Вы находитесь на странице: 1из 4

Part 2

Q. Wasn't history also


rewritten by the North, for
popular consumption?
A. The old adage that the
victors Write the history books
is true. The North took "
advantage: of their victory to
reWrite history from their
perspective. !he South's
reputationwas blackened and
has yet to recover. We were
branded astebels and
traitors. Some of the most
ncibletnento have ever '
walked this earth were
slandered. Alexander
StevenS and Jefferson
Davis are examples;
Robert E. Lee's reputation
has recovered, but he is
one of thefew. Some of
the old lies about these men
continue to be repeated as truth
in television documentaries and
in history books. Some of the
important facts about these
men are never mentioned.
!he image of the South is
one of bigotry, ignorance; and a
very closed and hateful culture,
especially toward those who
disagree' or are of another race.
Thisirnageis quite ' different
from the South that mOst of us
havegtown up in and that
existed prior totlteWar.
Few realize, for example,
!pat Jefferson Davis' family
adopted a black <;:hild. He was
not a slave: !he Davis family is
a great example of interracial
adoption. This child had a bed
in the same room as the family's
other children. He was
addressed as one of their
children. Their own children
viewed him as a brother.
Mrs. Davis was stopped by .
Union soldiers when she was
trying to escape from
Richmond. This boy was
forcibly taken from her against
his and her own will. The
DaVis ~ l y Uied many times
to locate him but were
unsuccessful in their efforts.
The Davis family had taken
him in because he was being
abused by his uncle, I think.
Mrs. Davis saw him being
beaten while she was riding in'
Ricilmond. She stopped her
carriage, got out, and told the
individual "If you don't care for
this young boy I will take him
with me." The man allowed
her to have the child and she
Q. Speaking about things
that need to be told, what was
the background of "The Battle
Hymn of the Republic"?
A. It was written by Julia
Ward Howe, the Wife of the
extremely wealthy Samuel
Gridley Howe. He was one of
the secret financial backers of
the terrorist, John Brown. Julia
Howe grew up in a Calvinistic
horne. She rejected this
teaching later in life. She did
not believe the Bible was God's
Word, nor did she believe
Jesus was God's Son. She
did not believe in a literal
second coming or in a
final judgment.
She heard some Union
soldiers singiIig a derisive
song about John Brown.
She did not like the
attitude being shown by
these soldiers and decided to
write a hymn in his honor. She
wanted to show that the
Northern army was the army of
God; the South was the legion
of Satan. The army of God was
now marching to destroy the
Satanic influence in this
country, which was the South. '
In the second stanza this comes
took him. His name was Jim " out as she supposes she sees
Umber Davis. Christ "in the watchfues of a
We must do the work of
recovering the truth. In doing
so, we must not cover over the
sins of the South either. We
must be quite open in
acknowledging sin wherever it
is; but there are a great many
!Pings that need to be told
which have been ignored and
forgotten.
hundred circling camps." She
is not talking about our Savior,
Jesus, coming to judge the
wicked on Judgment Day. She
is talking about the Union army
fighting to crush the South,
who in her.mind.was the
unbelieving reprobate. This is
pure political propaganda from
the Unitarian standpomt.
10 "'THE COUNSEL of Chalcdon '" August, 1997
Q. At the risk of sounding
unpatriotic, the Pledge of
Allegiance had an origin
unknown to most Americans
today.
A. It was written in 1892 by
Francis Bellamy, a member of
the famous Bellamy family.
They were probably the most
prominent socialistic,
communistic family in this
country in the 19th century.
Edward Bellamy, who I
believe was Francis' cousin,
wrote the very popular
novel, in the late
nineteenth century,
entitled, Looking
Backward. It was based.
around a Bostonian who
went to sleep in 1887 and
woke up in the year 2000.
In that interim the United
States had become a completely
communistic, socialistic
culture.
He described the United
States as having no injustice;
everybody was prosperous; all
had the same standard of living
and loved one another. It'was
the perfect egalitarian utopia.
