Uprooted Traditions and Edited History

The traditional American culture has a number of enemies, and America's traditions and customs are under constant attack.  Liberals are the people who do not consider themselves bound by tradition — who actively attempt to break down traditions and "push the envelope" of change.  The fallacies of their beliefs are laid out in some detail on a series of pages, starting here.  Those of us who attempt to preserve our traditions and expect everyone to abide by a fixed set of rules for civil behavior are called social conservatives.  The clash between the two groups has recently been called the Culture War, and that is the subject of discussion on many of the page of this web site.

In most cases, tradition is under attack by those who take it upon themselves to enforce "political correctness."  These easily offended people (and their lawyers) reside mainly on the Pacific coast and the northern Atlantic coast of the US mainland.  But while bad ideas originate in New York and Los Angeles, they eventually spread throughout the country.  This page is here for the purpose of alerting people in the rest of America to the destructive and undesirable trends that are just over the horizon.

This page discusses the general erosion of American traditions, but also addresses a number of specific subjects, such as The Public Display of the Ten Commandments, The official celebration of Thanksgiving Day, and the Separation of Church and State.

More material can be found under The War on Tradition in American Schools.

Other pages nearby contain material about the War on Christmas, opposition to the Pledge of Allegiance, the effort to make English the official language of the United States, and the fight against Politically Correct Mascot Names.

Take Down the Statues of Robert Byrd.  President Trump had it right when, during his press conference on infrastructure he addressed the nonstop questions on Charlottesville, he asked if those obsessed with fears of white nationalism if they would also remove statues and monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both slaveowners, in addition to the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.  Trump's critics responded that while Washington and Jefferson were slaveowners, they did not go to war to defend slavery.  True enough, but also true is the fact that white nationalism had its roots in the Democratic post-Civil War south and that the KKK was founded by Democrats to suppress blacks liberated by the Republican administration of President Abraham Lincoln.  The alt-left movement, which shares the blame along with arguably racist groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa, hate America so much that they want to erase all vestiges of American history and throw them down an Orwellian memory hole to be supplanted by alt-left politically correct ideology.

Here's a List of All the Confederate Monuments They're Attempting to Remove.  In the wee hours of Wednesday morning [8/16/2017], Baltimore removed its four Confederate monuments, including statues of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.  This action followed this weekend's events in Charlottesville, Va., when white supremacists protested the removal of a Lee statue, and events this week, when protesters vandalized Confederate statues in Durham, N.C., Louisville, Ky., and Gainesville, Fla.  Activists and government leaders are calling for more removals, while some counter protesters have organized to protect some monuments.  Here is a brief summary of the monuments under attack — and those that aren't.

If Democrats Want Racism Removed There Are 12 Memorials That Need To Go — They Won't Like It.  Robert Byrd is perhaps the most notable example.  The late senator from West Virginia was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, rising to the rank of "exalted cyclops", and unsurprisingly filibustered the Civil Rights Act in 1964.  He's honored throughout West Virginia: [...] Yet no one is complaining about memorials to an actual Klansman who opposed the Civil Rights Act?  President Lyndon B. Johnson was also a reported racist, allegedly calling the Civil Rights Act the "n----- bill".  He is memorialized with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac.  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was not only a socialist, but also ordered for Japanese-Americans to be held in internment camps, something almost universally condemned today.  He is honored at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington DC.  Presidents Andrew Johnson and Woodrow Wilson were also reportedly racist, yet both also have memorials standing in their name.

Whose Side Is He On?  I wonder how many of the counter-protesters at the Charlottesville event even had any idea who Robert E. Lee was.  He was a major hero of the Mexican-American War.  He fought for the Confederacy against the Union, but at the time he did it, it was not illegal.  Slavery was — while 100 percent evil — completely protected by law as of 1861.  When Lee went to work to defend his native Virginia, he was not violating any law.  In fact, at no time did the Supreme Court rule that secession was unconstitutional.  To the contrary, when the Supreme Court moved towards declaring secession lawful, President Lincoln, in violation of every lawful principle, threatened to have Roger Taney, the Chief Justice, arrested and jailed.

A story about deleting history.  My guess is that most of the people bringing down monuments are caught up in a rage and have not thought through just exactly what they are doing.  After all, why would anyone bring down a statue that honors the Confederate soldier as just happened in Durham, North Carolina?  We can disagree about the war, but can't we honor the men who were drafted or volunteered to fight?  Isn't that what The Vietnam Memorial is about?

Leftist Activists Demand New York Museum Take Down Statue of 'Racist' Theodore Roosevelt.  Social justice warriors are never satisfied.  If you give them an inch, they'll take a mile.  After demanding that southern states take down statues of Confederate figures, the activist Left is now targeting an iconic American president featured on Mount Rushmore.  On Monday [8/14/2017], more than 200 SJW zealots held a protest inside the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to take down the supposedly "racist" statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt.

The Erasure Of The Southern Heritage.  Before the war between the states, the understanding that it was a war "against the United States of America" presupposes the outcome of the war.  Or in other words, membership is said states was seen as the right of association, and secession was seen as the exercise of that right.  Furthermore, no one I know who really understands the war between the states thinks that it was fought over slavery.  In order to understand the thinking at the time, one must understand that slavery was on its way out, would not have lasted, and was effectively obsolete given industrialization.

What Everyone is Missing About Charlottesville.  This all began because someone decided, as other elected officials have across the country, to cave in to partisan political pressures and seek to erase American history.  History is not there for us to love or hate, but for us to learn from and seek to not repeat its mistakes.  If there are those who truly believe we protect ourselves by trying to revise history due to false emotions, then we miss out on who we are as a nation, and our evolution.  The statues of long since deceased leaders of the Confederate Army do not stand to remind anyone of oppression.  And if a statue can oppress you, then I submit that you have greater issues.

The Left Focuses On Tearing Down Statues When They Should Be Condemning Violence.  In the aftermath of Charlottesville, the Left has returned to one of its favorite pastimes:  tearing down statues and defacing public property.  Instead of making a grown-up argument that Confederate war monuments shouldn't be funded by taxpayer dollars, Leftists have simply determined that it's fine to tear down statues they don't like, without even engaging in a serious historical or political debate.

Georgia Politician Calls for Removal of Stone Mountain's Giant Carving of Confederate Leaders.  The politicians are using our monuments to history as bargaining chips to gain votes.  It's sickening to see the back and forth with the cowardly bunch of lily livered sellouts who would rather win their seat than fight for what the people want.

Grave Digging Protesters Start to Dig Up Confederate General's Grave.  This happened in 2015 but is still relevant today:  A group of protesters decided to go digging to destroy a Confederate General's grave.  No kidding!  Does anyone out there think this will do anything productive?

