Southern Baptists Wage “War” Against Our U.S. Veterans

veterans, southern baptist, confederate, American Veterans, Christian, confederate monuments, veterans monuments, South, Southern, America, United StatesAs someone who has a strong belief in the power of Christ to change lives and bring peace to ALL people in our broken world (through a belief in Him and His truth), it was with no small disappointment that I read about the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent statements regarding U.S. Veterans Monuments, parks, landmarks and symbols. Caving to Leftism, cultural Marxism and establishment views of history, these Christian brothers and sisters are sadly attacking fellow believers who fought for their homes and families. Were our forefathers perfect? No, of course not. But these Americans stood to fight against some of the worst forms of political and religious persecution and acts of tyranny waged against our communities by Abraham Lincoln ‘s government in Washington D.C. And today, they are considered by many as some of the noblest of our U.S. Veterans.

Christian, Southern Baptist, Baptist News Global, Bill Leonard, Brent Aucoin, Steve Gaines, Bellevue Baptist, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Confederate, Veterans, Veterans Monuments, American VeteransAt SBC President, CBF pastors join in call to remove Confederate statue, Steve Gaines, David Breckenridge, Stephen H. Cook, Richard Hipps and Sean Michael Lucas (all pastors) somehow believe that these monuments dedicated to the memory of husbands, brothers and sons killed in defense of their communities are all about racial division and stand contrary to the message of the gospel. IF that were true, sure. Maybe then we talk about what to do with these symbols. But as a Christian, historian and someone who cares about truth for ALL people in our nation today, I can say with complete confidence that the large majority of these monuments, parks and symbols are NOT about slavery or silly attempts to claim racial superiority. Elsewhere, Bill Leonard on Baptist News Global (in an Opinion piece) criticizes and disparages those who seek to honor our U.S. Veterans in a write-up entitled Lost Cause religion: A zombie mindset. And then Brent Aucoin, a Southern Baptist Seminary professor (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), believes that Civil War monuments (again dedicated to U.S. veterans) should be taken down here.

As stated elsewhere in this blog, and re-emphasized here, these people – which included men and women of all races (including African American, Native American and Hispanics) sought justice in the face of martial law imposed by the federal government (such as here in Missouri), the free press smashed, voter rights stripped, people’s homes burned, pastors persecuted for preaching anything other than submission to the State, political leaders forced out of office for not signing oaths of loyalty, husbands and sons hung in the front yards of homes and people scalped and beheaded for resisting those supposedly angelic boys in blue. Don’t believe me? Start reading some of the numerous first-hand accounts of people throughout Missouri, or other civilian communities being invaded, bombed and starved into submission.

Fact: These Confederate Monuments are monuments to U.S. Veterans erected by grieving family members who lost husbands, brothers and sons in this tragic war. They wanted to remember the sacrifice they paid in defense of their community. And it’s a shameful act for Americans in the supposed “land of the free” to remove or destroy them today!

But let me be clear. This is not a call for Christian to throw up their hands and abandon the Southern Baptist Church – or any Christian church that adheres to the Bible and the Apostles Creed – simply because they might be doing some things we may not agree with, or have a second grade understanding of history. None of us are perfect, and this is a pretty complex and difficult era in which we live (just like it was back in the days of the War Between the States). However, this is an opportunity for us to try to help educate as to history and the proper remembering of the Christians who fought and died in the face of persecution for the communities we have today.

Please be sure to leave any questions or comments you might have!

Valuable Educational Resources:

Dr. Brion McClanahan is a noted historian who has written and spoken extensively on the subject of founding principals, as well as an accurate understanding of the complexities surrounding the unCivil War.

The Abbeville Institute was formed by scholars in history, literature, philosophy and religion to discuss what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition. It has grown over the years to over 170 scholars and associates.

The Great Civil War Debate featuring Rev. Peter Marshall and Rev. Steve Wilkins is an excellent resource that discusses the issues of this terrible and bloody war from a Christian perspective!

