By Carol Christoffel
September 25, 2008
Much of what some extremists are preaching from the pulpit about is ego-based and self-serving. Many think they need to "guide" the congregation on voting issues and have positioned themselves to be "kingmakers". Christ did not practice "kingmaking" or regime changes.
This country was based as much on Native contributions as it was on anything else. On the East coast the Natives had a great council of peace for close to 500 years. Our nation, a mere 200 years has been frought with conflict and it is getting more and more frequent.
Though Benjamin Franklin, our
founding father, did not like Native Americans, he was impressed
with the Great Peace lodge,(which was very democratically run)
and adopted the Eagle holding sticks from it, changing the boughs
of cedar to olive branches to "westernize" it. You
can see the seal everyday on a quarter.
There is one big difference. Canada like Australia has acknowledged the abuse of aboriginal people and has apologized for it, while here in the United States, we deny it took place.(Canada's apology was early June of this year carried all over Canadian television, but only on N.P.R here.)
In 1994 or thereabouts Native Americans won the right to worship in thier own way. Despite this there has been and remains signifigant harassment of traditionals.
While it is true at some times some tribes engaged in bad cultural practices (because they stumbled on the path the Creator made for them), it is unfair to label and judge them by this.
Christianity has during its corrupt days in Medieval Europe, openly persecuted Muslims and Jews (who were thought to have secret horns of the Devil on thier heads, concealed by the tiny boxlike hat) and at a later date, women, herbalists, midwives et.cet. This was illustrated to me by my Jewish Art Proff who always pointed out the tiny horns sculpted into a famouse statue of Moses as evidence of Christian supperstition.Don't believe it?
Try looking for yourself in some art books, try Michelangelo for starters.
Our western society and the Church has sinned aplenty as the late Pope acknowledged. Christian churches especially cults that use the name of Christ are just as likely to do evil(See Yearning for Zion , Guyana, Waco et.cet for starters).
The Christ stated we should not be concerned with the "splinter in our nieghbor's eye, while there is a log to consider in thine own eye"
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
We need to respect the right
of people to choose and choose freely, not under threat or pressure.
If we want to remain a Democracy, freedome of religion is a must.
About: "Travel widely, lived in Ketchikan, work with many tribes. Nurse specializing in environmetal medical issues."
Received September , 2008 - Published September 25, 2008
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