Politically correct and intellectually intolerable.  You only need to read a few recent news stories to get the gist of it, but what drove me over the edge was a story from last week that three Portland, Oregon, elementary schools were having their names changed because they "offended" some students and families.  The schools were named after Patrick Lynch, a man who generously had donated land to the local school district in the late 1800s and whose name had thus been memorialized in Lynch Wood Elementary School, Lynch Meadows Elementary School and Lynch View Elementary School.  So what was the problem?  Patrick Lynch's patronym happens to also be the word used for public executions by a mob, especially when done out of racial animus.

Deadly rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues.  In Gainesville, Florida, workers hired by the Daughters of the Confederacy chipped away at a Confederate soldier's statue, loaded it quietly on a truck and drove away with little fanfare.  In Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she's ready to tear down all of her city's Confederate statues, and the city council voted to have them destroyed.

Council on American-Islamic Relations:  Tear Down Every Confederate Memorial.  he Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's largest Muslim civil rights group, is calling on state and local governments all over the United States to tear down all monuments and memorials commemorating Confederate leaders and the short-lived Confederate States of America.  CAIR joined several groups asking for the removal of Confederate memorials in the wake of a "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally that turned violent over the weekend.

Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina.  Protesters toppled a Confederate monument in Durham, N.C. on Monday night [8/14/2017].  Video posted to Twitter shows protestors surrounding the statue and chanting "No KKK! No fascists!  USA" as several protestors appear to pull down the statue with a rope.  [Video clip]

Army Denies Dems' Demands to Rename 'Confederate' Streets on Historic Base.  The U.S. Army denied requests from several New York Democrats to rename streets on the city's Fort Hamilton military installation.  The Bay Ridge, Brooklyn property is a base for the New York Army National Guard and Reserves and was a key U.S. battery during the Revolution and World War II. [...] Rep. Yvette Clarke (D) of Brooklyn was one of several city Democrats who demanded that streets on the base like "General Lee Avenue" and "Stonewall Jackson Drive" be renamed.

Ryan Zinke:  Activists Shouldn't 'Rewrite History' by Removing Confederate Monuments.  U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told Breitbart News that "history is important" and it should not be rewritten when asked about those attempting to destroy or remove Confederate monuments while touring Antietam National Battlefield on Wednesday [7/5/2017] in western Maryland.  Zinke explained the significance of history, gesturing to the area around him, "As an example, what did the battle of Antietam bring us?  One is that it was the deadliest battle in the history of our country.  But also, one could argue successfully, it also brought the Emancipation Proclamation."

Drive to remove Confederate symbols spurs backlash.  A revived campaign to remove Confederate statues and symbols from government grounds has reignited an impassioned national debate pitting opponents against self-described "patriots" who argue the monuments stand for heritage and not hate.  These tensions were bared over the weekend when defenders of those symbols traveled to Gettysburg, Pa., preparing to face off against rumored anti-Confederate protests.

Purging History -- Assaulting Our American Heritage.  Monuments honoring heroes of the Confederate States of America, American heroes in fact, are being removed from the public square, due to a successful presentation of oversimplified arguments and lies by the same progressive Leftist Democratic apparatus that seeks to fundamentally transform America.  These assaults on the Southern heritage by politically correct propagandists and arrogant activist ideologues are assaults on our American culture and heritage, or "AmeriKKKa" as the Left calls America; and, it is nothing short of a cultural cleansing campaign, a purging of the truth and history and a national disgrace.

New Orleans Is Not New Orleans Anymore.  The video of Robert E. Lee being taken off his pedestal — literally — was stunning enough, since that 1884 statue by Alexander Doyle is sculpted in a Florentine neoclassical style that just doesn't exist anymore.  Even more shocking is where it happened.  New Orleans?  This really went down in the Southern city most associated with tolerance, community, art, hospitality, jazz, street celebrations, and a melting pot of black, white, mulatto, Creole, French, Spanish, Cajun, Native American, German, and Haitian peoples sprouting from various historical periods and cultural traditions?  The city of laissez les bon temps rouler really singled out particular monuments from the city's multilayered history and targeted them for iconic destruction, like the Taliban?  But it gets stranger.  The idol smashers also took down the equestrian statue of General Beauregard, their own Creole hero, a man whose first language was French and who, in keeping with the loyalty that Louisiana inspires, chose to remain in the hostile Reconstruction South after the war, working for universal black voting rights, rather than accept lucrative offers to lead foreign armies.

The Social Justice Warrior's Latest Tactic:  Reshaping America by Targeting Its History.  Social justice warriors seem to have hit a wall in American politics.  Perhaps sensing that their attempts to fundamentally transform America through top-down control have reached their limit, they are doubling down on reshaping America from the ground up.  Their new favorite target is American history, and they are starting with low-hanging fruit:  Confederate monuments.  It may perhaps be enough to denounce the bulldozing of statues as an absurd erasure of history, but this is not the primary problem with this drive to wipe out uncomfortable elements of our past from the public sphere.  The more critical issue at stake is the loss of a common purpose and the binding heritage that Americans of previous generations forged and shared.

Tempers Flare Over Removal of Confederate Statues in New Orleans.  For Frank B. Stewart Jr., a white New Orleans native, the city government's plan to remove the statues — an idea championed by New Orleans's white mayor, Mitch Landrieu — feels like an Orwellian attempt to erase history.  This week, Mr. Stewart, 81, a businessman and civic leader, argued as much in a letter he published as a two-page advertisement in The Advocate, a local newspaper.  "I ask you, Mitch, should the Pyramids in Egypt be destroyed since they were built entirely from slave labor?" he wrote.  Mr. Stewart added:  "What about the Roman Coliseum?  It was built by slaves, who lived horrible lives under Roman oppression, but it still stands today and we learn so much from seeing it."

Totalitarians always seek to erase history.  The Washington Post has an interesting, fairly reported article on an old Confederate group's effort to stop this postmodern move from the radical left.  Like the Confederacy itself, it's probably a lost cause, but it's heartening to see some fight-back, because the Confederacy deserves to be known and understood objectively, meaning neither romanticized nor demonized. Wiping out the evidence of its existence deracinates New Orleans from its history and makes it just another generic U.S. city with nothing to speak for it other than crime and the other failures of Democratic one-party rule.

Removal of the first of four New Orleans Confederate monuments begins with Liberty Place.  Efforts to remove four Confederate monuments commenced early Monday morning (April 24), as crews and police gathered around the Battle of Liberty Place monument downtown around 2 a.m. to begin dismantling the first of four statues eyed for removal by the city.  Just before 1:30 a.m., and after a small group of protesters had departed, a wave of officers with the New Orleans Police Department barricaded the entry points to the monument, which stands at the river end of Iberville Street outside the parking garage for Canal Place.  Snipers were stationed on the parking deck looking down at the monument.