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4 Ways Carl Schurz, a 19th Century Missouri Socialist, Impacts America TODAY

Abraham Lincoln, Marxism, Socialism, Communism, Carl Schurz, Lincoln's Marxists, Missouri, HistoryA friend recently shared with me a short audio CD entitled “Lincoln’s Marxists” – which consisted of a lecture given by Al Benson Jr. (editor and publisher of the Copperhead Chronicle, and author of the book “Lincoln’s Marxists“). The lecture basically consisted of how Karl Marx, author of the Communist Manifesto, praised Lincoln in 1865 as a “single-minded son of the working class” (Also see our resource: A perspective on the American “Civil War”). The lecture examines why Marx and other socialists supported Lincoln’s War and notes their negative influence on modern society today. As part of this, Benson talks about the Forty-Eighters, a group of radical socialists who sought positions of prominence in American society and government, and supported Abraham Lincoln and his administration in a variety of ways. One of these Forty-Eighters was none other than Missouri’s own Carl Schurz.

Carl Schurz (1829-1906) was a soldier, politician, and writer noted today for his fervent support for so-called liberal democracy. Through his influence, he helped elect President Lincoln, fought alongside his socialist revolutionary compatriots in America’s unCivil War, served as a U.S. Senator from Missouri (1869-1875), and denounced the Republican Party’s shift toward conservatism in the late 19th century. (1)

1. Carl Schurz, Forty-Eighter and Radical Socialist

Schurz, who was born in Germany, writes of meeting Karl Marx in his youth, “I was all the more eager to gather words of wisdom from the lips of that famous man. This expectation was disappointed in a peculiar way. Marx’s utterances were indeed full of meaning, logical and clear, but I have never seen a man whose bearing was so provoking and intolerable.” (2) However, not dissuaded, Schurz would go on to plan an active, but unsuccessful role in attempting to replace German government with Socialism in 1848. And like so many of his German compatriots who had played an important role in the failed revolution, many would soon migrate to the United States in order to continue waving the banner for their leftist cause of taking things from others by force and coercion (which sums up the modern socialism of Bernie Sanders and other politicians as well).

2. Carl Schurz’s Governmental Influence

Carl Schurz was an early supporter of Abraham Lincoln, served as chairman of the Wisconsin delegation to the Republican National Convention, and was appointed as an ambassador to Spain in order to dissuade Spain from aiding the Confederacy. In 1862, Schurz was commissioned as a brigadier General in the Federal Army, and fought at Gettysburg and the Second Battle of Manassas. Later he would work in St. Louis editing a German Language newspaper, and was elected U.S. Senator from Missouri. (1)

3. Carl Schurz’s Cultural Influence

In 1870, Carl Schurz would lead a Liberal Republican party, which started in Missouri, and which would spread nationwide with support from Horace Greeley (who himself was fascinated with Utopianism, Socialism and featured Karl Marx as a correspondent in the New York Tribune), Charles Sumner, Lyman Trumbull and others. Eventually Schurz would lead the Indian Affairs Office, and advocate the resettling of Native American tribes on reservations. However, he later changed his mind and promoted an assimilationist policy…kind of like the Borg from Star Trek. (3)(4)

4. The Schurz’s Public School Legacy

Carl Schurz’s wife, Margarethe Meyer Schurz, was also quite active in promoting socialism in the United States. As a native of Hamburg, Germany, she learned about the concept of “Kindergarten” from Friedrich Froebel (See Friedrich below). Upon coming to America, Ms. Schurz started a small Kindergarten in Watertown, Wisconsin and then Milwaukee. “The Kindergarten continued sporadically here, always operated as a private school, through the nineteenth century, finally becoming a part of the public school curriculum after the turn of the last century.” (5) Ah yes, the proud legacy of public *cough* government *cough* school.

Note: Friedrich Froebel – the individual who Ms. Schurz learned the concept of Kindergarten from, was accused of undermining traditional values in 1851 by Karl von Raumer, the Prussian minister of education. Raumer believed that Froebel was spreading  atheism and socialism – which Froebel denied. Still, von Raumer banner kindergartens in Prussia. In 1852, in the midst of the controversy, Froebel died. Although kindergartens existed in other German states, they were not reestablished in Prussia until 1860. By the end of the nineteenth century, kindergartens had been established throughout Europe and North America. (6)

  1. Wisconsin Historical Society 
  2. The Reminiscences of Carl Schurz/Volume One/06 Darkening Prospects – Resisting the Reaction
  3. Hoxie, Frederick E. A Final Promise: The Campaign to Assimilate the Indians, 1880-1920, Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1981
  4. “Annual Report of the Secretary of the Interior, November 1, 1880,” In Prucha, Francis Paul, ed., Documents of United States Indian Policy, Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.
  5. Watertown History
  6. Friedrich Froebel at State
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Kansas City Board of Censorship Issues Statement on Removal of Ward Parkway Monument to Women

The Kansas City Board of Censorship recently issued a statement regarding the Censorship and Removal of the Art Deco Monument to Civil War-era women at Ward Parkway. “We are extremely proud of how quickly we were able to eradicate this monument from public view, and thus properly guide the thoughts and feelings of our residents. Comrades will also be further comforted to know that our watchful eye will ensure that the only history that is taught is OUR history, and the only knowledge that is conveyed is OUR knowledge.”

