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Sons of Confederate Veterans Encourage Study of Accurate History
Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Pillow provides an opportunity to discover the truth.
April 12, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014, marks the Sesquicentennial of the military engagement at Ft. Pillow. The events of that day were not easily comprehended as a contemporary occurrence, let alone as a historical matter. Furthermore, interpretation of the events on that day have contributed to a cloudy perception of the life of one of the battle's significant participants, Nathan Bedford Forrest.
It is the desire of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) that Americans ponder the events of Ft. Pillow and the broader subject of General Forrest, practice personal scholarship and reach their own conclusions unencumbered by commonly recited, yet inaccurate, histories. The SCV sought Dr. Michael Bradley and Lt. Col. Edwin Kennedy as credible contributors to this dialogue and a catalyst to that end. Their work is attached.
We invite all Americans that value an accurate and truthful history to review these attachments. As we move into the final year of the Sesquicentennial observance of the War Between the States, the SCV is on watch to be certain "that the true history of the South is presented to future generations."
Formed in 1896, The Sons of Confederate Veterans is an international organization of male descendants of Confederate soldiers and the nation’s largest military history and genealogy society, with over 30,000 members.
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Florida celebrates Confederate Memorial Day
Amy Bennett Williams
Fort Myers News-Press
April 11, 2014
Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) -- Though most 2014 calendars list May 26 as Memorial Day, many Southwest Floridians observe another day of remembrance a month earlier: Confederate Memorial Day.
It may have a lower profile, but it is indeed an official Florida holiday, as it is in 10 other southern states.
In 2006, the Lee County Commission made it official with a resolution that read, in part:
"Whereas: April is the month in which the Confederate States of America began and ended their four year struggle for sovereignty and independence (and) Florida joined the Confederate States of America and contributed more soldiers and sailors than any other state in proportion to its population...It is necessary to honor this part of our past to draw from it the courage, wisdom and strength demonstrated by those who lived through that era and endured its hardship so that we may go forward with other Americans in a spirit of brotherhood, unity and reconciliation for a better tomorrow..."
Fort Myers veteran Robert Gates takes those words very seriously.
That's why he'll be joining fellow members of the Major W M Footman Camp 1950 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Fort Myers United Daughters of the Confederacy. Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy in the old Buckingham Cemetery.
Though the nonprofits maintain Confederate graves and monuments throughout the region, they've given special attention to the Buckingham Cemetery. In recent months, they've added a flagpole, planted flowers and installed a 385-pound, 4-foot-tall statue of a Confederate soldier.
Dubbed Sgt. Franklin, it stands watch over the 11 Confederate veterans buried under the cemetery's ancient oaks.
A Cypress Lake High School graduate and decorated Air Force veteran, Gates is a charter member of the Footman camp as well as its commander.
For him, honoring Confederate veterans is a responsibility he shoulders proudly, informed by his abiding interest in history. He keeps a watchful eye on the Robert E. Lee statue in downtown Fort Myers and tends Confederate graves at Buckingham, Alva and New Prospect cemeteries, where the Sons have raised money to place markers on all Confederate graves.
But Gates wants people to know this is not a members-only affair — anyone is welcome to attend. If they do, they'll be treated to poetry, speeches, a flag ceremony and rifle salute as well as trumpet, bagpipe and violin music followed by an old-fashioned, covered-dish picnic.
Oft-flaring controversy aside, Gates says, the celebration is not about race or slavery.
"To us, the descendants ... we mark this day as a memorial to those who sacrificed all in the defense of their homeland and/or state," he says. "(It's) a day of remembrance of the Confederate soldier, sailor, elected official and civilians of the South who died during the War Between the States."
On The Web: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/florida/2014/04/11/florida-confederate-memorial-day/7588007/
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Sons of Confederate Veterans
April 4, 2014
GEORGIA DIVISION ANNOUNCEMENT
SW GEORGIA CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL SERVICE THIS SATURDAY
TIME: Saturday, Music begins at 9am; Service at 10am
LOCATION: Albany, Ga
DIRECTIONS: Hwy.91 Philema Road 1/2 mile past Chehaw Park on the Dougherty-Lee county line (if using GPS, search for Chehaw Park; Confederate Memorial Park is 1/2 mile from there).
Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia has been permanently designated by the Georgia Legislature to be observed each April. An Annual Southwest Georgia Confederate Memorial Service has been hosted by the Albany Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Camp 141 Lt. Col. Thomas M. Nelson in conjunction with the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) each April since 1988. In 1999 and 2000 a Confederate Memorial Park was constructed on Hwy.91 Philema Road 1/2 mile past Chehaw Park on the Dougherty-Lee county line and memorial services have been held that this location each year thereafter.
This year the event will be held on Saturday April 5. The event will begin at 9AM and the Lee County based Band "A Joyful Noise" will play and sing Confederate and Southern Gospel music for an hour until 10AM. Following the musical performance a formal memorial service will begin with pledges and salutes to the flags followed by the singing of the Southern National Anthem " DIXIE ". Then a proclamation explaining the significance of Confederate History and Heritage Month will be read followed by the Charge given to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and People of the South by former Confederate General S.D. Lee in 1906 at the SCV National Reunion.
The primary speaker will be Ray McBerry who was twice a Republican candidate for Governor of Georgia running on a States' Rights' platform. The event will be concluded by the laying of flowers in memory of the soldiers of each Confederate state in the order that secession occurred and a wreath placed by the UDC in memory of all Confederate Veterans. The event will be concluded with volleys fired by Reenactors in Confederate uniform and the playing of Taps.
The public is invited to attend and encouraged to bring children, teenagers, and young adults. Attending SCV and UDC events is an excellent way to teach young people the truth and facts about their Southern-Confederate heritage, history, and culture especially since it is not being taught to any extent in schools and that which is taught is a highly biased Northern perspective written by Northern historians.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization is organized on a national level and divided into divisions by state with the local units being called camps. Currently there are over 30,000 members primarily in the Southern states with Georgia being the largest division. However some camps are located in Western and Northern states and in Europe . All descendants of Confederate Veterans are elgible and encouraged to join SCV or UDC. We offer free family tree research and documentation of Confederate ancestors.