The New York Times Rewrites History To Tarnish Trump Speech.  In a curtain raiser for President Trump's address to Congress this week, the New York Times tried to compare Trump's bumpy start to President Obama's supposedly "impressive" one.  But in doing so, the Times wildly distorts what actually happened in Obama's first month in office.

The Rampant Incivility of the Left.  It has become increasingly a staple of left-wing political bombast to compare one's adversaries to the primary villains of World War II.  Today, about 5% of the U.S. population has any recollection of those years.  It has, therefore, become far too easy to demean and diminish the genesis and consequences of that fateful period as the education establishment, dominated by the Left, deliberately avoids teaching the realities of that era.  Thus, opening the door for the demagogues to miscast those years for their own ends.

The Handmaidens of Hatred.  Hatred of Americas founding principles was pushed early on by Howard Zinn, the loony Marxist who now controls the narrative of our history books.  His writings were filled with partial truths, half-truths, and outright lies about American history.  He cleverly inserted himself into the lexicon of hate in the attempt to help the global communist revolution come to America.  He has become the most widely read historian today — and has taught an entire generation, and an entire party, to hate their own country.

Virginia City Removes Nearly 100-Year-Old Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  The City of Charlottesville, Virginia, has decided to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that has stood in a city park for nearly 100 years, reports say.  In a three to two vote, the Charlottesville City Council decided to eliminate the equestrian statue memorializing the Confederate hero that was first erected 93 years ago in the city's Lee park.  After the vote, city leaders also vowed to erase Lee's name from the park, CBS reported.

The End of Columbus Day is the End of America.  Columbus may have outfoxed the Spanish court and his rivals, but he is falling victim to the court of political correctness.  The explorer who discovered America has become controversial because the very idea of America has become controversial.  There are counter-historical claims put forward by Muslim and Chinese scholars claiming that they discovered America first.  And there are mobs of fake indigenous activists on every campus to whom the old Italian is as much of a villain as the bearded Uncle Sam.  Columbus Day parades are met with protests and some have been minimized or eliminated.  In a number of cities Columbus Day was transformed into Indigenous People's Day, which sounds like a Marxist terrorist group's holiday.

More cities replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.  Phoenix voted on Wednesday to officially declare the second Monday in October — the same day as Columbus Day — Indigenous Peoples' Day.  The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the request which aims to celebrate Phoenix's indigenous community.

More cities, states ditch Columbus Day name for Indigenous Peoples' Day.  A growing number of U.S. cities and states moved to downplay Columbus Day — a federal holiday — in favor of the rebranded Indigenous Peoples' Day, to honor what Vermont's governor called the "sacrifice and contributions of the First Peoples of this land."  Gov. Peter Shumlin wrote in a proclamation that the day provided an opportunity to celebrate "indigenous heritage and resiliency."  South Dakota has avoided the Columbus Day name for decades, reportedly declaring the second Monday in October as Native Americans Day in 1990.

National Geographic Wants to Indoctrinate Your Kids This Columbus Day.  To celebrate Columbus Day this year, National Geographic has joined the choir of faux liberal outrage at Christopher Columbus, continuing to drag the enterprising explorer's legacy through the mud.  NatGeo Education — "content that inspires students through their teachers and educators" — posted a "reminder" on Twitter shaming those who would celebrate the attributed discoverer of America.

Kentucky Confederate monument to be removed after 120 years.  The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy in the Civil War will be moved to another location, University [of Louisville] President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said during a surprise announcement Friday [4/29/2016].

Symbolism Instead of History.  [Scroll down]  Ignoring facts kills legitimate history.  That's why symbolic history is about all the history anybody learns these days. [...] This brings us to Harriet Tubman.  There is no question she was a remarkable, brave woman.  She deserves her place in the history books, and everyone should learn about her.  The problem is that the purveyors of identity politics aren't satisfied with that recognition.  They have to exclude their ideological enemies as much as include their friends, inflate their chosen heroes as much as diminish their enemies'.  As a result, they create a selective, incomplete history.  The simple fact is that as brave as Harriet Tubman was, she was not the main story in the Civil War or the abolition of slavery.

Ben Carson:  Harriet Tubman Would Be 'Turning Over in Her Grave' If She Knew She Was on $20.  Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson wrote an op-ed Tuesday reiterating his belief that Harriet Tubman should not be on $20 bill, arguing it was not a fitting tribute to her legacy.  Carson claimed in an op-ed for IJ Review that he had been "misconstrued" when first stating his opposition.  "Harriet Tubman, one of America's truest and most revered freedom fighters, deserves a far more fitting tribute than to be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency by placing her on the twenty dollar bill," he argued.  "The effort to rush this through under the current Obama administration is nothing short of national disgrace..."

Iowa congressman wants to block $20 Tubman.  An Iowa congressman has proposed legislation that would block Harriet Tubman from replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.  Republican Rep.  Steve King introduced an amendment to bar the Treasury Department from spending any funds to redesign paper money or coin currency.

Political Correctness Is War By Other Means.  [Scroll down]  2016 will be remembered as the year in which Progressives forced their redefinition of American history upon one and all by re-facing America's currency with their favorite faces.  Obama took Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replaced it with a glowering image of anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman.  Jackson's victory at the 1815 battle of New Orleans ended the War of 1812 and removed doubt about America's independence by securing America's possession of the Mississippi valley.  But Progressives think it more important for Tubman to reproach us (not themselves, for sure) every time we open our wallets.

Obama's constant meddling is killing us, America.  We need leadership, not tinkering.  I am incensed that our government has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.  I have nothing against this gun-toting abolitionist; I have everything against President Obama's continued rattling of the nation's cage.  I object to his ongoing efforts to "transform" and "modernize" our country, authoring one divisive measure after another, at a time when he should be restoring our confidence. [...] Obama's inflammatory and pesky interventions in matters great and small, from shoving ObamaCare down the country's throat to renaming Mt.  McKinley, from overturning our immigration laws to optimizing transgender bathroom availability, have kept Americans on their heels, not knowing what will come next.

Harriet Tubman was a gun-toting Republican.  There are some knee-jerk reactions to the seemingly "political correctness run amok" move to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson.  But the replacing of the slave-owning founder of the Democratic Party with a gun-toting black Republican may spark a political debate worth having and unearth historical truths worth learning. [...] Harriet Tubman's image should remind Americans that gun control was a historical method to control and subjugate blacks.

Andrew Jackson's Reckoning.  Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew's decision to replace Jackson on the front of the $20 bill with abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Tubman has been widely praised.  It honors women's role in American history and, indirectly, disparages slave-owner Jackson, who moves to the back of the $20 bill.  But there is another irony to Jackson's traditional place on the $20 bill:  He was an ardent critic of paper money.

