Erasing history is not a good precedent
It seem as if the social unrest of the 1960’s is returning. However, this time it is with a lack of reverence for God and for our fellow man. In the 60’s churches of all denominations were overflowing. The Civil Rights Movement was lead and guided by people of faith in Jesus Christ. Martin Luther King did not march alone. He was standing side-by-side and walking hand-in-hand with Protestant ministers of many confessions and also Catholic Priests. They marched on their religious convictions and fought for the dignity of the African Americans who were treated as non citizens.
We are living in dangerous times. It is not good to try to erase history. “He who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it.” Better to leave our history in full view to remind us and future generations from where we came, and where we never wish to return. No one of right mind wants to return to slavery. It is an evil that has been overcome. But removing a stained glass window with the Confederate Flag would be like raising the Nazi prison camps. Let them remain as a stark and to some painful remind of past evils, so that no one will every allow them to return.
The National Cathedral in Washington, DC has stained glass windows commemorating the Civil War. One of the windows contains a Confederate Flag. The window was probably view thousands of times since it was first placed in the cathedral. Yet now that we are in the midst of cultural upheaval there is a call for it’s removal. Would it not be better to have a plaque explaining the window and it’s original intent? I fear we are rewriting our history in many ways because we wish to be politically correct. But a people who knows not it’s history not only makes the same mistakes, they forget who they are and where they are going.
National Cathedral: Confederate Flag windows Should Come Down
It would be a shame if the work of removing the Confederate window from the National Cathedral interfered with any gay weddings going on there. And why not remove the American flag as well. Fifty million aborted babies is no source of pride either. It is indeed a sad day when political correctness triumphs moral correctness.
I’m totally at one with the sentiments expresswed by Fr. John A Kiely.