The Board, which is made up of members from the Leftist Party of Militant Progressives, was formed out of a desire for the creation of a perfect society where anything that is considered offensive by anyone is quickly removed. If residents ever have any complaints of artwork, monuments (including veterans or women’s monuments) literature, or even a fellow citizen’s questionable thoughts, beliefs or behaviors that are NOT approved by the State, they should quickly contact our hotline or potentially face charges for the facilitation of intolerance. A Censorship Task force will remove the offensive item, and compromised individuals will be sent to re-education facilities for reprogramming.

All hail Oceania.

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Note: The above write-up and poster / graphic design is a work of parody or satire based partially on Orwell’s 1984, and the recent real-life events surrounding the removal of Veterans monuments throughout America – as well as the removal of a Civil War-era Women’s Monument at Ward Parkway in Kansas City by Kansas City Parks and Recreation (Parks Director Mark McHenry). The discussion of censorship, sexism, women’s rights, honoring American Veterans, Leftism, revisionist history and inadvertent racism (through tearing down monuments that honor African Americans and Native Americans too) are extremely important in light of recent events!

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The Shocking Silence of Veterans Organizations

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I recently had a discussion regarding the ongoing attacks and dishonoring of Veterans monuments with someone who has a leadership position in a veterans organization here in Missouri. Shockingly, they would say nothing about local government attempts (like here in Kansas City and Mayor Sly James, or in St. Louis and Mayor Lyda Krewson) to erase or censor veterans contributions to our communities. Rather, they had the position that they only served present day veterans, and would rather not discuss veterans who served in years prior. In fact, they would simply state: You can’t live in the past.

While I understand that standing for our men and women who served during our nation’s bloody conflicts can be difficult at times – like during Vietnam when many cursed our soldiers, or even today when veterans who have returned home might not receive the help they deserve – it should go without saying that picking and choosing which of our heroes to honor based on political convenience or social fashion is a TRAGIC disservice to those who gave everything.

As such, it’s really mind-boggling, and more than a little ironic that those who are dedicated to serving and supporting our veterans and their brothers and sisters in the armed forces, are instead turning their backs on our American veterans. As Veterans monuments are pulled down by unruly mobs, boxed away, and in some cases destroyed, I can’t help but wonder: what veterans monuments or memorials 10 or 20 years down the road will need to go? With our World War 2 veterans quickly passing away, and few left to defend their honor and service, will people someday decide these statues honoring their service need to disappear as well?

For those men and women who served and who have passed away, learning about their profound struggle and hardships is NOT living in the past. It’s remembering for the future. They can no longer speak of what they did, or why they did it. It’s up to us to carry on their stories and to try to continue to bring honor to the thousands who loved God, their families and their communities, and sometimes paid for that love in blood.

What can you do? Speak up, write letters to the editor or to local governments, and talk with friends and neighbors! The lifestyle we enjoy and the many beautiful communities we have today are due to the efforts of people not so different from us who served during the American Revolution, Civil War (Confederate and Federal), World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and many others. Have stories of families who served? Do you have any thoughts or ideas on how we can take part in helping veterans, supporting veterans or defending veterans in our community? Let us know!

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Kansas City Plans Removal of Monument to Women

kansas city, united daughters of the confederacy, ward parkway, confederate, memorial, orwellian, censorship, eradication, veterans, women, feminismIn an ironic turn of events, the Kansas City government plans to remove a memorial dedicated to women who served our communities during a time of war. As such, it’s the latest ongoing Orwellian purge of veterans monuments and other items now forbidden by governments and other groups intent on eradicating or censoring anything they don’t understand. Feminist groups and veterans organizations like the American Legion should be outraged, eh? Instead…crickets. What’s next, the racist statue of War Criminal Abraham Lincoln in front of Kansas City City Hall? The intolerant and offensive World War One Veterans Memorial? The highly controversial Vietnam Veterans memorials?