The SCV has three primary goals: 1. To preserve the memory of Confederate Veterans 2. To preserve Confederate graves, monuments, memorials, flags, and mementos 3. To see that Southern-Confederate history is presented in a fair and impartial manner.
You are encouraged to join us Saturday morning on April 5 at 9AM. For more information contact Albany SCV Camp Commander James W. King at 229-854-1944 or email@example.com
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Forrest and NOT the KKK
There is ample documentation and testimony that six ex-veterans, NOT including Nathan Bedford Forrest, began the Ku Klux Klan. Forrest was not even aware of the group’s beginnings.
Study of the KKK in the 1800’s of America shows that there is NO corroborating evidence that N. B. Forrest was ever a leader of the Klan NOR that he was ever even a member. None.
In addition, an 1871 United States Congressional Investigation completely exonerates Forrest and it was determined in the investigation that Forrest was not a leader of the KKK nor had ever been a leader, and additionally, that he was not ever a member of the Klan.
The outcome of the 1871 investigation was twofold. The committee found no evidence that Forrest had participated in the formation of the Klan and that even the use of his name may well have been without his permission. They also found that there was no credible evidence that Forrest had ever participated in or directed any actions of the Klan.
“The reports of Committees, House of Representatives, second session, forty-second congress,” P. 7-449.
Congressional records show that Gen. Forrest was absolved of all complicity in the founding or operation of the Ku Klux Klan, and he was certainly never a “Grand Wizard”. These committees had the utmost evidence and living witnesses at their disposal. The evidence precluded any Guilt or indictment of Gen. Forrest and the matter was closed before that body of final judgment in 1872. New York Times newspaper. Library of Congress
On The Web: http://shnv.blogspot.com/2014/03/forrest-and-not-kkk.html
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Lincoln’s Leftist Associates–Part Two
Posted on March 27, 2014
by Al Benson Jr.
In 2009 Adam Max Tuchinsky, associate professor at the University of Southern Maine, wrote an informative book called Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune: Civil War Era Socialism and the Crisis of Free Labor. Tuchinsky noted that Greeley’s paper had, among its contributors, Charles Dana, Albert Brisbane, George Ripley, and the ever-present Karl Marx–all socialists. It seems that the leftist intelligentsia in this country all had a working relationship with “Friend Greeley.” I never read any of this in my public school “history” books. Did anyone else?
Dana eventually went to Europe, where he could witness the convulsions caused by the 1848 socialist revolts firsthand. He felt those revolts were a “historical turning point.” Unfortunately, he was correct, more correct than even he could know. While in Europe, Dana spent time scrounging around for “alternative strains of socialist thought” and ended up in Cologne. At this juncture, a friend of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ferdinand Freiligrath, worked for a leftist periodical whose editor had lately co-authored a pamphlet called Das Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei. One of its co-authors, the editor, was a deadbeat hack of a writer whose name did not even appear on the first edition–because the ideas in it were not totally his. He was hired by a group called The League of the Just to author the pamphlet and its content was more theirs than his.
And so socialist Charles Dana met socialist Karl Marx. Socialist Carl Schurz had once met Marx and in our book Lincoln’s Marxists, Walter Kennedy and I commented on that. We noted that, according to Carl Schurz, Karl Marx had an ego as big as the plant Pluto and was constantly berating and insulting those that dared to disagree with his exalted pronouncements. So typical for those on the left! They love it when you totally agree with them, but dare to disagree with them on anything and you become chopped liver in their estimation. Somehow, in spite of all the leftist vitriol, Marx and Dana seemed to hit it off. So much so that Dana got Marx probably the only real job he ever had in his life as a columnist for Horace Greeley’s left-leaning paper.
By the time Lincoln and Greeley both left Congress in 1849, Lincoln had developed a close circle of friends which eventually included a batch of the socialist Forty-eighters, and they were working at turning the states of Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois into seething points of agitation. So what we had, in effect, was almost constant socialist agitation in the upper Midwest in the very late 1840s and 1850s. Again, did you ever see any of this in your “history” books in public school? I never did. This is all “memory hole” material we are never supposed to be aware of. Oh, I recall reading about the Kansas-Missouri problems, but that was mostly blamed on Southerners. No mention of Lincoln’s socialist friends stirring the pot at all. In fact, I often wonder how much of this kind of history appears even in home school history studies. I saw very little when we were home schooling our kids, and I’ve seen several history books from Christian schools and none of this was mentioned in any of them. Why not? Wouldn’t our young folks have a much better grasp of our real history if this aspect of it were noted in their history books? Maybe that’s why it’s not there.
John Nichols, in his article in the International Socialist Review has noted, quite accurately, that: “While studies of Lincoln place appropriate focus on his domestic engagements, there has been far too little attention paid to his global interests, especially during the period ‘in the wilderness’ between the end of his congressional term and his return to the political stage. Yet there can be no doubt that the future president was conscious of and highly engaged with developments in foreign lands–thanks no doubt to his close reading of the Tribune…Lincoln invoked the struggles of the European revolutionaries and denounced ‘oppression in any of its forms…’” The invader and destroyer of the South denounces oppression–how touching!
As he got ready for the presidential race in 1860 (he was hardly a reluctant candidate) Lincoln took the time and trouble to align himself with those whose position is “…that labor is the superior–greatly the superior–of capital.” That’s part of the old Marxist line and it comes off sounding somewhat hypocritical from the man who was a lobbyist for the Illinois Central Railroad. You don’t get much more “capitalist” than the railroad people. And Thomas DiLorenzo, in his excellent and informative book The Real Lincoln noted that “…Lincoln was a devoted protectionist over his entire political career. He and other Whigs took this position because it created a stream of economic benefits for a wealthy and powerful constituency group…Having the government dispense special privileges to the wealthy and influential was always the core of the Whig political program to which Lincoln devoted his political career.” Sounds like the sainted Mr. Lincoln was only opposed to capitalism and capital if they were Southern. He didn’t seem to have all that much problem with Northern capitalism–in fact he profited from it. Interesting that the socialist and communists that fled the failed 1848 socialist revolts in Europe, when they came to this country, ended up joining or allying themselves with the Republican Party–the party of corporate fascism and big government. And they did this because they knew that the party of big government would help them get what they wanted–power and control. The supposed leftist concern for the “poor and oppressed” is nothing more than a self-serving sham.
