Thanksgiving: Celebrating The Christian Slaughter Of Native Americans

The Dutch and English slaughter the Pequot in 1837

A very good read, Why I Hate Thanksgiving, by Mitchel Cohen, on the history of the Christian slaughter of the native peoples of America, the reason we’re here today.

The year was 1492. The Taino-Arawak people of the Bahamas discovered Christopher Columbus on their beach.

Historian Howard Zinn tells us how Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. Columbus later wrote of this in his log. Here is what he wrote:

“They brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned. They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of sugar cane. They would make fine servants. With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

And so the conquest began, and the Thanotocracy — the regime of death — was inaugurated on the continent the Indians called “Turtle Island.”


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Columbus later wrote: “Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold.” The Indians began fighting back, but were no match for the Spaniard conquerors, even though they greatly outnumbered them. In eight years, Columbus’s men murdered more than 100,000 Indians on Haiti alone. Overall, dying as slaves in the mines, or directly murdered, or from diseases brought to the Caribbean by the Spaniards, over 3 million Indian people were murdered between 1494 and 1508.

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And later the Puritans came:

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They appealed to the Bible, Psalms 2:8: “Ask of me, and I shall give thee, the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” To justify their use of force to take the land, they cited Romans 13:2: “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”

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As one of the leading theologians of his day, Dr. Cotton Mather put it: “It was supposed that no less than 600 Pequot souls were brought down to hell that day.” And Cotton Mather, clutching his bible, spurred the English to slaughter more Indians in the name of Christianity.

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One colonist said that the plague that had destroyed the Patuxet people — a combination of slavery, murder by the colonists and disease — was “the Wonderful Preparation of the Lord Jesus Christ by His Providence for His People’s Abode in the Western World.”

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Prai$e Je$u$ and pass the gravy.

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13 responses to “Thanksgiving: Celebrating The Christian Slaughter Of Native Americans

  1. twf

    Toussaint L’Ouverture is an integral part of Haiti’s history, not to be forgotten. If you want to inform yourself, “The Last Days of Toussaint L’Ouverture” – a short film – chronicled his last moments in fighting against the French oppressors. Clip here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2468184/

    • Tom

      twf,
      Thank you for the research tip. So many U.S. citizens are completely ignorant of the bloody history of christianity in the Americas. Most of them think it ended with the European Crusades.

  2. I am Quisqueyan (the original Arawak “Indian” name for the Caribbean island, which is now known as “Hispaniola”), so I fully appreciate all the history you related. My parent’s homeland is in fact named what its original ‘AmeriIndian’ inhabitants called it: Haiti. My father taught me, at a young age, all of the real history of the European “discovery” (= debauchery), before the U.S. school system would try to brainwash me with its revisionist lies.

    What I have issue with is your calling the Europeans’ religion “Christianity.” While those racist invaders might have liked to THINK of themselves as Christians, their very actions and words proved that they were the exact opposite. As the actual founder of Christianity stated (Matthew 7:20-23), “Really, then, by their fruits you will recognize those [men]. Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew YOU! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness.”
    The fault lies, not with Christianity, but with the Europeans’ counterfeit version of it. Hence, Jesus Christ indicated that false religion produces bad works, just as a “rotten tree produces worthless fruit.” (Matthew 7:15-17) What fruit does false religion yield?

    Only fake “Christians” participated in Crusades and slaughtered people whom they considered to be unbelievers. They also went to war and killed their own “brothers” of the same religion. They certainly did not practice Christian neutrality and love of neighbor.—Matthew 22:37-39; John 15:19; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 1 John 4:8, 11.
    Clearly, the churches that for centuries have called themselves Christian represent merely a facade. This explains why there is a continuing trend of churches fragmenting into sects, churches meddling in politics, and churches disregarding God’s laws. Such bad fruitage is the product, not of true Christianity, but of counterfeit Christianity, otherwise known as CHRISTENDOM. Christendom comprises of first, Roman Catholicism, then all of its off-shoots (like Episcopalianism, Calvinism, etc). In the 16th century, the Spanish conquistadores made Catholicism the only religion in the land by force of arms. In Brazil, the colonial power was Roman Catholic Portugal. For 400 years, the Catholic Church supported the governments in power in return for economic support and recognition as the official religion.

    The apostle Paul warned the early Christians that some would use Christianity for evil ends. He said: “Oppressive wolves will enter in among you and will not treat the flock with tenderness, and from among you yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves.” (Acts 20:29, 30) One who spoke “twisted things” was the Roman Catholic theologian Augustine. Jesus had taught his followers to convince others by REASONING from the Scriptures. However, Augustine twisted the meaning of Jesus’ words recorded at Luke 14:23, “Compel them to come in,” to mean that it was all right to use force in the work of converting people. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 28:23, 24) Augustine used religion to control people.

    Now if I never recycled, drove a gas-guzzling Hummer, and was the most wasteful consumer of products, but called myself an environmentalist (becasue it sounds good), would you accept that I am one? Logic dictates that I do not fit the definition of that word, therefore, merely calling myself one, would not magically make me one.

    Likewise, it’s not correct–or fair–to blame (true) Christianity for what those of Christendom have done in its name.
    What does the future hold for religions that produce rotten fruit? Jesus warned: “Every tree not producing fine fruit gets cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 7:19)

    God does not recognize acts of worship performed by hypocrites. He is not interested in their rituals and prayers. In fact, the Scriptures state that God will call false religion to account for all the despicable acts it has committed in his name. In a stroke of perfect justice, he even will use its political paramours as his instrument of execution.
    It is to that bright future that I and all other true Christians look forward with great anticipation.

    • Tom

      “What I have issue with is your calling the Europeans’ religion “Christianity.”

