I sometimes lose my blogs so I published it.
As I was reading about the Nez Perce, I felt awful for how White people treated them and so many other Native Americans and ethic minorities. Of course not all whites were bad. Some were pretty decent. I am proud to have Quaker ancestors who were among the pretty decent white people, but anyway, I needed to share what I was reading from different sources online. Even though I wrote about atrocities, I was not including all the details. I needed to include more -- just not in specific blogs as it did not serve the purpose of those blogs. So I included it here. Just know this is a rough draft and not a finished edition.
I have read about clergy abuse, and I have read about what happened to Native Americans in the last few hundred years. What happened to Native Americans is a particularly awful form of clergy abuse (until I start reading about slavery and other genocides). The Catholic Church today is enlightened compared to what most Christians were 200 years ago
One hundred eighty years ago Dr. Marcus Whitman and Henry Spaulding came to Washington and Idaho to Christianize the Native Americans, although, in retrospect, both appeared to come more to claim the land for whites than to "save" Indian souls. At the very best they were arrogant. At their worst, one would consider the religion they taught not Christianity but the practice of evil.
In any case, the Native American peoples had their own spirituality. From "Time Immemorial" an article printed in the Idaho Statesmen Journal on September 22, 2005:
They had a faith that sustained them for generations. They believed in a Creator who made the Earth and everything in it. The Creator was in some ways similar to the God of Christianity, but there was no hell, no need for salvation. The Earth, the plants, the air and water and the animals with which the people shared them were sacred to them. The animals were brothers who sacrificed themselves to provide food, clothing and shelter. All things were interconnected. Nothing was to be taken from the Earth without giving something back — a physical offering, a prayer or both.
"A Way of Life Unravels," published on September 21, 2005 in the Idaho Statesman Journal describes the activities of the missionaries.
References: "Time Immemorial" Idaho Statesmen Journal, September 22, 2005, http://www.idahostatesman.com/2005/09/22/58347/time-immemorial.html
"A Way of Life Unravels," published on September 21, 2005 in the Idaho Statesman Journal. http://www.idahostatesman.com/2005/09/21/58364/a-way-of-life-unravels.html.