To be continued.
On The Web: http://revisedhistory.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/lincolns-leftist-associates-part-two/
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Lincoln’s Leftist Associates—Part One
Posted on March 25, 2014
By Al Benson Jr.
The more you look at Abraham Lincoln the more his socialist proclivities jump out at you from whatever printed page you happen to be browsing. Once you have begun to grasp the fact of his socialist worldview then you can see things in reading about him that you just never noticed before.
I’ve seen articles that referred to radical Tom Paine, the supporter and promoter of the terrorist French Revolution, as “Lincoln’s hero.” If you have done any reading about Tom Paine and his views, that one statement should tell you something about Lincoln.
Awhile back, John Nichols, who writes for the Nation, did an article for the International Socialist Review which was entitled Reading Karl Marx with Abraham Lincoln–Utopian socialists, German communists, and other republicans. Very interesting title, and so very on target. The socialists don’t deny their involvement with Lincoln, they parade it right down Main Street, partly because they feel that decades of public “education” have rendered most Americans too dumb to realize what they are saying, and partly because they are just downright proud that Lincoln was among their number, whether he ever joined any socialist party or not (he didn’t, that we know of at this point). However, the mindset was there, which shows that socialism and communism in this country were a serious problem already by the middle of the 1800s.
Nichols noted Lincoln’s close association with Horace Greeley, who was a Utopian socialist. They served together in Congress, each for one term and Lincoln referred to Greeley as “Friend Greeley.” Greeley’s newspaper the New York Tribune, was probably the country’s most influential newspaper in the middle years of the 19th century. Greeley’s left-leaning thinking reflected that of Lincoln, when, in an address to Congress he stated that: “our idea is that labor needs not to combat but to command Capital.” A little of the “class struggle” technique there? Nichols also noted that Lincoln’s “involvement” wasn’t just with Horace Greeley, but also with “his sub-editors and writers, so much so that the first Republican president appointed one of Greeley’s most radical lieutenants—the Fourier-and Proudhon-inspired socialist and longtime editor of Marx’s European correspondence, Charles Dana—as his assistant secretary of war.” Dana was right under Edwin Stanton, another dictatorial soul. And it was Dana who hired Karl Marx to write for Greeley’s paper. So you’ve got all these socialists—Greeley, Lincoln, Dana, and Marx pushing and promoting one another in order to further their agenda. Greeley also made Albert Brisbane, another socialist, who had spent time in France during the 1820s, a columnist. Nichols said of Brisbane that, after his time in France, he returned to the United States “to spread the socialist gospel.” Marx and Brisbane were so radical that Greeley’s paper actually received criticism for spreading leftist views. That didn’t seem to bother Greeley. Nichols noted that “In the mid-1840s, explains historian Roy Marvin Robbins, ‘Greeley preached a new order of society with Brisbane’s socialist ideas as its basis.” Almost sounds as if he promoted a 19th century version of the New World Order. Could it be that when George Bush promoted the New World Order back in the early 1990s that he was really only referring to the second installment of it and that we had already been introduced to the first installment way back in the late 1840s?
Something the “history” books almost never even mention of refer to is the fact that Lincoln was a keen follower of everything that was going on in Europe in the 1840s. He was well aware of what was going on there in 1848—and he was all for it. The European situation was not a new thing for Lincoln. Even before 1848, some German radicals has started showing up in Illinois, Wisconsin, parts of Ohio and New York. One such was Gustav Koerner, a student revolutionary from the University of Munich.
Socialist revolutionary Koerner formed an alliance with Lincoln, which resulted in Koerner being one of seven person delegates-at-large who were named by Lincoln to serve at the Republican State Convention in May of 1860. This was the event that got Lincoln into the presidential race that year. Nichols stated in his article that: “Through Ko(e)rner, Lincoln met and befriended many of the German radicals who, after the failure of the 1848 revolution, fled to Illinois and neighboring Wisconsin. Along with Korner on Lincoln’s list of personal delegates-at-large to the 1860 convention was Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker,…” If you happen to have a copy of Walter Kennedy’s and my book Lincoln’s Marxists you can look up Comrade Hecker in it. Check him out on pages 172-174 if you have the book. Hecker was one of Lincoln’s socialist generals. He got a commission from Lincoln.
Another of Lincoln’s staunchest supporters was Karl Marx’s close associate, Joseph Weydemeyer. Weydemeyer continued to be in close touch with Karl Marx while allying himself with the new Republican Party and Lincoln’s presidential campaign. Part of the result of this was that Weydemeyer’s help to Lincoln’s efforts got him appointed to the staff of General John C. Fremont, yet another American left-leaning radical, as a technical aide.
Lincoln did much more than to simply request that the Forty-eighters enlist to help him. He became involved with their causes. One writer stated that “Lincoln was paying attention to those revolutionaries. While in Springfield, Illinois he sought to gain support for various leftist revolutionary movements in Europe. He was particularly interested at that time in the revolt of Lajos Kossuth in Hungary.
The point to this is that Lincoln was not just an armchair supporter of socialist and communist revolts in Europe. He knew many of those involved. He knew what they were all about, and not from a distance but from personal contact in many cases and he supported their efforts to create a new social(ist) order in Europe, one that would centralize everything in the hands of the leftists, all in the name of the “people.” When it didn’t work over there he gave them another shot at it here. Guess what? It worked here and as you can tell from what inhabits Washington, D.C. today, it’s still working.
To be continued.
