in the state they commit their crime in, and especially? If your victim is under the age of 10, or if you have more than one victim, or if your victim or victims? Are truly defenseless as in handicapped, like the deaf/mute children that were being brutally raped at the Antonio Provolo Institutes in Italy and Argentina.
But? This applies even more to those who DARE call themselves Christian priests or pastors, or Jewish rabbis, or Muslim clerics. They not only rape the bodies of their victims, they rape the mind, soul and heart too. This is even more evil in the scale of things if you actually listen and pay attention to the victims and survivors of this.
AGAIN, THIS IS NOT DEMANDING ANY HARM TO ANY TRUE CHRISTIAN, THIS IS AGAINST THOSE FAKE CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE NO RIGHT TO CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS IN THE FIRST PLACE.AND THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS IN ANY SENSE OF THE MEANING.
And PLEASE UNDERSTAND, I find ALL pedophile and rape crimes EVIL. The harm done to the victims is uncalculable.
What I am saying here is? Again? These religious people who do these things? Should in fact? Pay the ultimate price with a death penalty punishment, given to them under a legal system with a court of law, a judge and jury to make that decision. NO PEDOPHILE especially? Should EVER get a slap on the wrist, but at the very least? ALL Pedophile justly convicted in a court of law? Should receive LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE TO NEVER BE RELEASED UPON SOCIETY AGAIN.
NOT 15 YEARS FOR BRUTALLY RAPING A 9 YEAR OLD GIRL ON HER FATHERS GRAVE, OR 5 YEARS FOR RAPING DEAF/MUTE CHILDREN, OR EVEN? NO TIME AT ALL. EITHER BECAUSE THEY HID BEHIND THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS TO GET AWAY WITH THEIR CRIMES, OR THEY WERE CONSIDERED TOO OLD, TOO FRAIL ETC TO BE SENT TO PRISON, OR THEY “REPENTED” ENOUGH NOT TO BE. PEDOPHILES? ARE THE DISGUSTING PART OF OUR HUMAN SOCIETY? WHOM NEVER CHANGES. THEY NEVER STOP AND THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT SOCIETY FROM THE HARM THEY CAUSE? IS EITHER PUT THEM TO DEATH IN OUR PRISONS, OR LOCK THEM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY AND NEVER ALLOW THEM TO WALK OUR STREETS EVER AGAIN.
AND YES, THERE SHOULD BE A DISTINCTION WITH AN 18 YR OLD BOY BEING WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND IF SHE IS 17, OR EVEN 16. THAT IS NOT PEDOPHILE CRIMES NOR ANY KIND OF APPLICABLE CRIME. I AM TALKING ABOUT ADULTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE “RELIGIOUS” ADULTS WHO DO THIS.
MY WORDS ARE NOT HATE AGAINST TRUE CHRISTIAN, NO TRUE CHRISTIAN I KNOW? WOULD EVER DO THIS TO A CHILD, NO TRUE CHRISTIAN I KNOW? WOULD EVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN TO A CHILD. NO TRUE CHRISTIAN I KNOW? WOULD EVER STAND UP AND DEFEND THESE SCUMBAGS WHO DO THIS TO YOUR OWN CHILDREN. YOU KNOW THIS IS GOING ON AND MANY OF YOU? ARE DOING ALL YOU CAN TO MAKE SURE THIS STOPS. BUT THERE ARE STILL MANY OF THESE SCUMBAGS IN YOUR CHURCHES WHO ARE DOING THIS AND THEY MUST BE FOUND AND REMOVED AT ALL COSTS. I APPRECIATE AND SO DO MANY OTHERS, THE PROGRESS YOU TRUE CHRISTIANS HAVE DONE IN DEALING WITH THIS, BUT MUCH MORE MUST BE DONE.
