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We need to know history

By Elizabeth Prata

Collage by EPrata

We should have a good grasp of American History (that is, if you live in America, if you’re reading this and live elsewhere, the same goes for knowledge of your own country’s history).

British statesman Winston Churchill wrote, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” He should know, he led Britain through WWII, emerging victorious against the Nazi Germans (barely).

In Canada, with its leader’s tyranny now morphed into a dictatorship, it is important to know where we come from, and to honor the battles fought for freedom and liberty. This will help us be able to recognize incipient tyranny when it peeks out in a leader’s speeches or actions. In Canada, the newly minted dictator signaled his love for China’s dictatorship some years ago. He said so, in those words. They elected him anyway.

Again, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

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Toppling Statues, a Historical and a Biblical Perspective

By Elizabeth Prata

The anarchy continues. Riots, takeovers, protests. Now the lawless rioters are demanding to defund the police, dictating that Rhode Island drop the “plantations” from its full name, and toppling statues. Because, racism. The statues to which these anarchists object are Confederate statues, Christopher Columbus, or politicians.

In one case, police stood by in Portsmouth VA as rioters defaced a statue, and when they began to topple part of it, a man was hit with chunks and put into a coma.

Elsewhere, they defaced Philadelphia’s Matthias Baldwin statue, apparently ignorant of the fact that Baldwin was an abolitionist 30 years before the Civil War, advocated for freedom of blacks, advocated for them being allowed to vote, and hired them in his shops. Continue reading “Toppling Statues, a Historical and a Biblical Perspective”