Time for Social Justice? The Church, Its California Missions, & Its Native Peoples

Pope and Serra

(Reprinted from Christianity-In-Vogue)

History of Serra and the Missions:  Many of you may not know that the Spaniard, Blessed Junipero Serra, founded 9 of he 21 California Missions starting in San Diego in 1769,  and is considered by some to be the Founder or Father of California.  As with many of the colonization efforts by European and other nations, the history and legacy of the Spanish in California and Blessed Serra in particular is subject to some controversy.  Some of the controversy is due to the duality of the Spanish Missions being both a Military base for the home country and a new opportunity for the Church in the new world to convert the native peoples to Catholicism.  Many of the native peoples believe that their ancestors were forced to contribute their labor to the building, care and support of the local mission that became the hub for activity in the areas where they were founded.  One thing that is certain is that the native populations contributed the majority of the labor to the building of the missions.  Many contributed food to the ongoing support of the missions and its day to day operations.  Many stories abound concerning the diseases brought to California by the Spaniard that blamed for the deaths of countless numbers of the native population up and down California.  Others believe that Blessed Serra was motivated solely by his zeal for evangelism and was always kind and supportive of the native populations he encountered.

Saint or Villain: Today, there is one legacy that Blessed Serra left behind and that was a saying that was attributed to him and it can be paraphrased as “Always Forward, Never Back“.  Perhaps this should be the motto for both the Church and the remaining native leadership who attempt to coexist and share the remaining mission lands and sites.  Too often, the Church tries to play down the negative historical interpretation and legacy and ignores the real animosity of some of the native peoples and their leadership.  The canonization of Blessed Serra has served to exacerbate the hard feelings between the Church and the native peoples in this regard.  The native peoples feel that while the Church is ignoring their view of mission history and the mistreatment of their ancestors, the Church is elevating to the status of Sainthood the very founder and person responsible for allowing the abuse to take place or worse yet, the one who was the source of the abuse.  Add to this situation, the Church still controls the missions, many of which have native burial grounds within their boundaries.

“Always Forward”, Church + Native Peoples:  Perhaps it is time for the Church to stop trying to rewrite history or at the very least try to convince everyone that there is only one possible interpretation of history, that of the Church.  The Church won!  It controls the missions many of which are active Catholic parishes today.  The natives are allowed to “visit” the sites of their ancestors located on the mission grounds as tourists but have to ask permission to hold tribal ceremonies on these lands and native burial sites.

Where there are designated native burial grounds on mission property, these areas are solely under the control of the Church and their maintenance personnel.  Often the burial grounds are “Westernized” with marked graves and outlined by shells or other local objects.  This interpretation of a real native burial ground is incorrect and downplays the number of native persons buried in these sacred grounds.  Further, the lack of acknowledgement by the Church that these are native burial grounds and should be preserved according to their customs is yet another source of frustration by the local tribes.  They are more than willing to at a minimum consult on the care of these grounds but they should be given an active role in the care are these grounds.

Some of the Nations and tribes have been ignored by the Federal Government over the years and have not been recognized and given full nation status.  One of these is the Ohlone, Costanoan, Esselen Nation, OCEN, who inhabited the greater Monterey Bay area down to Big Sur.   The primary reason that this group has not attained Nation status is the ineptitude of our government bureaucracy.  That said, this nation remains unrecognized today as a native population nation within California.

New Social Justice by the Church:  There are a couple of very simple efforts the Church could make to live up to Blessed Serra’s call for “Always Forward“.