I SAY THIS AGAINST YOUR FAKE CHRISTIANS, THOSE WHO INVADED YOUR CHURCHES, PROCLAIMING THEMSELVES PRIESTS AND PASTORS OF YOUR GOD, A FOLLOWER OF YOUR JESUS AND A TEACHER OF YOU ALL, WHILE THEY RAPED, AND TORTURED, AND BRUTALIZED YOUR CHILDREN YOU ENTRUSTED THEM TO. I AM TALKING ABOUT THE SCUMBAGS WHO HAVE CAUSE SO MUCH HARM TO YOUR CHILDREN. I AM SPEAKING FOR THOSE VOICES IN THE GRAVE, REFUSING TO ALLOW THEM TO REMAIN SILENT, THOSE VICTIMS WHO TOOK THEIR LIVES OVER THIS. AND I AM SPEAKING FOR EACH AND EVERY VICTIM AND SURVIVOR WHO WAS DENIED JUSTICE, ATTACKED BY ANYONE FOR THE CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST THEM, INSULTED OR DENIGRATED OR DEFAMED ON THIS.
I’M TALKING ABOUT THE LEADERS, THE SCUMBAGS OF ALL YOUR DENOMINATIONS, WHO CARED MORE ABOUT THE REPUTATION OF THEIR VARIOUS CHURCHES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAN THEY DID ABOUT HELPING PUT A STOP TO THIS, AND PROTECTING AND DEFENDING THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS. AND I AM TALKING ABOUT THE LEADERS WHO MOVED THESE DANGEROUS AND DAMAGING PEDOPHILE FAKE CHRISTIAN PRIESTS AND PASTORS AROUND LIKE KIDS IN A CANDY STORE AND HID THE FACTS OF WHAT THEY WERE DOING AND MORE OF YOUR CHILDREN GOT RAPED AND BRUTALIZED BECAUSE OF IT.
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE, AS WELL AS THE ONES? WHO USE YOUR CHRISTIANITY TO SPREAD HATE AND DEATH, BIGOTRY AND MISOGYNY AND PATHOLOGICAL LIES AGAINST OTHERS. WHO THEN PROCLAIM HOW ALL CHRISTIANS ARE UNDER ATTACK. NO, GET THIS RIGHT. WE AGAIN? HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH TRUE CHRISTIANS. WE ARE NOT ATTACKING YOU. WE ACTUALLY? LOVE YA DAMMIT. WE ARE ATTACKING YOUR FAKE CHRISTIANS WHO SPREAD FAKE CHRISTIANITY IN THE NAME OF YOUR GOD, THE NAME OF YOUR JESUS THE NAME OF YOUR BIBLE AND THE NAME OF CHRISTIANITY.
THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CHRISTIANS, NOT TRUE CHRISTIANS, MUST BE STOOD UP TO JUST LIKE THOSE MUSLIM TALIBANS, OR ANY OTHER FASCIST RELIGIOUS PEOPLE SEEKING TO HARM OTHERS, DUE TO THEIR PSYCHOTIC INTERPRETATIONS OF YOUR BIBLE, AND THEN USE THAT TO HARM OTHERS.
TRUE CHRISTIANS? DO NOT HARM OTHERS, THEREFORE? WE HAVE NO REASON TO STAND UP OR DO ANYTHING TO YOU TRUE CHRISTIANS, GET THAT THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULLS. THERE IS NO WAR ON CHRISTIANS, THERE IS NO WAR AGAINST YOUR RELIGION, THERE ARE JUST PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK AND DAMN TIRED OF YOUR HATEFUL ASSHOLE FAKE CHRISTIANS AND THOSE ARE THE ONES WE ARE STANDING UP TO. AND WE HAVE EVERY DAMN RIGHT TO DO SO AND YES, USE YOUR VERY BIBLE AND THE WORDS OF THAT? TO SHOVE BACK INTO THEIR FACES AND DEMAND? AS THEY SOW? SO SHOULD THEY REAP AND AS THEY WANT TO DO TO THOSE THEY SPREAD HATE AND DEATH AGAINST? THEY SHOULD HAVE THE SAME DONE UNTO THEM.