On The Web: http://revisedhistory.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/lincolns-leftist-associates-part-one/
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Sidewalks on graves of children and Confederate dead? Over these dead bodies
March 30, 2014
Don't blame Kenny Brown if he feels a little protective of the old Union Hill Cemetery off Hollywood Boulevard.
That's what he's been for three decades. Its protector.
Like when he saw those two people naked and unashamed, doing that thing naked people do on the ground where five generations of his family are buried.
"I asked the dumbest question ever asked," he said. "What are y'all doing?"
They stopped a second or two, panting a mind-your-own-business warning. But they didn't stop. So Brown called the cops.
"I ain't no prude or nothing, but they're doing it on top of my Aunt Bertie!"
Oh, the stories a cemetery tells.
It's not just folks in compromising positions that cause problems. Brown busted up a drug deal on cemetery land long ago, and tells of chasing away cauldron-toting witches.
"We are honor-bound to do this," he said. "We have to be here."
He and other members of the Families and Friends of Union Hill Cemetery have seen too much, really. They've seen family members' bodies dug up all around the cemetery to make way for buildings and roads and the rush of progress.
So they're worried now. Tentative plans involving Homewood, Mountain Brook and the Alabama Department of Transportation would add a pedestrian bridge over U.S. 280 on Hollywood Boulevard. Such a plan would require sidewalks that would – as families of the dead figure it – interfere with graves of at least six and as many as 17 people.
The cemetery is technically in Birmingham, but it sits where Homewood and Mountain Brook come together. Runners, who have pushed for the bridge and sidewalks, argue that the current bridge is a pedestrian hazard, that there should be sidewalks for safety and convenience. And they are of course right. Running across the Hollywood Boulevard bridge now is like breaking through Checkpoint Charlie.
But there can be a need for sidewalks. And a respect for the dead.
Betty Anne Jones believes at least three of her family members, including two infant sons of her great grandfather, are buried in the right of way and face "the ultimate insult" of being paved over. Homewood has assured family members it doesn't want to do that, and she believes the city is sincere.
But there have been so many wrongs done to these families.
Birmingham once sought to condemn the cemetery as vacant just to sell the property. Bodies were dug up to build 280, and again for nearby buildings. They were replanted, sometimes haphazardly, in Union Hill.
This is a cemetery that predates the Civil War. It is the final home to 27 Civil War vets, to the people, as Jones puts it "who settled this valley."
So yes, Union Hill needs people like Brown to protest the inappropriate acts. It needs people to say what are you doing even when the naked prospect of progress seems so ... appealing.
There is, it appears, time to sort out the issues.
Alabama Historical Commission Historic Preservation Director Lee Anne Wofford said a plan such as this will require that historic or environmental issues be addressed. It's not far enough along for those things to be considered.
And ALDOT director John Cooper wrote to Brown, assuring him regulations about honoring gravesites will not be overlooked.
"Requiring these sidewalks does not ignore any potential issues that may conflict," Cooper wrote. "On the contrary, any graves that would be impacted by the construction of sidewalks must be properly addressed in accordance with all current regulations."
We can have sidewalks and still honor the dead. Surely there is room for both.
If only for the sake of history. And Karma.
"I wouldn't go out and run on their graves," Brown said. "Why would they want to run on mine?"
These souls have been bothered enough.
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On The Web: http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/03/sidewalks_over_graves_of_child.html
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ACLU Comes To Aid Of New Jersey Teen Suspended For Flying Confederate Flag
March 28, 2014
NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork) – The American Civil Liberties Union has stepped in to defend a New Jersey teenager who was suspended from school for refusing to remove a confederate flag that flew atop his car.
Edward Barocas, legal director for the ACLU in New Jersey cites specific case-law from the third circuit court of appeals, in which New Jersey students were allowed to wear T-shirts with confederate flags, provided a disruption was not created, WCBS 880's Jim Smith reported.
In this case, Barocas says “the school would be hard pressed to argue that this will cause a substantial disruption.”
That’s because the 17-year-old flew the flag on his truck for weeks without incident.
He was only suspended after refusing the vice principal’s demand to remove it, Smith reported.
Barocas says the First Amendment still applies even in school parking lots.
“It protects those whose speech is offensive or makes others uncomfortable,” Barocas said.
He sent a letter to the school calling for the flag to be allowed.
School officials were not available for comment.
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Confederate flag flown on student's pickup truck causes flap at Steinert High School
Originally published: March 27, 2014
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - The Confederate flag is at the center of a controversy that's pitting a high school senior against his principal, and now the American Civil Liberties Union is getting involved.
Gregory Vied, 17, says he was suspended for flying the flag on his pickup truck, which was parked in the student lot at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township.
Vied says he knows the banner, which includes a representation of the confederate flag that flies on the back of his pickup, stirs strong emotions among those who view it as a symbol of oppression and hate.
But he says he sees it only as a mark of southern pride and a connection to relatives who hail from the south.
Vied says he wouldn't take the flag down just because someone said it offended them, but he would understand where they're coming from.
The student says he was suspended Tuesday after repeated warnings from the vice principal to take the flag down. Vied says he was told there had been complaints, but he refused to remove the flag.
"Them trying to make me take it down, is unconstitutional," Vied says.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the student's right to freedom of expression cannot be taken away, even if other students or teachers complain.
"As the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear, students' rights don't end at the school house gates," says ACLU Legal Director Ed Barocas. "It also doesn't end in the school parking lot."
The organization wrote a letter to the principal, pointing to case law that says school officials would have to prove the banned speech would "materially and substantially" disrupt operations.
Several of Vied's friends have been showing their support, coming to school with confederate flags on their cars and trucks. So far, none of them have been suspended.
Vied says he's looking out for others who choose to express themselves. "I just want him not to do this to anybody else. Because you can't just trample on somebody's first amendment rights, or any of their rights."
Vied's three-day suspension was cut to one day the same day the ACLU sent its letter to the principal.
The superintendent of schools, citing student privacy, has refused to comment on the matter.
