By Al Benson Jr.
It seems that the professional South-haters up North must be running out of new material to verbally bash the South over the head with so they have fallen back to attacking Andersonville Prison in Georgia again.
A recent article by John J. Dunphy that appeared in The Telegraph in Alton, Illinois trotted out all the old anti-Andersonville stories about prisoner abuse and starving prisoners and what a wretched man Andersonville’s commander Captain Henry Wirz was. If you’ve read this kind of thing once you’ve read it a dozen times. I notice those who roundly trash Andersonville and Captain Wirz have no comments to make about Fort Delaware and its commander, socialist Albin Schoepf, who was one of “Lincoln’s Marxists.” Lonnie Speer, in his book Portals to Hell tells of Fort Delaware. He says “Albin Francisco Schoepf took over command and served in this capacity until the end of the war. Schoepf allowed his subordinates unrestrained control inside the compound and it eventually evolved into the most brutal POW institution in America.” So the Yankees’ Fort Delaware evolved into “the most brutal POW institution in America.” Gee, wonder how the politically correct missed that little fact. Probably because they weren’t looking too hard and they hope you don’t either. Actually, the miserable conditions Mr. Dunphy talks about at Andersonville existed in just about all the Northern POW camps as well—Point Lookout, Elmira, Camp Douglas—you name it, and most of the conditions at Andersonville were present, which made it even worse because the North had the resources to alleviate such conditions. The South did not.
Back to Captain Wirz and Andersonville. James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy in their best selling book The South Was Right dealt with Captain Wirz’s “trial” as a Confederate war criminal and brought out some interesting information the lap dog media would just as soon we overlook. Wirz was charged with thirteen allegations of murder “…but not a single murder victim was named! How could a man murder thirteen people in the presence of several thousand witnesses (who were the fellow comrades of the alleged victims) and yet no one could remember a single victim’s name!…One of the unnamed victims that Wirz was convicted of murdering was supposedly killed on February 1, 1864. Captain (later Major) Wirz did not arrive in Andersonville until the following month, March of 1864. In addition, Yankee justice convicted him of the murder of two unnamed prisoners in August of 1864. During the time in question, Wirz was away from the camp on sick leave. Of the 160 witnesses called by the prosecution, 145 testified that they had no personal knowledge of Wirz ever killing or mistreating anyone. Only one could give the name of a prisoner allegedly killed by Wirz. The problem with his testimony was that the date given by the witness did not agree with any date used in the charges against Wirz. The court ‘corrected’ this situation by simply changing the date in the indictment to match the testimony already given!” The Kennedys have observed that Mr. Lincoln’s Secretary of War, the inestimable Edwin Stanton, “…noted that a higher percentage of Southern POW’s died while in Yankee camps than did Northern POW’s held by the South. Still the mythmakers have continued to select only the facts that they wish preserved in their official history.” And history should be in quotes!
A friend in Southern Illinois sent me a copy of Dunphy’s article and as I read, his name rang a little bell in the back of my head. I’d heard that name before, years ago, when I was doing research for a Sunday School class on Humanism that I taught while we were living in Indiana. I had gone to the local library where they had copies of a magazine called The Humanist.
Seems that, in 1983, Dunphy wrote what has been described as an “award winning essay” for that magazine. He made a couple statements that most people other than Humanists are hardly aware of. He said: “I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects that spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of educational level—preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will become an area of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of ‘love thy neighbor’ will finally be achieved.” Read Mr. Dunphy’s quote again and let it begin to sink in. Another article I found noted that John Dewey, the early 20th century socialist education guru, was also a signer of the Humanist Manifesto.
So Mr. Dunphy views the public school classroom as the new battleground being fought over by “the rotting corpse of Christianity” and the “resplendent” new (it really isn’t new, it’s just been repackaged) faith of humanism. He’s right about one thing, the public school classroom is a battleground between competing worldviews. Problem is that most Christians who choose to put their kids in public schools have yet to realize what those schools are there for—and brother, it ain’t real education. Mr. Dunphy realizes what the public school is there for. Sadly, most Christians have yet to get the first clue.
So it would seem that Mr. Dunphy of Humanist fame and glory also has a problem with anything that is Southern or Confederate-related. Should that really surprise you? How many people reading his anti-Andersonville commentary will even realize that this is the same man who celebrates what he calls “the rotting corpse of Christianity”? Most people won’t make the connection because Mr. Dunphy’s “change agent” teachers have so dumbed them down that they are hardly capable of thinking about anything more remote than the next “Reality show” on the tube. The “teachers” Mr. Dunphy promotes have “proselytized” their students into mindless robots almost totally incapable of rational thought and they still want even more of our money for yet more of this “quality education” they have been promising for decades now.
You don’t have to look too far to find lots of “South-haters” like Mr. Dunphy. What you all need to start doing when you run across them is to do some research and check into their backgrounds. The majority of them will be anti-Christian to one degree or another, which explains why they take every opportunity they can to trash the South and Confederate history.
Before the start of the War of Northern Aggression the South still had a basically Christian culture and worldview, whereas the North had apostatized long before. In spite of the inroads of political correctness promoted by public schools the South still has more of a Christian worldview than much of the rest of the country.
There was an article done recently about a Gallup Poll which listed the ten most religious states and the ten least religious states in the Union. The ten most religious states, with the exception of Utah were—guess where? All in the South. Six of the least religious states were in the North, with a couple others in the Far West. That fact alone ought to tell you why most Humanists, Unitarians, liberals and “progressives” constantly attack the South and try to undermine its culture. As I said earlier, start checking the backgrounds of some of the South-bashers and you will find that a pattern emerges as to their peculiar theologies and worldviews.