L S & T (307 – 340)

  1. With a slight bit of pressing concern, this sharing is done with the current number of grands and great grands (17) in mind. That is, for their consideration upon reaching an appropriate age.
  1. All who are capable of doing so will eventually form some kind of opinion concerning the unprovable existence of a superior rationality in the universe, even if it is denial. Perhaps everyone would profit by organizing their own resolution of that matter.
  1. Herein is shared a testament of the “bare bones” of Old Bill’s personal belief.

 

  1. God is !
  2. God is an entity that transcends time and space as they are understood by humans.
  3. God possesses an omnipotent omniscient omnipresence that is to the things of our known universe as the salt water of our oceans is to the creatures therein.
  4. Humans possess a consciousness which bears some minute similarity to that of God.
  5. The essence of God consists of three expressions, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This might be understood loosely as how we see the combination of atoms comprising water. Even though we cannot see the atoms with our eyes, they are visible to us in the forms of water, ice and clouds. They are all “water”.
  6. The man we call Jesus of Nazareth was God on this planet, and the uniting of our consciousness with that of God depends upon what we do with that Jesus.
  7. It is recorded that God’s ways and understanding are as high above ours as the heavens above the earth.
  8. God must reason with us in a manner that is within the scope of our understanding at that particular time in history (called divine accommodation).
  9. We must reason with each other by revealing our thoughts in the form of expressions we call words that are spoken, written or demonstrated.
  10. The man we call “Jesus” in the English language taught and demonstrated the perfection of God in human flesh. The audible expressions of his name would obviously vary in other languages. Be not concerned… God is multilingual.
  11. Jesus has therefore been called the Word of God.

Why Would God Intend For Jesus To Die?:
321. God has chosen to test humans by their degree of belief in him through things they do not actually see.

  1. Normal human instinct and love would suggest giving one’s own life to prevent the death of his or her own child.
  2. Further, no one with normal instincts would ask their child to suffer merciless beating and go to certain death for the sake of other people.
  3. If humans will not receive the depth of love involved in such a sacrifice (His love is greater than the strongest human love), then nothing will reach their understanding.
  4. Hence: John 3:16 removes all human failings as impediments to the union of man and God.

The Man Who Faced The Ordeal
326. The man, Jesus, was the consciousness of God arriving on the stage of history in a tent of human flesh.

  1. His arrival had been prophesied and foreshadowed for thousands of years.
  2. He was subject to love, grief, joy, sadness, hunger, thirst, pain and all other human conditions and feelings.
  3. Repeating that he was the Word of God , he taught and demonstrated the perfection of God.
  4. In spite of #328, Jesus resisted not the evil of undeserved pain and death because his purpose was to provide the Romans 10:9-10 path to that union with God.

Logical Reasoning For Christian Belief

  1. The “startling alternatives” expressed by C.S. Lewis and expounded by Dr. Eugene Scott provide a logical person with a basis for belief in something that cannot be currently witnessed.
  2. That is, the reported words of Jesus forces one to choose whether he was a fraud, mentally deranged, or who he said he was….. the Son of God….. representing the only way to an eternal existence with God.
  3. The disciples who received this teaching and witnessed the miracles obviously remained less than convinced because they feared for their own safety when they saw Jesus captured, beaten and crucified.
  4. A sudden cataclysmic change in their behavior, which the disciples claimed to be the result of witnessing the risen Christ, led to their willingness to suffer horrible lonely deaths because they preached Jesus’ resurrection and teachings in far flung regions of the world that were within their reach.
  5. Here again, as did Jesus, we see the willingness to submit to the ultimate sacrifice as proof of incontrovertible belief.

The Rock… (This differs significantly from accepted theology)

336.The faith of all Christians will be subject to the challenges of human imperfections, natural calamities, spiritual oppression and atheistic attacks involving scriptural records. These last may be related to that divine accommodation, allegorical expressions or conflicts in the reporting of peripheral events.

