In a recent post on the Baltimore Sun, the topic of confederate monument removals came up again.
It was titled “There’s no value to keeping Confederate statues“.
The article posted the following question:
Statues of military heroes are erected to commemorate their bravery, sacrifice and military acumen, but the ultimate question is: Can one separate the soldier from the cause for which he is fighting?
In a politically correct manner, the writer responded by saying the “obvious answer is “no” if that cause is immoral.”
He then attempted to equate the Southern cause with Nazi Germany and other savage despots in human history.
Yes, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were heroes for the Southern Cause. They are beloved icons and their military feats are legendary, but so were the bravery and military feats of Attila the Hun, Ivan the Terrible and that great German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, the “Desert Fox,” who is adored and idolized by military historians the world over.
He concluded that “Germany would not consider building a statue in remembrance of General Rommel although he certainly stands in comparison to Messrs. Lee and Jackson. That statue would be a bitter reminder of Nazi atrocities and a crass offense to those whose ancestors suffered under the Third Reich — 6 million Jews in particular.”
Indeed, the American Civil War is a complicated subject.
It was part of a festering regional conflict that had its roots in the very foundation of America itself. Given that the slavery question was never settled right off the bat, it would become a point of contention for decades to come.
Although the South was explicit in its desire to keep slavery and leave the Union because of that, many who fought for the South —Lee included— did so to defend their lands and people. There was no planned genocide nor any plan to exterminate a whole segment of a population. Indeed, slavery was a blight on the South and it should be condemned for that. However, certain historians like Thomas DiLorenzo argue that slavery was on its way out in the South before the Civil War even started. He even argues that this brutal conflict could have been handled more peacefully.
The comparison to the Nazis is intellectually lazy but it’s standard operating procedure for the forces of political correctness that would like to destroy all facets of American history under the guise of “racism”, “anti-Fascism”, etc. These monuments demonstrate how much adversity America has faced and how it has still found a way to move forward. Sadly, many mainstream outlets don’t get that and would rather try to sully American history just to advance their case. This recent post on the Baltimore Sun is representative of this toxic trend that is spreading wide across the country.
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Tim Tebow Finds a Higher Calling in Pro-Life Causes Rather than Sports Trophies
NRL News Today reported on Kansans for Life annual Valentine’s Day banquet held earlier this month.
Nearly 1,200 people were in attendance at this event.
The theme of this event was LIV-ing in victory, which referred to Super Bowl LIV.
Lamar Hunt, Jr., one of the owners of the Super Bowl Champs, the Kansas City Chiefs, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. In his opening remarks, he said:
I do not think it is a cliché to say we are in a life and death battle for the truth and authentic dignity of the human person. We need your full attention. You need to drop what you’re doing and join us, and this can be in so many ways: prayer, assistance to those in need, emails, phone calls, in-person meetings. Get educated about what we’re fighting about here. Really listen in and tune in.
Then Hunt said, “Please do something about it. Pray. Take action. If you don’t know what to do, ask somebody. Place this as a major priority in your life.”
Hunt concluded by saying that he often heard the phrase “Live in victory” from another resident at the retirement home where he visits his mother.
The main highlight of that evening was the keynote speech by Tim Tebow, former quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
“It is such an honor to be here,” Tebow said as he thanked the other speakers coming before him for their work to protect the unborn.
Tebow praised Hunt for “having courage in the face of a lot of other people who don’t have it and for your willingness to be up here and support this organization.”
“It really does mean a lot more than winning the Super Bowl,” Tebow remarked. He continued, “One day, when you look back and people are talking about you and they say Oh my gosh what are you going to be known for? Are you going to say Super Bowl, or we saved a lot of babies?”
Tebow asserted that Kansans for Life is not a philanthropy.
It’s a rescue mission. You know why we call it a rescue mission? Because when we say that, it puts a timeline on it.
When’s the last time you heard a rescue mission taking place in a month or a few years. No, a rescue mission means now. It gives you a sense of urgency. It says we have to go not because it’s our time, but because it’s their time. … I have to live a sense of urgency because while I might have time, they don’t.
Later, Tebow turned toward Hunt and Chiefs punter, Dustin Colquitt, who was also attending the event, he told them it was “awesome they won the Super Bowl.”
“It’s amazing. What an accomplishment! But you know the best part of that accomplishment is that it gets you an even bigger platform.” That platform, Tebow declared, can be used to support the pro-life movement.
“You see, my mom 32 years ago had doctors tell her she needed to abort me because if she didn’t, it was going to cost her life. And they didn’t even believe that I was a baby. They thought I was a tumor,” Tebow said.
Tebow jokingly recounted that as the baby of a family of 5 siblings, he was called “Timmy the tumor” by his siblings.
On a more serious note, Tebow said, “to make a long story short, when I was born, they found out the placenta wasn’t actually attached. So, the doctor looked at my mom after 37 years of being a doctor and said, ‘This is the biggest miracle I’ve ever seen because I’m not sure how he’s alive.’ … I’m so grateful that my mom trusted God with my life and her life.”
In 1986, Tebow’s father, Robert, begged the Lord to give him one more child. His father said, “I prayed for a preacher and got a quarterback.”
Tebow finished the event by stating that, “What you’re doing here matters. You’re fighting for life. You’re fighting for people that can’t fight for themselves. And my question to you is: Are you willing to stand up in the face of persecution, in the face of adversity, in the face of criticism, when other people are going to say it’s not worth it, when other people won’t stand beside you? Maybe not everybody is going to be with you. Will you stand up for what’s right?”
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