Southern Messenger

"The parties in this conflict are not merely abolitionists and slaveholders - they are atheists, socialists, communists, red Republicans, Jacobins, on the one side, and the friends of order and regulated freedom on the other. In one word, the world is a battleground - Christianity and atheism are the combatants and the progress of humanity is at stake." Rev. James Henley Thornwell

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Location: Occupied South Carolina

Monday, February 20, 2006

Thornwell's Prophetic Analysis

Before the War, the Reverend James Henley Thornwell, a South Carolina Presbyterian minister and theologian, observed that “The parties to this conflict are not merely abolitionists and slaveholders – they are atheists, socialists, communists, red Republicans, Jacobins, on the one side, and the friends of order and regulated freedom on the other. In one word, the world is a battleground – Christianity and atheism are the combatants and the progress of humanity is at stake.” The use of these terms might be considered by some to be mere “name-calling,” by a Southern minister attempting merely to deflect attention from his people. However, Doctor Thornwell, referred to as “one of the ablest men that the south has ever produced,” was not only able, but astutely intelligent and attempted to draw people’s attention to the war between good and evil coming down around them.
http://www.jquinton.com/archives/000186.html
http://docsouth.unc.edu/thornwell/thornwel.html

The nomenclature applied to the South’s adversaries by Dr. Thornwell were not mere names but ideologies embraced by small groups of people willing to do most anything to achieve their ungodly goals. Unfortunately for the South, these nests of evil found each other, a leader and a cause. This cause was not “slavery” except as the war against it promoted their goals, but that of a strong central government through which “utopia” could be rammed down the throats of the unwashed, uneducated masses.

Atheists
“The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession.” A. Lincoln
“Mr. Lincoln had no hope and no faith.” Mary Todd Lincoln
"He was without faith in the Bible or its teachings.” Chicago Herald, 1892
http://www.humanismbyjoe.com/Lincoln's_religion.htm

For some reason, Lincoln was the man of the hour for atheistic Socialists, Communists, Red Republicans and Jacobins, the core of the newly formed Republican party. The party had made few inroads into American politics until Lincoln. This dirty-joke telling, atheistic Midwestern lawyer proved to be the unlikely glue that held the various factions of the new party together enough to win what victory they could claim (40% of the popular vote) in 1860.

Socialists
"This revolution has a feature new to history, that of socialism." Ralph Waldo Emerson
http://www.codoh.com/newrevoices/nrandom/nrand48ers.html

Communists
Augustus Willich, for example: “A member of the Communist League, Willich took an active part in the Revolution of 1848-1849. After the suppression of the rising he emigrated to London.” Despite their inepitude as commanders, Willich and fellow-communist, Franz Sigel, rose rapidly through the ranks, Willich becoming America’s first Communist general-grade officer.
(A much greater understanding of the tremendous influence of the socialists/communists in crushing the South may be realized by reading the article, “The Lincoln Putsch: America’s Bolshevik Revolution” by George McDaniel. This is the URL mentioned above. The ‘48ers, expelled from Germany in mass, and who fled to America’s Midwest, were not mere political dissidents seeking asylum. They were born-again Communists with their violently revolutionary goals unfulfilled but intact. Their new “cause” came quickly.)
With the correct spin, these “immigrants” have become a great blessing to the United States. “The enormous amount of knowledge, idealism and activity, embodied in these political exiles, made them the most valuable immigrants America ever received. As they accepted positions as teachers and professors at the schools and universities, or filled public offices, or founded all sorts of newspapers and periodicals, learned societies and social clubs, these men inspired the hitherto dull social life of America, that it gained a much freer and more progressive character.” Communists go for the minds of the young and what better way than to infiltrate the education system. They did it then and are still at it.
http://www.germanheritage.com/Publications/cronau/cronau12.html


Red Republicans
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CHrepublican.htm
The Red Republican was a “Chartist” newspaper printed in the United Kingdom in 1850 and was the first English newspaper to print Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Chartists, as a group, believed in taking the land of the “haves” (in this case, wealthy Southerners) and dividing it into parcels and given to the “have-nots,” (slaves) thereby promoting a utopian society for the future. This was promoted strongly during reconstruction, but fortunately was, due to Southern resistance, implemented weakly.

Jacobins
The reference to “Jacobins” usually identifies an attitude of tyrant government rather than to the actual leaders of the French Revolution. Jacobins exist in many forms, even today.
“Many were imbued with the Liberal ideas that had come into prominence in Europe with the Jacobins in the French Revolution, and had remained around in various guises ever since.”
http://www.codoh.com/newrevoices/nrandom/nrand48ers.html

“The iron dictatorship of the Jacobins was evoked by the monstrously difficult position of revolutionary France.”
It is easy to seen in Lincolnian reasoning “…the terrorism of the Jacobins, acknowledging that they had no other way of saving the republic.”
http://www.gnostics.com/trotsky1.htm

There is an excellent article by Dr. Clyde Wilson posted on the Lew Rockwell site entitled “Jacobin Yankees.”
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/wilson9.html

A small bit of written historical evidence appears to justify Dr. Thornwell's observations, completely absolves him of childish "name calling" and in restrospect actually places his astute observations in the realm of prophecy.

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