Red Jacket's We Too Have Religion

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Gandhi once said, “The essence of religions all is one. Only their approach is different”. Gandhi a wise man who, believed in peace and fairness relays in this quote that, no matter the protocols within a religion, they are all equal. Another man names Red Jacket, held the same ideals. During his early adulthood, he encountered several conflicts with foreigners over land, natural resources, and competition for overall ownership reaching its limit. As a result, Red Jacket constantly felt pressured to retaliate by his people. Despite the fact that many tribes leaders presumed him to be a coward because of his prominent leave of absence whenever a battle occurred. However, using his superb oratory skills Red Jacket’s speeches impressed, and moved …show more content…
On a few occasions Red Jacket was seen running away from battles at the sound of gunfire. His reluctance to participate in fighting, made many leaders view him as coward. Nevertheless, Red Jacket had other ideas to fight back. In 1805, Red Jacket wrote the speech “We Too Have Religion”, and presented this to the minister during negotiations, as to whether the Iroquois tribes, should or should not accept the religion of foreigners. Red Jacket wrote many speeches over his lifetime. Most including grievances on why Natives should keep their land, and not conform to the traditions of foreigners that settled there. He also opposed missionaries, that tried to convert Natives to christianity. This prompted Red Jacket to become a skilled orator, and help whites understand that they have the same beliefs, just different protocols on how to call them. Therefore, deeming any reason plausible as to why the Iroquois tribes had to conform to the religion of foreigners. Protecting their customs, and values Red Jacket struggles to maintain their founding traditions. As tensions of the American Revolution