Europeans did a lot of awful things to the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America from the time of Columbus’ arrival on these shores on. If you are curious, or in doubt, you need only consult a history book. Some, like Bryan Fischer figure, why stop now?
The native American tribes at the time of the European settlement and founding of the United States were, virtually without exception, steeped in the basest forms of superstition, had been guilty of savagery in warfare for hundreds of years, and practiced the most debased forms of sexuality.
By this he means they had their own religion (an obvious crime) and they fought wars (how dare anyone but Europeans do that!) and they did it doggy style (instead of the accepted “missionary” position).
In an age when most of us have recognized the evils wrought by European and then American imperialism, America’s conservatives have tried valiantly to turn back the clock and demonstrate that the Indians were the bad guys after all. No, it’s not true at all that the white settlers stole Indian land! No! No! No!
I have it right here in my Politically Incorrect Guide to American History: “The Puritans didn’t steal Indian lands” (2004). See, it must be true!
Bryan Fischer, without a doubt the least appealing human being on the planet (we will recognize him here as a human being only on account of his anthropoid shape rather than his capacity for speech or any so-called reasoning abilities) thinks that those dirty brown people ought to get off the reservation and become Christians so God can stop punishing them with alcoholism and other evils.
Fischer has a list of complaints:
The Lewis and Clark journals record the constant warfare between the nomadic Indian tribes on the frontier, and the implacable hostility of the Sioux Indians in particular.
This is just silly. War has been a part of the human condition from the very beginning of human history. Nobody has shown a capacity for war like Europeans. Does Fischer seriously expect anyone to believe that Europeans didn’t engage in war, ever? Or that those same White Europeans had not already spent the better part of two centuries pushing Native Americans off their land, often by use of warfare?
But it gets worse. The Native Americans were immoral:
The journals record the morally abhorrent practice of many native American chiefs, who offered their own wives to the Corps of Discovery for their twisted sexual pleasure. (Regrettably, many members of the Corps, Lewis and Clark excepted, took advantage of these offers and contracted numerous and debilitating sexually transmitted diseases as a result.)
Oh no! Believe it or not, Bryan, not everyone is an ethnocentric bigot like you; some people have cultures different from your own. And don’t tell me nobody in the United States circa 1800 had ever had a sexually transmitted disease, or that the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition didn’t give any to Native Americans in return.
It’s not enough we stole their land and crammed them on almost uninhabitable reservations (a fact many in the 19th century recognized) but now it turns out its their fault for clinging to their silly ethnic religious beliefs.
The native American tribes ultimately resisted the appeal of Christian Europeans to leave behind their superstition and occult practices for the light of Christianity and civilization. They in the end resisted every attempt to “Christianize the Savages of the Wilderness,” to use George Washington’s phrase.
They rejected Washington’s direct counsel to the Delaware chiefs in 1779, “You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.”
Thomas Jefferson three times signed legislation appropriating federal tax dollars for the evangelizing of the Native American tribes. It all came to nought, as one tribe after another rejected the offer of spiritual light and advanced civilization.
I suspect Bryan Fischer is trapped in the 19th century, though as I said, there were those in the 19th century who were far more enlightened than he. None of that stops Fischer from pulling out the Old Testament (never the New – too much loving enemies and turning the other cheek there):
God explained to the nation of Israel that because of the “abomination(s)” of the indigenous Canaanite tribes, the land had become unclean and “vomited out its inhabitants (Lev. 18:25).”
Here we go with the Christofascist vomiting crap again, though what Israel has to do with the Lakota people I will never understand. All I know is that apparently God Almighty doesn’t like this, and he had made his displeasure clear:
Many of the tribal reservations today remain mired in poverty and alcoholism because many native Americans continue to cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition instead of coming into the light of Christianity and assimilating into Christian culture.
Message to the Native Americans: Just stop exercising that constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion already!
The continued presence of native American superstition was on full display at the memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooter, when the “invocation” (such as it was) was offered by a native American who sought inspiration from the “Seven Directions,” including “Father Sky” and “Mother Earth,” rather than the God of the Bible.
If it’s possible to laugh at any of this crackpot’s words so far, as I’ve tried to do here, it’s possible with Fischer’s childish closing, the idea that a perfect and uncreated eternal being is consumed by the idea of “time” and that his patience has run out:
Even worse, the reaction will likely obscure the sobering lesson for today. America in 2011 is as guilty of “abominations” as the native American tribes we replaced. We have the blood of 53 million babies on our hands through abortion. We have normalized sexual immorality, adultery, and homosexuality, all horrors in the eyes of God, and are witnessing a surge in incest, pedophilia and even bestiality in our midst.
God warned the ancient nation of Israel not to lapse into the abominable practices of the native peoples “lest the land vomit you out…as it vomited out the nation that was before you” (Lev. 18:28).
Time eventually ran out for the Canaanites, because they filled up the full measure of their iniquity. Time ran out for the native American tribes for the same reason.
The only question that matters today is this one: how much time does America have left to repent of its superstition, its savagery and its sexual immorality before it is too late, before we will have filled up our own slop bucket and will have morally disqualified ourselves from sovereign control of our own land?
Bryan Fischer is a hateful, small-minded human being and as such an ideal representative of modern American conservatism. And now having been exposed to his filthy reasoning, it’s time for me to go conduct a good old fashioned Heathen purification ritual. I feel unclean and kind of…vomited forth.