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Our "Founding Fathers'" act of establishing this nation of ours was fundamentally
opposed to the gospel of Jesus.


The United States of American was established on a bigoted religious doctrine,
the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a doctrine that denied, and still denies,
this land's indigenous peoples/tribes their fundamental human right to own land
and to be complete independent sovereign nations.


The Doctrine of Discovery was a series of fifteenth century papal doctrines that
were used to create the international laws of Western Christendom. These laws
were used to regulate and guild colonizing European Christian nations.


After crossing the Atlantic ocean and setting foot on Guanahani island,
Christopher Columbus, acting under the international laws of Western Christendom
performed a ceremony to "take possession" of the indigenous people's island land
for the Christian nation of Spain. Then, Columbus and his men, by an act of
thievery, forcefully took possession of their land and enslaved them.


The international laws of Western Christendom asserted that Christian nations
had a right, based on the Bible, to claim absolute title to and ultimate
authority over any newly "discovered" Non-Christian inhabitants and their lands.
In the Inter Caetera papal doctrine, Pope Alexander stated his desire that the
"discovered" people be "subjugated and brought to the faith itself." By this
means, said the pope, the "Christian Empire" would be propagated.


Because the World Council of Churches recently denounced the Doctrine of
Discovery and declared it to be "fundamentally opposed to the gospel of Jesus",
more and more U.S. Christians are becoming aware that, both, Columbus' act of
taking possession of indigenous people's land for Spain and the founding
fathers' act of establishing the United States of America were "fundamentally
opposed to the gospel of Jesus".


In 1823, the Doctrine of Discovery was adopted into U.S. law by the Supreme
Court in the celebrated case, Johnson v. McIntosh. Writing for a unanimous
court, Chief Justice John Marshall observed that European Christian nations had
assumed "ultimate dominion" over the lands of America during the Age of
Discovery and that upon white Christian "discovery" the red pagan Indian peoples
had lost "their rights to complete sovereignty, as independent nations," and
only retained a right of "occupancy" in their lands.


Marshall also observed that upon the establishment of the United States of
America, this nation acquired ownership of the indigenous peoples' lands (stolen
lands) from Great Britain, and that it also acquired the right to subjugate and
have "dominion" over this land's pagan indigenous peoples from this same
Christian nation.


This land's indigenous peoples are still being held hostage in their own
homelands; it's time to set them free from our nation's Christian bigoted laws
and oppression.


Thomas Dahlheimer
Wahkon


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Comment by Bruce Ferguson on June 22, 2012 at 10:53am

Agreed Thomas as usual...boy, your postings must make you the most popular kid on the block... :)  Keep it up..its' good stuff you talk about...and by the way...I think your message extends big time to Canada too...eh ..

Comment by Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer on June 23, 2012 at 12:32am

Thank you for your comment Bruce. Indian Country Today and Indigenous Peoples Literature recently posted this "message" of mine. Take Care, Tom

Comment by Aleta Shepler on November 11, 2012 at 1:47am

As the grandmother of two First Nation children, I concur.  What are the next steps?  The treaty between the Queen and my grandchildren's tribe calls for an annual payment of $5.00 and a bag of flour.  Once every 50 years they also get a twine and ammunition allowance ($50!).  In exchange the Queen gets to mine the uranium under the tribal lands, exposing breastfeeding children to poison.  So do we call a halt to mining (the one industry that employs First Nation people other than the forest fires) or do we increase the remuneration such that the tribe will move off the land and go where? 

One step that I see as very important is inter-tribal connection (the societal equivalent of deep ecumenism).  In the USA census of 2012 the number of people who identified as Native American/Native Alaskan/Pacific Islanders is very small (less than 1%).  We know this is not accurate.  What would it take to get people to identify as Native?  Latin American and African American organizers recognize the value of the census figures in getting needed services for their communities.  Since very few Native Americans identify as traditional/tribal (more whites do!) perhaps we need a new designation.  I suggest that we use "integral" as opposed to "mixed race" or "other".  When Native cultures have integrated modern and postmodern practices, we see the culture evolving to a Cosmocentric/Integral stage...still Native.  Perhaps the 2020 census will change the discourse. 

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