Sunday, October 29, 2017

Playing Into Trump's Tiny, Grasping Hands?


Russian trolls and right-wing freaks are pushing a crackpot Trumpizoid talking point to make progressives look crazy, namely that George Washington is the same as Robert E. Lee and other Confederate traitors and that their statues and memorials must come down too. And of course, there are a few IQ-deficient "progressives" falling for the bait, but this is primarily just silliness, completely emanating from the fever swamp of far right lunatics. Example: Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times, where right-wing blogger Stephen Dinan wrote Friday that George Washington’s church to tear down memorial honoring first president. "Robert E. Lee plaque also to be taken down; both men attended Alexandria church." And of course, this kind of brain-dead bullshit is manna from Heaven for Fox News. How idiotic is this?
Leaders at the church that George Washington attended decided that a plaque honoring the first president of the United States must be removed.

Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia will take down a memorial marking the pew where Washington sat with his family, saying it is not acceptable to all worshipers.

“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome," leaders said, a reference to the fact that Washington was a slaveholder.

"Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.”

"Many in our congregation feel a strong need for the church to stand clearly on the side of 'all are welcome- no exceptions,'" they concluded.

A memorial to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will also come down.

The decision comes in the wake of renewed controversy over whether statues honoring Civil War figures should be no longer honored. The debate broke out again over the summer after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed one and injured others.

President Trump expressed concern that the censoring of Confederate generals would lead to dishonoring Thomas Jefferson and George Washington as well.



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