Sunday, February 10, 2013
'Christian' Holy War on Indians
'Christian' Holy War on Indians
To white supremacists spewing their self-righteous justification and venomous bile, decrying Indians for expecting treaties to be honored, were it not for those 'christian' missionaries, Indigenous People would still own and control their lands and wouldn't need to beg for subsistence and a fair share of the natural resources needed to exist.
Ayn Rand expressed the ignorant and arrogant sentiments accepted by a far too large segment of the dominant society:
"Now, I don't care to discuss the alleged complaints American Indians have against this country. ... They had no right to a country merely because they were born here... You believe that if someone is born in a magnificent country and doesn't know what to do with it, he still has a property right to it. He does not. Since the Indians did not have the concept of property or property rights--they didn't have a settled society, they had predominantly nomadic tribal "cultures"--they didn't have rights to the land, and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights that they had not conceived of and were not using. ... But let's suppose they were all beautifully innocent savages--which they certainly were not. What were they fighting for, in opposing the white man on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence; for their "right" to keep part of the earth untouched--to keep everybody out so they could live like animals or cavemen. Any European who brought with him an element of civilization had the right to take over this continent, and it's great that some of them did."
One of her sociopathic followers recently added to this fanciful tripe:
"The transfer of Western civilization to this continent was one of the great cultural gifts in recorded history, affording Indians almost effortless access to centuries of European accomplishments in philosophy, science, technology, and government. As a result, today's Indians enjoy a capacity for generating health, wealth, and happiness that their Stone Age ancestors could never have conceived.
From a historical perspective, the proper response to such a gift is not resentment but gratitude. America's policies toward the Indians were generally benign, aimed at protecting them from undeserved harm while providing significant material support and encouragement to become civilized."
You can't white wash the blood on your hands, simply by re-labeling conquest and genocide as the "benign" "transfer of Western civilization". John Trudell well expressed reality when he stated
"They are not civilized. That's the big lie. Or, if that is really what 'civilization' is, then the lie is that 'civilization' is good for us as human beings."
Even though one may deny being responsible for the centuries of genocide, virtually all immigrant settlers enjoy benefits and lives of privilege and status that are built on the blood, sweat, tears and bodies of humans sacrificed to their so-called christian ways. The genocide did not end, it continues as long as any people are held captive to colonial institutions and tyrannical governments denying individuals the right of self-determination, sufficient resources for subsistence and independence.
I suggest that if you really believe in Jesus and a higher authority, you should be shaking in your boots for blaspheming them, blaming your murderous ways on 'god's will', manifest destiny.
Let us never forget, after conquering the tribes of Europe, the Holy Roman Church opened new fronts of its war against the Indigenous Peoples of the world.
In 1452, Pope Nicholas issued the Romanus Pontifex, declaring war against all non-Christians throughout the world, and specifically sanctioning and promoting the conquest, colonization, and exploitation of non-Christian nations and their territories.
The Pope directed King of Portugal to "capture, vanquish, and subdue the saracens, pagans, and other enemies of Christ," to "put them into perpetual slavery," and "to take all their possessions and property."
After Columbus crashed into the 'Americas', this Declaration of War was continued with the Papal Bull of 1493, the Inter Cetera, "granting" to Spain the right to conquer the lands which Columbus had already found, as well as any lands which Spain might "discover" in the future.
Pope Alexander stated his desire that the "discovered" people be "subjugated and brought to the faith itself."
This was followed by El Requerimiento of 1513, which was delivered in Spanish, often from aboard their ships, incomprehensible to any Indians even if within ear shot. The gist of it was, we are ordained by church and God to dominate you. If you resist we kill and/or enslave you and your babies.
“If you do not acknowledge the Church as the ruler and superior of the whole world, and maliciously make delay in it, I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter into your country, and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can, and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church and of their highnesses; we shall take you, and your wives, and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their highnesses may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do you all the mischief and damage that we can, as to vassals who do not obey, and refuse to receive their lord, and resist and contradict him: and we protest that the deaths and losses which shall accrue from this are your fault, and not that of their highnesses, or ours, nor of these cavaliers who come with us.”
The Catholics brought with them mass human sacrifice ceremonies to facilitate the subjugation process.
As reported first hand by Barotolome de Las Casas, a priest turned whistle-blower and contemporary of Columbus, a beam would be placed between two trees or posts and then 13 Indians at a time would be tied high so their feet would dangle above the piles of firewood placed below them then set afire, roasting them alive. When this ceremony was performed, it was not allowed to use 10, 15 or 20 Indians at a time. The strict protocol called for exactly 13 human sacrifices. Why 13? Simple. It was in "honor" of "savior" Jesus and the Twelve Apostles of the Church.
