Steven Newcomb: Christian ideals used against Native peoples

Steven Newcomb finds not much has changed in federal Indian law and policy since the Doctrine of Christian Discovery:
Regular readers of my columns know that I continuously, some might say obsessively, write about claims of Christian “discovery,” “dominion,” and colonizer “law.” I’m sure some people probably see my writings on this topic and say: “Not again, hasn’t Newcomb realized that happened a long time ago? Hasn’t he realized that way of thinking is all in the past?”

Well, on February 25, 2014, Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) gave a speech on “Judeo-Christian values” in the U.S. House of Representatives. Representative King said he thinks of “this Western Hemisphere, all of it, as the domain of... Western Christendom.” He went on to talk about “the foundation of Western civilization, Judeo-Christianity, the values that come from the Old and New Testament, the values that Christopher Columbus brought here across the ocean.”

King said that Western Christendom “has not been asserted strongly enough in this hemisphere, and certainly not strong enough in other hemispheres.” He advocated that the Obama administration impose such values on what is typically called ‘Latin America.’

By his speech, Congressman King has clearly demonstrated that such Western Christendom-thinking is not “in the past.” Such ideas are still being employed against our Nations and Peoples in the present, from the highest positions of power in the U.S. government.

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Steven Newcomb: The Never-Ending Crusading Tradition, 2014 (Indian Country Today 3/28)

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