AGAINST CHRISTMAS 2006 COMPETITION [blog] [I] [ II ] [ III ]
- See also: War Against Christmas 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
American Indians, the removal of Christmas from American
culture is very much like removing the
Indian names and logos from
American universities. Americans can`t celebrate
Indians in public, and now Indians can`t celebrate
Christmas? True, Americans aren`t Indians, but
Indians are Christian. This is an agonizing irony.
First America forces
Indians to be Christian, and now Americans don`t
want to see
Christianity in public.
They forced us to be Christian. Now they want it
If the civilization that forced Christianity upon us
is now ashamed of Christmas, it makes mockery of
Indians who believe in Christ
—which is most Indians
in America. Indians are not ashamed of Christ. Indians
should defend Christmas with "savage"
devotion, just like
Indians defend the America flag
land it waves over.
Few people actually think of American Indians as
Christians. Yet, for us,
removing Christmas from American society
another ethnic cleansing
—of who we are, and what we
Indian pow-wows, family gatherings, and Comanche
tribal meetings always begin with prayer. I have never
been to any Indian meeting that did not open with
prayer. I have never eaten with Indians before a
prayer was offered over the food
name of Jesus Christ.
Whether the prayer is offered
in Comanche, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Apache, or Choctaw, you
can always hear the name of "Jesus"
Christian Indians today fulfill the historical vision
in Western Europe. The fact
that Indians are Christian is colossal social memorial
early Christian missionaries made to
their beloved gospel
. Indian Christianity is the
inheritance of the church of Jesus Christ in America.
I am a Comanche, but I`m Christian. The Comanche were
commonly known as the most fierce, brutal, and warlike
of all Indians; but my family has been Christian since the
1850`s, when young
my Comanche ancestor, was captured by the
was on a raid.
He was later adopted by one
Capitán (Luis) Portillo
, christened "Cruz Portillo"
and witnessed by the godfather Señor Capitán Don
Antonio Ponce de León
, in the military
establishment, El Conejo
, Coahuila, Mexico.
Of course, "Cruz Portillo"
later returned to
the Comanches, to his relatives Mumsekai and Ishatai,
and himself became a band headman among the Quahadi
[Antelope] Comanche. But the family story says that Bad
Eagle died, in 1906, while chanting the words
"going home to Jesus"
. I was told that story
when I was five years old.
In the late 1890s,
came into Oklahoma. In the
1930s it grew in southwest counties. The descendents of
Bad Eagle all became Seventh-Day Adventist Protestants
by the 1940s. These included his grandson George
Portillo and all George`s children, one of whom was my
mother, Norma Juanita Portillo Yeagley.
, left their mark on American Indians.
Sometimes it may look like a deep, ugly scar; sometimes
it left permanent wounds; but, the elders of Indian
country to this day pray in the name of Jesus. It is
part of Indian culture.
It is part of what it means,
historically, to be Indian.
Yes, we have our tribal customs, sentiments,
practices, and ceremonies. Sometimes they`re a bit
secret. Sometimes we
do things that Christians don`t do.
Christians do things that heathen do!) But, the leaders
of our people, the elders, the councilmen, are almost
. It`s something we wear, like some
general`s coat we took in a battle.
Is it the white man`s religion?
He simply brought it to us with his
packaging, but worship of the Creator has always been an
Orthodox Christians believe Jesus Christ is
the Creator. (
). Indians don`t have a problem with that.
Seventh-Day Adventism, with its recovery of the ancient
Hebrew sabbath—the day that honors the Creator—is
especially suited to Indians,
in my opinion. That`s
what I grew up believing. I was baptized in my mother`s
womb, nine months pregnant as she was. I was later
baptized at 13. (It was a macho thing. Any man who
went through what Jesus did
, for me, deserved my
full devotion. Anything less, and I was less than a man.
Less than a
Those who want to remove Christmas from America want
to make fools out of Indians. These same people, the
liberals, have already taken
off schools and off clothing. But to
take away Christmas, that`s taking our manhood.
They`re saying the Indians who became Christian were
all wrong. That it was all a mistake. That we mustn`t be
Christian anymore. We lost to a Christian
civilization—and we shouldn`t be Christian?
This insults the dignity of our wars. It denies our
, and dishonors our spilled blood.
The war on Christmas is also a war on Indian pride.
Dr. David A. Yeagley [email
is an enrolled member of the
Elgin, Oklahoma. His articles appear in
and on his own Web site
and he is a regular speaker for
Young America`s Foundation.
David Yeagley`s columns for VDARE.COM include
An American Indian View of Immigration, and
To Deport or not to Deport.
David Yeagley is the author of Bad Eagle: The Rantings of a Conservative Comanche.