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Sons of Confederate Veterans
March 27, 2014
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS ANNOUNCE GEORGIA RADIO CAMPAIGN
(ATLANTA - March 27, 2014) The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans announced today a statewide radio campaign for 2014 featuring 60 second radio commercials. Each of the commercials highlights a different event or prominent person of the War for Southern Independence from the year 1864 as part of the ongoing Sesquicentennial commemoration of the War; and all of them tell the story from the Southern view, focusing on an accurate historical portrayal of events of the time instead of the recent historical revisionism currently portrayed by so much of the news and entertainment industries today.
Division officials revealed today that the spots are running on a variety of radio stations across Georgia which blanket approximately 90 percent of the state geographically. The predominant genres of the stations selected for inclusion in the first quarter buy are country music and conservative talk radio. The Georgia Division has already earmarked funds for continuing the statewide radio campaign throughout the 2014 calendar year.
Exactly 150 years ago, Georgia was one of the primary focuses of the War during Sherman's infamous "March to the Sea." Many of the radio commercials produced for this radio campaign feature the heroic stand of Southern soldiers defending Atlanta and the rest of Georgia, as well as stories of such well-known events as Andersonville's POW camp. The historical segments are sure to be controversial to some as they provide historical facts which have been intentionally obfuscated in recent years. Additionally, the war crimes of William Tecumseh Sherman's army are brought to light, reminding native Georgians and newcomers alike of the atrocities committed by federal troops as they invaded Georgia, committing rape, murder, and pillage among the civilian population.
The first eleven commercials of this statewide campaign are available for listening or download HERE.
For more information, please call 404.271.8473 or contact the Georgia Division SCV online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org
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How would you like to help the South? Gary Adams at SHPG on Facebook has set-up what they are calling an “Action Group;” it is being chaired by Eddie Inman. A couple of proposed actions are submitting lesson plans; attempting to file charges for war crimes against the Southron people(s); file for recognition of Southroners as a minority group. They are looking for individuals who can research; who are capable writers and who are loyal to the South and can maintain silence and follow instructions.
Contact Eddie Inman or Gary Adams at Facebook.
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Looking back at the Confederate Constitution
By NCC Staff
On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. Here is a look at this little-known third constitution that controlled the lives of about 9 million people for a short period of time.
Much of the Confederate Constitution mirrored the Constitution of the United States as it existed at the time, with bigger differences in the matters of slavery and states’ rights.
In 1860, there were more than 9 million people, including 3 million slaves, living in the states and territories that would leave the Union, compared with 22 million people outside those areas.
The document was drawn up and approved just a week after Abraham Lincoln became president of the United States. There were seven southern states that had seceded at the time, and a total of 13 would eventually sign the Confederate constitution.
At first glance, much of the Confederate document was taken directly from the U.S. Constitution.
But there were several passages related to slavery that were much different. The Confederate version used the word “slaves,” unlike the U.S. Constitution. One article banned any Confederate state from making slavery illegal. Another ensured that slave owners could travel between Confederate states with their slaves.
The Confederate constitution also accounted for slaves as three-fifths of a state’s population (like the U.S. Constitution did at the time), and it required that any new territory acquired by the nation allow slavery.
In other ways, the Confederate constitution was closer to the Articles of Confederation, which preceded the U.S. Constitution–it was focused on states’ rights.
The Confederate preamble begins, “We, the people of the Confederate States, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character…”
The U.S. Constitution starts with the more familiar, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…”
Confederate states had the ability to impeach federal officials, collect more taxes, and make treaties with each other under certain circumstances. They could also create lines of credit.
When it came to elected officials, the Confederate constitution limited the president to one, six-year term in office in a person’s lifetime. The vice president didn’t have term limits.
The president also had use of the line-item veto in budget matters.
Senators and representatives served under circumstances that were very similar to rules in the U.S. Constitution.
It also had a Bill of Rights, lumped together with rules about Congress. (Most of the rights in the U.S. Constitution’s original Bill of Rights were incorporated.)
One additional right stated that the government couldn’t impair “the right of property in negro slaves” to owners.
The Confederate Congress operated in a similar fashion to the United States. But the Confederate Congress couldn’t pass legislation about amendments. That role was reserved for the states.
Cabinet members could also answer questions on the floor of Congress.
The Supreme Court system was also very similar to the one used by the United States. But it was never formed during the Civil War because of the government’s instability.
The Confederate Congress met for six sessions during the war. Political parties didn’t form in the Confederacy, but there were political factions in the electorate.
Jefferson Davis, a former U.S. senator, served as the Confederate president.
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Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell responds to NAACP criticism over College of Charleston presidency
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014
NAACP leaders say that if Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell is hired as the next president of the College of Charleston, they will work relentlessly to inform potential students and athletes nationwide about his connection to Confederate causes and his support of the Confederate battle flag flying on the Statehouse grounds.
McConnell said the NAACP's characterization of him is incorrect and misleading. He is committed to increasing diversity at the college, and his record shows he has the ability to do that, he said.
The NAACP released a fiery statement on McConnell being among three finalists for the president's post at a news conference Monday on Rivers Green on the downtown college campus.
Dennis "Jody" Encarnation, who taught at the Harvard Business School and Harvard's Center for Business and Government for about three decades before retiring, and Martha Saunders, provost at the University of West Florida, also are finalists.
The new president will take the reins from George Benson, who will step down at the end of June to join the college's business faculty.
"If they do make the mistake of hiring Glenn McConnell, they will be regretful for many days after," said the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church and former national chief operating officer of the NAACP.
NAACP leaders also said they would widely circulate a photograph of McConnell dressed in a Confederate general uniform flanked on either side by two black people who appear to be dressed as slaves. McConnell, who previously served in the state Senate for more than three decades, said, "I am defined by my record, not by their rhetoric."
Currently only about 6 percent of students enrolled at the college are black, while blacks make up about 30 percent of the population of South Carolina. College leaders have launched efforts to boost diversity in recent years, but the numbers haven't budged.
According to the NAACP's statement, McConnell being hired would further discourage minority students from enrolling because he:
Spearheaded the effort to prevent the removal of the battle flag from the Statehouse dome and the legislative chambers of the capitol.
