Latin America 2013: Will history repeat itself with the selection of an Italian Jesuit Priest from Latin America, Pope Francis to the head of the Christian Church.
To some this may be a flash back in time; a picture of The Old Conquers, representing “god on earth”, and the oppression of the Latin American people, to others, they may see this as a great blessing for progress.
Many Latin American Countries today have gained their independence from European backed puppet rulers, who have made life very difficult for the poor and now they are in control of their own resources and destiny. History teaches us that in that type of climate, where the common people control their resources, The Church was sent in to sensitize the people with the fear of “their god”, if that fails then the military was called upon, (The Conquistadors), to take control and install their chose of leadership. We know that, “history is best qualified to reward our research”.
We pray for peace on Earth and we pray that Pope Francis and The Christian Church help to bring peace on Earth and equality for all of mankind.
John Nashid, March, 15, 2013
Spanish Invasion of Latin Americas 1492
In the first few decades since 1492, it was thought that Indians did not have souls because they were “animals” in human form. Therefore, it was believed they could be hunted down like animals, which they were. It was only in 1530 CE that the Pope declared that the Indians were human. Having established their humanity, it was decided that they must be inducted into Christianity. As the Indians were unwilling, this was accomplished by force. Though the change in their status from animal to human might appear to be an improvement, in reality, little changed in their plight.
Unfortunately for the Indians, with the arrival of Christians would come the intolerance for their indigenous ways of life:
The Indian chief Hatuey fled with his people but was captured and burned alive. As
“they were tying him to the stake a Franciscan friar urged him to take Jesus to his heart so that his soul might go to heaven, rather than descend into hell. Hatuey replied that if heaven was where the Christians went, he would rather go to hell.”
What happened to his people was described by an eyewitness:
“The Spaniards found pleasure in inventing all kinds of odd cruelties … They built a long gibbet, long enough for the toes to touch the ground to prevent strangling, and hanged thirteen [natives] at a time in honor of Christ Our Saviour and the twelve Apostles… then, straw was wrapped around their torn bodies and they were burned alive.” [SH72]
— American Holocaust, by D.Stannard
Link at The Christian Heritage
When Columbus landed in America in 1492, he mistook it for India and called the native inhabitants “Indians.” It was his avowed aim to
“convert the heathen Indians to our Holy Faith”
that warranted the enslaving and exporting of thousands of Native Americans. That such treatment resulted in complete genocide did not matter as much as that these natives had been given the opportunity of everlasting life through their exposure to Christianity. The same sort of thinking also gave Westerners license to rape women.
— The Dark Side of Christian History, by Helen Ellerbe
A total of maybe more than 150 million Indians (of both Americas) were destroyed in the period of 1500 to 1900, as an averagetwo thirds by smallpox and other epidemics, that leaves some 50 million killed directly by violence, bad treatment and slavery.
In many countries, such as Brazil, and Guatemala, this continues even today.
In the Christians’ own words
American Holocaust, by D. Stannard:
On his first voyage he [Christopher Columbus] described the natives as follows:
“The people of this island and of all other islands which I have found and seen, … all go naked, … they … are so artless and free with all they possess, that no one would believe it without having seen it. Of anything they have, if you ask them for it, they never say no; rather they invite the person to share it, and show as much love as if they were giving their hearts…”
— Christopher Columbus
In return, Columbus and his men would teach them the Christian way – Columbus read to them in Spanish from the Requerimiento:
I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter into your country and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can, and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church and of Their Highnesses. We shall take you and your wives and children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them…
— Christopher Columbus [devout Christian] to Native Americans, 1492
At virtually every landing on Columbus’ second voyage his troops went ashore and killed indiscriminately whatever animals and birds and natives they encountered, “looting and destroying all they found,” as Columbus’ son Fernando put it.
Link, which has far more disturbing eye-witness descriptions of what the devoutly Christian Columbus and his men did to the Indians (referencing American Holocaust by D.E. Stannard):
As one eyewitness recalls:
“Once the Indians were in the woods, the next step was to form squadrons and pursue them, and whenever the Spaniards found them, they pitilessly slaughtered everyone like sheep in the corral. … So they would cut an Indian’s hands and leave them dangling by a shred of skin and they would send him on saying ‘Go now, spread the news to your chiefs.’…
Some Christians encounter an Indian woman, who was carrying in her arms a child at suck; and since the dog they had with them was hungry, they tore the child from the mother’s arms and flung it still living to the dog, who proceeded to devour it before the mother’s eyes…”
On one occasion in Cuba they
“began to rip open their bellies, to cut and kill those lambs – men, women, children, and old folk, all of whom were seated, off guard, and frightened.”