No whitewash for Harriet Tubman.  Sometimes the government does the right thing for the wrong reasons.  Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's decision to put Harriet Tubman's face on the nation's currency was the right thing to do, even if it was done as a way to demote Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, to the back of the bill.  Many liberals are unhappy that Mr. Lew picked the wrong black woman.  Harriet Tubman was a devout Christian and she armed herself, with both pistols and long rifles.  Choose your wrong reason.

Harriet Tubman is the next face of the $20 bill; $5 and $10 bills will also change.  Harriet Tubman and President Andrew Jackson lived on opposite sides of the American experience.  Tubman, a black woman, escaped slavery to become a conductor on the Underground Railroad, risking her life to lead slaves to freedom.  Jackson, the son of Scots-Irish immigrants and owner of slaves, was elected president as a war hero and became known for policies that led to the deaths of countless Native Americans.  Soon, though, the two will share prominent placement on a new $20 bill — with Tubman, the former slave, getting top billing.

Another astroturf letter, ostensibly submitted spontaneously by a little girl with no political connections:
Meet the 11-year-old girl whose letter to President Obama led to plans for the first woman on US currency in more than a century.  A woman will feature on US currency for the first time in more than 100 years — thanks to the efforts of an 11-year-old girl.  Sofia, from Cambridge in Massachusetts, had written to President Barack Obama in 2014 after a school project on historic American heroes.  'I realized no women had their face on our currency, so I went home and wrote the letter,' she told WCVB.  The schoolgirl demanded to know why there were no women on US bills, as 'if there were no women, there wouldn't be men'.

Greta Van Susteren: 'Stupid' to put Tubman on $20 bill.  Fox News host Greta Van Susteren said the decision to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman was "stupid" and creating an "unnecessary fight" in the country. [...] "You all know I'm a feminist, love to see women acknowledged for the great things they do to contribute to our nation, and Harriet Tubman did, and she deserves it," Van Susteren said on "Off the Record."  "But what I don't get is this:  Rather than dividing the country between those who happen to like the tradition of our currency and want President Andrew Jackson to stay put and those who want to put a woman on a bill — it's so easy to make everyone happy.  Van Susteren said that while Tubman should be acknowledged for her "courage," the decision to put her image on a bill doesn't need to "stir up the country."

The Media Have It Wrong:  Andrew Jackson's Legacy Was Fighting Crony Capitalism.  After a relentless campaign by conservatives, progressives, and Broadway musicals to keep Founding Father Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, it appears the Treasury Department will keep Hamilton.  According to Politico, the agency will instead replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman.  It's a shame that progressives (and even conservatives) have been quick to ditch Jackson.  While it's true that Jackson is often remembered for his alleged reputation for violence, the Trail of Tears, or perhaps even the 1959 Johnny Horton song, "Battle of New Orleans," his true legacy is much more important to America.

Leftists Lose Their Lunch Over the Tubman 20.  After years of complaining that America's paper money featured only dead white guys, a lot of folks on the Left are in a snit that Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the twenty-dollar bill.  You can practically hear them:  "We didn't mean a gun-toting, Bible-believing Republican black woman!  We meant Angela Davis!"

Michelle's Historically Black Attempt to Malign Mississippi.  Last year, the first lady, Michelle Obama, gave a commencement speech at Alabama's Tuskegee University that sounded more like she was paying homage to black activist W.E.B. DuBois than the school's founder Booker T. Washington who, as an ex-slave, believed character and hard work were key to improving the plight of the black man.  Then again, Michelle is part of the illiterate gang who ousted evil slave owner Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill without researching the philosophies escaped slave Harriet Tubman stood for.  Wait until Obama, who misquoted MLK on his Oval Office rug, realizes Underground Railroad conductor Tubman was a devout Christian whose pistol-packing ways mirror Sarah Palin, not Maxine Waters. [...] Either way, Mrs. Obama is not unlike her Saul Alinsky-trained husband.  The FLOTUS also 'sees the world not as it is but as it should be' and feels it's her duty to set the non-compliant straight.

Public Pushes Back Against PC Purge In Public School Names.  Imagine attending "Bleeding Heart Liberal Elementary" or "Hypothetical Perfect Person Memorial Elementary.  While that seems absurd, those are two of the choices the public nominated to replace "Robert E. Lee Elementary" when the Austin, Texas, school decided it needed to remove the name of the Confederate General from its façade.

Confederate emblem removed at U.S. Capitol.  State flags, including the controversial Mississippi flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem, will no longer hang in the tunnel at the U.S. Capitol where each had been displayed.  Rep.  Candice Miller, R-Mich., said Thursday [4/21/2016] the flags, which had been removed during renovations, will instead be replaced with prints of each state's commemorative coin.  "Given the controversy surrounding confederate imagery, I decided to install a new display," Miller, chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, said in a statement.  "I am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the Confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views.  However, I also believe that it is not the business of the federal government to dictate what flag each state flies."

Treasury's Lew to announce Hamilton to stay on $10 bill.  Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce the changes on Wednesday [4/20/2016] after receiving fierce blowback.

Black? Check.  Woman?  Check.  Old White Man Out?  Check.  Lew Announces New $20 Bill.  Politico reported on Wednesday [4/20/2016] that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew plans to announce a redesign of the $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman. [...] In its campaign to reinforce the left-wing view of women as an oppressed group of people relative to men across history — with Hillary Clinton as scraping the contemporary phantom glass ceiling — Lew will further the Obama Administration's narrative by incorporating "leaders of the women's suffrage movement" on the back of the $10 bill.

Do Not Weep for Andrew Jackson.  Politico reports that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is set to announce that Alexander Hamilton will get a reprieve and remain on the $10 bill, while Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20, and Treasury will make other changes including "putting leaders of the women's suffrage movement on the back of the $10 bill, and incorporating civil-rights era leaders and other important moments in American history into the $5 bill" while relocating Jackson to less desirable real estate (his own Trail of Tears, one might say) on the back of the $20.

Tubman replacing Jackson on the $20, Hamilton spared.  "Today, I'm excited to announce that for the first time in more than a century, the front of our currency will feature the portrait of a woman, Harriet Tubman, on the $20 note," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon [4/20/2016].  Lew rolled out sweeping changes that will put a new cast of historic figures onto various bills that have remained largely static for decades.  Leaders of the women's suffrage movement will make their way onto the back of the $10 bill, while civil rights era leaders and other important moments in American history will be incorporated into the $5 bill.  Jackson will be kicked to the back of the $20 bill.

First They Came for Andrew Jackson, Now They've Come for Woodrow Wilson, So Who's Next?  One need not be a fan of Woodrow Wilson to be appalled at the ease with which Princeton University sees fit to erase any association it has with the 28th President of the United States because of a few bullies who have nothing constructive to do with their lives.  Wilson, of course, was President of Princeton from 1902 to 1910.  This is no different than the effort to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill.