THIS IS NOT PERSECUTING THEM FOR BEING CHRISTIANS EITHER, THEY HAVE FAR PROVEN? THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS. SO HOW CAN WE BE PERSECUTING CHRISTIANS, IF THE PEOPLE WE ARE STANDING UP TO? ARE NOT CHRISTIANS IN THE FIRST PLACE??? EVEN YOU TRUE CHRISTIANS AGREE? THESE ARE NOT CHRISTIANS, SO EVEN YOU AGREE WE ARE NOT PERSECUTING YOU CHRISTIANS. SO STOP ACTING LIKE WE ATHEISTS, OR LGBTS, OR PAGANS OR NATIVE AMERICANS, OR OTHERS, THESE SCUMBAG HATEFUL FAKE CHRISTIANS DO PERSECUTE WHEN WE STAND UP TO THEM.
ONE MORE TIME, TO ALL YOU TRUE CHRISTIANS, GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULLS. I KNOW MANY ATHEISTS, MANY LGBTS, MANY PAGANS, MANY NATIVE AMERICANS, WHO LOVE YA. WE APPRECIATE YOU GOOD AND TRUE CHRISTIANS. WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS WITH YOU. YOU ARE IN FACT? DAMN GREAT HUMANS. YOU LIVE BY LOVE, THAT IS FUCKING AWESOME AND BEAUTIFUL THING TO BRING TO A WORLD FILLED WITH HATE AND ANGER AND WAR AND ALL KINDS OF EVIL. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
WE WANT TO STOP AND GET RID OF ALL YOUR FAKE CHRISTIANS, NOT YOU. WE WANT TO STOP THOSE WHO USE YOUR BEAUTIFUL TEACHINGS OF LOVING OTHERS, HELPING OTHERS, ETC FROM CAUSING HATE AND HARM TO OTHERS.
UNDERSTAND THAT PLEASE. AND? HELP US PUT A STOP TO THIS SHIT PLEASE!!!!
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.”
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.”
HE BEAVER LAKE CREE NATION, Treaty No. 6 Area, Canada. I am driving down a rutted dirt road with Eric Lameman, a member of the Cree nation.
“Over there,” he says, pointing out where he was born in a tent 61 years ago.
We stop the car and look toward a wooded grove.
“That’s the mass grave,” he says softly, indicating a clearing where dozens of Cree who died in a smallpox epidemic over a century ago are buried.
The Cree have been under relentless assault since the arrival of the European colonialists in the 1500s. Now the 500 inhabitants of the Cree reserve, where many live in small, boxy prefabricated houses, are victims of a new iteration of colonial exploitation, one centered on the extraction of oil from the vast Alberta tar sands. This atrocity presages the destruction of the ecosystem on which they depend for life. If the Cree do not stop the exploiters this time, they, along with the exploiters, will die.
The reserve is surrounded by the tar sands, one of the largest concentrations of crude oil in the world. The sands produce 98% of Canada’s oil and are the United States’ largest source of imported oil. This oil, among the dirtiest fossil fuels on earth, is a leading cause of atmospheric pollution, releasing massive amounts of carbon dioxide. The production and consumption of one barrel of tar sands crude oil release 17% more carbon dioxide than production and consumption of a standard barrel of oil.
Tar sands oil is a thick, mucky, clay-like substance that is infused with a hydrocarbon called bitumen. The oil around Beaver Lake is extracted by a process known as steam-assisted gravity drainage, which occurs under the earth and is similar to fracking. Farther north, extraction is done by strip-mining the remote boreal forest of Alberta, 2 million acres of which have already been destroyed. The destruction of vast forests, sold to timber companies, and the scraping away of the topsoil have left behind poisoned wastelands. This industrial operation, perhaps the largest such project in the world, is rapidly accelerating the release of the carbon emissions that will, if left unchecked, soon render the planet uninhabitable for humans. The oil is transported thousands of miles to refineries as far away as Houston through pipelines and in tractor-trailer trucks or railroad cars. More than a hundred climate scientists have called for a moratorium on the extraction of tar sands oil. Former NASA scientist James Hansen has warned that if the tar sands oil is fully exploited, it will be “game over for the planet.” He has also called for the CEOs of fossil fuel companies to be tried for high crimes against humanity.
