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    Yaqui prayer no comfort to shooting victims in Arizona

    Opinion: Yaqui prayer no comfort to shooting victims in Arizona
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
    Filed Under: Opinion

    "Carlos Gonzales, a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe, was introduced to offer a blessing amidst loud cheering, at which time he introduced himself as "not a medicine man - just a family doc." What followed, an 8 1/2-minute self-tribute, more resembled an Academy Award acceptance speech than a prayer or a blessing.

    Mr. Gonzales blessed the "eastern door, from where we get visions and guidance," the "southern door, where we get the energies of the family," the "western door, where we honor the sacred ways and sacred ancestors," and the "northern door, where we receive challenges and the strength to meet those challenges." Rather than calling on the God of heaven who made us and created this universe, which He holds in the palm of His hand, the university professor called out to "Father Sky, where we get our masculine energy" and "Mother Earth, where we get our feminine energy."

    How sad. Father Sky and Mother Earth can do nothing to comfort Capt. Mark Kelly, who had been at the bedside of his wife, Rep. Giffords, wondering if she'd ever leave her bed. Or Mavy Stoddard, who was only alive because her husband sacrificed his life by shielding her with his body. Or the family, classmates, teammates and friends of little Christina, whose life was snuffed out before she could play another season of Little League.

    For the sake of these innocent people and for Americans everywhere, I wish someone could have prayed to the One who created all of us, Almighty God. The president quoted from the great textbook of grief, the Old Testament book of Job - always fitting words in times like these. Perhaps the Yaqui tribe representative, the president of the university - someone - could have echoed the words of the Psalmist: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.""

    Get the Story:
    Franklin Graham: Prayer service turns to rally (The Washington Times 1/19)

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    Media Matters: Conservative media attack Yaqui memorial prayer (1/14)
    Faith & Reason: Did Yaqui prayer at memorial service bother you? (1/14)
    Attorney: Yaqui man offers 'ugly' prayer during Arizona memorial (1/13)
    Patty Talahongva: Yaqui man opens Arizona memorial with prayer (1/13)

    Re: Yaqui prayer no comfort to shooting victims in Arizona

    These opinion writers are idiots. Too stupid to realize God and Creator are the same thing. If you don't toe their line, you must be wrong. BS!

    Re: Yaqui prayer no comfort to shooting victims in Arizona

    The issue is and was Dr. Gonzales did what he was asked to do. The experts whom live and prey on news events or 'If It bleeds It leads' are there to what did money and most white and media types are as vultures around roadkill The fact that Dr Gonzales stated he had a Son in harms way well for some who are also parents of men and women in harms way. Well let me see they are over there while 'experts' bleed tradey for the sake of MONEY. Or this the HELL with them and prayers and pollen for the DEAD ones and their KIN

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