David Barton, Christian scholar had this to say.
He makes so many false claims here.
- You could not get the native Americans to the table to talk about peace.
The facts are very different from his view. The native Americans come to the table time and time again and signed treaty after treat with the white settlers. Only to have those same settlers violate those same treaties. It was not the savage native who broke the treaties. No it was the white Christian settlers who violated nearly every treaty.
2. The claim that the white people were trying to change our (the native) culture is also factual.
They forced our children from us and placed them in boarding schools meant to kill the Indian in the child. They further made our religions illegal and it wasn’t until 1997 when we could even practice our faith. They did everything they could to kill our culture.
3. He makes the claim my people were the terrorists.
Who’s land was it first? Did we come here and kill 100 million Christians? No the white man came here and brought war and death. Who is the terrorist? Put it into perspective.
Columbus killed 100s of thousands of natives who by the way never fought back. They did no know violence, war, hate, racism. They were peaceful people just trying to live. For more on this you can visit a well researched site: http://www.understandingprejudice.org/nativeiq/columbus.htm
So who where the ones terrorizing? Who invented scalping? Who used weapons like machine guns on unarmed people? Who gangraped the native women and tortured the native peoples? The white man did.
Sounds like we know who the terrorists really were.
The native people were just trying to survive and maintain their peaceful existence. They signed treaties hoping for peace, they gave up their arms hoping for peace. And death and betrayal where their rewards.
Today we complain about ISIS and Columbus was the first of many Christian leaders to come here and act just like ISIS today. Let’s look at how these “good Christian men” behaved.
Columbus wasn’t a hero. When he set foot on that sandy beach in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, Columbus discovered that the islands were inhabited by friendly, peaceful people called the Lucayans, Taínos and Arawaks. Writing in his diary, Columbus said they were a handsome, smart and kind people. He noted that the gentle Arawaks were remarkable for their hospitality. “They offered to share with anyone and when you ask for something, they never say no,” he said. The Arawaks had no weapons; their society had neither criminals, prisons nor prisoners. They were so kind-hearted that Columbus noted in his diary that on the day the Santa Maria was shipwrecked, the Arawaks labored for hours to save his crew and cargo. The native people were so honest that not one thing was missing.
Columbus was so impressed with the hard work of these gentle islanders, that he immediately seized their land for Spain and enslaved them to work in his brutal gold mines. Within only two years, 125,000 (half of the population) of the original natives on the island were dead.
- So mass murder of peaceful people shall we move on to more comparisons to ISIS?
Shockingly, Columbus supervised the selling of native girls into sexual slavery. Young girls of the ages 9 to 10 were the most desired by his men. In 1500, Columbus casually wrote about it in his log. He said: “A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.”
- Child sex slaves. Sounding familiar?
He forced these peaceful natives work in his gold mines until they died of exhaustion. If an “Indian” worker did not deliver his full quota of gold dust by Columbus’ deadline, soldiers would cut off the man’s hands and tie them around his neck to send a message. Slavery was so intolerable for these sweet, gentle island people that at one point, 100 of them committed mass suicide. Catholic law forbade the enslavement of Christians, but Columbus solved this problem. He simply refused to baptize the native people of Hispaniola.
- Forced slavery of those different than you and cruel punishments to “set examples” to other slaves.
On his second trip to the New World, Columbus brought cannons and attack dogs. If a native resisted slavery, he would cut off a nose or an ear. If slaves tried to escape, Columbus had them burned alive. Other times, he sent attack dogs to hunt them down, and the dogs would tear off the arms and legs of the screaming natives while they were still alive. If the Spaniards ran short of meat to feed the dogs, Arawak babies were killed for dog food.
- Killing children and unarmed people and justifying it as well they aren’t Christian and therefore aren’t human.
White Europeans are so hung up on hero worship or mass murders that they even named a day after this Christian hero. Columbus’ reign of terror is one of the darkest chapters in history. The REAL question is: Why do we celebrate a holiday in honor of this Christian terrorist who did all this and MUCH more in the name of Jesus Christ?