  1. Among the metaphorical hurdles in #336 and the various doctrines and rituals that have been established by man, there stands a rock which remains eternally solid.
  2. It is written that Jesus asked, ” Whom say you that I am?”, and Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God ” to which Jesus responded, “…flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but my Father which is in heaven…you are Peter, and upon this rock (I am persuaded that the truth of the statement of Peter was to be the rock, not a man) I will build my church” (The church is Jesus’ body of believers, not a building or an organization ).
  3. It is this belief, confirmed through a sincere expression of Romans 10: 9-10, that furnishes the foundation from which can be initiated a continually developing relationship with God.
  4. This current state of existence is not a perfect land. It is more like a testing ground with all the pitfalls of life as well as contentions with a spiritual adversary. Complete understanding is beyond us until “we will know as we are known”.

 

 

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L S & T (301 – 306)

301.   As promised in #281, the following is documentation related to #284 – #297.

302.    From:   National Park Service Lincoln Home

                                Forth Lincoln Douglas Debate

September 18, 1858

Mr. Lincoln’s Speech

Mr. Lincoln took the stand at a quarter before three, and was greeted with vociferous and protracted applause; after which, he said:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: It will be very difficult for an audience so large as this to hear distinctly what a speaker says, and consequently it is important that as profound silence be preserved as possible.

While I was at the hotel to-day, an elderly gentleman called upon me to know whether I was really in favor of producing a perfect equality between the negroes and white people. [Great Laughter.] While I had not proposed to myself on this occasion to say much on that subject, yet as the question was asked me I thought I would occupy perhaps five minutes in saying something in regard to it. I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause]-that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied every thing. I do not understand that because I do not want a negro woman for a slave I must necessarily want her for a wife. [Cheers and laughter.] My understanding is that I can just let her alone. I am now in my fiftieth year, and I certainly never have had a black woman for either a slave or a wife. So it seems to me quite possible for us to get along without making either slaves or wives of negroes. I will add to this that I have never seen, to my knowledge, a man, woman or child who was in favor of producing a perfect equality, social and political, between negroes and white men. I recollect of but one distinguished instance that I ever heard of so frequently as to be entirely satisfied of its correctness-and that is the case of Judge Douglas’s old friend Col. Richard M. Johnson. [Laughter.] I will also add to the remarks I have made (for I am not going to enter at large upon this subject,) that I have never had the least apprehension that I or my friends would marry negroes if there was no law to keep them from it, [laughter] but as Judge Douglas and his friends seem to be in great apprehension that they might, if there were no law to keep them from it, [roars of laughter] I give him the most solemn pledge that I will to the very last stand by the law of this State, which forbids the marrying of white people with negroes. [Continued laughter and applause.] I will add one further word, which is this: that I do not understand that there is any place where an alteration of the social and political relations of the negro and the white man can be made except in the State Legislature-not in the Congress of the United States-and as I do not really apprehend the approach of any such thing myself, and as Judge Douglas seems to be in constant horror that some such danger is rapidly approaching, I propose as the best means to prevent it that the Judge be kept at home and placed in the State Legislature to fight the measure. [Uproarious laughter and applause.] I do not propose dwelling longer at this time on this subject……..

(Lincoln responds to remarks made by Douglas):

Judge Douglas has said to you that he has not been able to get from me an answer to the question whether I am in favor of negro citizenship. So far as I know, the Judge never asked me the question before. [Applause.] He shall have no occasion to ever ask it again, for I tell him very frankly that I am not in favor of negro citizenship. [Renewed applause.] This furnishes me an occasion for saying a few words upon the subject. I mentioned in a certain speech of mine which has been printed, that the Supreme Court had decided that a negro could not possibly be made a citizen, and without saying what was my ground of complaint in regard to that, or whether I had any ground of complaint, Judge Douglas has from that thing manufactured nearly every thing that he ever says about my disposition to produce an equality between the negroes and the white people. If any one will read my speech, he will find I mentioned that as one of the points decided in the course of the Supreme Court opinions, but I did not state what objection I had to it. But Judge Douglas tells the people what my objection was when I did not tell them myself. Now my opinion is that the different States have the power to make a negro a citizen under the Constitution of the United States if they choose. The Dred Scott decision decides that they have not that power. If the State of Illinois had that power I should be opposed to the exercise of it. [Cries of “good,” “good,” and applause.] That is all I have to say about it.

