Desecrated / by Karie Luidens


No, secularization seems like too soft a term. The opposite of “sacred” isn’t just “secular,” it’s “desecrated.” 

Here’s a sample of what the United States has done in this region in the 160 years since it declared war on Mexico, launched a military invasion, and used the 1948 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to acquire 525,000 square miles of western territory (the present-day state of New Mexico as well as Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming):

Funny, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was officially titled the “Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Limits and Settlement between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic.” From a ground war, to peace and friendship, to developing the atomic bomb here in no time flat. Sometimes we seek the exact precise word for a situation, and other times we throw words around like they mean nothing at all.