Read more here at Vandalized  Confederate Monument boxed up ahead of removal.

As pointed out before on this site, honoring all of our American veterans (and their families) who sacrificed so much during some of our most terrible conflicts is an important cause. It’s tragic when monuments such as the soon to be removed monument at 55th and Ward Parkway in Kansas City is to be carted off to be hidden away from public view, simply because we haven’t taken the time to understand the motivations of why people bled and died by the hundreds of thousands during America’s unCivil War.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy monument is not racist, nor are the people who support it racist (which should go without saying). These monuments seek to honor the men, women and children who suffered and died fighting an aggressive and ruthless enemy. Missouri, which featured numerous atrocities (with many acts of aggression committed in the entire Kansas City region) found many people fighting simply because there was no third option. The majority owned no slaves. They simply sought justice in the face of such acts as lost voter rights, husbands and young boys shot on their doorsteps, a loss of a free press, a loss of the right to freely practice religion, gun confiscations, people thrown into jail for voicing the wrong sentiments, and homes burned to the ground.

As well, there are many documented cases of African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics fighting on the side of the South too. Tearing down monuments to these veterans, as well as to women who served their country, is tearing down their history too. This is where it’s really ironic, and more than a little hypocritical. When we should be honoring our women and minorities, we’re instead censoring their history. It’s not white history. It’s OUR history. The people of our communities (of all races) experienced horrific hardships in order to build a better tomorrow. They learned what happened when people divided and sought to force their views on each other. But, perhaps due to the poor education in public school and universities – it seems that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.

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Why Do We Support Our Veterans?

confederate, confederate veterans, durham county, north carolina, intolerance, jayhawks, civil war, war between the states, Abraham LincolnAfter the infantile attack on the Durham County, North Carolina Veterans Monument (in which a group of Leftist Extremists toppled a 100+ year old statue commemorating veterans who fought for their community), and the general response from a minority of people in high positions who are seeking to dishonor our veterans by forcing the removal of their monuments, we thought it appropriate to discuss why our veterans still matter. That it’s not just about the 2 second headline or the sanitized version of this complex time period that you might have received back in public school. Below, you’ll read a small collection of reasons why people in our Missouri communities fought (which had very little, if anything at all to do with slavery)…

In May of 1861, the Missouri Legislature convenes at the call of Gov. C.F. Jackson in order to discuss withdrawal from the Union. In response, Federal Captain Nathaniel Lyon and his four regiments of mostly German volunteers demands the surrender of Camp Jackson in St. Louis. A crowd of angry civilians taunt Lyon’s men, and in the resulting confusion, Federal troops open fire. Around 100 men, women and children are wounded, with 24 dead. Enraged, Missouri citizens begin arming for war, with men like Captain Wallace Jackson (of Platte County) raising a company of men to be sworn in as State militia at St. Joseph. (Pgs 310-311 W.M. Paxton’s “Annals of Platte County”, T.L. Snead’s “The Fight for Missouri”, Sean McLachlan’s “Missouri: An Illustrated History”)

In late 1861, state and county officials have refused to take the Federal Oath, and are forcibly removed. W.M. Paxton notes that the military has permitted outlaws to steal without hindrance (near New Market) and that Union troops frequently forage off the people of Platte City. General David Hunter, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, begins his campaign to round up those with Southern Sympathies in Platte County, and orders county leaders to deliver up or drive out the guerrilla leader Silas Gordon – or Hunter would lay waste to the County. When Paxton suggests that he has no power, under the Constitution to do so, Hunter’s reply is “Damn the Constitution!” (Pgs 316-319 W.M. Paxton’s “Annals of Platte County”)

martial law, missouri, civil war, confederate, confederate veterans, confederate monumentsIn retaliation for two federals killed in a recent battle in late 1861, Triplett and Close are taken to Bee Creek to be executed. Triplett is shot, but Close runs into the creek and flounders in the mud. Climbing the opposite side, he is met by a soldier who bayonets him several times and leaves him dead in the mud. Two days later, Paxton passes the scene of this tragedy and sees that someone has used blood to write the letters, “U.S.” on the southwest corner of the bridge. It was about this time that Col. Morgan (Federal) burns Platte City, as well as the courthouse. (Pgs 321-322, W.M. Paxton’s “Annals of Platte County”