303.    From:   Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln Vol. 5

Address on Colonization to a Deputation of Negroes [1]

August 14, 1862

This afternoon the President of the United States gave audience to a Committee of colored men at the White House. They were introduced Page  371 by the Rev. J. Mitchell, Commissioner of Emigration. E. M. Thomas, the Chairman, remarked that they were there by invitation to hear what the Executive had to say to them. Having all been seated, the President, after a few preliminary observations, informed them that a sum of money had been appropriated by Congress, and placed at his disposition for the purpose of aiding the colonization in some country of the people, or a portion of them, of African descent, thereby making it his duty, as it had for a long time been his inclination, to favor that cause; and why, he asked, should the people of your race be colonized, and where? Why should they leave this country? This is, perhaps, the first question for proper consideration. You and we are different races. We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any other two races. Whether it is right or wrong I need not discuss, but this physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both, as I think your race suffer very greatly, many of them by living among us, while ours suffer from your presence. In a word we suffer on each side. If this is admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be separated. You here are freemen I suppose.

A VOICE: Yes, sir.

The President—Perhaps you have long been free, or all your lives. Your race are suffering, in my judgment, the greatest wrong Page  372 inflicted on any people. But even when you cease to be slaves, you are yet far removed from being placed on an equality with the white race. You are cut off from many of the advantages which the other race enjoy. The aspiration of men is to enjoy equality with the best when free, but on this broad continent, not a single man of your race is made the equal of a single man of ours. Go where you are treated the best, and the ban is still upon you.

I do not propose to discuss this, but to present it as a fact with which we have to deal. I cannot alter it if I would. It is a fact, about which we all think and feel alike, I and you. We look to our condition, owing to the existence of the two races on this continent. I need not recount to you the effects upon white men, growing out of the institution of Slavery. I believe in its general evil effects on the white race. See our present condition—the country engaged in war!—our white men cutting one another’s throats, none knowing how far it will extend; and then consider what we know to be the truth. But for your race among us there could not be war, although many men engaged on either side do not care for you one way or the other. Nevertheless, I repeat, without the institution of Slavery and the colored race as a basis, the war could not have an existence.

It is better for us both, therefore, to be separated. I know that there are free men among you, who even if they could better their condition are not as much inclined to go out of the country as those, who being slaves could obtain their freedom on this condition. I suppose one of the principal difficulties in the way of colonization is that the free colored man cannot see that his comfort would be advanced by it. You may believe you can live in Washington or elsewhere in the United States the remainder of your life [as easily], perhaps more so than you can in any foreign country, and hence you may come to the conclusion that you have nothing to do with the idea of going to a foreign country. This is (I speak in no unkind sense) an extremely selfish view of the case.

But you ought to do something to help those who are not so fortunate as yourselves. There is an unwillingness on the part of our people, harsh as it may be, for you free colored people to remain with us. Now, if you could give a start to white people, you would open a wide door for many to be made free. If we deal with those who are not free at the beginning, and whose intellects are clouded by Slavery, we have very poor materials to start with. If intelligent colored men, such as are before me, would move in this matter, much might be accomplished. It is exceedingly important that Page  373 we have men at the beginning capable of thinking as white men, and not those who have been systematically oppressed.

There is much to encourage you. For the sake of your race you should sacrifice something of your present comfort for the purpose of being as grand in that respect as the white people. It is a cheering thought throughout life that something can be done to ameliorate the condition of those who have been subject to the hard usage of the world. It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself, and claims kindred to the great God who made him. In the American Revolutionary war sacrifices were made by men engaged in it; but they were cheered by the future. Gen. Washington himself endured greater physical hardships than if he had remained a British subject. Yet he was a happy man, because he was engaged in benefiting his race—something for the children of his neighbors, having none of his own.