That shows you where the
sentiments of the Bellamy
family lay.
Francis Bellamy wrote the
pledge to instill into the school
children a sense of allegiance to
the nation. The words "under
God" were not added until
1952 under the Eisenhower
administration. Although
introduced in 1892 at the
National School Convention, it
was not regularly recited in
schools until the 19405 and
50s. It was also addressed
against the South because it
states plainly that this is a
nation "indivisible."
It was an effort to ensure
that there would never be again
a people in tllis country who
thought like Southerners.
Instead, there would be an
allegiance to the federal
government that would
override all other allegiances.
The Pledge has become so
identified with patriotism that if
one, finds fault with it he is
assumed to be unpatriotic.
This is not a good connection.
Imagine our founding
fathers being asked to take a
pledge of allegiance to Great
Britain.
Christians are truly patriotic
in the sense that we want to
preserve true Biblical freedom
for our country. This has
nothing to do with blind
allegiance to the federal
government. The implications
of the pledge are quite
dangerous as one moves more
toward an overtly totalitarian
mentality. Our allegiance is
pledged to God. Under God
we will submit to and obey all
rulers who rule faithfully under
Him.
Q. The "liberty and justice"
that are mentioned in the
Pledge can only be defined in .
terms of God's word, not by a
centralized government.
A. Absolutely. I was on a
radio program the other day,
discussing this issue. A
Louisiana teacher had lost her
job because she refused to lead
the children in the Pledge of
Allegiance. I mentioned that
there may have been other
reasons for her dismissal, but I
did not think that that one was
a good one in and of itself.
Many Christians called
and were appalled that I
would be so unpatriotic. I
asked one man what
"patriotism" was. He
said, "It is seeking the
good of the collective over
the individual." That is
almost pure Marxism.
And this man was a fervent
Southerner!
Under covenant theology we
have a concern for others and
for ourselves. There is a unity
and diversity that is not present
in totalitarianism. Unity in
Marxism destroys legitimate
individualism. Of course, in
anarchy there is total concern
for the individual and none for
the unity of body as a whole.
In the covenant you have bom
concerns, for it reflects me
nature of the Triune God Who
is One God, yet three persons
(both "one" and "many").
Q. Changes in the Soum
have been most recently
reflected in the resolution
which the Southern Baptist .
Convention recently passed.
August, 1997 'i' THE COUNSEL of Chalcedon 'i' 11
In this resolution they
repudiated "the historic acts of
evil such as slavery for which
we continue to reap a bitter
harvest."
A. If someone was to read
this resolution as a confession
of sin that would be one thing.
This is not such a confession.
It is a confession of what peOple
think is a great sin committed
by someone other than this
generation. What we have is a
misunderstanding on a lot of
levels. Among them is a
misunderstanding of the
nature of slavery, of how it
operated in the South.
This is Ultimately a
meaningless gesture that, I
fear, is going to provoke a
great many problems later
on. We are opposed to
ungodly racism in which men
think themselves superior
because of their skin color. All
Christians are opposed to that.
We are not opposed to what
God approves. From Scripture
we.see God approves and
regulates slavery although He
does not encouragli!it. Slavery,
if it operates Biblically, is
perfecdy legitimate. To indict
slavery in principle as evil is to
charge God with evil.
This is what the Southerners
saw with the Abolitionist
position. Had the Abolitionists .
opposed the abuses of slavery,
then there would not have been
that big of an argument. The
Abolitionists were conderpning
the institution of slavery itself.
In this, the Southerners saW
that being attacked.
We have the same of
thing going on today. Much of
the attack on the South is an
attack on the Biblical
worldview. We have to
condemn what is worthy of
condemnation, but we cannot
condemn that which God does
not condemn. This is the
danger of that resolution. They
speak of the peculiar evil of
American slavery. Yet
American slavery was perhaps
the most benevolent
that has ever existed in the
history of the world.
Q. Uncle Tom's Cabin does
not give a realistic picture of
slavery in the South, does it?
