Yesterday was Columbus Day in the US, a day of parades, protests and that ever popular pastime - watching wingnuts from the right leap on their soap boxes proclaiming JESUS will save us all. The fundamentalist disconnect in the US is staggering. The American Taliban aka The Family Research Council, seems to think slaughtering natives, in the name of Jesus, was a righteous occurance.
They issued a press release yesterday praising Columbus for his piety. Completely ignoring the enslavement of the people in the New World, they glibbly wrote Columbus' "true joy in discovering the Americas rested in this new opportunity to bring Our Lord’s love to his brothers and sisters across the world." Love meaning slavery, hatred, supression of cultures and religions, looting the contintents, murder, rape oh the list of Christian love is long isn't. A little later down in the article they write "Clearly, religious practice is imperative for a strong and altruistic community". I suspect the cynical irony behind that statement bypasses the writer.
Never sure why the people who claim to be the most Christian, tend to be people I'd never want to be neigbours with.
Here's an update on this. An article that debunks their claim that Columbus was a loving, altruistic person.