For Immediate Release
July 22, 1997
Report on Religious Freedom
Today's report will help shine a spotlight on the serious problem of religious intolerance and persecution. It also underscores the importance of concerted actions by the United States and other like-minded nations to promote religious freedom.
The report fulfills a Congressional request for a summary of U.S. policies to reduce and eliminate persecution against Christians around the world. It also describes our efforts to address religious persecution more broadly, which have included defending the rights of Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Baha'is and others to practice their faiths freely. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right, and the United States vigorously condemns persecution against any believer and all faiths.
Our nation was founded by men and women seeking refuge from religious persecution. Religious freedom is the first freedom guaranteed in our Bill of Rights. I am pleased that our nation has been a leader in promoting religious rights - including through the establishment last year of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, through our willingness to press for religious liberty at the United Nations and in our relations with other nations, and through our determination to report fairly and accurately on these issues around the world. Today's report is part of America's larger commitment to help people of all faiths to live free of persecution and to worship in the freedom that is their birthright.
July 27, 1997
Dear Mr. President:
I Larry Kibby, through my own opinion and views do hereby submit the following in regards to the July 22, 1997, STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT, with respect to the Report on Religious Freedom.
Mr. President, in the statement you declared, quote: "It also underscores the importance of concerted actions by the United States and other like-minded nations to promote religious freedom." End Quote. Such a declaration is not relevant, when the United States continues not to acknowledge the Religious Freedoms of the Sovereign Nations of the Native American Indian, which should be a prior concern if in fact the United States was to promote religious freedom.
Furthermore, it was stated, quote; "The report fulfills a Congressional request for a summary of U.S. policies to reduce and eliminate persecution against Christians around the world." End Quote. The first endeavor of the United States should be to reduce and eliminate presecution of and against the religious belief's of the Sovereign Nations of the Native American Indian, of and by the European Religious Belief's introduced into the New World 505 years ago. Religious belief's imposed upon the Sovereign Nations in various matter's that advocate and promote inhuman activity of the worst kind.
Further it was stated, quote; "Religious freedom is a fundamental human right, and the United States vigorously condemns persecution against any believer and all faiths." End quote. Then I shall only ask, why was the United States Supreme Court allowed to throw out Public Law 103-141, H.R.1308, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993? If in fact the United States does vigorously condem persecution against any believer's and faith, then why did it take the United States until 1978(AIRFA) to recongize the religious rights of the Sovereign Nations of the Native American Indian?
"Our nation was founded by men and women seeking refuge from religious persecution." Mr. President, historical facts and truth advocate that those men and women, were also responsible for the near extermination of the Native American Indian, that declares that the Sovereign Nations did in fact suffer the worlds worst holocaust, a part of American history that needs to be addressed with respect to promoting truth and justice, long over due.
"Religious freedom is the first freedom guaranteed in our Bill of Rights." Mr. President, in that such is truth, then the United States Government should honor such respects, however, said religious freedoms as so advocated in the Bill of Rights was and is established for Non-Indians, and at the time that such respects of religious freedoms were being advocated, the United States Government was introducing laws that prohibited and outlawed the religious freedoms of the Sovereign Nations of the Native American Indian.
Mr. President, furthermore, European originated theologies did not arrived in America all together, but over a span of several hunderd years, and prior to the settlement of America, there was in no fashion any association of European theologies to the traditional respects of the Sovereign Nations, for such was the lanaguage of the Indian, that there were no words, for example; God, Creator; Jesus Christ; or Great Spirit. Many of these words were promoted to fit the assimilation process of, by and for Christian values which were wrongfully imposed upon the Sovereign Nations.
"I am pleased that our nation has been a leader in promoting religious rights." Mr. President, American History relates to not only the Founding Father's of this country, but to the men and women who struggled to build America, so-called Christian Soldier's, whom some took part in the tortures, beatings and often murders of Indian people, who refused to accept the doctrines of Christianty, and this Mr. President, you would call promoting religious rights?
"Today's report is part of America's larger commitment to help people of all faiths to live free of persecution and to worship in the freedom that is their birthright." Mr. President, I then ask, why is it so hard for the United States Government to recognize the religious rights and freedoms of the Sovereign Nations of the Native American Indian?
Mr. President, if the United States Government desires to advocate to the world such high regards for religious rights and freedoms, then such would be the time for the United States Government to install concrete legislation to protect the traditional culture's and belief's of the Sovereign Nations of the Native American Indian.
Mr. President, all across America, a propaganda is installed in the minds of Americans, for over 500 years, to distort and destroy one of America's most unique heritages, through bias edcuational means, to where a people in American society have taken it upon their own initiative to change, sell, abuse and misuse the traditional properties structured within the cultures and belief's of the Sovereign Nations thousands of years old.
Mr. President, such propaganda has brought forth in American Society Self-Proclaimed Medicine People, Self-Proclaimed Spiritual Leaders, and a New Age People, whose only desire is structured around profit and the plea by the Sovereign Nations to help preserve and protect their cultural resources and religious belief's, has fallen upon deaf ears.
Mr. President, if the United States Government is to advocate that it is the leader in advocating and promoting religious rights and religious freedoms, then it is time that same government begin to establish legal legislation to protect the religious rights and freedoms to the Sovereign Nations of the Native American Indian.
Mr. President, daily, traditional lands, sacred lands of burial and ceremonial respects, gathering areas, hunting and fishing areas, are being torn-up by Mining, Ranching, Recreation, and for Economical purposes, through and endorsed by the Department of the Interior's Agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, and such are the rules and regulations, that the Sovereign Nations can not approach any sincere avenue to assist them in their endeavor to protect vital areas significant to their culture and belief's.
Mr. President, truly it is time for the United States Government today, in the endeavor to construct a bridge of solidarity to the 21st Century, to begin to build a sincere matter of justice for the Sovereign Nations of the Native American Indian so that their religious freedoms and rights will become protected, preserved and recognized in a legal respect, that would include fines, penalties and sentences for criminal acts against said religious freedoms and rights, to where an avenue of justice can be structured so that future generations will be able to carry-on the ancient customs and belief's of their ancestors and then the President of the United States and America can in fact boost of being the true leader in the struggle to maintain religious freedoms and rights world wide. Thank you for your time.
Elko Indian Colony