On Columbus' return voyage, a colony was established on an island they called Hispaniola (known today as Haiti and the Dominican Republic). Within 2 generations, virtually the entire Indian population was exterminated. Las Casas reported 3 million were wiped out. Other scientists today suggest it may have been closer to 8 million. The Spaniard then had to resort to importing slaves from Africa and Indians captured from the South American mainland to replenish their working class, hence the unusual demographics we see today on that particular island.
Hatuey, one of the chieftains on that island fled the conquistadors. Taking with him his village people numbering over 400, they crossed the open ocean to Cuba in their own canoes. They tried to warn the Indians on Cuba what was coming their way. The Spanish were incensed that anyone would dare reject their 'benevolent' subjugation and civilization, so they launched a manhunt to capture this runaway resistor and make an example of him.
"Hatuey showed the Taíno of Caobana a basket of gold and jewels, saying:
Here is the God the Spaniards worship. For these they fight and kill; for these they persecute us and that is why we have to throw them into the sea... They tell us, these tyrants, that they adore a God of peace and equality, and yet they usurp our land and make us their slaves. They speak to us of an immortal soul and of their eternal rewards and punishments, and yet they rob our belongings, seduce our women, violate our daughters. Incapable of matching us in valor, these cowards cover themselves with iron that our weapons cannot break...
The people of Caobana were of such innocence they could not believe Hatuey's message, and few joined him to fight. Hatuey resorted to guerrilla tactics against the Spaniards, and was able to confine them to their fort at Baracoa. Eventually the Spaniards succeeded in capturing him. On February 2, 1512, he was tied to a stake and burned alive at Yara.
Before he was burned, a priest asked him if he would accept Jesus and go to heaven. La Casas recalled the reaction of the chief:
Hatuey, thinking a little, asked the 'religious' man if Spaniards went to heaven. The 'religious' man answered yes... The chief then said without further thought that he did not want to go there but to hell so as not to be where they were and where he would not see such cruel people."
After laying those Islands to waste, the Spaniards set their sights on the mainland. Cortez invading 'Mexico' and de Soto the 'Land of Flowers', Florida.
On invading in 1539, De Soto sent out emissaries demanding the Indians submit to the Spanish church and king, or else. Acuera, in reply, spoke so clearly and with such integrity and strength, the Spanish deemed him to be 'insolent'.
"I have long since learned who you [European Christians] are through others of you who came years ago to my land; and I already know very well what your customs and behavior are like. To me you are professional vagabonds who wander from place to place, gaining your livelihood by robbing, sacking and murdering people who have given you no offense.”
Nothing has changed since, except the genocide, especially in the Protestant British Occupation Zone of the Americas, got much worse.
We are still at war, still under attack by European masters and their psychopathic lackeys. To this day, the church has refused to repeal the Papal Bulls of 1452 and 1493 and repudiate the "doctrine of discovery" and 'Christian Manifest Destiny' they gave birth to. The USA has adopted the Catholic decrees as the foundation of its case law in 'dealing with' the Indians, ascribing validity to the 'doctrine of christian discovery'.
White position of privilege is based on plunder and monopolization of resources. Impoverishment of others is an essential part of the program.
“Manufactures [wage workers] are founded in poverty. It is the multitude of poor without land in a country, and who must work for others at low wages or starve, that enables undertakers to carry on a manufacture, and afford it cheap enough to prevent the importation of the same kind from abroad, and to bear the expence of its own exportation. But no man who can have a piece of land of his own, sufficient by his labour to subsist his family in plenty, is poor enough to be a manufacturer and work for a master.” - Benjamin Franklin
Seizure and privatization of the land and natural resources is theft from others as it is a denial of equitable shares in the means of subsistence, without requiring submission and servitude to a master, a landLORD.
"That conclusion may seem harsh, but it is truth.
The edge of extinction does not allow the luxury of mincing words."
- - Dr. Taiaiake Alfred - Kanien'kehaka Oyenko:ohntoh (Mohawk protector)
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Steve Newcomb videos:
Pagans in 'our' promised land:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRgcLfiew5I
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFrQdozGZt8
'Christian' Doctrine of Discovery:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bI9NAIfock
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgPRxr7VEBQWritings:Colonization Day: http://www.coloradoaim.org/blog/2004/10/steve-newcomb-colonization-day.html
Five Hundred Years of Injustice:
Las Casas, Bartolome. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies