Inaccuracies exist in these portraits, but Catholic Spain sent soldiers and Pilgrims consisted of families. I’m related to both Europeans and the Native Americans. Peace loving priests did exist among the Spanish, but many also put Catholicism over humanity.The fact my ancestors may have tried to kill each other inspired me to write a novel.

Every religion has a flaw, for these two I note these issues:

I criticize the centralized structure of Catholicism. I have no problem with Friar Tucks who work among the people, but governing from afar causes problems. They have a style made for dictators. Catholicism has always been divided; anyone can see the difference in the liberal and conservative branches. In the past, you had slight divisions in theism caused partly by poor communications. When Gutenberg invented the printing press, a true break up began.

Martin Luther caused the first significant break. More branches broke directly from the Catholic Church and the Lutherans also broke into factions. This brings us to the Protestant problem; there are several different varieties and this makes them hard to understand. The internet should help clear up beliefs, but mission statements and main beliefs should get posted about every religion. Every group should have clear messages about priorities; I say the same about Feminists. In reality, since Protestant is not really a single religion; you can have female led or even lesbian churches and you do see many gay friendly churches. Some may prefer the non denominational name, rather than Protestant, but it matters little.

The top image comes from Wikipedia’s Vasco Núñez de Balboa page. The description said Balboa was executing indigenous Panamanians by use of war dogs for same-sex practice. The conquistadors did use dogs in such a way, but I can’t say they used the dogs for this specific reason. I’m just an amateur historian. The credits say the image comes from the New York Public Library, Rare Book Room, De Bry Collection, New York.

Bottom image comes from Wikipedia’ Thanksgiving Page with this description:
Artist: Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q2090815
Title    The First Thanksgiving
Date    between circa 1912 and circa 1915
Medium    oil on canvas
Current location    Private collection
Accession number    Reproduction number LC-USZC4-4961
1 photomechanical print : halftone, color (postcard made from painting). Postcard published by The Foundation Press, Inc., 1932. Reproduction of oil painting from series: The Pageant of a Nation.
The scene depicted here is a romanticized (idealized) version and not historically accurate. The clothing worn by the Pilgrims is incorrect, the Wampanoag did not wear feathered war bonnets, nor would they have been sitting on the ground.[1]


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