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November 24, 2015

Why Give In To Terrorists?

Harry M. Covert

There is a very good question to consider entering the Thanksgiving festivities most especially as people chomp down on turkey and gravy and all sorts of other tasty morsels. Perhaps the tune dancing in heads will be like “over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house we go.” Yes, nice for everyone.


It makes no difference where the first Thanksgiving was celebrated, in Plymouth Colony or at Jamestown. This day of remembrance was permanently selected by President Franklin Roosevelt as the fourth Thursday of November. This date was picked and affirmed by the Congress primarily to give stores an extra day for shoppers, hoping to curb the Great Depression.


Today, though this extra shopping day is called Black Friday, don’t say it – it is not about Black Lives Matter.


As people enjoy oyster dressing with their bird and cranberry sauce, yeast rolls and pumpkin pie, the thought flowing through the minds is this: why are so many people seemingly willing to give up their great lifestyles? An accompanying query is how long will average Americans put up with the threats to the free society?


A correspondent in a handwritten letter to this corner was appalled. “I saw the president. It reminded me that the invading terrorism is running wild. Mr. O is a sheep in sheep’s clothing.”


This is not nice. The nation’s commander-in-chief is to be respected, no matter whom “he-she-or-it is.” Perhaps in the current state of affairs the “sheep” description is appropriate.


Another wag suggested that the alleged Kenyan-Hawaiian-Chicagoan could be described as “there but for the grace of God goes God.” Wait a minute here. That’s another steal from an English writer.


It is rather alarming that terrorists are turning the world upside down. It seems that the French have taken the lead in the battle and, whether we like it or not, it’s World War III. This situation is not funny and doesn’t take a back seat to such things as silly student protests, alleged global warming, releasing terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, illegal immigrants, concealed carry debates, or infiltrating Mosques in Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia or other states and territories. By the way, the feds don’t want to report that Moslem houses of worship are already under watch.


Certainly there are spiritual Moslems. Unfortunately there are far too many who only know the Arabic version of “God is Great.” The battle facing Americans and the non-Islam world comes not from Presbyterians, Dutch Reformed, Baptists of all sects, Mennonites and Amish or Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians or Anglicans, Jewish synagogues or the snake handlers from West Virginia. There have always been theological disagreements among believers and always will. Usually these controversies really arise over who’s headed to Heaven or Hell, whether baptisms are official by sprinkling, dunking or dipping in a river.


One terrific American pastor was the late Elder Solomon Lightfoot Michaux, born in Newport News, VA, a house painter. He developed the House of Prayer for all People, created a farm near Jamestown, Va., in which to feed his flock.


Elder Michaux had big facilities in Virginia, expanded to Philadelphia and then to Washington, D.C. He held massive baptisms behind home plate at Washington’s old Griffith Stadium. The water was brought from the Jordan River. He made the cover of Time magazine in the 1940s, was welcomed to the White House and provided plenty of food for the needy. When troubles mounted in the District, officials called on the Elder who’s “Happy Am I” Choir thrilled audiences in person and on the radio. Crime rates would fall.


The Elder was a solid Christian preacher, could not abide fools and knew how to lead. His feeding programs weren’t just for Thanksgiving.


His type of leadership seems missing these days.


Troubling it is to see the challenges facing every state. It is rather interesting that a Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville wrote:

“America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”


So, while Marylanders and others celebrate with family and friends the talk must be about keeping the nation good, and a leader internationally. Unfortunately WWIII isn’t far off. It’s here.


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