Unequal Rites -- In These Times:
So to be clear, this is a situation where the federal government dictates who may or may not belong to a particular religion based on race.
And not race alone: Race (Native American blood) and political affiliation (federally recognized tribe) are the two criteria.
It strains credulity to believe that Americans would accept this arrangement if it were applied to mainstream religion.
Take a moment to imagine the blood of Christ being limited only to Italians and those church members able to prove
a blood quantum of Italian heritage in order to partake of the sacrament
–with the U.S. government standing at the ready should anyone step out of line.