After all, the Indians were only infidels,
“naturally lazy and vicious, … idolatrous, libidinous, and commit sodomy.”
In less than a decade after Columbus’ first landing the native population of the island of Hispaniola – thousands and thousands of people – had dropped by a third to a half. Before the next century ended, the population of Cuba and many other Caribbean islands had been virtually exterminated.
In spite of this, people today celebrate Columbus Day in honour of this murderer who was also an admitted rapist:
In his own words, Columbus described how he himself “took [his] pleasure” with a native woman after whipping her “soundly” with a piece of rope.
— The Dark Side of Christian History, Helen Ellerbe
When taught the mysteries of our religion, they [the Indians] say that these things may suit Castilians, but not them, and they do not wish to change their customs… I may therefore affirm that God has never created a race more full of vice and composed without the least mixture of kindness or culture… The Indians are more stupid than asses, and refuse to improve in anything.
— Tomás Ortiz, Dominican monk, early 16th century
Arthur Barlowe, one of the first Christians ever to set foot on Virginia soil, described the natives he encountered in 1584 as follows:
“…we were entertained with all love and kindness and with as much bounty, …as they could possibly devise. We found the people most gentle loving, and faithfull, void of all guile and treason … a more kind and loving people there cannot be found in the world, as farre as we have hitherto had triall.” [SH227]
Indeed it could not be more obvious, the natives were badly in need of better, Christian morals. Thus it is only natural the Christian welfare executioners described the way these same Indians were taught the said better, Christian morals:
“…we burnt, and spoyled their corne, and Towne, all the people beeing fledde.” [SH227]
[SH] D.E.Stannard, American Holocaust. Columbus and the conquest of the New World, New York/Oxford 1992.
From: The Christian Heritage
Stolen Continents, by R.Wright:
When the Christians were exhausted from war, God saw fit to send the Indians smallpox.
— Francisco de Aguilar, 1525
In later times, the Christians, tired of seeing how many more Indians there were left to murder, would devise an easier method of execution. Having noticed how the Indians were not resistant to the disease, the Christians would purposefully spread the smallpox by giving Indians infected sheets which were previously used by smallpox patients. The contamination spread like wildfire among the Indians and felled millions.
These are the pivotal letters:
- Colonel Henry Bouquet to General Amherst, dated 13 July 1763, suggests in a postscript the distribution of blankets to “inocculate the Indians”;
- Amherst to Bouquet, dated 16 July 1763, approves this plan in a postscript and suggests as well as “to try Every other method that can serve to Extirpate this Execrable Race.” (This postcript spans two pages.)These letters also discuss the use of dogs to hunt the Indians, the so-called “Spaniard’s Method,” which Amherst approves in principle, but says he cannot implement because there are not enough dogs. In a letter dated 26 July 1763, Bouquet acknowledges Amherst’s approval and writes, “all your Directions will be observed.”
Historian Francis Parkman, in his book The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada [Boston: Little, Brown, 1886] refers to a postscript in an earlier letter from Amherst to Bouquet wondering whether smallpox could not be spread among the Indians:
Could it not be contrived to send the Small Pox among those disaffected tribes of Indians? We must on this occasion use every stratagem in our power to reduce them. [Vol. II, p. 39 (6th edition)]
Out of our regard to them we gave them [the Indians] two Blankets and an Handkerchief out of the Small Pox Hospital. I hope it will have the desired effect.
— from the Journal of William Trent
Today, many Christian conservatives try to skirt around the issue of the wilfull introduction of smallpox by repeatedly reassessing the statements of the perpetrators, until they conclude that it was all accidental and unintentional.
From The Christian Heritage, citing American Holocaust:
Reverend Solomon Stoddard, one of New England’s most esteemed religious leaders, in
“1703 formally proposed to the Massachusetts Governor that the colonists be given the financial wherewithal to purchase and train large packs of dogs ‘to hunt Indians as they do bears’.”