  1. Mutual Support of Native Burial Grounds:  Where there are recognized native people’s burial grounds, form agreements with the local Nations/Tribes to jointly maintain and preserve these grounds.  If there are costs involved, work together to raise the funds necessary to properly maintain and preserve these grounds.  We preserve art and artifacts, what is more important than human ancestral remains?
  2. More Open Access to Native Peoples:  The Church should make sure that each mission develops policies and practices that welcome native peoples back to the missions either as individuals or groups.   If there are special prayer ceremonies or other gatherings that can be scheduled, the local mission should be working with the native peoples to accommodate these events and make is easy on the native peoples to frequently engage in these events.
  3. Support Local Tribes:  If there are local tribes that are seeking Nation status or have other needs requiring local, state or federal approval, the Church should support the native peoples in these efforts.  That is not to say that the Church has to pay for the legal or other costs, but they should lend all of the support they can to facilitate the local peoples efforts.
  4. The Church, Act Like Blessed Serra:  Serra was first and foremost an evangelist seeking to convert everyone he came in contact with.  Conversion to the Catholic Faith was his passion and driving force and can be seen in all of his writings.  Many of the descendants of the mission era native peoples were converted to Catholicism and baptized by Fr. Serra or his fellow friars.  Many of these same people have fallen away from the Church for a lot of reasons just like other peoples.  Perhaps the Church could make a more concerted effort to welcome these descendants back into the Church and welcome them as part of the Church and its mission roots.
  5. The Church Should Be Respectful:  The Church and the Spanish founded the San Diego Mission in 1769.  Recently, in Pacific Grove, California, a local member an early Esselen tribe was exhumed and the remains were found to be over 5,000 years old.  Understand that the native peoples may look at the mission lands as there own and respect their right to do so.  They are not going to take the lands back!

Food for thought for the Church prior to the Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra!

Trump, Fox, and the Future of the United States

logo-foxnewsThe rise of Donald Trump to the top of national and most statewide polls in recent weeks is sucking all of the oxygen out of the political atmosphere.  To compound the impact of this phenomena, Fox News in their initial Republican National Debate chose to lower their bar and ask Trump questions that were clearly designed to denigrate Trump as a loose canon, whacko or however the pundits would like to paint him.  They did not attempt to solicit responses that pertained to the plethora of issues facing this country and the world but rather asked about his bankruptcies, his prior comments about women such as Rosey O’Donnell and other personal issues.  At the end of the night, Trump came up in the polls and Fox’s Megyn Kelly came out looking like a person who wanted to smear a specific candidate.
This nation is in the throes of dealing with 7 years of a failed administration and nation Where race relations have been driven by the administration to a new low; where world wide the perception of the US has never been lower; where we are facing a terrorist threat from Islamist Extremists at home like never before; where for the first time, we are insuring that the Islamic Republic of Iran will become a nuclear power.  We need more from our candidates and certainly one of the few news outlets that attempts to be somewhat fair and balanced.
The Republican Establishment does not understand the Trump rise in the polls.  George Will and others ascribe it to a 25% fringe that will fade away soon.  WAKE UP ESTABLISHMENT.  This is the 3,000,000 republican voters who stayed away at the polls for the likes of Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.  They are tired of weak people with weak ideas and a lack of conviction running at the top of our ticket. This is the 25% who gave you back the House and the Senate and this is the 25% who can take it back.
This is not to say that Trump is the man or woman to back in the primaries or general election.  Trump needs to intersperse his vitriol with some sound policy discussions and explain why he was changed positions on so many key conservative issues.  He needs to show the conviction and character of a Ted Cruz, Carli Fiorina, and Dr. Ben Carson before he would deserve your vote in a primary or general election.  At this time, I am still skeptical that he is running merely to set up a third party run.  I hope I am wrong even though I truly believe that we do need a Conservative Party to emerge.  This needs to be done in a non presidential election year as it was in the 1850’s when the Republican Party was born.
We need passion in our politics to take back this country and combat all of the PC constraints out upon us by Progressives.  We need our candidates to reflect our beliefs, our commitment, and our passion, and not merely be running to maintain the status quo in Washington DC.


