Law firm apologizes for 'inappropriate' post on Yaqui man's prayer
Powerilne is a personal blog but Meringoff's employer and colleagues weren't pleased with the situation. James Meggesto, a member of the Onondaga Nation who runs the firm's Indian law and policy practice, said he was "shocked, appalled and embarrassed" by the comments.
"As soon as I and the firm became aware of this posting, the firm took immediate action to deal firmly with this unfortunate situation," Meggesto said.
"We sincerely apologize for the blog entry posted by Akin Gump partner Paul Mirengoff on his personal blog, powerlineblog.com. Akin Gump is neither affiliated with, nor a supporter of, the blog," Bruce McLean, the chairman of the firm, said in response. "We found his remarks to be insensitive and wholly inconsistent with Akin Gump’s values. Mr. Mirengoff regrets his poor choice of words and agreed to remove his post.”
I don't have a lot of use for religions, but I don't go out of my way to criticize their beliefs and practices. Calling a prayer "ugly" is a subjective value judgment that has no relevance to an intellectual debate.
As the article notes:
This is a good example of the statement that words have consequences. Meringoff was free to post what he wanted...and his employers were free to react the way they wanted. They obviously thought his rant would strike their Indian clients as anti-Indian. So they "coaxed" him to take it down.
For more Christian vs. Native religious conflicts, see Christian Crees Tear Down Sweat Lodge and Catholics to Ban Indian Practices?