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Whose statue do we remove next... George Washington's?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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I have spent the past 30 years of my life ministering to mostly minority men and women in prisons across North America and Africa. I have also led racial reconciliation efforts in my community for much of that time.

I share those simple facts not to pat myself on the back, but merely to point out that I detest racism in every form. However, I think there is more to the recent removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans, Baltimore and other cities than meets the eye.

Was slavery an absolute abomination, the elimination of which required the blood of countless soldiers on both sides of America's Civil War. Absolutely! I cannot think of anything more reprehensible than one human being "owning" another human being... unless it is the extinguishing of an innocent life while still in its mother's womb.

But does that mean that we need to erase every remembrance of the "War Between the States"?

If we say "yes", that statues of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis are such eyesores - and so offensive - that they need to be removed from every piece of public property across the United States... where does it stop?

After all, Thomas Jefferson owned slaves and so did George Washington. Does that mean that we should demolish the Jefferson Memorial and detonate the Washington Monument?

I think the real reason behind the progressive uproar is this: if we can denigrate the reputations and eradicate the memory of important historical figures like Lee and Jackson, many of our Founding Fathers are bound to be next. And when we bring them down, their message and guiding principles come with them.

No, the ultimate targets of the progressives aren't granite statues and bronze tablets. Instead, they will not rest until they so destroy the credibility of our Founders that their words - immortalized in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution - are not only questioned, but also deemed obsolete.

That is the progressives' "end game"... and they will not rest until they accomplish it.

My fellow Americans, we cannot allow that to happen; not on our watch. For the sake of future generations, we must not cede the progressives - who want to rewrite our history, discredit our Founders, and undermine our founding documents - a single inch.

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  1. Steve Olds Steve Olds Dale your work is spot on. As George Santayana said; "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." If the logic of deleting history means we avoid the pain of thinking about it, then we must ask ourselves how we will feel if future generations repeat it because they don't know the truth of our nation's history; good and bad? Just like our Judeo-Christian heritage; you don't have to be a Jew or a Christian to be an American, but you cannot deny the factual reality that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. Destroying that history any further than it already has been, will continue to drive America's slide into mediocrity. Thursday, June 1, 2017
  2. Dale M Glading Dale M Glading Thanks, brother. Your words carry a lot of weight with me! Thursday, June 1, 2017
  3. Paul Munsie Paul Munsie Dale - You could not be any more accurate! The plan by the whacko left is to destroy any symbol or item in history that translates Biblical truth or moral standards. It is happening and folks are generally numb to it. Thanks for being a light of truth in the community and online arena! Thursday, June 1, 2017
  4. Sharon Young Sharon Young Perhaps we need something added to state "charters" to say that these monuments are historical. Teach the important history whether positive or negative from a unbiased opinion. I am reading A POPE AND A PRESIDENT. It is clear from history that the communist party is trying to wipe out every bit of our foundational history and replace it with an absent minded people who need to be told what to think. My mom and dad taught me this as a child. I only now fully understand the danger we face. Thursday, June 1, 2017
  5. Sharon Young Sharon Young Some of my fondest memories are the vacations spent visiting these places and studying the history. I am looking forward to sharing these places with my grandchildren.
    Thursday, June 1, 2017
  6. Dale M Glading Dale M Glading Thanks for your encouraging words, Paul... although I must admit that today I'm feeling a little weary from always being on the front lines of the spiritual and cultural wars. God will strengthen and sustain... Thursday, June 1, 2017
  7. Dale M Glading Dale M Glading Sharon, I believe that the Alabama state legislature is doing exactly that. Sounds like you had some very good parents, too! Thursday, June 1, 2017
  8. Rhett Palmer Rhett Palmer Dale,
    All good men need do to see evil prevail is
    ....... nothing. You are doing something.
    Thank you for your clarification. Well written as usual. God Bless You! -Rhett Friday, June 2, 2017
  9. Lamarre Notargiacomo Lamarre Notargiacomo Erasing history and dumbing down our children have been the goals of the communists dating back to the 1930s and even earlier. Just as we must "earnestly contend for the faith," we must earnestly contend for our country. May God's truth and justice prevail. Friday, June 2, 2017
  10. Dale M Glading Dale M Glading Thanks for your kind words, Rhett! Friday, June 2, 2017
  11. Dale M Glading Dale M Glading Spot on, Lamarre! Friday, June 2, 2017