As is well-known, Native Americans, North and South, were massacred and maltreated by European invaders and settlers. Nearly all of the Native Americans were animists, and like their forebears in Siberia believed in shamanism, pantheism and nature-worship. However, some in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands were Orthodox Christians.
75 years late a small Orthodox group in North America known as ‘The Orthodox Church in America’ (OCA), responsible for Orthodox in Alaska, has decided to commemorate the nearly 100 mainly Russian Orthodox Aleuts who died as a result of US mistreatment during the Second World War and the nearly 800 survivors. Their Orthodox church and homes were burned down by the US authorities. This is very much to be welcomed. What is regrettable is that it has taken so long. One suspects that this OCA group may be ethnically biased towards the US Establishment. A non-phyletistic, politically free group would surely have acted long ago. See:
There are many Wests.
There is the West of good roads, clean water, villas with baths and central heating. There is the West of pagan Romans who liked to see people killing each other for their amusement and slaughtered heathen peoples in order to steal their lands. There is the West of the Age of Saints that loved Christ. There is the West of barbarian invasions and slaughter. There is the West of settlement, learning and beautiful illuminated manuscripts. There is the West of terrorists on horseback called knights, protection racket castles, short-living serfs and feudal exploitation. There is the West of Scholastic philosophy and learning that argued about angels and pinheads. There is the West that continually started aggressive wars and was primitive, dirty and disease-ridden. There is the West of much admired art, sculpture and book printing. There is the West that committed genocide in New Worlds, enslaved their peoples and destroyed their cultures.
There is the West that invented new religions and killed and oppressed its people using these religions as pretexts. There is the West that killed its children and exploited its poor in filth. There is the West that made classical music. There is the West that invaded almost the whole of the rest of the world, impoverished and massacred its native peoples and tried to strip them of their natural resources. There is the West of knowledge, science, medicine and technology. There is the West that invented guns and bombs of terrifying power. There is the West of culture, refinement, literature, opera and ballet. There is the West that started World Wars, mutilating and massacring its youth by the million. There is the West that works for justice and peace. There is the West that forces itself on the rest of the world and destroys and pollutes local cultures and family life, imposing mass abortion, euthanasia, perversion and worldwide electronic dictatorship.
There is the West of culture, light and life and the West of destruction, darkness and death. The first we call the West of the Saints, the second we call the Wild West. The first is the West of the highest common denominator – of Christ and holiness. The second is the West of the lowest common denominator – of Antichrist and anti-holiness. The second has been winning for a thousand years. But nothing is inevitable.