Massacre of Sand Creek, Colorado 11/29/1864. Colonel John Chivington, a former Methodist minister and still elder in the church (“I long to be wading in gore”) had a Cheyenne village of about 600, mostly women and children, gunned down despite the chiefs’ waving with a white flag: 400-500 killed. From an eye-witness account:
“There were some thirty or forty squaws collected in a hole for protection; they sent out a little girl about six years old with a white flag on a stick; she had not proceeded but a few steps when she was shot and killed. All the squaws in that hole were afterwards killed …”
Methodist minister Colonel John Chivington’s policy was to “kill and scalp all little and big” because “nits make lice.”
The Christian Hall of Shame at The Christian Heritage has a section on Andrew Jackson, Protestant, President of the United States (1828 – 1837) and Cherokee murderer
Inquisition, slavery, and theft of land in the Americas
The Church, particularly in South America, supported the enslavement of native inhabitants and the theft of native lands. A 1493 papal Bull justified declaring war on any natives in South America who refused to adhere to Christianity.
— The Dark Side of Christian History, by Helen Ellerbe
The Inquisition was not limited to Europe, as Spaniards brought it to the Americas and used it to punish the native inhabitants. Through the 1500s, 879 heresy trials were recorded in Mexico alone. Thus, other than people, the Inquisition was one of Europe’s first exports to the Americas. Church leaders supported the suppression, enslavement and murder of native inhabitants – a 1493 papal Bull justfied declaring war on all non-Christian natives in the Americas. Jurist Encisco wrote in 1509:
The king has every right to send his men to the Indies to demand their territory from these idolaters because he had received it from the pope. If the Indians refuse, he may quite legally fight them, kill them and enslave them, just as Joshua enslaved the inhabitants of the country of Canaan.
With this, the Papal Bull declared that the church under king Ferdinand was entitled to all land in South America.
The Inquisition remained active until 1834, especially in Central and South America, where “heathen” natives were tortured and burned for crimes against the true faith, such as, “not believing in it”.
Mayan scribes in Central America wrote,
“Before the coming of the Spaniards, there was no robbery or violence. The Spanish invasion was the beginning of tribute, the beginning of church dues, and the beginning of strife.”
Catholic fathers of the mission of San Francisco burned many Indian “witches” before the tribes were sufficiently subdued to accept God’s Word.
Henry Charles Lea said,
“An inquisitor seems to have been regarded as a necessary portion of the missionary outfit.”
Columbus planted a cross wherever he went, vowing to “do all the mischief that we can” to natives who refused to convert. The Christians brought with them skills of torture that had been refined on their own people in Europe for hundreds of years.
Some statistics on the death toll in South and Central America
Native Peoples section at Victims of the Christian Faith references American Holocaust, D.Stannard:
On Hispaniola alone, on Columbus visits, the native population (Arawak), a rather harmless and happy people living on an island of abundant natural resources, a literal paradise, soon mourned 50,000 dead.
The surviving Indians fell victim to rape, murder, enslavement and Spanish raids.
Also from the Native Peoples section:
“[The] island’s population of about eight million people at the time of Columbus’s arrival in 1492 already had declined by a third to a half before the year 1496 was out.”
Eventually all the island’s natives were exterminated, so the Spaniards were “forced” to import slaves from other caribbean islands, who soon suffered the same fate. Thus
“the Caribbean’s millions of native people [were] thereby effectively liquidated in barely a quarter of a century”.
“In less than the normal lifetime of a single human being, an entire culture of millions of people, thousands of years resident in their homeland, had been exterminated.”
“And then the Spanish turned their attention to the mainland of Mexico and Central America. The slaughter had barely begun. The exquisite city of Tenochtitlán [Mexico city] was next.”
Cortez, Pizarro, De Soto and hundreds of other Spanish conquistadors likewise sacked southern and mesoamerican civilizations in the name of Christ (De Soto also sacked Florida).
“When the 16th century ended, some 200,000 Spaniards had moved to the Americas. By that time probably more than 60,000,000 natives were dead.”
Christianity was responsible for the genocide of 60 million Indians there by the end of the 16th century alone, whom the Christian perpetrators believed they were saving for Christ.