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Bet ya’ll didn’t know that Native Americans weren’t given the right to religious freedom until the year 1978.

You heard that right. 19frakin78.

This excerpt was taken from Blood Quantum: Native America’s Dirty Little Secret provided by the Manataka American Indian Council:

“Freedom of expression is undeniably guaranteed both as a First Amendment issue and under specific federal statutes, regulations and executive orders. Many Americans don’t realize this was not always the case. Until 1978, American Indians on reservations had no religious rights and were specifically barred from practicing traditional ceremonies. These efforts were driven by fear of uprisings by Native populations, most notably epitomized by the massacre at Wounded Knee, Dec. 29, 1890, when Lakota men, women and children were gunned down while gathering for a Ghost Dance, a spiritual practice.
Historically, the federal government sought to eradicate all forms of traditional spiritual practice and belief on reservations through use of boarding schools (separating children from parents), prohibiting use of Native languages, and making gatherings for ceremonial purposes illegal. The expressed intent was to “civilize” Native peoples; a policy begun under treaties well before The Trail of Tears forced removal marches in the 1830s with Cherokee and other Eastern tribes. The result was a sustained federal policy of social and cultural annihilation.
The justification for this denial of religious freedom, inexplicably enough, was that Native peoples were sovereign nations by treaty and not granted the freedoms that American “citizens” claimed as fundamental rights. Under “sovereignty,” the U.S. government occupied the reservations, kept control of the populations through military might, imposed arbitrary civil orders and prevented them from exercising freedoms guaranteed Americans under the U.S. Constitution, including the First Amendment freedom of religion that is bedrock to the Bill of Rights.
This changed in 1978 with The American Indian Religious Freedom Act, and subsequent amendment. It states, that, by act of Congress, Aug. 11, 1978 (U.S. Code, Title 42, Chapter 21, Subchapter I, 1996) it is “the policy of the United States to protect and preserve for American Indians their inherent right of freedom to believe, express, and exercise {their} traditional religions . . . . including but not limited to . . . . use and possession of sacred objects, and the freedom to worship through ceremonials and traditional rites.””

via ThinkProgress

Want my opinion? They should consider fining people for non-violent crimes rather than incarcerate them. Decriminalizing domestic violence? I’m outraged! Over the last 20 years, 77% of the prison population were non-violent offenders with no history of violence, according to the United States Justice Department. One-third are first-time, non-violent offenders.

If this doesn’t scream drug law reform, I don’t know what does. “They’re trying to build a prison for you and me…”

Westboro has announced that they will picket Steve Jobs’ funeral. I wish I could say I was surprised by this. I’m saddened that their insane view of the world will be forcefully imposed upon the grieving. They revel in the public’s disdain for them, so any attempt society makes to shame them into acting humanely is a lost cause.


“A banner roughly reading “This will happen to all the Zeta shit that stay in Veracruz, the plaza has a new owner…G.N. (Gente Nueva). Here is el ferras and his royal court” was hung above the executed bodies of 23 males and 12 females that were dumped from the back of two flatbed pickup trucks yesterday during rush hour in Boca del Rio, a suburb of Veracruz Mexico.”

“Legislators have suggested that women carry abortion insurance in the event they might be raped and a Georgia bill proposes prosecution of women who can’t prove they didn’t intentionally cause a miscarriage. ”

The policing of our reproductive systems HAS GOT TO END!

via Daily Kos

To paraphrase: John Benefiel claims that America is under a curse from God because we possess monuments to pagan idols. He also wants his followers to believe that Americans needs to renounce and destroy those demonic idols, one being the Statue of Liberty because it represents a “false goddess.”

“Libertas” is also called the “Freedom Goddess,” “Lady Freedom,” the “Goddess of Liberty.” Do you know there’s a statue in New York harbor called the Statue of Liberty — you know where we got it from? French Freemasons. Listen, folks, that is an idol, a demonic idol, right there in the middle of New York harbor.

People say, “Well, no, it’s patriotic.” What makes it patriotic? Why is it? It’s the statue of a false goddess, the Queen of Heaven. We don’t get liberty from a false goddess, folks. We get our liberty from Jesus Christ and that Statue of Liberty in no way glorifies Jesus Christ. There is no connection whatsoever. So I’m just telling you, we practice idolatry in America in ways that we don’t even recognize.

From the page: On basic questions of morality and human decency – issues such as governmental use of torture, the death penalty, punitive hitting of children, racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, environmental degradation or human rights – the irreligious tend to be more ethical than their religious peers, particularly compared with those who describe themselves as very religious.

‎”Just before 1914 the government said, ‘we have 1.3% of the people in this country addicted to drugs’… so they passed [the Harrison anti-drug act]. Fast forward 56 years to 1970… In 1970, the government said ‘1.3% of the population is addicted to drugs, can’t have it, got to start a war on drugs.’ 36 years later, and a trillion dollars, and all these lives lost: 1.3% of the population is addicted to drugs.”


I wish people would spend less time worrying about what other people do with their bodies and more time working on the REAL ISSUES this planet is facing.

Let’s be realistic. We’ve overpopulated the earth. We’re running out of resources. Economic decline, people are out of work, losing their homes and assets. War, famine, oil spills, natural disasters, political upheavals… and yet some people devote their time and energy toward bullying, lobbying, protesting, stalking and outright murdering others… why? Due to an INTERPRETATION of their religious text!?

It astounds me that men like Troy Newman, who will never be faced with an unwanted pregnancy, who will never have to make that type of choice for his future, who will never have to give up his career or ambitions to raise a child he didn’t ask for, who will never have to carry that child in his body to full term, who will never have to go on state assistance to help raise said child, has the GALL to head up an anti-choice extremist group and torture those women who might. Fuck you, Troll Newman. Fuck you and your cronies!

Whatever happened to empathy? Whatever happened to Roe v. Wade? What has become of this supposed Land of the FREE?