25 Gutless GOP Senators Vote for Obamacare–Vote them Out in 2014 if they Run!





Had enough of YOUR GOP Yet?  Here are the 25 gutless wonders, many of whom you returned to office in 2012:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

John Barrasso (R-WY)

Roy Blunt (R-MO)

John Boozman (R-AR)

Richard Burr (R-NC)

Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ)

Daniel Coats (R-IN)

Tom Coburn (R-OK)

Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Susan Collins (R-ME)

Bob Corker (R-TN)

John Cornyn (R-TX)

Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

John Hoeven (R-ND)

Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

Mike Johanns (R-NE)

Mark Kirk (R-IL)

Ron Johnson (R-WI)

John McCain (R-AZ)

Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

John Thune (R-SD)

Roger Wicker (R-MS)


– See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/25-gop-senators-vote-give-reid-cloture-allowing-simple-majority#sthash.Wm2e1QFf.dpuf

Obama/Susan Rice Thumb Their Noses at Congress, the US and 4 Dead Americans

What Difference Does It Make!

What Difference Does It Make!

If you had any illusions that Obama and Susan Rice have any respect for Congress, the people of the US seeking answers to the attacks on our Consulate in Benghazi, or the memory of and families of Ambassador Chris StevensTyrone Woods, Glen Doherty or Sean Smith,  you can now rest peacefully that neither Obama or Rice have any respect nor regard for any of us.  On September 11th, 2013, one year after the massacre at Benghazi and the immediate coverup by Obama and Rice, Obama is sending Rice to brief Congress in Obama’s pending attack on Syria!!!  Wonder if she will bring a video?

     If any of the members of Congress sit through this briefing they are complicit in the coverup, the disdain for the American people, and the disrespect of the families of the fallen. House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R.-Mich.), should absolutely call for a boycott of the briefing and demand the Obama Administration send a credible representative.  At this point, I would trust Bashar Al Assad, more than anyone from this administration to tell us the truth on the use of chemical weapons in Syria by Assad!

I cannot imagine any self-respecting person subjecting themselves to this show of arrogance and complete contempt for US values and the lives of our diplomats and servicemen and women.  If any congressperson shows up, please send them a note telling them of their failure to uphold their oath to defend the US Constitution and their obligation to protect its citizens…

RD Pierini

Hat Tip:  CNS News:  http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/susan-rice-will-brief-congress-syria-anniversary-benghazi

Egypt-How Inept Can We Get?

Egypt Flag     There is very little common sense coming out of Washington DC regarding the crisis in Egypt and what our role, and indeed the role of all   civilized societies, should be regarding Egypt.  The Obama Administration set up the downfall of Mubarak and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to political power.  Obama is still trying to force Muslim Extremism onto Egyptian society by pressuring the Military in Egypt to temper their response to the Muslim Brotherhood.  Then you have our inept Republican hacks who can’t stay away from a TV camera or a Sunday Talk Show screaming that we have to pull all aid our of Egypt.  Most of the Democratic hacks can’t figure out who to back or what to do!

How About We Do the Right Thing for Egypt, and the Right Thing for the US?  (For a Change)

Egypt Today!

  1. Muslim Brotherhood = Terrorism:  The Muslim Brotherhood is an International, Radical Islamic group hell-bent on establishing Islamic Republics, NOT DEMOCRACIES AS OBAMA KEEPS SAYING, all over the Middle East and the World.
  2. International Muslim Brotherhood:  The Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated all western countries through the spread of the MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS, that are student fronts for the radicalization of whatever country they have infiltrated.
  3. Nature of Egyptians:  The Egyptian People themselves are NOT radical.  They are extremely POOR.  Egypt is the largest importer of grain in the world.
  4. Egyptian Military:  The Egyptian Military, by and large, are the people and the only “political” group who has the overall best interest of the Egyptian people.
  5. Egypt’s Poverty Problem:  The majority of the 83,000,000 plus Egyptians live on $2.00 per day without any prospects for improvement in spite of the industrious nature of the people.
  6. Egypt’s Stable Past:  Egypt has been one of the few stable, Western Friendly, nations in the Middle East and the only Arab nation with a treaty with Israel.
  7. Role of Tourism:  Tourism is one of the very few sources of Free Foreign Currency for Egypt and with the radicalization of the country via the Muslim Brotherhood tourism is at an all time low.

What the US and Civilized Nations Need to Do NOW!

