* Although none of the settlers would have survived winter without native help,
they soon set out to expel and exterminate the Indians. Warfare among (North
American) Indians was rather harmless, in comparison to European standards, and
was meant to avenge insults rather than conquer land. In the words of some of the
pilgrim fathers: "Their Wares are fare less bloody", so that there usually was "no
great slaughter of nether side". Indeed, "they might fight seven years and not kill
seven men." What is more, the Indians usually spared women and children.
* In the spring of 1612 some English colonists found life among the (generally
friendly and generous) natives attractive enough to leave Jamestown - "being
idle ... did run away unto the Indians," - to live among them (that probably solved
a sex problem).
"Governor Thomas Dale had them hunted down and executed: 'Some he
appointed (sic) to be hanged Some burned Some to be broken upon wheals, others
to be staked and some shoot to death'." [SH105] Of course these elegant measures
were restricted for fellow Englishmen: "This was the treatment for those who
wished to act like Indians. For those who had no choice in the matter, because they
were the native people of Virginia" methods were different: "when an Indian was
accused by an Englishman of stealing a cup and failing to return it, the English
response was to attack the natives in force, burning the entire community" down.
* On the territory that is now Massachusetts the founding fathers of the colonies
were committing genocide, in what has become known as the "Peqout War." The
killers were New England Puritan Christians, refugees from persecution in their own
home country England.
* When however, a dead colonist was found, apparently killed by Narragansett
Indians, the Puritan colonists wanted revenge. Despite the Indian chief's pledge
Somehow they seem to have lost the idea of what they were after, because
when Pequot Indians (long-time foes of the Narragansett) greeted them the troops
nevertheless made war on the Pequots and burned their villages.
The puritan commander-in-charge John Mason after one massacre wrote: "And
indeed such a dreadful Terror did the Almighty let fall upon their Spirits, that they
would fly from us and run into the very Flames, where many of them perished ...
God was above them, who laughed his Enemies and the Enemies of his People to
Scorn, making them as a fiery Oven ... Thus did the Lord judge among the
Heathen, filling the Place with dead Bodies": men, women, children. [SH113-114]
* So "the Lord was pleased to smite our Enemies in the hinder Parts, and to give
us their land for an inheritance". [SH111].
* Because of his readers' assumed knowledge of Deuteronomy, there was no
need for Mason to quote the words that immediately follow:
"Thou shall save alive nothing that breatheth. But thou shall utterly destroy
them..." (Deut 20)
* Mason's comrade Underhill recalled how "great and doleful was the bloody
sight to the view of the young soldiers" yet reassured his readers that "sometimes
the Scripture declareth women and children must perish with their parents".
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Ironically, one of the Bible's 10 pillars or Ten Commandments says: "Thou shalt
not kill. (Exodus 20:13)." Yet, innocent children and non-virgin women were
ordered to be killed by the mass, perhaps in thousands! 3-year old slave girls
were also ordered to be raped by Moses.
. According to the TannaÔte Rabbis, MOSES therefore had ordered the Israelites to
kill all women older than three years and a day, because they were "suitable for
having sexual relations." ...."