Florida Senate removes Confederate flag from seal.  Without a formal vote, the Florida Senate on Monday agreed to strip the Confederate battle flag from its official seal, removing one of the few remaining vestiges of the infamous icon in state government.  After some hesitation when the change first came up, senators — back in Tallahassee for a redistricting special session — agreed without objection to adopt a new rule removing the controversial emblem from the chamber's insignia.  Approving the change without objection avoided the need for even a voice vote on the emotional issue.

Let's Take Back Columbus Day.  More than a century ago, America celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage of discovery by hosting an enormous worlds fair on the shores of Lake Michigan.  This Worlds Columbian Exposition featured statues of the great explorer, replicas of his three ships, and commemorative stamps and coins.  Because Columbus Day was a patriotic holiday — it marked the opening chapter in American history — the newly written Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in schools on October 12, 1892.  Nowadays, however, an embarrassed, guilty silence descends on the nation each Columbus Day.  We[']ve been taught that Columbus opened the way for rapacious European settlers to unleash a stream of horrors on a virgin continent:  slavery, racism, warfare, epidemic, and the cruel oppression of Indians.  This modern view of Columbus represents an unjust attack upon both our country and the civilization that made it possible.

Goodbye Columbus, Hello Leftist Indigenous Peoples'.  Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day all you comrades out there!  CBS NEWS announced that more cities are "recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day" to celebrate the contributions of indigenous cultures.  This is part of the leftist populist movement to recognize Native Americans and fake indigenous peoples', and to change our culture.  The movement is meant to take us out of traditional America and into the hand-wringing world of the dreary left.  The Italians and America's European ancestors are forgotten in all this.

Maryland students told to remove Confederate flag clothing.  At least two students at a Maryland high school were asked to change out of clothes displaying the Confederate symbol.  School district spokesman Michael Doerrer says the students at Brunswick High School wore the Confederate symbol Tuesday [10/13/2015]. [...] Doerrer says the school doesn't ban Confederate symbols, but administrators can ask a symbol to be removed on a case-by-case basis if it proves disruptive.

Va. drivers with Confederate plates resistant to switch.  Roughly 9 in 10 drivers with Virginia's Confederate battle flag license plates have refused so far to send their plates back to the state as part of a program to swap out a symbol that many consider racist.  The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles mailed new plates without the emblem in early September to 1,600 members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who pay an annual $10 premium for the specialty plates but so far has received only 163 back.  The DMV requires a copy of a current membership card to be eligible to buy the plates.

So Now the POW/MIA Flag Is Under Fire — as a Symbol of 'Racist Hate'.  Another day, another argument that a flag must come down.  Today's target is a bit surprising — the POW/MIA flag that flies from government buildings, honoring the hundreds of Americans still missing and unaccounted for in Vietnam.  Writing in the pages of Newsweek, a very angry Rick Perlstein is simply not having it, declaring, "That d----- flag:  It's a shroud.  It smothers the complexity, the reality, of what really happened in Vietnam."  In fact, he claims the entire emphasis on American missing and POW's was nothing but a political trick designed to detract from alleged American deceptions and war crimes: [...]

State by State, Democratic Party Is Erasing Ties to Jefferson and Jackson.  For nearly a century, Democrats have honored two men as the founders of their party:  Thomas Jefferson, for his visionary expression of the concept of equality, and Andrew Jackson, for his populist spirit and elevation of the common man.  Political candidates and activists across the country have flocked to annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners, where speeches are given, money is raised, and the party celebrates its past and its future.

To Get History Right, Democrats Would Erase It.  [Scroll down]  Perhaps the most ludicrous example of this overcompensation came when television networks cancelled re-airings of the Dukes of Hazard and the owner of the program's original prop car, the General Lee, revealed that the vehicle's famous rebel flag roof art was to be painted over.  It was then that some cautiously began to wonder if the well-meaning decision to remove this historical artifact with all its negative baggage had gone too far.  There was clearly no limiting principle to this national effort to address historical grievances.  Where would it all end?  Today, it is clear that, for some, the fight to make history conform to today's moral standards has only just begun.

Trump Effect: Left Moves To Ban Truth About Immigration.  The Overton Window is a political theory describing how ideas go from the margins to mainstream, from "unthinkable" to "policy."  But in today's anti-America, a Reverse Overton Window is visibly at work:  existing law, policy, majority opinion, legal terms like "illegal alien" and established traditions like flying the Confederate Battle Flag are suddenly decreed to be beyond the pale for all good-thinkers.

Is A Digital Bible Less Holy? U.S. Officials Increasingly Sworn In On Tablets.  It was called the wave of the future — the recently tapped U.S. ambassador to Switzerland was sworn in last month with her hand not on a paper Bible but on top of a Kindle.  Techies called it revolutionary and applauded Suzi Levine for making history.  But she wasn't the only one who went high-tech when she took the oath of office.  A county executive from Long Island, N.Y., used the Bible app on an iPad to be sworn in last year and a few months ago a group of firefighters from New Jersey huddled around a Kindle Bible when they took their oath.  But the movement has drawn concern from some in the religious community who are reluctant to accept officials choosing tablets over the printed Bible.

The Editor says...
A tablet, smart phone, or jump drive might contain the words of the Bible one minute, but not the next.  How would you know the difference?  The same tablet that allegedly contains the Bible may also contain the Koran, Mao's Little Red Book, pornography or any number of things.  One could argue that swearing out an oath with one hand on a Bible is a superstition, but it is also a public agreement of the seriousness of testimony under oath.  The abolition of books is just another way "progressive" bureaucrats are incrementally chipping away at centuries-old traditions.

Council passes Indigenous People's Day Resolution.  The second Monday in October will now be referred to as "Indigenous People's Day," rather than Columbus Day, on all official city communications in Minneapolis following a unanimous City Council vote on Friday morning [4/25/2014].  The resolution brought hundreds of people to City Hall to commemorate the vote, which Native American activists have been seeking for many years.

From Greatness to Whiteness.  When Americans over the age of, let us say, 45, look at any of the iconic paintings of America's Founders — the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the signing of the Constitution, George Washington crossing the Delaware, any of the individual portraits the Founders — what do they see?  They see great men founding a great country.  f you ask recent graduates of almost any American university what they see when they look at these paintings, chances are that they see something entirely different.  They are apt to see rich, white males who are not great and who did not found a great country.  And for many, it is worse than that.  These men are not only not great; they are morally quite flawed in that they were slaveholders and/or founded a country that allowed slavery.

Council to vote on renaming 'Columbus Day'.  Minneapolis is preparing to strike "Columbus Day" from its calendar this October.  The City Council is expected to vote Friday on a resolution that would rename the federal holiday "Indigenous People's Day" on all city communications.  The vote follows a similar effort in Red Wing, where the city mulled changing Columbus Day to "First People's Day" earlier this year.  The Red Wing city council has yet to act on the resolution.