It is hard, until you come here, to grasp the scale of the tar sands exploitation. Surrounding Beaver Lake are well over 35,000 oil and natural gas wells and thousands of miles of pipelines, access roads and seismic lines. (The region also contains the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, which has appropriated huge tracts of traditional territory from the native inhabitants to test weapons.) Giant processing plants, along with gargantuan extraction machines, including bucket wheelers that are over half a mile long and draglines that are several stories high, ravage hundreds of thousands of acres. These stygian centers of death belch sulfurous fumes, nonstop, and send fiery flares into the murky sky. The air has a metallic taste. Outside the processing centers, there are vast toxic lakes known as tailings ponds, filled with billions of gallons of water and chemicals related to the oil extraction, including mercury and other heavy metals, carcinogenic hydrocarbons, arsenic and strychnine. The sludge from the tailings ponds is leaching into the Athabasca River, which flows into the Mackenzie, the largest river system in Canada. Nothing here, by the end, will support life. The migrating birds that alight at the tailings ponds die in huge numbers. So many birds have been killed that the Canadian government has ordered extraction companies to use noise cannons at some of the sites to scare away arriving flocks. Around these hellish lakes, there is a steady boom-boom-boom from the explosive devices.
The water in much of northern Alberta is no longer safe for human consumption. Drinking water has to be trucked in for the Beaver Lake reserve.
Streams of buses ferry workers, almost all of them men, up and down the roads, night and day. Tens of thousands from across Canada have come to work in the tar sands operations. Many live in Fort McMurray, about 180 miles from Beaver Lake, and work punishing 12-hour shifts for three weeks at a time before having a week off.
The Cree, the Dene and other tribes that live amid the environmental carnage and whose ancestral lands have been appropriated by the government to extract the tar sands oil suffer astronomical rates of respiratory and other illnesses. Cancer rates are 30% higher than in the rest of Alberta, according to the Alberta Cancer Board, which was disbanded soon after releasing this information in 2008.
When he was a child, Eric Lameman was taken from his parents by the government, a common practice a few decades ago, and sent to an Indian boarding school where beatings were routine, speaking Cree or any of the other indigenous languages was forbidden and native religious and cultural practices were outlawed. He says the forced severance from his family and his community, along with the banning of his traditions, was psychologically devastating. He remembers his father and other Cree elders on the reserve performing religious rituals in secret. He would sneak to the woods to watch them as, risking arrest, they clung to their beliefs and spiritual practices.
Lameman defied the efforts to wipe out his identity and his culture. He says it is only his Cree roots that keep him whole and make it possible for him to endure. He suffered extreme poverty. He also had periods of addiction and even episodes of violence. It is hard to avoid personal disintegration when the dominant culture seeks to eradicate your being. Canada’s indigenous people represent 4 percent of the population, but they make up more than a quarter of the inmates in the nation’s federal prisons. Lameman’s wife left him and their young children. She died from alcoholism on the streets of Calgary. He worked as a heavy machine operator in the tar sands. He quit when he realized the land he was despoiling would never recover and he began to get sick. He survives now on welfare.
We are back in his small house, seated in the tiny kitchen. His daughter Crystal Lameman, an internationally known indigenous rights activist, heats juniper in an iron skillet until fumes of the pungent herb drift upward. We cup our hands and pull the smoke into our nostrils. The Cree and others say “smudging” cleanses negative energy, helps bring clarity and vision, and centers those exposed to the scent. We sit quietly.
