Hey, remember that Christopher Columbus guy? Who we were told "discovered" America?
According to Columbus, the Catholic Church, Spain and the Western world, Columbus "discovered" America in 1492 when he sailed over yonder...
Instead, Columbus and his cronies were violent aggressors towards the Indigenous peoples who had lived here for so long before.
A precursor to this heinous oppression was the Discovery Doctrine, a compilation of 3 papal bulls issued between 1452 and 1493.
The Discovery Doctrine was conceptually introduced into public international law after the 1823 case of Johnson v. M'Intosh.
The effects of the 1823 decision are longstanding, and in 2005, a case between The City of Sherrill v. The Oneida Tribe was taken all the way to the Supreme Court.
Many Catholics (among others) are outraged that a religious decree legitimizes The Discovery Doctrine and are demanding that Pope Francis formally rescind the Papal Bull, which has excused all of these legal decisions.
If you think this is wrong, please sign our petition asking Pope Francis to rescind the Discovery Doctrine!
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