How “White Supremacy” Was Born and Repainted

Charles Sumner
Charles Sumner

The South was as devastated during the Civil war of 1861 to 1865 as much as any nation in the annals of warfare.  By the end of the war, more than 250,000 Confederate soldiers, one out of every four white men, had been killed or died of wounds or disease. In addition, at least 50,000 Southern civilians died.  Over 40 percent of private property including homes, businesses, livestock, and crops had been destroyed. In South Carolina, where Sherman’s men had burned the capitol city of Columbia, over 50 percent of private property was destroyed. Most of this property damage was deliberately inflicted on the civilian population to deny the Confederate Army the logistical means of resistance, but also to demoralize their families and supporters at home.  It was ordered in cold calculation by Northern political and military leadership and often executed with self-righteous religious zeal or criminal abandon.  Neither Christian teachings nor modern Geneva Conventions condone such total war.  Reconstruction was an extension of that total war by political means.

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Neo-Marxist Subversion of Christianity

Scott David Allen warns of Counterfeit Social Justice.
Scott David Allen warns of Counterfeit Social Justice.
Last year, 2020, Scott David Allen published an eye-opening and insightful book on the cultural Marxist subversion of Christian churches and institutions and Christian understanding of justice.  Theologian Wayne Grudem called, Why Social Justice Is Not Biblical Justice, a truth-filled “warning about the deeply anti-Christian ideas behind much of the modern ‘social justice’ movement.”

Baptist pastor Tom Ascol, president of Foundation Ministries, wrote that “The modern social justice movement is a Trojan Horse that is being welcomed into many evangelical camps with the kind of fanfare that would make the citizens of Troy blush. Under the pretense of loving one’s neighbor and pursuing justice, ideologies that are contrary to the way of Christ are being employed to set agendas for and shape the consciences of evangelicals. Because biblical words are being used, what the Bible means by those words is assumed and that [false] assumption is wreaking havoc on sound Christian thinking and healthy Christian living.”

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Background on the Ongoing Turmoil in Eastern Ukraine

Photo/map from Wikipedia. Donbass region of eastern Ukraine
Photo/map from Wikipedia. Donbass region of eastern Ukraine
The population of the Ukraine is about 42 million. Of that 42 million, 78 percent are ethnic Ukrainians, and 17 percent are ethnic Russians. About 23 percent of Ukrainians consider Russian to be their main language. Both Russian and Ukrainian are similar East Slavic languages. Likewise, the genetic DNA mix of Russia and Ukraine are similar. Christianity survived Soviet Communism and is growing rapidly. According to a 2018 Razumkov survey, about 72 percent of Ukrainians identify as Christians. Most, 67 percent, identify as Ukrainian or Russian Orthodox.  Orthodox Patriarchates are divided between cultural connections to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and Moscow. About 13 percent are specifically oriented to the Moscow Patriarchate. Most of the Russian ethnic population is located in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine bordering Russia. Several areas in the Donbass region have pro-Russian separatist majorities. These are centered in the cities and regional administrations (oblasts) of Donetsk and Luhansk, which are sometimes referred to as the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.  
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Ominous Threats to Peace and Freedom

Xi Jinping - President of the People’s Republic of China.
Xi Jinping - President of the People’s Republic of China.
One of the best books for understanding the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to replace the United States as the world’s greatest superpower is Michael Pillsbury’s 2014 book, The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower.  Its title alone reveals the two most important characteristics of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in military, economic, and diplomatic strategy: long-term patience and deception.  Bill Gertz’s 2019 book, Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China’s Drive for Global Supremacy, reveals the CCP’s astonishing deception, lies, and theft in advancing its technological means for becoming the dominant world power. Stephen W. Mosher’s 2017 book, Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order, is absolutely frightening. Its title reminds me of a former Air Force POW in North Vietnam, who gave me his very succinct description of Communism: “They are just bullies.”  Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, described Mosher’s book very appropriately in a brief review, explaining “why China’s Dream is the world’s nightmare.”
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The Legacy of Abolitionist

“…the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood. ...”
“…the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood. ...”

I am not in favor of racism or slavery.  Both have social and personal consequences that erode the moral, economic, social, and civic order of nations and peoples.  Yet I am appalled at the enormous evil that can be propagated by the human tendency to unforgiving, self-righteous virtue-signaling regarding slavery and racism. Historical ignorance and political distortions of history have contributed to compounding and expanding intolerance, misunderstanding, and fanatical hatred disguised as high virtue. The slavery issues surrounding the Civil War are now barely understood and often distorted. Moreover, the definitions and understanding of racism have been wildly inflated for the purposes of social and political manipulation. The atmosphere of overbearing political correctness and “cancel culture” is darkening our discernment and strangling our abilities for critical thinking and honest expression.  Cancel culture is really unforgiveness culture, even a quasi-religious fanatical hate culture. 

During the Civil War era, the term “abolitionist” was usually reserved for those who demanded the immediate end of slavery no matter what the consequences to slave-owners, slaves, and economic and civil order. They had a richly deserved reputation for fanaticism. The far more numerous advocates of eventual freedom for all slaves believed the slaves needed some preparation for independence, slave-owners deserved some compensation for the change in laws, and patient and peaceful means should be used to accomplish this. These often called themselves “emancipationists.” They were quite numerous in the both the North and South, one of which was Robert E. Lee.  

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