In 1863, Platte County is disarmed and left as prey to marauding outlaws. Federal jayhawkers bear forged military orders, search houses, barns and stables for arms, and rob and hang the people. Although the Federal militia is active in suppressing bushwhackers, they seem to give little concern toward thieves and murderers. (Pgs 336 W.M. Paxton’s “Annals of Platte County”)

In August of 1864, Dr. Joseph Walker is met on the road by a group of men from Leavenworth, and taken into the woods and shot. Dr. Thomas L. Thomas, a favorite of Camden Point, and David Gregg, an old and highly esteemed farmer, are also recorded as recently murdered for their Southern Sympathies (Pg. 372-392, W.M. Paxton’s Annals of Platte County”)

It’s reported that Jayhawkers H.H. Moore and H.D. Fisher were “freeing” Missouri slaves so they could take them back to Kansas for cheap labor and work as indentured servants. 1

In a letter to Missouri Congressman Rollins, General George Caleb Bingham wrote in regards to Jennison’s Jayhawks that if “Jennison should be executed, for if he were hung Price would lose thereby the best recruiting officer he ever had.” 2

civil war, confederate, confederate monuments, confederate veterans, support our veterans, Patrick Cleburne, revisionist historyHalleck directed General Pope to drive out Jennison’s Jayhawks as, “They are no better than a band of robbers; they cross the line, rob, steal, plunder and burn whatever they can lay their hands upon. They disgrace the name and uniform of American soldiers and are driving good Union men into the ranks of the secession army.” 3

Near Independence at the farm of Amos Blythe, Federal troops encountered 12 year old Theodore at home. They threatened the boy with hanging if they didn’t tell them what they wanted to know. Theodore managed to escape, and the troops opened fire. He grabbed a gun inside the family home, and ran for the nearby woods. However, the boy was wounded and fell to the ground. He reportedly shot the first federal that came up to him, and wounded two others as they approached. Before he could fire a fourth time, his body was riddled with bullets. 4

In Jackson County, 13 year old John Fox, who had a brother with Quantrill, was shot and killed by Federals while his sister and mother had hold of him and begged for his life. He was charged with feeding his brother. 5

Federals also killed 14 year old James Nicholson because he had two brothers with Price. 35 year old Henry Morris was serving with Col. Upton Hays when Federals rode up to his house and killed his 11 year old son. 6

James C. Horton of Lawrence describes the capture of a guerrilla by the name of Skaggs, who was shot off his horse. A man tied a rope around his neck and drug him through the streets of Lawrence until the body was nude and terribly mutilated. The body was then hanged and further mutilated by cutting it with knives, shooting and throwing rocks, etc. 7

Order Number 11, a response to a guerrilla attack on Lawrence (which was in turn a response to numerous Federal attacks on families throughout the region), was an order that burned numerous homes suspected of giving aid to the South. Women and children were naturally not exempt from this, and suffered greatly through the loss of husbands and fathers who were often killed on their doorsteps, as well as the loss of homes and property (like clothing, bedding, etc) to protect from the elements.

Union men kill 17 year old Al Carter. After shooting him from his saddle, they shot out his eyes and scalped him. 8 (scalping was a brutal practice that was said to have been committed numerous times by federal troops along the Missouri/Kansas border)

Guerrilla leader William Anderson was beheaded and his head attached to a telegraph pole in the town of Richmond.

One year after Appomattox, 4000 comer secessionists were said to have been murdered in southwest Missouri. Supposedly Federals encouraged bands of “regulators” to serve retaliation on former Confederate soldiers who served. 9

After the collapse of a makeshift prison that killed a number of women in Kansas City on August 13, 1863 (which was said to have been intentionally done by federal captors as revenge against southern resistance), John McCorkle writes, “This foul murder was the direct cause of the famous raid on Lawrence, Kansas. We could stand no more. Imagine, if you can, my feelings. A loved sister foully murdered and the widow of a dead brother seriously hurt by a set of men to whom the name assassins, murderers and cutthroats would be a compliment. People abuse us, but, by God, did we not have enough to make us desperate and thirst for revenge? We tried to fight like soldiers, but were declared outlaws, hunted under a ‘Black Flag’ and murdered like beasts. The homes of our friends burned, our aged sires, who dared sympathize with us had been either hung or shot in the presence of their families and all their furniture and provisions loaded in wagons and with our livestock taken to the state of Kansas. The beautiful farming country of Jackson County, Cass County and Johnson County were worse than a desert, and on every hillside stood lone blackened chimneys, sad sentinels and monuments to the memory of our once happy homes. And these outrages had been done by Kansas troops, calling themselves soldiers, but a disgrace to the name soldier. And now our innocent and beautiful girls had been murdered in the most foul, brutal, save and damnable manner.” 10