The colony of Liberia has been in existence a long time. In a certain sense it is a success. The old President of Liberia, Roberts, has just been with me—the first time I ever saw him. He says they have within the bounds of that colony between 300,000 and 400,000 people, or more than in some of our old States, such as Rhode Island or Delaware, or in some of our newer States, and less than in some of our larger ones. They are not all American colonists, or their descendants. Something less than 12,000 have been sent thither from this country. Many of the original settlers have died, yet, like people elsewhere, their offspring outnumber those deceased.

The question is if the colored people are persuaded to go anywhere, why not there? One reason for an unwillingness to do so is that some of you would rather remain within reach of the country of your nativity. I do not know how much attachment you may have toward our race. It does not strike me that you have the greatest reason to love them. But still you are attached to them at all events.

The place I am thinking about having for a colony is in Central America. It is nearer to us than Liberia—not much more than one-fourth as far as Liberia, and within seven days’ run by steamers. Unlike Liberia it is on a great line of travel—it is a highway. The country is a very excellent one for any people, and with great natural resources and advantages, and especially because of the similarity of climate with your native land—thus being suited to your physical condition……….

(And Lincoln continues to promote his plan for another 700 words)

304.       From:     Lincoln’s Writings: The Multi-Media Edition

                                                (Emphases by source)

Hon. Horace Greely:

Executive Mansion,

Washington, August 22, 1862.

DirSir

I have just read yours of the 19th. addressed to myself through the New-York Tribune. If there be in it any statements, or assumptions of fact, which I may know to be erroneous, I do not, now and here, controvert them. If there be in it any inferences which I may believe to be falsely drawn, I do not now and here, argue against them. If there be perceptable in it an impatient and dictatorial tone, I waive it in deference to an old friend, whose heart I have always supposed to be right.

As to the policy I “seem to be pursuing” as you say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt.

I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.

I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men every where could be free. Yours,
A LINCOLN

305.            From:   The Living Lincoln – Angle & Miers

Lincoln had decided weeks earlier to issue a proclamation,yet here he argued the matter as if it were an open question.

September 13, 1862

……. What good would a proclamation of emancipation from me do, especially as we are now situated? I do not want to issue a document that the whole world will see must necessarily be inoperative, like the Pope’s bull against the comet! Would my word free the slaves, when I cannot even enforce the Constitution in the rebel states? Is there a single court, or magistrate, or individual that would be influenced by it there? And what reason is there to think it would have any greater effect upon the slaves than the late law of Congress, which I approved, and which offers protection and freedom to the slaves of rebel masters who come within our lines? Yet I cannot learn that that law has caused a single slave to come over to us. And suppose they could be induced by a proclamation of freedom from me to throw themselves upon us, what should we do with them? How can we feed and care for such a multitude?

306.       From:   The Avalon Project Lillian Goldman Library

                                       Yale University School Law

Emancipation Proclamation; January 1, 1863

Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

“That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States.”

Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:

Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.

And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this first day of
January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the eighty-seventh.

By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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L S & T (279 – 300)

279.   I have shared, and will and continue to note, what I believe to be one of life’s valuable lessons: What was…. was….. What is… is … and…. Seek to use the truth of the two to make what will be…. better.

280.   My personal interest in historical events has resulted in disbelief of some reporting and the discovery of omitted and perhaps manipulated records of others. That interest ranges from records of the Great Pyramid in Egypt to the school textbooks of today.

281.   In order to illustrate the magnitude and seriousness of omitted information, I will share and document that which altered a once firmly held opinion of my own. The fact that these records have existed for well over 100 years, without becoming common knowledge, brings to mind George Orwell’s novel, 1984. Therein, the entire society of Earth was controlled through the information furnished by the Ministry of Truth.

282.   For all children and friends who may read this sharing shortly after its posting, there is no intention whatsoever to support or attack any of the emotionally charged issues in the current state of affairs in our country. The sharing is only to illustrate the effectiveness of manipulated facts.

283.   Once upon a time, if asked my ranking of the three most admirable presidents of the USA, my immediate response would have been: “Washington, Lincoln and whoever”. Not so, anymore.

284.   Every available record confirms Abraham Lincoln’s adamant opposition to the institution of slavery…..But…. His equally adamant negative opinions of the black race and his preference to live separately from them have been essentially hidden from modern generations.

To wit:

285.   Lincoln believed the white race to be superior to the black.

286.   Lincoln believed an unavoidable association of the two races must necessitate the dominate position belonging to the white over the black.

287.   Lincoln believed Negroes should not be allowed to serve in any elected office.

288.   Lincoln believed believed Negroes should not be allowed to serve on juries.

289.   Lincoln believed Negroes should not be allowed to vote.

290.   Lincoln believed Negroes should not be allowed to marry whites.

291.   Lincoln remarked that he would be opposed to his home state granting citizenship to Negroes.

292.   Lincoln convened a group of free black leaders in an attempt to gain their support for mass exportation of blacks as colonists to Central American countries and Caribbean Islands. Abe told the leaders the money for the project had already been appropriated…. He pointed out that blacks and whites could not function well in the same society. They did not think much of the recommendation.

293.   Lincoln wrote to the New York Tribune’s founding editor, Horace Greeley, that his only concern about freeing slaves depended upon whether it would help “save the Union”, that is, win the war.

294.   September13, 1862, Lincoln proclaimed the futility of a presidential proclamation of freedom for slaves and the undesirable possible consequence of having the slaves move north. Yet, less than four months later, he did make such a proclamation.

295.   Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation has received accolades from our educators, but it did not free many slaves…. It did proclaim freedom for slaves in states of the Confederacy …. however …. ….under the circumstances, it only gave them official permission to flee for freedom. That had always been a slave’s option.

296.   What it did do was protect the institution of slavery in any northern state that still had slaves (beginning of the war, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland & Delaware) as well as any Confederate state that would surrender within a prescribed time. West Virginia was even allowed to enter the union as a slave state several months after the Proclamation (but that is a “whole nother story”).

297.   When the war ended, slavery was still constitutionally legal and not abolished by the constitution until December of 1865. I decline to speculate as to Lincoln’s speculated results that were to have been achieved by his Proclamation.

298.   Perhaps it may be well, here, to refer to #179 through #182.

299.   Children (of which the great grands are becoming numerous) and friends, I continue to press on with the intent that you may not be ignorant of truth, the absence of which can be fashioned into false narratives whereby you may be led into unwise opinions and actions.

300.   The documentation regarding the preceding items, as promised in #281, is to follow. This will be done with the knowledge that extensive reading in the age of twitter will require purposed attention.

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L S & T (258 – 278)

258. Most of these L S & Ts have offered truths which were not likely to have evoked emotional responses. However, especially as we go along, that might not continue to be the case.

259. Our education systems, our news media (including today’s social media) and our historians pretty much determine what we choose to believe to be true.

260. A great deal of that which is to follow is likely to be rejected by some simply because the absence of such truth has been used to manipulate their emotions.

261. Perhaps a large number of Americans would consider modifying their beliefs concerning the Islamic conversions of Americans if so much information regarding the history of Islam had not been ignored by those who have been the sources of our knowledge.

262. During the 1960s, Americans converting to Islam became somewhat of a news item. Cassius Clay, a great professional boxer, became Muhammad Ali. Lew Alcindor, a great professional basketball player, became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

263. Since the decade of the 1960s, Americans of African descent have quite often chosen to identify as Islamic, but I choose to believe they would not have done so if they had been aware of Islamic history.

264. From the time of Muhammad, in the mid 600s, he and those who followed him became the planet’s most continuous practitioners of slavery and dealers in the slave market. Muhammad taught Islamic beliefs in slavery almost one thousand years before the first slaves in colonial America were dropped off by the Dutch.

265. Beginning before the year 1000, Islamic slave traders ranged far and wide, by land and by sea, seeking non Muslims to be enslaved.

