Removing Historical Monuments
George Washington Plaque Removed From Church
George Washington Plaque Removed
Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia has announced that they will be removing two plaques commemorating two of the churches founding members. One particular member also happens to be the first President of the United States of America.
The plaque commemorates the family box-pew where George Washington and his family sat during services for over two decades. The other plaque being removed at the same time is one of the Confederate Army General, Robert E. Lee.
- George Washington was an American statesman and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
- Robert Edward Lee was an American and Confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the Confederate States of America. He commanded the Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865.
Christ Church leaders released this statement on October 28, 2017:
While acknowledging “friction” over the decision, the church’s leadership said the twin memorials, which are attached to the wall on either side of the altar, are relics of another era and have no business in a church that proclaims its motto as “All are welcome — no exceptions.”
“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. 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,” the church leaders said.
When Monuments Are Removed
Historically, an invading military presence within any nation has always led to the destruction of historical buildings, markers and monuments.
One example of this happened within the last 100 years:
In 1944 as Nazi armies occupied Poland, an uprising took place in Warsaw, Poland that infuriated German leaders. The city had already been chosen for a massive overhaul in order to establish a "Germanized," central Europe.
Following the uprising within Warsaw, German soldiers were ordered to utterly destroy the city and up to 90% of all historical monumental buildings and landmarks were completely obliterated.
Melting of Monuments
France Monuments and Statues Melted Down
When Nazi Germany invaded France, all metal statues and monuments were melted down. Hitler had no motivation to keep the statues intact, as the goal of Nazi Germany was to occupy the nation.
Hitler had a history of ordering not only statues and monuments destroyed, he was also known for having works of art destroyed simply because they did not appeal to him. If art pieces appealed to him, he would simply take them for himself.
A Frenchman who worked in one of the iron melting facilities during that time took photographs of some of the monuments before they were destroyed. These photos are now the only reminders of important historical people within the nation of France.
Frenchman Photos of Monuments
Ancient Sites and Religious Monuments Destroyed By Isis
In more recent years, the extremest and violent Islamic group, "Isis," has destroyed several ancient sites as well as religious monuments. Some of which have stood for thousands of years.
Among the ancient places destroyed by Isis are:
- Temples built by Romans, and one of Syria's top tourist locations in Palmyra.
- The Mar Elian Monastery, that was dedicated to a 4th century saint, and served as a pilgrimage and shelter for hundreds of Christians, was completely destroyed by Isis.
- Dura-Europos, a rich Roman trading center which housed the worlds oldest known Christian church was completely destroyed by Isis.
Ancient Monuments Destroyed
History of Destruction by Isis
The radical, violent group, Isis, has a well documented history of destroying ancient relics and religious monuments.
What could possibly be the reasoning behind this destruction?
In a CBS news story that covered the release of videos showing the ancient artifacts being destroyed, a spokesperson for Isis stated that the items were "sacrilegious and were being worshiped instead of "Allah."
Although there was no evidence that anyone was "worshiping," these ancient relics, Isis took it upon themselves to impose their own beliefs on whatever city or nation that they either occupied through military action, or through large numbers of Islamic citizens through migration and conversion. Sadly, not even members of the Islamic faith are safe in the presence of this horrific radical group. There have been several news stories regarding the violent actions against their fellow religious members of whom Isis felt were guilty of crimes against "Allah." One such incident happened just last year and involved a fifteen year old boy who was killed simply for listening to westernized music. Nobody on earth is safe in the presence of this radical group, and many have lost their lives simply for not falling inline with the beliefs of Isis. Many Christians in Islamic nations have lost their lives for staying true to their personal religious beliefs. In 2015, several churches and homes of Christians, in Niamey, (a west African city,) were burned to the ground.
When a nation, or even a group of people decide that something goes against their personal beliefs and takes it upon themselves to destroy historical pieces, they are attempting to erase portions of history that serve as reminders of a nation's past. Likely, the goal is to remove all evidence of history marked by landmarks and monuments in order to replace those things with the views of those who have no tolerance for the opinions or beliefs or others.
Each nation consists of historical foundations that set them in motion and made them nations. When those foundational reminders are removed, all that is left are unstable principles that will quickly crumble.
History has a way of repeating itself:
When all reminders of a nation's history are removed they are bound to be forgotten, and a forgotten history among later generations, opens the doorway for repeated history.
All of the destruction of monuments in recent history has been due to people disliking the facts behind these reminders. Regardless of how "afraid," or 'unsafe," people might feel due to the historical nature of any monument the destruction of those monuments erase important historical reminders. Factual history of any nation that include religious and political reminders should not be forgotten. Each serve to remind its citizens of the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of their own history, and all nations consist of all of these elements.
Invaders of any nation have been known to destroy the history of the people before them, taring down the nations foundational principles so that they can build up their own foundations and steer that nation in whichever direction they'd like. Today, it seems that it's not only invaders rising up to do this, but also natural born citizens.
That is the question that most people in the United States are asking today. First, prayer in public places and school houses were banned, then the Ten Commandments were removed from school houses, court building and public places as some felt "offended and unsafe," by the presences of basic moral instruction. Then important monuments were destroyed and removed from public places, along with a debate over how to deal with monuments that still remain.
When all of the monuments are removed or destroyed, what will be the next target? Churches? Religious bumper stickers? Public laughter?
With all of the political unrest we've seen over the past year, I don't think many will be surprised by future demands of those who do not have the ability to consider more than one point of view.