The more the Cree recover their traditions to defy the capitalist mantra of hoarding, profit, exploitation, self-promotion and commodification of human beings and the earth, the more their life has an intrinsic value rather than a monetary value. This recovery is the antidote to despair. It grounds the Cree spiritually. It permits transcendence. It at once estranges them from reality and brings them closer to it. Resistance is not only about challenging the extraction companies in court, as the Cree have done in trying to block the tar sands industry and the pipelines from their traditional land; it is about holding fast to another orientation to reality, one that we all must adopt if we are to survive as a species. It is about the recovery of the sacred. The white exploiters seek not only to steal the land and natural resources and commit genocide against indigenous communities but to wipe out this competing ethic.
“I need my people,” Eric Lameman says. “I need the ones that know our history, our language, our spiritual practices and our culture. I rely on them to pass it on to me so I can pass it on.”
The exploiters have sought to corrupt the Cree and bastardize their traditions. Extraction companies have paid off some tribal leaders to support pipelines or surrender tribal territory to oil development. The companies use the quislings to mount propaganda campaigns in favor of extraction, to divide and weaken indigenous communities and to attempt to discredit leaders such as Crystal. The federal government last year staged a Cree religious ceremony, complete with honor songs and drums, to bless the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and Canada’s $4.5 billion purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline, developments that mean death for the Cree people.
“This is what they call reconciliation,” Eric says bitterly.
“It’s cultural appropriation,” Crystal says. “ ‘Reconciliation’ is a bullshit word. Reconciling with whom? Reconciling what? Reconciling us with the current colonial systems of exploitation? Until they dismantle the structures of exploitation there can be no reconciliation.”
The man camps of tens of thousands of tar sands workers fuel the prostitution industry. Indigenous girls and women, living in squalor and poverty, are lured by the seemingly easy and fast money. Their sexual degradation soon leads to addictions to blunt the pain. This too is a legacy of colonialism. Canada began as a military and commercial outpost of Britain. The Hudson’s Bay Company did not permit European women to immigrate to Canada. Brothels, populated by prostituted indigenous girls and women, were established alongside the military forts and trading posts. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued a report in 2015 that found that indigenous, or First Nations, women, who constitute 4.3% of Canada’s female population, are four times more likely to go missing or be murdered than other Canadian women. They are 16% of female murder victims and are the objects of 11% of missing person’s cases involving women.
“I was on a panel in Vancouver,” Crystal Lameman says. “I used the word ‘prostitution.’ A person got up and told me to use the term ‘sex work,’ saying it was a choice. Impoverished and vulnerable indigenous girls and women do not choose to be prostitutes. They are forced into that world. Girls are conditioned for this from familial disintegration and sexual abuse. … Sexual abuse, a common experience for girls in residential schools and the foster care system, is another one of the legacies of colonialism.”
The infusion of workers with disposable incomes has also seen an explosion in drugs in northern Alberta such as crack cocaine and crystal meth, and with the drugs has come a rash of suicides among the native population. Suicide and non-suicidal intentional self-injuries are the leading causes of death for First Nations people under the age of 44 in Canada. Young indigenous males are 10 times more likely to kill themselves than other Canadians. Young indigenous females are 21 times more likely to commit suicide. Beaver Lake has not been spared, losing seven people to suicide in a 12-month period in 2014 and 2015. All of them were under the age of 44, and all were drug addicts or alcoholics.
“There are two roads into Fort McMurray,” Crystal says. “There’s Highway 63 and Highway 881, which runs through here. This is one of the stops for the drugs. The traffickers say, ‘Well, there’s a little town, we’ll stop there and drop drugs there too. A lot of the drug runners are from small towns, from these communities. It is a quick way to make money.”
“Our community used to be safe,” she says. “We left the doors unlocked, even when we slept. We would leave our vehicles running. Nobody worried.”
“It’s dangerous now,” she goes on, speaking of the rash of robberies by addicts. She adds, “You can’t get into altercations. It’s the drugs. They affect people’s mental health. People live in fear.”