266. On land, men women and children of Sub-Saharan Africa were enslaved. People were enslaved where ever the forces of Islam prevailed. The Islamic empire covered all of Arabia, across North Africa, into Spain, all of the Middle East and into India.

267. Raids for booty and slaves were made by sea on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastal towns of Europe. That included the islands of Britain and Ireland.

268. Muslims established trading posts with powerful black African kings who supplied the merchandise.

269. Some African kings waged war among themselves to determine who would do business with any and all slave traders.

270. Ships of any non Islamic nation were commandeered and their cargo’s seized. The occupants were either killed, converted to Islam, enslaved or held for ransom.

271. During the 1700’s, some religious clerics and activists began to seek the abolition of slavery. None of them were Muslims.

272. When the British became the only sea power on the planet to begin enforcing the ban on the trans Atlantic slave trade, they encountered converted black Africans who believed that their religion commanded them to enslave non believers, regardless of their commonality of race.

273. The 13th Amendment (1865) to the US Constitution abolished and outlawed slavery in the US. However, more than half of the world’s population remained in countries that practiced slavery. All of the Islamic countries were included in that group.

274. It was only after 1940 that Islamic countries began to abolish and outlaw slavery. That list includes Morocco, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Qatar, Niger, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Mauritania.

275. Niger and Mauritania did not actually make slavery unlawful until 2003 and 2007, respectively.

276. A novice’s command of what I call the Ethereal Library will reveal a number of Islamic countries wherein there are government permitted forms of slavery today.

277. It is curious that Americans seem to be obsessed with their past sin of slavery, covering about 260 years, while ignoring the Islamic record of more than 1300 years.

278. If all of the information above was common knowledge, and there still remained Americans who were persuaded that resentments and current decisions should be based on evils of the past, it totally escapes my reasoning that they would turn to Islam as salve for their intellectual wounds.

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L S & T (252 -257)

252. The preamble to these L S & Ts was provided in the beginning and included circumstances that served as some of the seeds for the undertaking. It will probably be a bit helpful to reproduce it at this time.

253. Preamble:

The ground I’m going to plow here in the next several days (if the Lord be so willing) is based on love… love of my children…. grands and great grands… and all other relatives … my friends (of all sizes, shapes and colors)… and my country.

Before some readers get their panties in a wad, a bit of personal stuff needs to be set straight.

Born in the 1930s.

Early elementary age, was aware of segregated society but didn’t know why. Gave it little thought.

About that time, saw an adult throw a stick of wood into the windshield of some black folks. Didn’t know why & was a little scared.

Early teen years, we built a ball field in a pasture. Some black kids showed up & we played. After a couple of times they didn’t show up any more. Didn’t know why, cause it had been ok with me.

Summer before senior year, had part time job working for a building contractor. Most of the men were black. Ok w/me. We unloaded cement sacks from box cars & shoveled sand and gravel into the mixer. Drank cold water from the lid of the cooler with the black guys. Ok with me. Just a minor thought, don’t recall an F bomb coming from any of them.

Fast forward to coaching career and the time of early integration. Some guys came from Lincoln during the “freedom of choice” period & all were good kids. The spring before total integration was going into effect, a plan of mine designed to lessen any kind of culture shock caused a problem. The black coach, who had become a friend, and I had our track teams work out together one time. That was ok. I later invited the athletes at Lincoln to go through a little off season routine. They did, and that seemed ok.

But then I got too bold. Since (with me) spiritual things occupy a higher plateau than the natural things, I thought it would be a good idea if I invited members (black & white) of our track team to join me in visiting white and black churches on alternate Sunday’s. Some did, and that… didn’t… seem ok. I will conclude this ramble by only sharing that (with all love, respect & understanding for the people involved), my judgment of the situation made it best that I seek other employment.

All of that has been said to say this: On future dates I intend to post a “Last Sharing and Testament” of information, the omission and obfuscation of which (it is my assessment) has brought us to the sad state of affairs we are now witnessing…… And I will not respond to any remarks about an old man in fear of losing his “white privilege”.

