Rael: ‘Banning Columbus Day isn’t enough!’
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 10 – In a statement released today by the International Raelian Movement, Rael, its spiritual leader, expressed his support for four U.S. states that don’t celebrate Columbus Day and applauded the nine cities that have banned its celebration and replaced it by celebrating Native American Day.
But these developments still fall short of what’s needed, he said.
“This growing trend to ban Columbus Day is wonderful but not enough,” Rael said. “It’s time for a campaign for de-Christianization through apostasy by indigenous people. They are betraying the memory of their ancestors by having the religion of the colonizers. It’s time also for their de-Europeanization. They should refuse to use anything that came from the [European colonizers] such as their costumes and names.”
In a recent interview about the true decolonization of South America, Rael said the celebration of Columbus Day is an insult to the victims of the multiple genocides in the Americas.
“It’s shameful to celebrate Columbus Day because it celebrates the extermination of 100 million Native Americans,” Rael explained. “We are still mourning the genocide of 6 million Jews in Europe, but the killing of 100 million Native Americans is a cause for celebration? This is shameful. The whole planet should be reminded of the true story: the violent destruction of the Native American people that included rapes and pillage.
He added, “A large museum explaining the holocaust of Native Americans should be built in Washington, D.C., where all the Native American survivors could come to commemorate their ancestors on Native American Day.”
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