The resurrection of the old ceremonial practices such as the annual sun dance, along with the traditional medicine camp, harvesting camps and sweat lodges, is about another way of being, one that honors the interconnectedness of all living beings, including the earth on which we depend for life.
“We are seeing the effects,” Crystal says. “Our cultural practices and language embody a belief system that is the opposite of capitalism and globalization, the lust for money and material wealth.”
“I used to think globally,” she says. “I was in D.C. on the front lines. I was in the climate march in New York. I was everywhere. I traveled internationally. I was at every rally. But I wasn’t here, at home, doing the real work. It’s easier being out there, instead of being in our community. Yes, there is this big black cloud, but there is also another, beautiful side. The women in the community are bringing the ceremonies back. The more we return to the land, the closer we are to achieving holistic wellness. My community is not in despair. We are doing our diligence to be well again. I think about my dad. My dad was one of those people he’s talking about [when he says] ‘I had friends that I can’t trust now because they’re not well because of the drugs.’ My dad was one of those in despair. But he has come back to us and to himself.”
I love it when pissant Christians cry how they are persecuted. No, I really do. Their complete and utter hypocrisy is in full exposure when Christians cry how much they are persecuted. For 1,700 years? Christians persecuted Native Americans, Pagans, Atheists, LGBTS, Jews, and many others. Christians put to brutal deaths millions upon millions in their 1,700 year history.
Christians deserve to be persecuted. They deserve to reap back all they have sown in their persecutions of Pagans, Native Americans, Jews, lgbts, atheists and many others. Christians should reap what they have sown and have done unto them as they do unto others.
How do you explain the morality of Christians who participated in the slaughter and forced conversion programs of the Pagans? Or all the Christians who brutally murdered Native Americans and did all they could to wipe us off the face of the earth, committing the worst case of mass genocide in recorded human history? Or how about the morality of Christians when they burned a whole town of Jews and murdered them? Or how about all the people who were tortured and executed by Christians in their Inquisitions? Or how about all the people murdered in those Christian wars like the Thirty Year War? Or how about all the lgbts, atheists, and many others that Christians have brutally murdered? So where do these Christians get their morality from? Or the hundreds of thousands of Christians busted for raping children? Or the hundreds of thousands of Christians, who were Christians before they got busted, in prison for such crimes as murder, terrorism, theft, and all kinds of other crimes? Funny how you Christians scream your morality is superior when many of you Christians, who demand we others live up to your morality? Cannot even abide by it. But hey, if you Christians want us to practice Christian morality? Then I guess we should start just butchering Christians like Christians, in their justified morality has done unto others?
Christian have proven they have no care for other peoples human rights, only their own. Christians proved this when they did 9 Crusades into Northern Paganlands, slaughtering hundreds of thousands of pagans in their forced ChristoTaliban conversion program of the Pagans.
Christians showed absolutely no human rights for us Native Americans, committing the worst case of mass genocide in recorded human history against us Native Americans of North, Central and South America. Calling us the savages and telling us we were of less worth than their black slaves and dogs.
Christians showed absolutely no human rights for Africans when they enslaved them.
Christians showed absolutely no human rights to Jews as they slaughtered whole towns of Jews.
Christians showed absolutely no human rights to those they tortured and murdered during their Inqusitional period.
In modern times? Chrisitans have sown absolutely no human rights to those they slaughtered in their mass genocides in Bosnia or Somolia,or to the lgbts and atheists and others they put to brutal deaths, or their persecutions of lgbts, atheists and others throughout the world.
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As I am an Aniwaya Cherokee and Blackfeet Native American? HOW ABOUT ALL YOU CUNTS JUST LEAVE OUR COUNTRY AND GO BACK TO WHERE THE FUCK YOUR CHRISTOTALIBAN ANCESTORS CAME FROM WHEN THEY INVADED MY COUNTRY AND PUT MILLIONS OF MY NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTORS TO BRUTAL DEATHS TO SHOW US ALL HOW SUPERIOR YOU TWATWAFFLE WHITE DEMONS ARE.