Seneca Chief Red Jacket's View On Religion

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specified number of natives to convert them in the Christian faith which was a ruse for slavery. In reality, natives were often brutally used for plantation and mining labor but proving ineffective, African slaves were implemented. Early on, some opposition against the actions of the Spanish in the New World where the priest, Bartholome de Las Casas, denounced the harsh treatment of natives in the 1530s stated, "From the beginning until now, Spain’s entire invasion of the New World has been wrong and tyrannical. And from 1510 on, no Spaniard there can claim good faith as an excuse for wars, discoveries, or the slave trade.” which portrays the Christian aggression against a race of people who are innocent. Thier only crime was being non-Christian.…show more content…
In Seneca Chief Red Jacket’s Address to White Missionaries and Iroquois Six Nations, Red Jacket delivers a speed in Buffalo Grove, New York in 1805, regarding his tribe’s view on religion. For instance, when giving an anecdote on the history of his ancestors, he states, “Our seats were once large, and yours very small. You have now become a great people, and we have scarcely a place left to spread our blankets, You have got our country, but you are not satisfied; you want to force your religion upon us.” which evokes pity to listeners by telling how the Christian whites stole the land from the Native Americans who had fed them and clothed them only to be returned with nothing but the loss of their homeland (Red Jacket 2). Expressing a contradiction of the treatments, Red Jacket conveys the moral question of whether it was right of Europeans to treat their Native hosts in such a tactless manner. There is no greater sorrow on earth than the loss of one’s native land and Red Jacket expresses that emotion of sorrow by claiming that his people could not even find a place to put their blankets as their land was not in their possession anymore. In addition, whites felt entitled to convert the native americans to the ways of Christ by…show more content…
In his work, Eastman when talking about the behaviour of Christians he states, “The lust for money, power, and conquest so characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon race did not escape moral condemnation at the hands of his untutored judge, nor did he fail to contrast this trait with the spirit of the meek and lowly Jesus.” which contrasts the ironic aspect of Christianity (Eastman 4). Jesus was a poor man who sought to help those in need which sharply contrasts Christians who in the early modern age, drank alcohol, practiced simony, lechery, murder, and other social vices. The behaviors of Christians in a modern society have no emphasis on religion as increased secularization lead to the subordination of religion. Furthermore, even the Founding Fathers of the United States of America felt that religion has gone too far. In Thomas Paine’s Age of Reason, before his arrest and imprisonment in France, he wrote an assault on organized "revealed" religion combining a compilation of the many inconsistencies he found in the Bible. For example he states, “All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit” which conveys the anti-clerical sentiment that arose from the Enlightenment against the corruption of the Church. The Church according

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