254. There is no question in my mind that agitation of racial and religious feelings in our country has been promoted for a very long time.

255. I am also persuaded that there has been an absence of information that has served to cause many Americans to make decisions they would not have otherwise made.

256. Some of the decisions to which I refer are (a) Americans of African descent converting to Islam and (b) any American being negatively influenced by the fact that early Americans owned slaves. Facts regarding those two situations are, as are other cases, intertwined.

257. It was that bad guy (Hitler) who wrote that he had learned from the Marxists the value of appealing to the emotions of people who lacked information. He believed that building power through intellectual reasoning was of little value……. If true, for what I am about to do, I guess that leaves me on the short end of the stick.

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L S & T (238 – 251)

238. In my list of American evangelical efforts (#118 – #128), a notable group of private business men and their wives was omitted. The Gideons International organization,established in 1889, has been providing free Bibles and New Testaments in over 100 languages throughout the world. More than two billion have been donated, and they are well on their way to the third billion. Somewhere in my elementary years, a small Gideon New Testament became my only personal scripture until reaching adulthood.

239. My children and friends, many of the preceding items (#1 – #238) have contained information and details to which I was never exposed during any “formal” educational experience. Only personal searches of documented records revealed what I now repeatedly note as omissions and obfuscations. Consequently, I continue (so long as God allows) my efforts to share information and persuasions for your consideration and benefit.

240. Time must be taken here to note that the terms, “ignorant” and “ignorance” will be used now and then as more is shared. In such cases, the meanings will only refer to an absence of information. This is pursuant to Thomas Jefferson’s warning: “ If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be”.

241. It is important to hold fast to the conviction that truths of the past are instructive to the decisions of today, and the decisions of today determine results in the future.

242. As this is being shared in the year 2018, I am strongly persuaded that the omission, twisting and slighting of truths, and the significance thereof, has contributed to the state of philosophical conflict from which our country now suffers. This failure to impart more complete and truthful information has resulted in a populace that, while believing itself to be “educated”, is actually more susceptible to emotional manipulation that is directed toward societal divisiveness.

243. Short of military conquest, there is only one way to be successful in a quest for power over the people of the USA. Raising generations of Americans who are ignorant of truthful information is essential for such an objective. I sincerely pray that these L S & Ts will prosper progeny.

244. Make no mistake about it, there are forces that have been determined to destroy our form of government and our culture for many years. Part of that plan, directed specifically toward America, was put to paper a mere 58 years after the ratification of our constitution. Suffice it now to note that many objectives in that plan are currently exercised in the US.

245. Let us reason together as we note that one popular weapon of denigration used on the minds of Americans is the illumination of the evil (note use of an adjective) deeds of the white (adjective #2) European (third adjective) invaders. Well, there is some truth in that statement.. but ….. our educators and historians, from K through graduate studies & beyond, seem to have deemed it unnecessary to emphasize the historical prevalence of those evil behaviors among all cultures, races and nations.

246. As far as many of the young people of our day know, the Europeans were the most egregious practitioners of such actions as they invaded the lands of the peaceful indigenous occupants, and therefore anything they did thereafter must have been evil.

247. It is within the carnal nature of humans to seek what they want.

248. If the degree of human covetousness was powerful enough for those who coveted to take from those who possessed, the result was determined by the comparative might or cunning of the two antagonists.

249. The Persians … the Mongols … the Greeks … the Muslims … the Romans … the Egyptians … the Turks … the North American Indian tribes … the Aztecs … the Incas … the African kings … the Ming Dynasties …….. and … yes … the Western European countries …….. all took what land they wanted …… if they were able to do so……… It is here acknowledged that quite a few other historical entities qualify for the list, but, with levity, I trust they shan’t be offended by their omission.

250. Only ignorance or malicious intent can be the motivation for the manipulators’ emotional charge of evil Europeans attacking the noble and peaceful inhabitants of the continent. The evidence of inter tribal conflicts and barbaric slaughters among the native Americans abounds. One Harvard researcher expressed the truth of native American tranquility in this manner, “The dogs of war were seldom on leash”.

