History has always been and always will be the best teacher for current and future generations. Certainly history will never be perfect anywhere, in any time, throughout time. But it is through the rearview mirror of history that humanity has the opportunity to learn and to make the lives of future generations better. History, by its very definition, is history. It is over, past, done, set in stone and not changeable. The events of history can neither be changed nor denied, but can be used to educate, to learn what works and what does not, to change the course of the future for the better. Every past day, year, century, is a building block to where we are today, and where we are today is a direct result of our history; all of it, good and bad.
The attempt by many to Photoshop history and to edit the truths of history to fit some narrative that is preferred by those with an agenda to alter the future through altering the historical truths of the past is a dangerous and slippery slope.
Christ Church in Alexandria Virginia’s decision to remove two historical plaques in the sanctuary of the church, one memorializing George Washington, and one memorializing General Robert E. Lee, placed there in the 1800’s by the parishioners, is disturbing on many levels.
President George Washington was a founder of Christ Church and attended services there, as did Robert E Lee.
The reason given was that church officials believe that some people feel “unsafe” or “unwelcome” with the plaques being in their prominent position, the same position they have been in since 1870. Officials say they want to make everyone feels welcome.
I have questions. Who are these people who feel unsafe, or unwelcome because of two historical plaques? I don’t think that is a real concern. People have been safe and welcomed for 147 years!
This is hypocritical secular progressives masquerading as clergy, introducing politics into a house of God, and the congregation should not let it stand. This is people with an agenda who do not understand the historical value of George Washington, the father of our nation, and Robert E Lee, and the WHOLE story of his contributions to the nation and in doing everything possible to bind the wounds of the nation after the war and his own personal losses in having to choose between two sides and his reasons for his choices. The stories and lives of both men should be mandatory reading for all students.
The history and the facts cannot be changed. If not for these two men and others like them, there would be no Christ Church at all, and indeed, no America as a free country as we know it, to give the members and officials of Christ Church the freedom to worship as they choose.
These men were not perfect, and yes, they did own slaves, as was the norm in that time in America as well as in Europe, Asia and Africa. But without their leadership and foresight, we would not be where we all are today. The history is what it is and will forever be nothing different. We cannot allow the secular hypocrites to Photoshop the contributions of our nation’s historical figures out of our past. By doing so you remove the building blocks for future generations.
Again, who are these people who feel unwelcome or afraid? I don’t believe they exist. This church is a House of God, where God welcomes all. This is people using these new catch phrases to bring about change and rewrite history. Why? Because without the truths of history, it is easier for them to manipulate our futures. The website for Christ Church talks about the history of the church and touts the contributions of these historical leaders, yet clergy now wants to remove a piece of that history and relegate it to some more politically correct location on the church grounds. It claims to be a compassionate church. Where is the compassion for George Washington and General Lee for all they did for our country in its infancy that allowed us to be the nation we are today? Where is the respect for the historical significance of the legacy of this Church?
According to Breitbart, it was said by church officials in their explanation of their decision;
“We understand that both Washington and Lee lived in times much different than our own and that each man, in addition to his public persona, was a complicated human being, and like all of us, a child of God. Today, the legacy of slavery and of the Confederacy is understood differently than it was in 1870. For some, Lee symbolizes the attempt to overthrow the Union and to preserve slavery. Today our country is trying once again to come to grips with the history of slavery and the subsequent disenfranchisement of people of color.”
Why has this not been an issue for 147 years? Instead of removing their history, embrace and teach the history. We are not trying to come to grips with this issue any more, only those with some perverted sense of a social injustice that existed long ago, and no longer exists, who want to ignore all that was learned at that moment in time, that brought us to this one.
Those plaques were placed where they are by parishioners of that Church in a time much closer to the time of slavery than now, and they did it out of respect and appreciation for the contributions of these two imperfect men who through their strengths, and their bravery and their wisdoms, afforded to all of us the freedoms we enjoy today.
This church’s officials, a seemingly all female clergy, (which is interesting as they say they are inclusive of all in their church), is trying to Photoshop history and they have no right to do so. It begs a question in reading their bios, as to just what the ordination process is to become a clergy member at this Church. I hope the parishioners speak up and refuse to allow them to remove the plaques. Embrace history and learn from it, not delete it. Don’t allow your history to be altered by fake fears and made up excuses of political correctness. Honor those forefathers who gave so much to America and honor those who have honored them since 1870 and have lived the legacy of Christ Church.