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Today, Bishop Schori earnestly explained, the Episcopal Church is busily at work “dismantling the structures and policies based on that ancient evil” of “Discovery,” while touting “self-determination for indigenous peoples” globally. And the denomination is determined to revoke the “legacy of colonial occupation and policies of domination.”
It’s almost a cliché that declining leftist-led denominations that want to avoid repenting their own sins prefer to spotlight the sins, real and imagined, of their purportedly corrupt ancestors. It’s smugness packaged as humility. But Bishop Schori’s attendance at the UN gathering of the totalitarian sounding UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues no doubt was symbolically appropriate.
The UN forum’s website describes an ongoing project staffed by numerous apparatchiks and no doubt costing untold millions, hosting meetings populated by professional, global left-wing activists who traffic full-time in the politics of grievance and compensation. Fortunately few are bothering to listen to the UN forum, any more than typically heed the Episcopal Church’s politics. The main tragedy is the wasted dollars that might otherwise meet genuine human need.
Beyond the professional activists, who ostensibly benefits from the endless reparations advocated by UN bureaucrats and religious leftists such as Bishop Schori? The vast majority of so-called “First Peoples” in the Western Hemisphere over the last 500 years have intermarried and born children with their European colonizers and countless others who have immigrated to the Americas. Tens of millions today can trace their ancestry to the much discussed “First Peoples.” They mostly live comfortably in the vastly more wealthy new civilization that was constructed together by a myriad of ethnicities.
Of course, this history of natives and colonizers together creating new societies that surpass the old disrupts the preferred narrative of chronic victimization whose only solution is political atonement through massive wealth redistribution. The real goal of the UN bureaucracy and activists like Bishop Schori is not helping long oppressed “First Peoples” but critiquing and dismantling Western institutions, chiefly capitalism, along with representative democracy. In reality, the professional peddlers of historical grievance don’t trust “First Peoples” or second peoples or the common people anywhere. They instead aspire to centralized power primarily for themselves.
Bishop Schori may dream of an Episcopal Church again relevant thanks to her favored political crusades. But thankfully, few outside of UN special forums are heeding her sermons.
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