.A. No. The book was
written by Harriet Beecher
Stowe who had never visited
the South. She was basing the
book on a piece of Northern
propaganda, American Slavery
As It Is, written by Theodore
Weld and the Grimky Sisters.
In that interesting work the
authors went to the New York
public libraries and got copies
of Southern newspapers that
were regularly being throWn
out each month. These
newspapers reported on the
trials of overseers and masters
who were brought to trial for
their abuse of slaves. Theodore
12 '" THE COUNSEL of Chalcedon :j: Augu<it, 1997
Weld took these accounts,
pasted them together, and said
this is what slavery is like.
R.L. Dabney likened the
book by Weld to writing a .
book about marriage in New
York City by looking at the
laws which allow for easy
divorce, the ads in the papers
placed by lawyers offeriilg their
services to help folk procure a
divorce, the court records
showing how husbands beat
and mistreat their wives, and
the sad consequences of
broken homes in the slums
and orphanages, and
pasting all these true
accounts together as a
book purporting to be a
description of the marriage
relation as it exists in New
York City!
The American view of .
slavery is Similarly distorted . .
Men who abused slaves were
condemned in the South, as
well they should have been.
That was not the predominant
treatment of slaves. Had it
been, there would have been
many slave rebellions. There
were very few rebellions.
Slaves were very well treated.
In fact, they were so well
treated that after the war many
longed to be back in slavery on
the plantations. Many did
return to the plantations and
lived out the remainder of their
lives there.
The one true evil of slavery
is that Southerners did not do
as much as they should have
done to prepare these men and
women to live independent,
self-governing lives. We did
build into them consequently a
slave mentality, a belief that it is
better to be cared for than to
care for oneself.
I am currently reading
through the Slave Narratives.
Eighty-six percent of the former
slaves interviewed said they had
good masters. That percentage
is holding up throughout my
reading. This is significant in
that those interviewed arguably
lived under the most harsh
years of slavery (1840-1860).
During this time, laws
preventing the teaching of
reading, etc., were passed.
Slaves were important to the
economy of the South. One
doesn't go out and beat up on
one upon whom you are
dependent for production.
There were many ways a slave
or group of slaves could
sabotage a plantation. There
had to be a great deal of "team-
spirit" to run a large plantation.
Motivating the slaves and
keeping high morale and good
spirits was a great concern of
plantation owners. In fact,
many masters ended up paying
their slaves to work for them.
You don't have good morale
when your workers are
mistreated.
The big job for the South is
to teach what has not been told.
Southern children must not
grow up thinking their
forefathers were traitors and
dishonorable men. They did
. honorably what they believed
to be their duty, anq we must
honor them ourselves.
Q. Do you have plans to do
this through the Southern
Heritage Society?
A. Yes, we want to continue
our annual conferences on the
last weekend of May. Also,
eventually, if God raises up the
support for it, we would like to
start an Institute for Southern
Studies. High school and
college students could come
and hear leading scholars in the
country lecture on Southern
culture, literature, art, and'
history. We want our children
and other youth to have this
teaching. Many Christians
throughout the nation are
becoming Southern in their
hearts.
We believe the South was
the last bastian of Christendom.
We want the principles upon
which the South stood to be
embraced again by the entire
country, We want, not only the
South, but the whole union to
rise again from the paganism
that presently prevails. Our
goal is to rebuild on the ruins
and see this lost civilization
restored again by the grace of
God. This is the goal of the
Southern Heritage Society as
well as The Southern League
and a number of other
organizations that have sprung
up in the last few years.
Q. How may readers
contact the Southern Heritage
Society and also learn of your
taped history series entitled
America: The First 350 Years?
A. They may write to me at:
224 Auburn Avenue,Monroe, LA
71201 -- The Southern League
may be contacted at: P.O. Box
40910. Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
Thank you very much for this
interview. n
..... -
August, 1997 'l' THE COUNSEL of Chalcedou '" 13