Also of note is that a black man by the name of John Lobb was said to have served Quantrill and reportedly spied on Lawrence prior to the raid. Quantrill also had a Cherokee Indian, Adam Wilson riding with him. 11

Naturally this is not a complete account of all that occurred during Lincoln’s War. But the reader is encouraged to learn and find out more for themselves about what really went on during this complex and extremely difficult time. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented here, again, the reader is encouraged to read and learn on their own. Perhaps instead of just accepting the thoughts of a biased college professor or a skewed public school textbook, you too will come to understand why so many people continue to want to honor the many sacrifices of a people not so different than us. Their sufferings and stories during a time of deep division and bloody conflict are worth remembering. Because like they say, those who forget history might be tragically condemned to repeat it.

1. Quantrill of Missouri, Petersen (pg. 72)
2. Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy: Guerrilla Warfare in the West, Brownlee (pg. 49)
3. The War of the Rebellion, 1883, Series 1 Volume VIII (pg 507)
4. Quantrill, Harrison Trow, 1923
5. Quantrill and the Border Bars, Connelley 1910
6. Quantrill of Missouri, Petersen (pg 240)
7. Joanne C. Eakin and Donald R. Hale, Branded as Rebels
8. William Gregg Manuscript
9. Quantrill of Missouri, Petersen (pg 423)
10. William Gregg Manuscript
11. Quantrill of Missouri, Petersen (pg 159)

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Condemnation over Charlottesville Racism & Fascism

Charlottesville, Virginia, Racism, Fascism, Leftism, confederate monuments, veterans, graphic design, intoleranceWhile the Camden Point Landmark Society seeks to remember and honor local history, we believe the recent despicable incidents of rioting, racism, intolerance and fascism (from both the left and the right) in Charlottesville, Virginia must be spoken about. As such, we strongly condemn those who seek to utilize Veterans monuments – specifically Confederate Veterans monuments – as a means to further their ridiculous leftist intolerance or “white supremacist” agendas.

Of course, it should go without saying that most of us in Missouri (or even America as a whole) are NOT racists or people who wish ill upon our neighbors. Those of us who seek to honor our veterans – including veterans and their families who were killed or sacrificed in defending their communities from government abuses (including theft, murder, suppression of voter rights, free speech, freedom of religion and destruction of property and local institutions like schools, churches and courthouses) – are not racists. We are not racist or filled with hate if we wish to fly a certain flag, or protect a monument which commemorates the ancestors who gave all to build what we have today. We simply seek to remember them in the hope that future generations might be free from the hatred of people groups or politicians who would wage a bloody war on mankind in any era.

Charlottesville, Virginia, Racism, Fascism, Leftism, confederate monuments, veterans, graphic design, intolerance, confederate flag, cherokee confederates, robert e leeHowever, it seems like the media and certain special interest groups want to portray the actions of some in Charlottesville, Virginia as mostly indicative of white, conservative, Christians in a diverse nation of 324,000,000 people. Ludicrous. But sensationalism and identity politics is the name of the game as of late, with anything that doesn’t fit the mainstream narrative, or that takes more than a ten second soundbite to communicate, being of little interest or value to today’s highly “progressive” intellectuals.

Unfortunately, much of this centers around people groups attempting to secure governmental power over others in order to force their views, which is a sad indication of just how far our communities have fallen from a limited government stance. The more power the State has, the more people are going to become frustrated and seek to secure that power for themselves. However, it’s important to remember that in the end, it took a long time for our communities to heal after the War Between the States. Eventually, Platte County did slowly mend the wounds caused by this catastrophic event which some believe claimed the lives of around 1 million Americans (including women and children). They learned the terrible cost that comes with the use of force, coercion and bullying. Maybe it’s time we do the same?

Note: The mainstream media has of course been obscuring much of the story (which is hardly surprising), and seems to be intent on painting this one particular way: that anyone questioning the removal of the monuments must be a “racist” or “white supremacist”. They aren’t saying much about the antifa agitators (who may have more in common with the white supremacist crowd than they think). For one of the best looks at this incident, from what seems to be an unbiased view, please see Charlottesville You Tangled Mess.

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