251. The essence of these particular bits of information is that a truly informed person could have several responses for those who seek to manipulate minds by castigating the Anglos who landed on the east coast of North America in the 1600s….. One response might be as simple as, “If your critique of the people who founded America is of such importance, why should I not dislike and distrust all races and cultures?”.

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LS & T (225 – 237)

225. Beginning with #79, these offerings have attempted to illuminate truths that support the belief that a superintending entity has influenced the course of human events in favor of the establishment of the USA. It would have been impossible to cover all interesting elements of the founding, such as that of the influence of the Freemasons or the negative behaviors and events emphasized by historians akin to Howard Zinn.

226. It is of paramount importance to understand that there is no intention here to claim a Divine establishment of a perfect society inhabited by perfect people. To the contrary, the Creator was using the available talent, a significant number of whom embraced His supernatural and superintending presence. Even when stumbling into the ditches of their own imperfections, they continued to rise up and be nudged in a planned direction.

227. There could have been more than one hundred years of textbooks which provided real time opinions confirming a belief in Providential influence. But there have been none.

228. Today’s society has fallen victim to adversaries that have omitted and obfuscated information to the point that truth is often denied and ridiculed.

229. Ridicule, indeed, was one motivation for the entire Last Sharing & Testament project. When engaging in an online discussion forum, I borrowed a couple of snippets taken from the information that is herein to follow. Without revealing the sources of those snippets, my suggestion was that all US history teachers should express those opinions. The resulting ridicule can be summarized by one, “There is no place in a public school classroom for those statements”. Ignorance (lack of information) only becomes stupidity when it is defended or exercised.

230. My children and friends, I pray that your minds have not been made captive by the serpent who tells you information exceeding the time necessary for taking one full breath is not worth your effort.

231. Behold, truth: ………………….

232. Eighty one year old Benjamin Franklin stood to speak to the Constitutional Convention that had convened in an attempt to prevent the collapse of their union as it floundered under an agreement called the Articles of Confederation. The men had believed that the task would require an effort of two weeks or so, but the Articles were beyond adjustment, and a different system of government was the only solution. They eventually labored six days a week for more than three months. At one point, as contentions arose and debates were heated, the respected Franklin addressed the president of the convention to bring a motion to the floor:

Mr. President
The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other-our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it’. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service-“ (The Avalon Project, Lillian Goldman Library, Yale Law School)

The best that can be found regarding Franklin in today’s textbooks is that he calmed the delegates by telling amusing stories.

233. From George Washington’s first inaugural address:

“… it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow- citizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency “ (The Avalon Project)

234. In Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address we see his opinion:

(Our country is) “… enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man; acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter…” (The Avalon Project)

235. In the close of Jefferson’s second inaugural address he professes:

I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land, and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with his providence, and our riper years with his wisdom and power; and to whose goodness I ask you to join with me in supplications, that he will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures, that whatsoever they do, shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations.” (The Avalon Project)

236. One real time and neutrally based opinion of spiritual influence in our country’s founding was recorded by the Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville was a political scientist, historian and diplomat who spent nine months during 1831 on an analytical tour of the United States. He was searching for factors that had served to propel the US to its position among the long established countries of the world. From that experience, he later completed an extensive literary work titled, Democracy in America. Although he appears to have made the same incorrect assumption regarding our constitution as did Frederick Engels when Engels described how communism would take down America, his personal observations and associations with the people were significant. The following is a condensation of his analysis of spiritual influence in the USA:

On my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things… The sects which exist in the United States are innumerable… Each sect adores the Deity in its own peculiar manner; but all sects preach the same moral law in the name of God…. Moreover, all the sects of the United States are comprised within the great unity of Christianity, and Christian morality is everywhere the same… I do not know whether all the Americans have a sincere faith in their religion… But am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens, or a party, but to the whole nation and to every rank of society.”

237. I rest my case.

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