I have received interesting responses from my last newsletter. The son of a former governor, a Baptist preacher, a chairman of a Republican county committee, a newspaper publisher, and sundry other alert and concerned correspondents have taken up the pen.
One correspondent disagrees with my criticism of the use of the terms BCE and CE in lieu of the traditional BC and AD, but agrees with my strong objection to multiculturalism and globalism. I offer these comments in response:
Multiculturalism, globalism, and the use of BCE and CE are three threads running through the same fabric. They help form the cloth which is designed to smother Western Civilization. Multiculturalism will divide us, destroy our unity and hence our strength. Globalism puts other cultures on a par with ours. It is an extension of the absurd egalitarian idea to a global scale. Globalism will merge us into an amorphous goo in which we lose our sovereignty and must pledge our allegiance, and pay our taxes, to the UN. (Can anyone doubt that Kofi Annan would demand such a tax the day he thinks he can get away with it?)
Outlawing the use of BC and AD fits nicely into the overall scheme of Western Civilization's assailants. It is an artifice to cut us off from the past, put a wedge between Christianity and Western Civilization, and get us to forget the connection between them. But Christianity and Western Civilization are as intimately connected as are the root and the leaf. Separate the two and they both die.
When I first started hearing these obnoxious terms BCE and CE, I wondered, Where on earth did this stuff come from? In general, if a change to anything so ingrained as the use of BC and AD were contemplated, you would expect to hear a discussion of alternative proposals for the change preceding and agreement on a particular change. But I know of no debate, no discussion of alternatives in this instance. Evidently "they" just got together, decided that this was it, and sprang it on us. But who are "they"? Read on.
In an attempt to shed some light, one correspondent, whose letter you will see below, cites a scholarly journal which says that the new terms were "coined by modern Israeli scholars." Should this turn out to be accurate, it would not weaken my objection. I would hate to think that we are allowing a foreign country to dictate cultural changes to us.
I want to thank everyone who has responded with their letters for taking the time to write. Below you will see what they have written.
Thanks for a well " thought out" message.
Truly, if the good men are silent, only the wicked are heard. Truly, the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men well-meaning but without understanding (Louis P. Brandeis, former U.S. Senator and Supreme Court Justice, in a 1928 speech on the floor of the United States Senate). Truly, if men do not know history they are doomed to repeat [and worsen] it.
WAY TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, HUGH!
We, the true Americans, are the beacon of freedom and independence, and we are a major stumbling block in the path of those who seek a World Government.
The enemy within our own nation is the most deadly enemy of all. We can take on and defeat any nation that is so mentally deranged that they attack the US, but we stumble over ourselves and appear almost helpless to those internal threats that are more than ready to turn over everyone's soul to the devil.
Thank you for taking your time and fighting a fight that will be appreciated for many generations. You are a credit to the nation that you so obviously love. I am proud to know you and call you friend.
"Unless otherwise indictated, all dates are B.C. The abbreviations B.C.E. ('before common era') and C.E. ('common era'), coined by modern Israeli scholars to replace B.C. and A.D,.may be encountered in writings about the Bible. For reactions to these alternate designations, see BAR 22/5 (1996): 8, 10, 12."
BAR is the Biblical Archaeology Review.
I hope that this is helpful.
I look forward to reading your thought-provoking, insightful articles and I am sure that there are others too, that appreciate what you are doing!
Substitution of the non-religious terms BCE and CE is not a sudden atheistic plot by "someone," but is a relatively new worldwide standard which has been in use in virtually all scientific popular books and science text books written during the last 5 years or so. I suppose a hundred years ago, when a similar change took place when quoting dates, (they always used to say "in the year of Our Lord 1890," for example), and people began just saying "1898," a lot of religious-oriented people also got upset - but they got over it.
Concerning your second point, "multiculturalism," I agree with you 100 percent that multiculturalism is a grave danger to the future of this nation. Spanish is already almost an official second language. I also agree with you that the key word is "assimilation." The US became great only after assimilating all of these other cultures, but the problem today is that assimilation has ended, and fragmentation has begun.
One interesting point to note is that it is only the White Anglo-Saxon Christian society in the US today that is pushing extreme multiculturism, and is willing to give up power. No other race or religion will ever be so "giving" if they ever get into power. If the White Anglo-Saxon Christians ever give up power, the other races and religions will make sure they never get it back - and it makes no difference whether the nation is South Africa, or the USA.
Why aren't we in Montgomery shouting down the Gerald Dials, the Lowell Barrons, the Lucy Baxleys, the asses who are seething to get all the money they can out of us just to soothe the AEA ? What we need is a good, ole-fashioned tax revolt!