  1. Stand Behind the Military:  Our President needs to stand before the world and say that we are standing behind the Military and will work with them to establish a non military government as soon as the country has been stabilized politically and economically,  No artificial timelines nor demands for new constitutions.  Egypt needs some breathing room
  2. Economic Vs Military Aid:  Western Civilization, especially the US, needs to create an Aid package that is economic and focuses on providing the Military Government with food to feed the Egyptians then coupled with a solid US-AID program to develop the hundreds of thousands of acres along the Nile and south and west of the Aswan Dam for food production to PERMANENTLY lift the Egyptians out of poverty.  Egypt has that rare combination of land and water that can be developed for the good of the entire region.  Egypt has been historically an agrarian based culture and we need to help them re-establish those roots.
  3. War on Terror Based Military Aid:  Western Civilization needs to create a Military Aid program that focuses on providing less of outward focused military to a military that can protect Egypt from internal terrorism, including that from the Muslim Brotherhood.
  4. Give the Military and the People Time:  We need to make sure the military has sufficient time to sit down with legitimate factions inside of Egypt, excluding the Muslim Brotherhood, and formulate their own government structure which may or may not be our idea of a democracy.  We forced the military before, after the hasty ousting of Mubarak, to have elections and put on a pretense that Egypt was back to normal.  What hypocrites we are.  It took the US over 12 years to come up with our new government after declaring our independence!  Egypt needs time for the internal political groups to coalesce and form.

We need to stop the political rhetoric in our country regarding what the Egyptian People need to do.  They are intelligent and they can and will figure it out if the US, the UN and Europe stays out of their internal “birthing” of a new society.  Micky and Minnie Mouse, McCain and Graham, need to stay off of the talk shows and stay HOME!  Not a one of these politicians have ever lived among the Egyptian people or been over to one the homes of a middle class Egyptian and attended one of their kid’s birthday parties.  I have.  We need to do our part to make sure Iran and the Palestinians do not export their Islamic radicals to Egypt to further exacerbate the internal problems facing Egypt today.

Alas, I do not believe Obama nor our Republican or Democrat politicians will do the right thing in the end.  Obama is bent on establishing radical Islamic regimes throughout the Middle East and heaven only know what the rest of these politicians are trying to do.

RD Pierini





Why do African-Americans Vote to Defeat Themselves?

black on black violenceBlack Activist View:

Black activists are quick to whip up Black emotions over Trayvon Martin but totally ignore the inner city deaths of hundreds of other Black youths in cities like Chicago and Oakland.  Black activist are quick to attack any seemingly “white” opposition to Obama while not asking Obama why Black unemployment in all age groups exceeds every other major ethnic group?  Black activists are quick to back Public Sector Unions such as the teacher’s unions who in turn fight against innovation in education through the use of school vouchers, more charter schools, and making educators, administrators and teachers, responsible for TEACHING Black children.  Black activists were quick to back welfare and welfare rules that excluded fathers of color from being part of the family and promoted out-of-wedlock births by Black teenagers in order to secure a revenue stream via welfare before they turned 18.  Why do Black activist support immigration amnesty when the flood of illegal aliens only serves to take more jobs away from American Black workers?

  • The #1 question then is why do Black Voters continue to vote in leftist, mainly white, progressives who perpetuate the economic slavery and illiteracy in the Black Communities?  These are the same white progressives, the same Democrat Party, who fought against Lincoln and the Republican Party who were trying to end slavery.  These are the same white progressives who used to don white robes and wear pointed hats, burn crosses and persecute Blacks throughout the South. 

