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September 14, 2006

The Hopi Tribe Goes All Jerry Falwell Over Arizona Snowbowl

The folks with the Hopi Tribe need to put the pipe down.

Hopi attorney Scott Canty said it is up to the deities, not man, to make snow.

"To usurp their authority is a crime, an insult," he said. "It desecrates the entire mountain that the Hopi believe is a living entity."

The tribes say Snowbowl is an affront to their religion and its existence may have caused the Sept. 11 attacks and other universal calamities. The resort, one of two in the state, might go out of business because of a lack of snowfall.

I seem to remember 9-11 being caused by 19 hijackers with knives crashing jets into buildings and farm ground. Even if you are a nutjob conspiracy theorist, 9-11 was at worst caused by George Bush. I never thought it was caused by skiing. I am declaring a skiing jihad. From this point forward, I will attempt to cause calamity across the globe by offending the deities of the Hopi tribe by desecrating their sacred land with my two planks. Gotta say, me thinks that the 9-11 hijackers were not real concerned with the Hopi Gods when they were chanting Allah Akbar and crashing planes into buildings. But that is just me.

How do they expect us to take them seriously when they throw crap like this out there? This is a serious lawsuit and it is just retarded to throw out the rhetoric that they are using. They ought to be ashamed. But if their Gods are behind 9-11, we are all in trouble. I think their Gods should probably be more upset about the fact that 50% of Arizona Indians have diabetes, their only real source of income for the reservations is casinos, there are massive alcohol problems among the tribes, and the Indians traded away vast amounts of their deity's land for trinkets and beads. As I said, if the worst that their God has done to punish us for our disobedience in those matters was 9-11, I think we are safe to make snow there.

Update: Sorry, for those of you who missed the Jerry Falwell reference, he made the following statement about 9-11 two days after the attacks:

On the broadcast of the Christian television program "The 700 Club," Falwell made the following statement:

"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"

Falwell, pastor of the 22,000-member Thomas Road Baptist Church, viewed the attacks as God's judgment on America for "throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked."

I consider these kind of comments to represent the most reprehensible kind of rhetoric possible. To use a national tragedy to advance ones own religious or political views is just sickening. Every action that we take that someone does not agree with now affects some other person's "GODS". If the Hopi Gods are that upset with the ski industry, maybe we should all give up skiing to appease them. I hate to think that I might personally be responsible for 9-11 because I have never used a box cutter to hijack an airplane. And if I offended anyone by posting Jerry Falwell's statements (for which he later appologized), please just explain the difference between what he said and what the Hopis said. At least Falwell appologized for his outrageous statements. No one is asking the Hopis to.

Posted by Justin at September 14, 2006 11:30 PM


Well maybe you should move to Colorado or to Mt. Everest or something like that so that you ski all you like with no Hopis to bother you. Or maybe you should like have the Snow Bowl turn your house into a big snow mountain with their incredible snow machines and you can live in an igloo underneath it.

Posted by: Three Legged Snowman at October 18, 2006 09:07 PM

See, my house is private property. I control what happens there by virtue of my ownership of it. Reservations belong to the Indian Tribes that they are given to, so they control them. Public Lands belong to the Public. Notice that they do not belong to the Hopis anymore than they belong to me or you, no matter how "sacred" they are. They belong to all of us. And they are by Federal Law--MULTI-USE.

It is sad that the Hopis seek to take away the rights of the Public to use Public Lands as the Forest Service and the Courts agree is appropriate. They do not own the mountain. Their Gods do not own the mountain. Their Religion does not own the mountain. We all share it. And running around talking about 9-11 over snowmaking is sick and goes against the very idea of shared use.

I got some comments previously about how the White Man screwed over the Indians and stole their land. Get over it. It didn't happen this century. The Germans stole almost all of Europe before the Russians stole half of it back too. We didn't have death camps for Indians. It is life and bitching about the Hopi way of life or the Hopi Gods isn't going to change our laws.

If the Hopis really want to do something about it, Hire Jack Abramoff to bribe Congress to enact new laws. It worked with Indian Casinos.

Posted by: Justin B at October 19, 2006 10:03 PM