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4 things You Can Do to Honor Indigenous Peoples Today

4 things You Can Do to Honor Indigenous Peoples Today.

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Why Americans Think (Wrongly) Immigration Hurts the Economy – Newsweek.com

Immigration is a divisive issue for Americans. Both legal and illegal worry people when the economy turns down. Of course those who enter our country illegally are much easier to vilify. They are not really criminals–but they are not here legitimately either.

These facts make the issue one that is ripe for exploitation by people and groups who want to manipulate people.

This Newsweek article:  Why Americans Think Immigration Hurts the Economy – Newsweek.com points out that immigration overall has a positive effect on our economy but lists several reasons why people do not see it that way.

One of the reasons is the outcry in the media about criminals entering our country illegally, poor women and children coming here to soak up all of our free services and depriving citizens of access because of it or women having babies here to make it easier for them to stay as parents of a US citizen, and not paying taxes because they aren’t earning money legally.Stop the Invasion

First off, the people who enter or stay in our country without permission are not criminals until they defy a criminal statute. And while many do break laws with fraudulent documentation, driving without a license, and failing to file income taxes they do pay taxes. They pay taxes because they work for companies who automatically take out the taxes and send them to the tax collecting agencies of the State and Federal governments. And they pay sales tax and their money goes to pay property taxes whether for their own homes or through paying rent to landlords.

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Freedom of Religion with an Eagle Feather

I was reading on the American Humanist Association Blog, Rant & Reason and this article caught my attention:  Free Association on Religious Rights

The author was commenting on a story in the LA Times about a court case of a Native American killing an Eagle for use in a sacred ceremony.

The blogger Eagle Feathersseemed to be looking at both sides of the implications of using the birds for religious purpose and kept the argument general, not specific to the case. I read the LA Times article. The case will be settled by plea bargain because the initial dismissal was overturned by the appellate court and was rejected by the Supreme Court so it’s either plea or trial and a trial would be costly and drag on with absolutely no way to predict the outcome.

The post only had a few comments. One was a link to a UTube video with a strange pun preceding it. I didn’t watch it. It seemed to be a self-serving link, but I’m not sure. The other 2 comments made comments about the acquisition of Eagles for use by Native Americans.

One was a bit snide–if they want to hunt the birds as they did before the Europeans arrived, let them hunt them without rifles. While the idea of hunting with traditional weapons appeals to me in an aesthetic sense, I don’t think that’s how it was intended.

The other was a bit ignorant–use a substitute until the Eagles don’t need to be protected. )As if it is their fault the Eagles are endangered and if they will have to find a substitute anyway after they kill them all.) Like that’s not what so many people do already! dummy! What if you were a Christian and the gov’t said all communion needed to be served with apple juice because grapes are endangered? Personally, I see no problem with using apple juice. But the government shouldn’t force us to use it!

So I HAD to reply! and I wanted to share it with my readers. Here’s my comment. It’s a bit long, but I the subject motivated me on so many levels. I’ve copied it and reproduced it here (with minor grammatical corrections–I would have done in the original if I could have.)

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Our government has such a shameful record of making sure animals are treated humanely when raised in captivity that any thought of adding to the list of animals farmed should be forever banished from anyone’s list of options.

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