Monday, July 6, 2009

Wrapping up the Patriots Bible Series..

Time to wrap up the American Patriots Bible "expose."  I can probably accomplish that in two posts...

I wrote the following a week or so Border's....taking advantage of their " free" reading program….sitting at the one table near an electrical outlet.  The extended life battery was not available on this mini netbook when I purchased it a couple of months ago..and the battery only lasts about two and half hours.  I know where all the plugs are in most of the places I frequent.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand….

On page 65, there is a full page devoted to George Washington, The American Moses.  Hmmmmmm.  Something about that reference just does not seem right. They use Exodus 3:10 as the launching point

Come now, thereefore, and I will sned you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people the children of Israel, out of Egypt.

And so George Washington is compared to Moses.  Freeing the people. That is really great…freedom and all.  But what about the people who inhabited this great land before we did....before the Patriots this Bible honors stole it from them? Greg Boyd, in his series of reviews on this Bible, sums it up thusly....

A reference to Joseph being sold as a slave to the Ishmaelites (Gen. 37:28) elicits a tender quote from Dick Cheney regarding how easy it is to “take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”

And on the topic of liberty being taken from people, why does the version of American history in this Bible gloss over the long and bloody history of how white Americans took away the freedom of millions of Africans and Native Americans? Honestly. Christopher Columbus is made out to be a hero – even fulfilling Zechariah 9:10 which says “He shall speak peace to the nations…” — and no mention is made of how he and his fellow Conquistadors cheated, enslaved, raped, mutilated and executed members of the indigenous population.

Why, for example, don’t we find a commentary on how President Andrew Jackson signed the “Indian Removal Act” in 1830, robbing Cherokees, Choctaw and other Indian tribes of millions of acres of land once promised them because white settlers now wanted it. (Among other things, it was discovered the land had a lot of gold.) Jackson eventually ordered them to march to a little reservation in Oklahoma, and multitudes died in the process.


Why, indeed?  That is a really good question.  More tomorrow….

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