Would agree to a compromise only if the flag were placed in a prominent place on the Statehouse grounds.
Refused to support efforts to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a state holiday unless the state also made Confederate Memorial Day a holiday. To achieve that, state employees lost Election Day as a state holiday.
Is a devotee of Confederate heritage who saw to it that state funds were allocated to raise and preserve the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley.
Is an ardent supporter of states' rights, "which progressive organizations recognize as a euphemism for the right of states to hold on to the egregious wrongs of slavery."
Rivers also said McConnell, who has never worked at a college, isn't qualified for the job.
McConnell said that he's committed to increasing diversity at the college if he's hired as president. He also said he was a champion for many issues of interest to the state's black residents during his years in the Senate, including:
Increasing diversity among state judges.
Allocating money from the S.C. Education Lottery to the state's historically black colleges.
Defending and preserving state money for the "Call Me Mister" program, which trains black male teachers and places them in South Carolina classrooms.
Serving as chairman of the African American History Monument Commission, a group that raised $2 million to design, build, and place on the Statehouse grounds a monument to pay tribute to the African- American experience from slavery to civil rights.
Confederate battle flag
McConnell, 67, of Charleston, was elected to the state Senate in 1980 and served for 32 years, the last 11 years as president pro tempore. He was one of the most powerful men in South Carolina, but state law last year required him to move into the lieutenant governor's office when Ken Ard resigned after being indicted for ethics violations.
During his years in the Senate, McConnell earned wide respect among legislators as a fair and honest man who was willing to work with all members. That included many members of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, even though many of them disagreed with his stance on the flag and other issues.
He is also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a Civil War re-enactor and the former owner of a store that sold Confederate memorabilia, flags and other items. He also is a prominent face associated with the flying of the Confederate battle flag on the Statehouse grounds, a move that prompted the NAACP to call for an economic boycott of South Carolina.
After a highly contentious debate in 2000, legislators eventually compromised by moving the flag from atop the Statehouse dome to the grounds, next to a Confederate memorial. Opponents argue that location is even more prominent.
McConnell said the 2010 photograph of him that the NAACP is threatening to circulate nationwide simply was him posing with Gullah Geechee re-enactors during a Charleston event hosted by the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women.
He's part of a group that re-enacts Civil War history, he said, not Confederate history. "But when we're in our Union outfits, it seems no one wants to take our pictures."
Re-enacting simply is way to make history come alive, he said.
State Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, who is black, said he disagrees with the NAACP about McConnell. "None of them who are speaking have ever worked with McConnell," he said. "He has been nothing but fantastic to work with."
Jackson called the NAACP's comments on McConnell "character assassination."
Dozens of students who were opposed to McConnell being hired as the school's next leader attended the news conference, where they chanted "Glenn is not our man."
Elsewhere on campus, a banner was hung in front of the President's House, reading "No Confederates for CofC President" with a Confederate flag with a circle drawn through it.
Ethan Smith, a junior from Bowie, Md., said before the press conference he and many other students chose to attend the college because it focused on liberal arts, open dialogue, encouraging students to explore new ways of thinking and valuing individual differences. "What Glenn McConnell stands for is very different than why we chose this institution."
On The Web: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140310/PC16/140319982
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Fate of marker that once identified Nathan Bedford Forrest Park up in the air
Posted: Mar 10, 2014
By Kontji Anthony
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – The park once named after General Nathan Bedford Forrest is now called Health Sciences Park. Controversy settled? Not exactly.
Now, the fate of the massive concrete marker that once identified the park is up in the air.
Currently, the concrete slab is being housed in the General Services building in Overton Park. But the Overton Park Conservancy plans to take over that space.
"They offered to move the Forrest Park stone anywhere we wanted in Shelby County," said Lee Millar, Sons of Confederate Veterans. "Of course, we want it placed back in Forrest Park where it belongs."
The Sons of Confederate Veterans and City of Memphis are now at odds over what to do with the marker. Wherever it goes, it must be moved by June 30.
Last year, the Sons of Confederate Veterans placed the marker at the park entrance with permission from the former parks director. The city then hauled it away, saying the group did not have proper permission to put the marker there.
"We're trying to return items to their owners or dispose of them," said City of Memphis Chief Administrative Officer George Little.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans contend Memphis City Council's resolution to change the name of the park is illegal. An ordinance named the park decades ago.
"According to state law, a resolution cannot override an ordinance," said Millar.
The latest development heightens current tensions.
"We've got a lawsuit against the city and the city council for the illegal and improper removal of the stone," added Millar.
Will the city grant the Sons' request?
"Unfortunately, that is now Health Sciences Park and while I appreciate their position, the council has taken action and spoken to that. So, unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate that request," said Little.
If a decision about where to place the stone is not made by June 30, the city would list it to be claimed. If it is not claimed, it will be sold at auction as surplus, according to Little.
"All people should appreciate everybody's history," said Millar. "You shouldn't try to erase it."
It is unclear if the lawsuit will be resolved in time to end the standoff.
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Beauvoir troubles more than flap over flag, officials say
By MARY PEREZ
March 17, 2014
BILOXI -- Sunday's article in the Sun Herald about the internal struggles at Beauvoir brought a response Monday from the commander of the Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Allen Terrell emailed the response to the shakeup that led to the resignation of two board members and the executive director.
Terrell said the letter was "on behalf of the Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans." As an ex-officio member of the Beauvoir Board of Trustees, Terrell said he was, "in no way speaking for the Combined Boards of Beauvoir."
Rick Forte, chairman of the boards for 25 years, and Beauvoir's new acting director have not responded to the Sun Herald's request for comments.
"The Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans are greatly concerned over the events occurring at Beauvoir and are monitoring the situation," Terrell said in his letter.
He also said that Ed Funchess, the vice chairman of the board at Beauvoir who resigned in February, was correct when he said the Confederate flag is not the whole issue at Beauvoir, but is what began the present controversy.
Terrell said the Confederate flag will continue to fly at Beauvoir.
