Viewing Roots again in its entirety reminded me once again of the fallacy of our alleged Judeo-Christian roots. From 1619 until sometime in the 19th century before the end of our own Civil War twenty-million Africans were brought to the Americas for slave trade. Add to that fact the millions of Native American people who were murdered as the American colonies and later the United States expanded west. Religion was actually used to defend the institution of slavery and manifest destiny. We have a long legacy, perhaps the greatest in the history of the world, of genocide and atrocity.
Yesterday, our president visited Yad Vashem in Israel and lamented over our lack of efforts on behalf of European Jews who were slaughtered in the death camps of Auschwitz and elsewhere. We stood idly by once again while our brothers and sisters were murdered. It was not in our economic interests at that time to stand for justice. The perpetuation of the slave trade by our founding fathers was also for economic reasons. Likewise the slaughter of millions of Native Americans was condoned for the love of money.
Years from now historians will record that our presence in the Middle East is strictly for economic reasons. We wouldn’t have troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq if it weren’t for our addiction to petroleum. Our president weeps in Israel, walks in the steps of Jesus, while warriors and warplanes pound those countries and terrorize the inhabitants. Would that our national and international policy actually did reflect spiritual principles of any religious tradition.