The Other View:

White Conservatives wholeheartedly embrace the following policies that would lift all minorities out of poverty and allow them to compete in today’s world.  The “Black Leadership”, Obama, Sharpton, and Jackson are diametrically opposed to these same policies…

  1. School Vouchers:  Voucher programs are designed to provide an alternative to our failed public education system and especially give those in the inner cities a way UP out of a life time sentence of literacy.  This is NOT a program for whites!  This is designed to give all who have been born into poverty, inner city drug cultures, and single or non-existent parents.
    1. Detroit:  2011 statistics from The National Institute for Literacy estimated that 47% of the adult population of Detroit was Illiterate.  Don’t let the teacher’s unions blame funding.  Detroit Spent over $15,000 per student in 2011 compared to a national average of $10,000.  So, by spending 50% more, the city generated an illiteracy rate of almost 50%!  YOU DESERVE BETTER.
    2. Chicago:  This once stellar city has also turned its back on the Black neighborhoods and school systems driving a literary rate of only 63 percent. This means that 37 percent of the population are not literate or cannot read/write. The nation has a literacy rate of 99.0 percent.  Now, Mayor Rahm just closed 100 schools in Chicago, guess where most of the schools were?  Black Children now have to walk further, through gang ridden streets, to try to get an education.  YOU DESERVE BETTER.
  2. Blind Allegiance to Teacher’s Unions:  The black leadership, including Obama, Sharpton and Jackson and others stand behind the failed Teacher’s Unions to protect their own political contributions and the African-American community stands by these leaders.  Here is the cycle.  “Black Leaders” support Teacher’s Unions;  Teacher’s Unions collect dues from teachers;  Teacher’s Unions give their Money to the “Black Leaders”!  Meanwhile you are denied access to School Vouchers because that would hurt the Teacher’s Unions and Your “Black Leadership”.
  3. Black Genocide:  The left, aided and abetted by Obama-Jackson-Sharpton (OJS) et al., promote wholesale abortion in the Black Communities.  Non-Hispanic Blacks make up 12% of the US population but account for 1/3 of the abortions in the US.  That is three times their population percentage.  This is certainly akin to Legal Black Genocide by the very persons who are self proclaimed “Leaders” of the Black Community.  This culture of death and lowered value for Black Life leads into the Black on Black Violence issues…
  4. Black Murder Rate:  The Trayvon Martin case was turned into a “White on Black” violence and an alleged showcase of how Whites are racist by Obama-Jackson-Sharpton (OJS) et al.  Facts of the shooting, the hyper vigilant drive by the State to bend over backward to prosecute Zimmerman, the eventual jury verdict did nothing to offset the racial views of the outcome of the trial.  All the while, WHITE CONSERVATIVES were clamoring for a much wider discussion, “Why are Black Children and Youth being slaughtered in American streets, especially Chicago!”  Even Van Jones, not exactly a lover of White Conservatives, said,”
    “Conservatives have weighed in; they said they are very concerned about the killings in Chicago and in other urban environments.”  Further he stated, ”

    “There may be a Jack Kemp silent majority of conservatives that are heartbroken about the killings.”  the OJS group is blaming Gun Control, White Racism, and even trying to stretch the “Stand Your Ground” Laws, supported by Obama before for Illinois, as the reason for Black Violence in Chicago and elsewhere.

    The truth is that there is Racism aimed at the Black Community.  Unfortunately it is by Liberal Politicians and the OJS group and their ilk.  Who benefits by keeping the Black Community down?  Not the White Conservatives.  Who gets the dollars from unions that protect failing school systems and teachers?  The Left and the Democrat Party.

    This year is the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech.  Maybe it is time we start living that dream…Remembering August 28, 1963

RD Pierini

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US Military May Lead the Way to the Elimination of Christianity!

church and stateChristianity, with the Catholic Church as its surrogate, will face direct challenges to core beliefs and practices from the Federal Government.  The three “fronts” that will be attacked are Gay Marriage, the Freedom to Express Religious Opinions Openly and of course Abortion.  The Federal Government will use the IRS to choke Christian and other religions into submission via the withdrawal of their tax exempt status and the withholding of grants to Christian Charities.

  The Catholic Church has already curtailed its adoption services when the Federal Government tried to force the Church to adopt children to gay couples.  Rather than lose its tax exempt status, which would have also hurt contributors to Catholic Charities, this organization shut down its adoption service group.  The other unwritten policy against the Catholic Church/Christianity is a policy by HHS referred to by the Church as ABC, “Anybody But Catholics” (1).  This practice could also be described as Anybody but Christians. This practice eliminated the Catholic Church from receiving funding under a longstanding grant program administered by HHS for Human Trafficking.  The Federal Government would rather shut down a highly successful and acclaimed Catholic Program than have the Catholic Church help thousands in need…and over the recommendation of their own staff and an independent review board!

