CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken the unusual step of issuing a permit allowing an American Indian tribe in Wyoming to kill two bald eagles for religious purposes.
The agency's decision comes after the Northern Arapaho Tribe filed a federal lawsuit last year contending the refusal to issue such permits violates tribal members' religious freedom. Although thousands of American Indians apply for eagle feathers and carcasses from a federal repository, permits allowing the killing of bald eagles are exceedingly rare, according to both tribal and legal experts on the matter.
Where the hell is PETA when you need them?
Aside from the deplorable "animal sacrifice" factor, I don't think I'd be AS concerned if all religions were given the same deference. They're not. And spare me the "Noble Red Man" nonsense; the inconvenient fact is that "Native Americans" were stone age hunter-gatherers and were little more than cave men when the Europeans arrived. Continuing to venerate them and their "culture" is just another exercise in self destructive White Guilt.
Even ancient legitimate religions such as Judaism eliminated animal sacrifices nearly 2,000 years ago. Modern Native American "tribesmen" using the internet, talking on cell phones and riding around in cars while still practicing a stone age "religion" is inconsistent and, quite frankly, a bit of a stretch, but I'm willing to honor it - as long as they leave the bald eagles alone.