      Well, actually, I am not the one who started calling them that. That term has kinda been around since about 1,950 years before my birth; I’m only in my 50s.
      There are literally thousands of different versions of christianity; Jesus is a fictional character — he never existed. Most christian denominations believe that the other christian denominations are wrong. Religion is the greatest scam ever pulled on humanity.

      “Only fake “Christians” participated in Crusades and slaughtered people whom they considered to be unbelievers.”

      MMmm, nope, sorry, … those were real christians killing other real christians and real non-christians in the name of their imaginary jesus/god.

      • Daniel

        Are you insane or just voluntarily ignorant of everything
        that you do not want to accept? Like the reality of the Son of God: Jesus Christ. Your basing your rejecting of Christ on atrocities of men will not save you at the judgment that all men will certainly face.

    • Daniel

      Peace to you my find in the Lord Jesus Christ.
      Your words are very true and I can see you
      truly know the Lord and are wise to the scriptures
      and to His spirit. I have always held a great admiration
      for the Indians.

  3. RMM

    Perhaps I shouldn’t be, but I’m a little stunned at your ignorance of historical (& linguistic) facts that any atheist knows: Jesus Christ was a historical figure (whether or not a person accepts him as the Messiah or not). In fact there is more proof that he existed than there is the Caesar did.

    From a purely dictionary sense, it’s incorrect to call someone something, just because them proclaim it themselves: in other words, they have to actually fulfill the definition. That’s why the example of calling oneself an enviromentalist was used: “if I never recycled, drove a gas-guzzling Hummer, and was the most wasteful consumer of products, but called myself an environmentalist (because it sounds good), would you accept that I am one? Logic dictates that I do not fit the definition of that word, therefore, merely calling myself one, would not magically make me one.”
    It’s completely irrelevant how many years I’ve been mislabeling myself, it does not change the hard FACTS.

    P. S. Jesus is not God (the Bible makes that clear, for those who actually care to read it).

    • Tom

      “…facts that any atheist knows: Jesus Christ was a historical figure…”

      —> This is highly debated. No, even atheists don’t agree on the historicity of Jesus. Many, many historians (note: not apologists, but real historians) are quite doubtful that the Jesus of the Bible ever existed; there’s volumes on the subject. The only “evidence” is the Bible itself, and that’s not evidence; there are only a small handful of extra-Biblical references and they have pretty much been debunked. The Bible is filled with confirmed forgeries and interpolations.

      Even the very early church disagreed on whether Jesus had been a real flesh-and-blood person or a spirit being — they fought and killed each other over this disagreement.

      “In fact there is more proof that he existed than there is the Caesar did.”

      —> This is just plain false and is just what the church wants people to believe — again, there are volumes on the Jesus/Caesar subject.

      “… it’s incorrect to call someone something, just because them proclaim it themselves…”

      —> Therefore, there is absolutely no reason for anyone to believe that you are a Christian, just because you proclaim yourself to be one.
      Ten Christians will describe ten different Jesuses, ten conflicting messages from Jesus, 10 different interpretations of the same passages. Each of these ten different Christians will believe that their version of Christianity is the True Christianity and that the other nine have it all wrong.
      A person is Christian (or Muslim, or Hindu, or …) because that is the religion in which they are immersed in their culture and that is the religion they are told is true.
      It cannot be possible for all religions to be true, but it is possible that they are all false.

      “Jesus is not God (the Bible makes that clear, for those who actually care to read it).”

      —> Actually, there are verses that make it ‘clear’ he is, and verses that make it ‘clear’ he isn’t. This is just one of the hundreds of contradictions in the Bible. The Bible is not ‘clear’ about a huge number of things.

      See, that’s the thing: I have actually read the entire Bible. The Bible cannot be the inspired word of any deity. If it is, then that deity is really screwed up, not to mention what a demented, murderous psychopath he/it must be. The Bible is factually incorrect on matters of science, human psychology and sexuality, history, archaeology, even has glaring errors in geography (one example of geographical error: the town of Nazareth did not exist at the time that Jesus supposedly did — there is archaeological proof of this, and again, volumes on the subject).

      I noticed your link (which doesn’t work) is “watchtower.org” — so, I’m guessing you’re a Jehovah’s Witness?
      You are already atheist in regards to Zeus, Thor, Ra (and thousands of other gods). I merely believe in one less god than you do.

      Here’s a good talk on the historicity of Jesus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MvleOBYTrDE

    • Daniel

      Really?
      Isaiah 9:6
      For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

      John 8:58
      “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

  4. The Quisqueyan or better known as the Arawak Natives were treated like non human animals as Columbus’s culture wholesale slaughtered them all because they could not speak or read to be able to understand what Columbus and his priest were trying to cram down their throats. They are approximately 143 recognized religions on the the globe. If it is true?

    Then we are all going to each other hells!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If I must believe in christ and his father god to get into heaven, then in fact, I must believe in the satan in order to go to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If you don’t have a soul before you are born then you can’t have one when you die!!!!!!!!!!

    The christian version of God is very selfish in the way he forces us to believe in him or else we make us suffer hell into eternity! What is up with that perspective?????
    Organized religion is for weak minded people that don’t have clue about reality.

    I am apart Muskogee and refused to believe in any european creature. The earth is my mother and the sun gives me energy.
    I respect my mother and cherish my sun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you my friend for the article or
    (Ma-do enhessee) for the article of truth. in Muskogee.

    • I apologize for the typos:(
      Jim

    • Daniel

      Really? All that is required for eternal life is a belief and
      acceptance of the horrific price that Christ voluntarily paid at Calvary. What God can be more giving then that?
      What could be simpler in order to find forgiveness for sins and eternal paradise in the hereafter?

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