Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Here is an article from the Clarksville TN. online newspaper where the Rabbi Shmuley Boteach slanders our Confederate Ancestors.
Below is my reply to the good Rabbi. I forgot to mention that Judah Benjamin was Secretary of State for the Confederacy.
I recently read your article "The Sin of Confederate Hero Worship" and laughed harder than I have in weeks.
You must have studied in the Public Indoctrination Centers they laughingly call Public Education, since the whole premise of your argument is in error.
Rather than discuss the failure of the public education system, I will give you two points to consider, which disproves your entire argument.
Point Number 1 – At the time of Lincoln’s inauguration, a Bill had passed both the House and the Senate and had been sent to the States for ratification. This Bill, which was slated to become the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, would have protected Slavery from Federal intervention, forever. Therefore, if the Southern States were determined to protect slavery, all they had to do was remain in the Union.
To male this easier for you, simply Google “Corwin Amendment” (with the quotation marks) and see how well known this Bill actually was.
Point Number Two – In Lincoln’s 1st Inaugural Address, he specifically stated he had no intention of interfering with the institution of slavery, where it existed.
“I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” . . . Abraham Lincoln
Or read it for yourself at http://budswebs.homeip.net/Confederate/inaugural.htm
The lie that the South fought to protect Slavery and the North fought to free the slaves is the myth the Union spread to convince the citizens that the cause of the North was noble and just, while that of the South was evil.
Perhaps I could suggest some reading material that will surprise you and even shock you. Try reading “When in the Course of Human Events” By Charles Adams who, incidentally, is a Northerner.
As for the charge of “Treason”, perhaps Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase put it most clearly, commenting on the possible trial of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
"If you bring these leaders to trial, it will condemn the North, for by the Constitution, secession is not a rebellion. His [Jefferson Davis] capture was a mistake. His trial will be a greater one. We cannot convict him of treason."
— Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, 1867