Years in the past I used to be dedicating a brand new parish to St. Peter. A lady wrote to protest: “Why would you identify a Church after such a coward, a sinner who denied even understanding the Lord when Jesus wanted him most, on the hour of His arrest and crucifixion?”
Figuring out her and what parish she was from, I wrote again, “However you’re a proud parishioner at St. Mary Magdalene Church. She was certain not a paragon of advantage for a piece of her life. But, by God’s grace, she turned a radiant, inspirational saint. If we are able to’t identify church buildings after sinners, the one titles we’d have left can be Jesus and His Mom!”
Isn’t the identical true of America’s historic personalities? All of them had flaws, but all of them nonetheless contributed plenty of good to our nation’s progress.
Defacing, tearing down and hiding statutes and portraits is as we speak’s model of Puritan book-burning. Our kids must know their nation’s previous, its normative figures and their virtues and vices. That’s how we study and go on our story. Is there any simpler technique to comprehend America’s historical past of racism than studying “Huckleberry Finn” or one in every of Flannery O’Connor’s quick tales, works of literature now ominously on the chopping block?