How will the Military be used?  First of all, those in the military, including Priests, Ministers, Rabbis, and Muslim clerics, are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice that in many ways override an individual’s Constitutional Rights.  We all recognize the special nature of military service and the need for an absolute submission to military authority, but when social engineering supersedes the military’s sole charter to protect our nation against foreign enemies, we all need to pause and take stock of what is happening.  Forcing social change onto the military is a simple matter of changing the rules for the military in the UCMJ.  Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution provides that “The Congress shall have Power… To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval forces.”  However, the Executive Branch can, via Executive Order, modify “Manual for Courts Martial”.  This process can change what “offenses” are subject to discipline among other changes to enforce behavior changes within the ranks of the military.  All without Constitutional protections.

  • Military Challenging Christianity:  Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes, an ordained minister whose duties are to provide religious instruction and spiritual counseling at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, is currently threatened by actions by his CO, Col. Brian Duffy, for Reyes posting on the Base Website “Chaplin Page”, an essay entitled, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.”  Sound familiar?  It should.  The sentiment was first opined by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during a 1954 speech when he said, “I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.” (2)  The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), led by activist/atheist Mikey Weinstein blew a gasket and loudly complained to the base commander, Col. Brian Duffy.  Keep in mind Weinstein has penned such gems as; “Christians are fundamentalist monsters seeking to impose a reign of theocratic terror”;  he also described sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as spiritual rape!  The Obama-Hagel Defense Department has met with Weinstein over the past 4 years listening to his anti-Christian rhetoric and then implementing various levels of restrictions on Chaplains in terms of their evangelization and religious speech.  Lt. Col. Reyes religious freedom was trampled on when the base commander took down the article and is now considering disciplinary action against Reyes!
    • Curtail Freedom of Religious Speech:  The above example is just the beginning of curtailing religious instruction and spiritual counseling in the military for Christians.  Overt evangelization is off-limits already.  This prohibition will be taken to other non-Muslim religions as well.  For some reason, Muslims are exempt from these attacks on religious expression.  You may think that curtailing the Freedom of Religious Speech could not happen in the civilian sector but it already has, CAN YOU PRAY ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO TODAY!!  Absolutely not.  Other forms of Religious Speech will follow suit.
    • Gay Marriage in the Military:  The next step could be the forcing of Chaplains, who have personal and religious objections to Gay Marriage, to have to preside over a marriage between gay couples.  The Chaplains would either have to comply or face Courts Martial, without any recourse to Constitutional challenge.  Soon, Gays will apply to be married in Christian and other houses of worship who believe that marriage is between a man and a women in support of natural law and procreation.  When these religious institutions refuse to perform the ceremony, they will be sued as violating the civil rights of the couple.  It is doubtful that Supreme Court would side with the religious institutions and even if they do, the Federal Government could pull the tax exempt status of the religious institution and withhold any grant funding for their charities.  This test will probably come within the next 6 months…

Abortion:  The Federal Government’s Health and Human Services department has already told the Catholic Church that it must provide abortifacients, sterilization, and ultimately abortions under Obamacare!  This Federal Government is on a mission to systematically dismantle this Nation’s “Under God” creed as envisioned by our founding fathers and as set forth in our US Constitution.   All Christian and other religions must stand together now before it is too late.  The Catholic Church has been singled out due to its size.  Once the largest Church falls, the rest will be easy. 

Whatever your religion, prayer and action are critical at this time.  Don’t stand by until it is too late.  It is already an uphill battle and the longer we wait to oppose the loss of the FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION, the harder it will be to turn back this secular tide.

RD Pierini

Hat Tip:

(1)  USCCB:  http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com/2011/10/abc-factor-at-hhs-anybody-but-catholics.html

(2) http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/07/24/Military-Censors-Christian-Chaplain-Atheists-Call-for-Punishment