I thought because this year marked the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony that America – and certainly Virginia – would be celebrating and commemorating the historic occasion throughout 2007.
Instead, what I have found, is that even use of the term “celebration” is banned at this year’s special events.
“You can’t celebrate an invasion,” explained Mary Wade, a Jamestown 2007 Commemoration planner and Indian activist.
Tour guides at Jamestown are forbidden from discussing the motivations of the settlers – like the Pilgrims, to secure a safe place for the worship of Jesus Christ for all the persecuted people of the world.
One tour guide told a group she was “unable to speak about the plaques” that refer to the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer and the Christian goals of the colonists.
“We are only allowed to say they are religious plaques,” she explained.
The Jamestown settlers arrived in Virginia 13 years before the Pilgrims. They inspired the Pilgrims – gave them hope. These two groups of people were, in large part, responsible for the birth of what would become America – the greatest experiment in freedom and self-government the world has ever known.
What is all this “forgetfulness” about?
Of course, it is not forgetfulness at all.
It is part of a war on truth, a war on God and a deliberate war on history. And, more to the point, it is an illustration of how there are many Americans alive today who are active America haters.
Nobody wants to admit they hate America – with the possible exception of Osama bin Laden and his band of Islamo-fascists who understand America represents the antithesis of their evil, worldly ideology.
Yet, how else can one explain the efforts – many of them successful – at expunging from the historical record the true motivations and dreams of our founders? How else can one explain the revisionism taking place in our schools, in our media, in our cultural institutions when it comes to the principles that set America apart from the rest of the world? How else can one explain the desire to trash everything about America?
You know it’s real.
You can’t escape it.
America’s enemies – within and without – never miss an opportunity to turn reality on its head if it means our country and what it stands for emerges with a big black eye.
Am I suggesting we gloss over America’s mistakes? Am I suggesting we forget the abuses of the past? Am I suggesting we take some Pollyanna-ish approach to our own history?
Of course not. I am simply proposing that we not throw out the baby with the bathwater.
Slavery does not define the American dream. Invasion does not define the American dream. War and injustice do not define the American dream. The American dream – the creed upon which this nation was founded – is a beautiful and cohesive vision. It deserves celebration. It warrants celebration. It needs celebration. It demands celebration.
To be perfectly blunt with you, if Americans forget how God has blessed them throughout history, we seal our doom.
We won’t even have to succumb to the plentiful enemies around the world who seek our destruction. We will simply wither, suffocate and die for lack of purpose, for lack of moral oxygen, for lack of spiritual sustenance.
Jamestown is a symptom. There are other symptoms of this virulent plague all around us. There are many names for these symptoms – “political correctness,” multiculturalism, secularism, globalism, relativism, etc.
There’s only one immune system that can repel the dreadful and deadly disease these symptoms reveal.
It’s called Truth.
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