A Confederate battle flag hangs daily among others on a flagpole along U.S. 90.
What has sparked the controversy is a huge flag that hangs on the front of the mansion at Beauvoir on occasion. The next time it is scheduled to be displayed is April 22 for Confederate Memorial Day.
Andi Oustalet said she was told she is no longer welcome at Beauvoir after she asked to have the flag removed from the front of the home. She is a volunteer who created and produced two Christmas at Beauvoir events that drew 13,000 people each year and also organized a three-day celebration for the opening of the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library.
Bertram Hayes-Davis, who resigned this month over the controversy, is the great-great grandson of Jefferson Davis and was executive director of Beauvoir. His response to Sunday's article has been a flurry of emails, phone calls and Facebook postings from people across the country asking what they can do to help.
"We've received tremendous support from the public outreach," he said. "They're all shocked and surprised."
On The Web: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/03/17/5422061/sons-of-confederate-veterans-respond.html
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Civil War: The Battle of Beauvoir
Three resign, two dismissed in spat over Confederate flag
By MARY PEREZ
March 15, 2014
BILOXI -- While Civil War sites throughout the South are observing the anniversary of battles that occurred more than 150 years ago, a skirmish at Beauvoir has brought the resignation of the executive director and two board members and the dismissal of an administrative assistant and the state's 2013 Volunteer of the Year.
Central to the split of the board is the Confederate battle flag and the ability to raise money for the historic property while the flag is so prominently displayed.
"I can feel the pain of Jefferson Davis right now," said Bertram Hayes-Davis, 65, Davis' great-great-grandson. He resigned as executive director of Beauvoir after a contentious board meeting in February, but remains the president of the Beauvoir Foundation, a separate non-profit agency.
The most visible signs that there are issues at Beauvoir, which is owned by Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, are two signs still up on the property advertising the Christmas event. Hayes-Davis said he was told the Beauvoir Foundation doesn't have access to the property to take them down.
"It's a philosophical issue and it's a serious one," said Ed Funchess, vice chairman and treasurer, who along with board member Don Barrett, resigned and walked out of the February meeting followed by Hayes-Davis, who officially resigned March 3.
Funchess said his difference is with the chairman of the board, Richard Forte, and the conflict is primarily over the financial future of Beauvoir.
"I've had all of it I can stand," Funchess said,
Forte said he would talk to the Sun Herald, but then asked to be contacted by email. He didn't respond to the email and calls to the new acting administrator weren't returned.
"The flag is really not the whole issue but it is part of the issue," Funchess said.It's what split the board, he said, and is a symbol that inflames public perception.
"Beauvoir is not the Confederate battle flag. It's the last home of Jeff Davis," he said.
Funchess helped oversee the renovation of Beauvoir after Hurricane Katrina, when FEMA provided $4 million in federal funds to repair Beauvoir and $10 million to rebuild the library above the flood elevations. He still is working unofficially to see that a Confederate memorial pavilion is built at the cemetery.
He said to remove the namesake of the man Beauvoir honors is a mistake.
Spokesman for Beauvoir
Bertram Hayes-Davis and his wife, Carol, came to work at Beauvoir in July 2012. She volunteered as the head of programs and events at Beauvoir. He left his job as the head of oil and gas assets management at JP Morgan Bank in Dallas after he got a call from a board member asking for his assistance.
He oversaw the opening of the library and the completion of Varina's Garden, which recreates the garden of Davis' wife, and with his resemblance to his grandfather and extensive knowledge of the family history, became the spokesman for Beauvoir.
Hayes-Davis said he said he got support to create interactive displays at the Davis library from the Smithsonian, the Senate Archives, the Department of Archives and the Capitol Architect, and began creating a partnership with the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior.
"With all these efforts, and the highest regard to the future and successes of Beauvoir, there has been from the first day an air of resistance from the board and the chairman," he said.
He now is no longer on the board of directors he served on for years and all mention of Davis' direct descendent is removed from the Beauvoir website.
Hayes-Davis said he feels fundraising events such as Christmas at Beauvoir are "the kind of things that will save Beauvoir." The board didn't share his goals, he said.
Christmas at Beauvoir
Instead, Andi Oustalet, a volunteer who created and produced the Festival of Trees and Christmas at Beauvoir for the last two years, was informed by the board she was no longer welcome at Beauvoir.
For her efforts at Beauvoir, she was named Mississippi's Volunteer of the Year. At Beauvoir, "The chairman of the board has done nothing but oppose it," she said of the event.
The purpose of the holiday festival was to raise money for Beauvoir and bring tourists to South Mississippi at the slow time of the year, she said. The event drew about 13,000 visitors each year and many companies signed on as sponsors.
Last year, she also organized a three-day celebration for the opening of the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library. She quit when she arrived for the ribbon-cutting and saw a Confederate battle flag hanging on the Beauvoir mansion, so large that it covered from the edge of the roof to below the porch. Outstalet said she asked Forte to remove the flag that could be seen from U.S. 90.
"This attitude has got to go so that property can survive and be a part of our history," she said.
She later agreed to return and produce the second year of her three-year commitment to Christmas at Beauvoir. Unless the board reverses its decision, she won't be there for the third year.
Michelle Rodriguez, executive administrative assistant at Beauvoir, helped Oustalet with the events and also organized the cemetery tour. She said she was fired about three weeks ago after sending a letter to a board member about working conditions.
Hayes-Davis said he thought the opening of the library was going to change things for Beauvoir, which hasn't regained its visitor count since it was devastated in Hurricane Katrina.
Beauvoir's latest 990 report to the Internal Revenue Service shows the annual revenue from admissions is $275,000 and revenue from the gift shop is $97,000. The State Legislature provides about $100,000 a year for Beauvoir through the Department of Archives and History and Beauvoir received a $1 million grant in the third round of the Historic Relief Grant Program for Historic Preservation.
Varina Howell Davis, Jefferson Davis' wife, put in her will that if the Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans can't maintain Beauvoir, it will be transferred to the state to operate.
