Christ Church in Va imposing today’s politically correct values on 1790s

Quote: “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” (George Washington)

Without a doubt, political correctness and a “philosophy of grievance” is running rampant across the U.S. and Canada in 2017 with politicians and activists judging people who lived centuries ago by today’s values and social standards.

The latest U.S. example is the membership of Christ Church, located in Alexandria Virginia (link here and here). They represent a lovely historical church that wants to remove memorial plaques honoring both George Washington and Confederate Leader Robert E. Lee. And, that is in spite of the fact that Washington himself attended that church for twenty years!

As with the current hysteria to remove all historical monuments in the U.S., the reason the church wants to remove any reminder of both men is because they were slave owners. True, the issue of slavery is repugnant today. But, it was the norm in the late 1700s and early 1800s. In fact, as everyone knows, a civil war was fought over the issue long after Washington’s time.

In my opinion, it is fruitless to judge Washington, or even Lee, by today’s standards. Surely, people in 2017 can forgive those who came before us for their ignorance and cruelty. Remember, Washington disagreed with slavery and was the only Founding Father who freed his slaves in his Will.

Of course, the U.S. is not the only Western country going through such politically correct introspection. Canadians are supposed to be celebrating our 150th anniversary as a country. But, Aboriginals and others say they have no reason to celebrate anything. So, apart from a program in Ottawa on the lawn in front of the Parliament Buildings on July 1st, not much else has been done.

As well, many angry Canadians want to remove plaques or change school names that honoured our first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Why? Because they say he was a racist and the architect of Aboriginal genocide.  What they don’t say is that we wouldn’t have a country without Sir John A. making sure that the 1867 British North America Act was passed. He also presided over the building of the first west to east railway. Actually, in my opinion, the real problem with Macdonald today is that he was a conservative.

Anyway, the attempt to revise the facts and reality of history is not a new phenomenon. We know, for example, that it happened in Ancient Egypt. To those living at that time, the way to remove a person’s existence after death — as though they had never lived — was to never repeat their name and remove their name and physical likenesses from monuments after they had died.

Two such attempts were made during the 18th Dynasty. First, there was Pharoah Hatshepsut (who reigned from 1479 to 1458 B.C.). Then, there was Pharoah Akhenaten (who reigned from 1351 to 1334 B.C.). That’s three and a half thousand years ago.

Hatshepsut was a woman who pretended to be a man and her descendants made sure nothing of her reign remained visible after her death. For centuries, she was, in fact, not known. It is only modern archeology that brought her memory back to life.

Similarly, Pharoah Akhenaten, husband of Nefertiti and father of Tutankhamun, abandoned the main Ancient Egyptian religion in favor of the Sun God, the Aten. He also built an entirely new capital city, called Armarna — which was totally destroyed after his death. However, as I said in the previous paragraph, thanks to modern archeology, many sculptures of both Akhenaten and Hatshepsut exist and are displayed in museums across the world today.

The crux of the matter is that, while issues surrounding history can be twisted, the facts themselves are not revisable.  The facts about George Washington are not only that he was a slave owner, but that he was also the first president of the United States and that he also arranged to free his slaves after his and his wife’s death. As such, Washington has a special place in U.S. history regardless of his upholding social practices we may find repugnant today.

6 thoughts on “Christ Church in Va imposing today’s politically correct values on 1790s

  1. What you need to know, Sandy, is that what was once the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA) is seriously fractured. Many parishes left ECUSA to move to the American Anglican Council I think that’s the correct name) and formed the Anglican Church in North America which had – early on – oversight from African Bishops who are as orthodox as these parishes. Many US parishes were forced to leave the buildings they – and their ancestors – had worshiped in since the establishment of said parishes, as ECUSA viciously pursued the parishes in court.

    It is entirely possible that the vestry of this particular parish is totally composed of ECUSA partisans, who would not hesitate to denigrate any and all white forefathers of their country.

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  2. This is happening in many of the Protestant denominations. It is sad that so many of all our institutions are being taken over by the radical left. This does not bod well for the future of freedom.

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  3. While much of US political and academic circles descend into parody, people take comfort in the fact that certain figures, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln are beyond criticism. If they sacrifice statues and place names for Lee and Stonewall Jackson, Presidential figures will be safe. Don’t bet on it. The sheer work involved in removing place names for Washington will make him safe, and the current political leaders will not oversee a remake of the national DC landscape, but in the long run, no 18th or 19th century leader is really safe from revisionism. Instead we observe small people picking away at symbols they can control like this congregation with their plaque. The effect is like being picked to death by ducks, and the founding fathers are due for more of this.
    In Canada, me tooism dictates that agitators will find the same faults with out nation builders and it already has begun with respect to Sir John A Macdonald. Macdonald was a giant among our political leaders, as noted we wouldn’t exist as a nation without his energy and foresight. PM Trudeau did defend him tepidly, and stated no plans were at hand to rename many buildings and places. But, he was a Conservative and I noted the official 150th celebrations, and CBC programs dared not mention his name. He will continue to be ignored by official historical accounts and worse treated as a rascally drunk in media portraits. This is nonsense and the perfect example of judging 19th century leaders by 21th standards. If he were half as incapacitated as claimed, he would never have manged 6 majority wins, or had the energy to shape a country and build unifying projects. One really has to search to find reasons to disparage PM Macdonald, but lots of people are doing just that.

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