Hallmark removes the word 'gay' from Deck The Halls holiday ornament sparking fury from customers.  Hallmark has provoked outrage and ridicule from its customers after changing the words of a traditional Christmal carol on a festive ornament. [...] The original line — 'Don we now our gay apparel' — has been altered by the Kansas-City based company for its new line of holiday merchandise.  It now reads:  'Don we now our FUN apparel.'

The Editor says...
One thing that makes English hard to master is that many English words have multiple definitions.  The homosexuals are attempting to hijack words like gay and queer, and abolish those words' other definitions and legitimate uses.

Atheists Call 9-11 Memorial Cross "Grossly Offensive".  A Jewish firefighter who wants to display a Christian cross as part of a New Jersey 9-11 memorial is facing stiff opposition from a group of atheists who called the religious image "grossly offensive."  The American Atheists are threatening to sue Princeton, NJ if they proceed with plans to erect the memorial.  They took issue with a beam that was salvaged from the ruins of the World Trade Center because a cross had been cut out of one side of the beam.

St. Louis Cardinals remove religious symbols from pitcher's mound following fan's complaints.  The St. Louis Cardinals have done away with religion at Busch Stadium after a fan raised hell over Christian symbols on the pitching mound.

Separation of church and baseball — no doubt the courts can find that in the Constitution, too.
Cross written in sand not allowed to honor beloved player.  Political correctness infected the world of sports recently, when the St. Louis Cardinals' management put an end to the recent practice of etching a cross and the number 6 into the pitcher's mound to honor a Cardinal great, the late Stan Musial.  The number and cross only began appearing in recent weeks on the mound, just behind the rubber.

White House reconsiders pick of 'Founding Founders' over 'Founding Fathers'.  Throughout United States history, the group of men who assembled in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the nation's Constitution had been known as the "Founding Fathers," a moniker used even on official government websites.  But the use of the "fathers" may have been a step too far for the Obama administration.  In a Thursday [6/13/2013] post on the White House's blog, Keith Donohue, the communications director for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives, announced that the papers of the "Founding Founders," otherwise known as the Founding Fathers, are available online.

The Editor says...
You would think that the well-paid "communications director" could come up with something less insipid and redundant than "Founding Founders."

Christian Origins of Essential American Doctrines.  Virtually every important, original American idea is a product of Christianity.  Further, had these doctrines never been developed, the US would arguably not been nearly as productive, free or happy.  These ideas involve property, liberty, and the rule of law.

California Dept. of Transportation: 'Be Sure to Black Out the 'United States' and [the] Motto'.  For three years, a private citizen named Steve LeBard has led the effort to build a privately funded memorial in Orcutt, California — a tranquil small town located on the Golden State's gorgeous Central Coast — to honor military veterans.  And for the better part of those three years, he has run into a toxic blend of political correctness, anti-Americanism, and bureaucratic senselessness.  Today, the memorial, which was to be built with private funds on a small piece of public land, remains unbuilt.

ACLU Loses Ten Commandments Case.  Thou shall not remove the Ten Commandments.  That's the declaration from a federal district court — dismissing a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against Dixie County, Fla. and ending a six-year legal battle.  The ACLU sued the county after they allowed a private citizen to erect a six-ton monument of the Ten Commandments atop the steps of the courthouse.  A 75-year-old North Carolina man, who happens to be an ACLU member, objected to the monument — which led to the lawsuit.

Cranston bans 'father-daughter' dances as violation of state law.  In a move that has taken some parents by surprise, the school department has announced that it is banning traditional "father-daughter" and "mother-son" activities, saying they violate state law.  Supt. Judith Lundsten said the move was triggered by a letter ifrom the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a single mom who had complained that her daughter had not been able to attend her father-daughter dance.

ACLU Gets Father-Daughter, Mother-Son Activities Banned in RI.  Was Title IX really intended to put government between parents and their children during activities like picnics and dances?  Or is the ACLU more than happy to misuse the courts to jam the state in as a wedge between families?

Columbus blamed for Little Ice Age.  By sailing to the New World, Christopher Columbus and the other explorers who followed may have set off a chain of events that cooled Europe's climate for centuries.  The European conquest of the Americas decimated the people living there, leaving large areas of cleared land untended.  Trees that filled in this territory pulled billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, diminishing the heat-trapping capacity of the atmosphere and cooling climate, says Richard Nevle, a geochemist at Stanford University.

Do Liberals Care if Third World Illnesses Infect Americans?  Calling it the "European Invasion," liberals believe that prior to Christopher Columbus' arrival American Indians were virtually disease-free.  Never mind that syphilis, which originated in the New World, was brought back to Europe, where spirochete bacterium was not present until after Columbus and his fellow discoverers returned in 1493.  The Columbian theory concludes that invaders from across the sea brought to the Americas the scourge of bubonic and pneumonic plague, chicken pox, cholera, diphtheria, influenza, measles, scarlet fever, smallpox, typhus, tuberculosis, and whooping cough.  Even though Indian tribes were slaughtering each other, lefties argue that their lack of immunity was solely responsible for American Indians dying en masse after exposure to infectious diseases, and are persuaded that 80-90 percent of the Native American population perished after Europeans landed in the New World.

The Revisionists' Red Glare.  Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting among other organizations, the film is the work of Emmy-nominated documentarians Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey.  Despite that pedigree, The War of 1812 offers nothing particularly innovative or original.  Rather, it recycles many of the tired techniques that dominate the historical-documentary genre and strikes all the appropriate politically correct notes along the way.

'Three Little Pigs' Slaughtered by Leftists.  I'm sure the Left would like to see rework most of our cultural heritage to promote its agenda.  But if they move too fast and reach too far, the people will push back.  As with all other leftist agenda, one small step at a time.

No BC and AD? That Spells Culture War.  If I write a date as 44 BC or 476 AD, you immediately know to what years I am referring.  I would guess that just about anyone junior high age or older in the U.S., Canada, or anywhere in Europe would also immediately recognize that one of those dates is 2055 years ago, and the other is 1535 years ago.

University to Change Policy Defining Religious Discrimination as Oppression by Christians.  The University of California at Davis has backed away from a policy that defined religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians after more than two dozen Christian students filed a formal complaint.  The definition was listed in a document called, "The Principles of Community."  It defined "Religious/Spiritual Discrimination" as "The loss of power and privilege to those who do not practice the dominant culture's religion.  In the United States, this is institutionalized oppressions toward those who are not Christian."

UC Davis removes Web wording that upset Christians.  The University of California at Davis has eliminated from its website a definition of religious discrimination that offended more than two dozen Christian students.

