“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome”
First, they came for the Confederate flag, but I didn’t fly a Confederate flag, so I did not speak out. Then they came for Confederate statues, but I didn’t feel strongly about Confederate statues, so I did not speak out. Then they came for statues of George Washington and Andrew Jackson, and I have a chance to speak out . . . so I am.
While I purposely evoke Martin Niemöller’s famous quote about Germans turning a blind eye to Hitler’s incremental buildup to genocide, I mean not to diminish the Holocaust but to show how we can so easily inch into dangerous territory ourselves.
What we are seeing now has unfortunate parallels to the insidious escalation and gradual expansion of beliefs and mores that drove Germany into the abyss. At this time in our nation’s history, the radical left has identified as obscene and offensive George Washington. They’ve deemed him and his great legacy worthy only of being eradicated not just from the face of the earth but from historical and socio-cultural memory.
The call for the banning of the Confederate flag went out, and everyone, including Republican governors, agreed. The Confederate flag is only and solely racist, they exclaimed. Everyone agrees . . . and those who do not are shamed, falsely-identified as racist white nationalists/supremacists. The Confederate flag’s meaning is vested only in those who find it offensive, for only the most enlightened can discern meaning and ensure that only their interpretation is permitted.
The overwhelming, crushing elitism and disdainful disregard for any views other than their own led these purveyors of all that is moral and good to imagine that their view somehow matters more than anyone else’s. They are on the side of the right and the just, so everyone else must be not only wrong but actively advocating injustice.
In August, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel was petitioned to remove a statue of George Washington. George Washington. Not everyone was surprised, however, as President Trump saw it coming.
"George Washington was a slave owner," Pres. Trump says. "Are we going to take down statues of George Washington?" pic.twitter.com/n3SFULvTD3
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 15, 2017
The Washington Times reported at the time:
President Trump’s question to reporters on Tuesday about the possibility of tearing down historical monuments has been answered by a Chicago pastor: “It’s time.”
Bishop James E. Dukes of Chicago’s Liberation Christian Center made headlines in the Windy City on Wednesday for calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to rename Washington Park and remove a statue of the first U.S. president over his ties to slavery. Mr. Dukes told his Facebook flock that “it’s time” after Mr. Trump sparred with reporters over efforts to expunge Civil War-era monuments from existence.
“This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” Mr. Trump asked reporters on Tuesday as he spoke on last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The right just can’t seem to figure out that giving an inch to the radical left will always mean giving a mile. Or ten. As Republican governors caved to the demands that Confederate statues be removed, many of us could see that the demands to remove RAACIST historical monuments, statues, and artifacts would soon sweep outward from the Confederacy to all “dead white male” historical figures tied to the founding of our country and, ultimately, to the Constitution of these United States.
The Virginian church that George Washington attended for decades has decided to remove a plaque honoring him. They are also removing a plaque honoring Robert E. Lee, another attendee of the historic church.
Leaders at the church that George Washington attended decided that a plaque honoring the first president of the United States must be removed.
Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia will take down a memorial marking the pew where Washington sat with his family, saying it is not acceptable to all worshipers.
“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome,” leaders said, a reference to the fact that Washington was a slaveholder.
“Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.”
“Many in our congregation feel a strong need for the church to stand clearly on the side of ‘all are welcome- no exceptions,'” they concluded.
A memorial to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will also come down.
A government of, by, and for the people has no need to fear or erase its history. Indeed, history tells us that the only ones who fear and wish to erase history are totalitarians who intend to “reset” history to begin with their rule. We’ve seen this with the French revolution, with communists across the globe, and we’ve seen this with ISIS.
And now we are seeing it with the left and Democrats right here in America.DONATE
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