The Shaman Was a Sham? Native American Prayer at AZ Memorial Delivered by Roman Catholic Physician
“In reality, I’m Catholic.”
“It’s not truly a religion, it’s more of a way of appreciating spirituality,” Gonzales told CNSNews.com. “I’m Yaqui and Yaquis have been Roman Catholics since 1650. We were one of the first tribes in Mexico to actually peacefully absorb Catholicism; however we have always practiced Catholicism in our own unique manner, incorporating traditional beliefs, and so I grew up as a Roman Catholic with a Yaqui variation.”
“In reality, I’m Catholic, but the spirituality I’ve come across with traditional healers is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen, and it’s a way of approaching people and it’s an additional way of healing that has actually helped me to be a better family doc.”
None of the victims of the Tucson massacre were known to be Yaqui. Moreover, no rabbi, Catholic priest or Protestant minister, the known religions of the victims, was included in the memorial program.
The only "sham" is the ignorant assumption that Native Americans can't be Catholics. Again, blame the Weasel Zippers headline writer for that.
As for whether Roman Catholics can say Native blessings, the answer is yes. It's done throughout the Southwest, where many Indian pueblos combine Native and Catholic traditions.
Weasels show their hate
Given the range of victims, how would Weasel Zippers have chosen between a rabbi, a priest, and a minister? Or would it have had one of each?
I think the First Amendment explains why the memorial service had a Native blessing rather than a religious prayer. I'd say whoever planned the service was smart.
This is yet another example of the conservative hate speech liberals have denounced so often. Did these weasels discuss the choice of Gonzales intelligently or offer thoughtful alternatives? Did they research him or his Native background before commenting on him? No.
Rather, they called him a shaman" and a "sham" to demonize him. They deemed him a brown-skinned threat to their white privilege, so they sought to take him out. They engaged in character assassination rather than actual assassination, but their objective was the same. Get rid of the strange, unpalatable, un-American one, even if he is a Catholic. Smear and discredit so he can't hurt conservatives in the future.
For more on the subject, see What "I Want My Country Back" Means and Obama Smeared as Luo Tribesman.