- - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, removed plaque memorials for President George Washington and Gen. Robert E. Lee. Why? Because Washington owned slaves and Lee fought for the Confederacy.

Yet without Washington, there would have been no Declaration of Independence setting forth that “all men are created equal” by their “Creator.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We recognize Robert E. Lee as one of our greatest American Christians … ” Lee freed his only slave at age 18 when he went to West Point. When his wife inherited her father’s slaves, Lee freed them. Lee was in fact an abolitionist. After the war, when a black man went to kneel for communion at Richmond’s Episcopal Church, the congregation froze until Lee from the back of the church walked up to kneel beside the man.

For iconoclasts who need to remove statutes and plaques: Gen. Grant worked slaves on his farm, Gen. McClellan opposed abolition and Gen. Sherman wanted to”exterminate the Sioux.”

Congregations of the Episcopal Church are melting while congregations of America’s Anglican Church are flourishing. Why?

CARL H. MIDDLETON



Arlington

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