Freedom to be Christian but banned from acting Christian.  Christians, Orthodox Jews or anyone with traditional views of sex and marriage should be barred from state university counseling programs unless they agree to violate their beliefs.  That's the gist of theamicus brief the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed Feb. 11 in a case in which a Christian student is challenging her dismissal from a graduate counseling program at Eastern Michigan University in 2009.

The rot in values that is causing America's decline.  Thrift, hard work, close-knit families, a pioneering spirit, a love of adventure, a rejection of indolence, faith-based ethics, a God-centric society, a belief in spreading freedom and democracy — where did that all go?  Science and math.  Science and math.  President Barack Obama's new mantra is science and math.

Pop Culture Killing Classic Traditions.  What has been the most famous New Year's Eve tradition since 1907, the ball dropping in Times Square, has been reduced to a display of tackiness and bad taste.

Is America Conquered when the American Flag is 'Offensive'?  Californians were recently confronted with a sobering reality.  Students at a large high school in the Morgan Hill district were told by school administrators that American flag tee shirts and other patriotic paraphernalia were not allowed, citing Cinco de Mayo as justification  Few students at the school probably realize that America provided help to Mexico in expelling the French, whose defeat at the Battle of Puebla is comemorated on May 5th.

Good Friday Holiday Did Not, Will Not Change.  At Davenport City Hall, phones have been ringing non-stop for the past few days.  The calls are from people around the country, voicing their opinions surrounding the city's observance of Good Friday.  It all started last Friday, when the city manager sent out a routine holiday closure notice to all city offices.  The city manager says the notice accidentally referred to Good Friday, April 2, as "Spring holiday," implying a name change for how the city observes the Christian holiday.

How the Obama Revolution Came to America:  There are ten easy steps toward a progressive-socialist-Marxist civil society:  change the popular consensus; destroy Christianity, the traditional family, and existing social mores; transform the culture; install a radical Left mind-control; attain political power; impose strict control of the military and law enforcement; restrict freedom; socialize the economy; erase American sovereignty; and embrace a world without borders. ... This requires a confrontation at all levels of society to undermine, weaken, and replace traditional American values in the schools, media, family, and unions with Gramsci's socialist ideals.

Words associated with Christianity taken out of children's dictionary.  Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity".  Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled.  The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society.

The Editor says...
Is the dictionary a reflection of that society, or an effort to push society in that direction?  Why must older words be displaced by newer ones?  Is the dictionary limited to a specific number of pages?

The Founding Fathers and Slavery:  Even though the issue of slavery is often raised as a discrediting charge against the Founding Fathers, the historical fact is that slavery was not the product of, nor was it an evil introduced by, the Founding Fathers.

Historic Jamestown marks 400 years since 'invasion'.  Use of the word "celebration" is being banned at this year's special events ordered by Congress to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of settlers in Jamestown, 13 years before the Plymouth Pilgrims appeared on America's shores, because it was an "invasion" that resulted in a "holocaust," organizers say.

New Test Asks:  What Does 'American' Mean?  Patrick Henry and Francis Scott Key are out, but Susan B. Anthony and Nancy Pelosi are in.  The White House was cut, but New York and Sept. 11 made the list.  Federal immigration authorities yesterday [9/27/2007] unveiled 100 new questions immigrants will have to study to pass a civics test to become naturalized American citizens.

When Worlds Collide:  The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago has a new permanent exhibit of savagery and barbarism, "The Ancient Americas."  The ancient Americans themselves are not portrayed as savage or barbarous.  (How surprising.  Knock me over with a feather.)  The savages and barbarians are the museum's curators.  They plunder history, ravage archaeology, do violence to intelligence, and lay waste to wisdom, faith, and common sense.

Banishing Religion from the Public Square:  For quite some time in America, frank public discussions about candidates' religious views have been deemed verboten.  The trend began in 1960, when John F. Kennedy found that his Catholic faith was proving to be a liability with Protestant voters.

Ballgame keepsake goes electronic.  The paper ticket might be on its way to joining AstroTurf and scheduled doubleheaders in the graveyard of sports obsolescence.  A host of professional teams, including the Washington Nationals, are introducing new systems allowing fans to enter games using their cell phone, driver's license or similar means, potentially making paper tickets a thing of the past.

The Da Vinci Code:  A Brilliantly Crafted Deception.  Few things have done more to injure the witness of the Church than attacks on the deity of Christ, the reliability of Scripture, and the rise of feminist ideology.  Now these three have been brilliantly combined into one profoundly evil witness in Dan Brown's latest best-seller book, The Da Vinci Code.

Numerous reviews of the movie can be seen here.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2014 by Andrew K. Dart

A proposed bill to ban male circumcision.  A San Diego, California-based group that calls itself a health and human rights organization recently submitted a proposed bill to Congress called the Male Genital Mutilation Bill ("MGM bill").  The bill, if adopted, would ban the practice of circumcising baby boys.

Under God?  Let's see the proof.  The unelected and still mostly liberal federal judges continue their four-decades-old nasty habit of dismantling our institutions, symbols and beliefs for the sake of a microscopic minority.

Judge kills death sentence because jurors read the Bible.  Although Robert Harlan was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 25-year-old woman and shooting another woman passer-by who tried to help, leaving her paralyzed, a Colorado judge overturned his death sentence because some jurors had read the Bible during their deliberations.

Are comic books no longer for kids?  So here we go with another delivery vehicle for children sacrificing innocence at the altar of controversy, in the hopes of gaining notoriety — and press attention.  In 2003, Marvel went homosexual, trying to draw attention to itself by creating a gay superhero, the Rawhide Kid, but the "Rawhide Kid:  Slap Leather" comic books never sold well, despite the initial raft of publicity.

Going It Alone:  For the first time in history, unmarried people head the majority of U.S. households.  A total of 100 million adults, who make up 36.44 percent of the workforce, are single.  Eighteen states and 300 cities now have unmarried majorities, and single people account for $1.6 trillion in annual consumer spending.  Countries around the world are experiencing similar trends.

'Cotton wool kids' losing basic skills.  Panicky parents are breeding a generation of "cotton wool kids" too afraid to climb trees or ride their bikes, NSW's most senior child guardian has warned.  Mums and dads are so fixated on keeping their children safe that children are growing into nervous adults without acquiring basic survival skills along the way.

[Apparently "cotton wool kids" is the Australian way to say "sissies".]

Clinton-Era Pregnancy Policies Must be Reviewed and Revised.  A 33 year-old female Marine gave birth to a healthy 7-pound baby boy on May 23, [2003,] while she was aboard the warship USS Boxer.  The amphibious vessel was deployed at the time in a war zone near Kuwait, where the unnamed staff sergeant was assigned to a ground unit.

Multicultural Hypocrites:  If it's something strange, something perverted, something counterproductive, or something that simply sets them apart from American culture in general, then the multicultural idiots are all for it.