On The Web: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/03/15/5419282/civil-war-the-battle-of-beauvoir.html
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Why the Left Hates Confederate Symbols and Flags
Posted on March 15, 2014
by Al Benson Jr.
On several occasions I can remember my pastor at church saying that if you are not making someone mad then you aren’t doing anything. He has a valid point. If you are at peace with “the world” and no one has any gripe with anything you do or say, then you are a friend of the world and, biblically speaking, that is an unenviable position to be in.
Christians make people mad because they have the temerity to tell people the truth and all people do not relish truth. Some would rather live with lies and giving them the truth ticks them off. So I reckon this article will tick some folks off.
Years ago, when I was in the John Birch Society there were folks that said we had three enemies—liberalism, socialism, and communism. Or to put it more succinctly liberalism=socialism=communism. One is merely a progression to the next. The John Birch Society was anathema to the religious and political left. They detested it with unexcelled passion. They still do. Why? It’s because the JBS tells people the truth about them and they don’t want the American public as a whole to know that truth—yet they can’t dispute it, so what do they do? They smear the JBS with a lot of unfounded accusations which they hope will take people’s minds off the real truth and refocus them on the spurious accusations. This is an old Communist tactic—condemn others and elevate yourself. It often works, but not quite as much as it used to. Thanks to the Internet, lots of people have had the chance to see “other options” when it comes to news and commentary and they have picked up a certain amount of discernment regarding what I laughingly refer to as the “news” media.
About twenty years after my initial involvement with the JBS I started to become involved with the Southern Heritage and Confederate Movements. You may think the two are mutually exclusive, and I didn’t make any real connection until I found that those who hated the Southern Movement were, guess who? Liberals, socialists, and communists. So why did the religious and political left hate the Southern Movement? Same reason they hated the JBS. The Southern Movement told the truth about the real reasons for the War of Northern Aggression and about Abraham Lincoln, who was and is a major icon of the left. To find out why, read Lincoln’s Marxists which is available on Amazon.com The truth about Lincoln and the War rattled the left’s cage. The public has, for generations now, been “educated” to believe the War was all about slavery and nothing else. This has been the establishment line for decades now (and I include the establishment as part of the liberal/socialist coterie). To state that such a line is balderdash is only repeating myself.
The liberal/socialist/communist triad absolutely loathes the South, its real history and heritage. All you have to do to prove this is to check out the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center. This will give you a thumbnail sketch of where the left is really coming from in regard to the South and its history. The SPLC is big on hate groups—a “hate group” being anyone that disagrees with their leftist slant on anything. Their take on Southern history is strictly barf-bag material but you’d be surprised at how many “journalists” quote them as a “reliable” source on Southern bigotry or prejudice or whatever other sins the South happens to share with the rest of the country.
All these liberal/left groups use every opportunity to trash the South and its people and they absolutely detest Southern history and Confederate symbols. But if you look at where they are coming from, the reason becomes obvious. The South has been more Christian in its worldview than most of the rest of the country since well before the War of Northern Aggression and the left hates Christianity. They always have, and the reason is that they are in rebellion against God and His law, which they seek to replace with their own “god” (the state) and their “law” (Marx’s “ten commandments” as found in the Communist Manifesto ).
The leftists reserve some of the bitterest of their vehemence for Confederate symbols and flags. These, we are dutifully informed, are all symbols of “racism” (a Trotskyite term), prejudice, bigotry, and you name it. Southern whites, we are told, are responsible for every ill in the world from sunspots to the blind staggers. It’s all “whitey’s fault” (all the better to get reparations out of you, my dear) and Southern whites are supposed to feel guilty for, literally, all the sins of mankind, which others committed only because white folks forced them into it. And to absolve ourselves from these heinous sins we have only to cross their palms with silver—again and again and again.
So what are these horrible Confederate symbols that need to be taken down and relegated to the attic or trash heap? Well, there is the well-known Confederate battle flag, which is a Christian symbol, the Cross of St. Andrew. We have to get rid of that because the KKK has used it. If that’s the case, then lets get rid of the United States flag also, because it is a known fact, for those that have done the homework, that the KKK used the United States flag extensively in parades and assemblies. So it would seem apparent that if one is “racist” because it is used by the KKK, then shouldn’t the other be also? There are several other Confederate flags that must be “racist” simply because they are Confederate. There is Polks Battle flag for the First Corps of the Army of Tennessee. It has a St. George’s Cross on it—another Christian symbol. Then there is the battle flag for Confederate troops from Missouri, which is a blue flag, with a red border, with a white Christian Cross on it. Then the 3rd Kentucky (Confederate) Infantry flag has a Christian Cross with 13 stars in it, and Major General Dabney Maury’s Headquarters Flag is yet another one with a Christian Cross on it. There are others I could mention, not as well known, but yet still containing Christian symbols. All these flags, supposedly “racist” reflect, to some extent, the worldview of the Confederate States.
I submit that this is really what the leftists want to get rid of—any Southern flag or symbol that reflects the South’s Christian heritage. That’s what they really hate—any kind of Christian symbolism, especially Southern Christian symbolism. Anyone who has read anything about the liberal/socialist/communist cadre realizes that they regard Christianity as one of their main foes, to be either neutralized or gotten rid of any way possible. The left really has no problem with racial prejudice or bigotry. They practice it just as much as anyone else does, only they don’t want to be perceived as being guilty of it so they point the accusing finger at others who may not even be as guilty of it as they are. After all, it was Karl Marx who, condescendingly referred to Jewish people as “Jewish Niggers.” That was Marx’s term, not mine and I have seen him quoted more than once using that term. No, the leftist’s real problem isn’t with racial prejudice—it’s with Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, because they realize that even a sleeping Christian church has the potential of becoming their biggest adversary should something awaken it in the future. And Southern Christians could end up being the biggest adversary of all because even with their faith having been tampered with and watered down, they are still the people in the part of the country where the Christian worldview remains the strongest.
You have to give the liberal/socialist/communist group credit. They at least recognize their Main Enemy. The question is—will the Church wake up and recognize one of hers?
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