What kills me is that the ALGOP is out there trying to defend Riley, Pryor and others just because they are in office. The ALGOP does not run The Republican Party, the Republican citizens do, and if we had a real voice, Bob Riley would not be running this state today.
We need to stand up now. Let's go to Montgomery and BOO every time those slime merchants make a motion from their chairs and attempt to pass another increased TAX ! Let's get some buses and make camp in the balconies in Montgomery. I am sick and tired of the compromising moves of the ALGOP and tax and spend Montgomery Democrats. It's time to throw the bums out.
Were I starting out today to destroy the USA, I cannot think of a more effective means of doing it than imposing these twin evils of nation ional disunity. The person or persons who first introduced the "Our strength is in our diversity" slogan were masters of deception whose ultimate goal has to have been the destruction of our nation. Unfortunately, too many people who should know better repeat this mantra. Some could even believe it is true. However, many are browbeaten or intimidated into supporting multiculturalism. Thank goodness, you were not. Know that, with what means I have, I will support you on your stand.
I want to go on record now that I am steadfastly against any more proliferation and support of the idea of diversity and multiculturalism in our nation, especially that which has to do with educating our young people.
I work with a very large corporation that does business on an international scale and sells it products to practically all nations of the world. This company holds regular instruction classes on the value of diversity, multiculturalism and one-world government.
Recently, I have been engaged in traveling to other states in my work and have been appalled at the extent these large companies have gone to promote diversity and multiculturalism, especially considering Spanish, African and Asia cultures. One company has devoted one week a year to promoting cultural diversity by allowing and promoting employees to hold activities during the work day to expound on the values of their culture to the USA. Even the cafeteria is restricted to serving food from that culture for one day.
Surely even the liberals of this society cannot believe that we must chuck away the past 200 plus years of American history in favor of East Indian, Chinese, Mexican, African or Middle East history. If this should be the course, then all Americans should rise up in indignation and demand this entire diversity movement, with all of its ill conceived implications to our educational system be banned and removed for our society.
I do not, we Americans do not, want foreign peoples coming into our nation bent on changing our culture to match the often miserable culture they left. Neither do we Americans want our educators indoctrinating our young people's minds that the American way of life is not appropriate for all people who live within our borders, that there are cultures around the world that are as good as or better than our American culture.
May God help us if we allow this diversity/multiculturalism movement to continue unabated.
Bobby K. Philyaw
Let me say that I am appalled at the trend of those who are educating our children, and the trend of our governmental leaders in this thing called being politically correct. This is America and the teachings of multiculturalism and diversity is destroying America and this is happening in our schools.
If a foreigner desires to come to America, first he needs to come through our borders legally, and not in violation of our laws.
I let me say that I totally agree with you that we are being destroyed from within, because of the lack of teaching patriotism and loyalty to country. When we allow the minority to dictate to the majority that they want one nation under God removed from the pledge of Allegiance because of their atheistic views, we are inviting the destruction of our blessed America and our freedoms.
We in America speak the English language. No one should be able to get a social security card, nor a drivers license, nor have voting rights, nor any benefits provided by our government until they become legal aliens and can speak the English language.
Millard G. Mann
I am not an educator or even a college graduate, but I have seen all along that cultural change is at the root of what many are attempting. A common language is also necessary to unity, and for immigrants it is essential that they learn our common language and abide by our culture.
Duron L. Smith
By the way, I'm one of the rare minority that does not belong to Paul Hubbert's A.E.A.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for standing in the gap for us. Thank you for alerting us to this insidious plan to eliminate references to "B.C." and "A.D." from our textbooks and to attack the concept of the "United States of America" by substituting, eventually, the "Multicultural States of Diversity". God Bless You, my friend!
The erudite members of our educational system have reached such a point of liberality as to be unreachable and unchangeable. They have no reasoning powers left and care nothing about the destruction of this nation or our core beliefs. You were an angel of one among the many disciples of Satan. I fear they are rapidly changing our youth into robots to follow their beliefs rather than resourceful individuals capable of independent thought. Oh, they give lip service to independent thought, but in reality, they despise the very idea and do everything in their power to crush it out of today's students, as well as any member of their culture who dare to espouse the ideas of conservatism or independent freedom.
I am a retired Federal Investigator who served this nation for over 30 years so fools like these would have the right to express their ideas. Can you imagine any other country that would give them such a level of freedom? And then they would wish to destroy this country to assure that their own offspring would not have the assurances of such freedom.
Good luck and may God be with you.
I think the best way to stop the continued corruption of our public schools is to put term limits on all elected officials to be no more than two terms a lifetime, and for anyone connected to a given profession not be allowed to vote or make laws governing their own profession. Now to some this may seem extreme, but to me anything short of this will only lend itself to furthering their communist goals of destruction of the family unit.