Congressman Challenges Courts' Moves to Eliminate God, Bible from Public Forum:  During the last several months, attacks on Christianity in the public arena have gained considerable notoriety around the country.  They include a legal effort to eliminate "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, and challenges by the American Civil Liberties Union to remove Ten Commandments monuments from public property in Alabama and Pennsylvania.

The Death of English Christendom:  British Prime Minister Tony Blair has taken the concept of policy czar to uncharted territory with his appointment of former Labour Party MP John Battle as "faith czar."  What is of interest is that the British government is, on the one hand, attempting to divest itself of the Church of England through the process of disestablishment.  On the other hand, Czar Battle will attempt to promote the "best of faith" over and against the "worst."

Modern Pagans vs Christians:  A civilization's calendar is reflective of its values, its history, its beliefs, and its religion.  Western Europe calculates its time from the birth of Christ because it was a Christian civilization.  The Founders knew all of this.  They were profound students of history.  Their writings show an acquaintance with the philosophies of government throughout history and around the world.  They knew they were Christians, and they knew that the nation they were building was founded upon Christian, Biblical principles.

Quoting Scripture banned in library community room.  Quoting from the Bible has been banned in a community room at the public library in Clermont County, Ohio, and now a couple who sought to use the facility for a financial planning seminar have brought a court case.  "What's next?  Will the library board attempt to keep patrons from checking out Bibles and reading them on government property?" asked Tim Chandler, a legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is working on the case involving George and Cathy Vandergriff.

Feds fixing "Southern bias" at U.S. parks:  The National Park Service is looking to rid itself of what it calls Southern bias at major Civil War battlefields and instead emphasize the horrors of slavery.

The American way:  The world of mid-twentieth century television was clean — safe for viewing no matter what your age.  Parents simply did not have to worry about what their children were watching, or what messages they were receiving through their televisions.  The 1950s, however, are long over and modern Hollywood can't resist tampering with American icons.  They want to tear them down and rebuild them in their own image.

Bugs Bunny in Blackface:  Racially Charged Cartoons Removed From Retrospective Cartoon Network executives had planned a complete run of the Bugs Bunny cartoons, but decided to omit 12 of the animated shorts because they were considered too racially charged.

 Editor's Note:  Besides being an attempt to edit history, this is a sign of the times and a symptom of the Culture War.  It is now socially unacceptable to ridicule minorities, women, or people from distinctly identifiable foreign cultures, but it's still okay to make fun of heterosexual white males.  Especially if they are from the South.  Almost every work of comedic fiction ever made contains something that is objectionable to somebody somewhere (if it is humorous at all), whether it's a stereotype, excessive violence, characters who stammer, characters who drink too much, etc.  Numerous Warner Brothers cartoons produced during World War II depicted the Japanese as ruthless nearsighted midgets, and they were no doubt applauded at the time.

The "Little Rascals" films, in their original uncut form, were full of the same kind of material.  Many episodes of the "Little Rascals" are no longer shown for that reason.  Numerous TV shows, especially those made before 1970, were based on stereotypes.  Examples include The Beverly Hillbillies, Hogan's Heroes, Green Acres, and of course, Amos 'n Andy.  Compare those old cartoons and TV shows with the material that is acceptable on television today, and it's easy to conclude that this branch of political correctness is a farce and a perfidious assault on plain speaking and the traditions and institutions that made this country great.  I'm not saying that irrational stereotypes and derisive mockery made this country great; I'm saying that freedom of expression is diminished and diluted when the P.C. Police denigrate creative works that aren't to their liking.

See also A Guide To Censored Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.

Some are still available on video.

Smoking cuts for classic cartoons after complaint.  Turner Broadcasting is scouring more than 1,500 classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including old favourites Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, to edit out scenes that glamorise smoking.  The review was triggered by a complaint to media regulator Ofcom by one viewer who took offence to two episodes of Tom and Jerry shown on the Boomerang channel, part of Turner Broadcasting which itself belongs to Time Warner Inc.

[In the story above, please note:  ONE VIEWER complained.  That's all it takes any more.]

In our next hilarious episode, Tom and Jerry go to anger management.  Thank you for commissioning our firm to remove all the smoking scenes from episodes of Tom and Jerry.  It has, however, come to our attention that other aspects of these cartoons may not be in line with contemporary thinking.

"Master" and "slave" computer labels unacceptable, officials say.  Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive.

Cartoon Censorship Blamed on "Politically Correct White Mentality":  Classic cartoons originally produced between the 1930s and 1950s and a television staple for the baby boomer generation, are being edited for offensive material today "because of a politically correct white mentality," according to a cartoon historian.

Fox Movie Channel Bans Charlie Chan Movies:  The Fox Movie Channel abruptly cancelled its planned Charlie Chan film festival last week after complaints from an Asian American group that the character was "one of the most offensive Asian caricatures of America's cinematic past."

Political Correctness Imprisons Speedy Gonzales:  From Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, to Wile E. Coyote's Roadrunner-catching Acme ingenuity, Warner Brothers' hilarious Looney Tunes have filled generations of Americans with innocent childlike laughter. Unfortunately, political correctness run amok is depriving future generations of one unforgettable toon.  The Cartoon Network, a subsidiary of AOL-Time Warner, has shelved all 40 six-minute Speedy Gonzales shorts.

Speedy Gonzales Caged by Cartoon Network:  The rapid rodent has been deemed an offensive ethnic stereotype of Mexicans, and has been off the air since the cable network became the sole U.S. broadcaster of old Warner Brothers cartoons in late 1999.

Note:  "Speedy Gonzales" (1955) won an Academy Award leading to a series of Gonzales cartoons.  Speedy was usually paired with Sylvester and always came out on top.  Two other Speedy cartoons, "Tabasco Road" (1957) and "The Pied Piper of Guadalupe" (1961), were nominated for Academy Awards.*

By the way, the Turkish TV network is banning Winnie the Pooh, because they say Piglet is offensive.

G.I. Joe is No Great American Hero, Group Says:  The Lion & Lamb Project says military action figures are "aggressive toys."  However, a Hasbro spokesperson says, "G.I. Joe has been a part of our culture for nearly 40 years and represents core American values – patriotism, honor and bravery."

Forest Service Says Jesus Can Stay.  The U.S. Forest Service has reversed its decision to remove a World War Two memorial from Montana's Big Mountain because it included a statue of Jesus.  The Forest Service said it will re-authorize a permit for the 57-year-old statue after facing a firestorm of outrage from religious groups and local residents.  The agency received more than 90,000 comments on the issue.

You may also be interested in the section about the NCAA's fight against politically incorrect mascot names.

Separation of Church and State

Contrary to what you may have heard, the phrase, "separation of church and state" is not in the Constitution of the United States.  It is not a federal law.  The idea that the Constitution forbids religious observances on public property or during public ceremonies is a vicious canard that was manufactured in the Supreme Court in 1947.

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