Essay: Church and State
The following three-part essay by
takes a close look at religious hysteria in America and the spiritual warfare of Puritanicalconservatism against socialism and the Indigenous Peoples Movement. As spiritual warriors like Sarah Palin battle to create a theocracy in theUnited States and bring on the Apocalypse in Palestine, AmericanIndians are caught between tribal sovereignty and white rage. With theTea Party on a rampage to reassert Christian white supremacy in American public institutions, it behooves us to understand the Puritanroots of this holy war.
Part 1: Fears of pagan socialism
In Bron Taylor’s 20 April 2011 Religion Dispatches essay Debate OverMother Earth’s Rights Stirs Fears of Pagan Socialism, he notes that,“Religious and political conservatives have long feared the globalmarch of paganism and socialism. In their view,” says Taylor, “it wasbad enough when Earth Day emerged in 1972, promoting a socialistagenda. But now, under the auspices of the United Nations, the notionhas evolved into the overtly pagan, and thus doubly dangerous,International Mother Earth Day.” With all 192 member states of the UNGeneral Assembly supporting a 2009 resolution proclaimingInternational Mother Earth Day as proposed by the socialist BolivianPresident Evo Morales, American conservatives hostile toenvironmentalism responded with their usual religious hysteria...
Part 2: Religion and culture
Culture is a complex entity of political, economic and spiritualdimensions. The language, beliefs and values of a culture findexpression in such things as music, song and dance, as well as in artsand crafts, fashion and style. As cultural properties, these attributes join governance and religion in distinguishing one particular culturefrom another. In the case of Indigenous cultures, traditional food andmedicine are included in the list of properties, all of which combinedare celebrated in Fourth World media, literature and philosophy...
Part 3: Atonement
Poverty in Indian Country is not an act of God; it is, rather, the result of U.S. policy. While the Puritan heritage plays a role in the setting of U.S.policy, it is the Unfair Dealing of U.S. agencies that has institutionalizedAmerican Indian poverty. With poverty of American Indians and Alaska