Stonewall Jackson Scholarship: An Example for Today

JacksonStandardBonnieBluePublishing Today is the birthday of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (b. 1824), a man who, if piety was a rivalry, contested that of Lee himself. He was and remains one of the sharpest characters in Southern history. The Alabama Legislature has, since 1955, given rewards for those students who have, with ability and affinity, written upon the great Stonewall Jackson. The 1,500 – 2,500 word essay entries have a placing of 1st through 3rd, with the highest prise being $3,000. All high school seniors are eligible. Take the opportunity if y’all can, and pass the word to students!

“My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death.”

If all that could be gleaned from the man was this one sentence relating his trust in Divine Providence, then assuredly we would know him to be great.

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Birthdays and New Beginnings

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Today, the 19th of January, is the birthday of the noble Son of the South, Robert Edward Lee. Born in 1807, Lee would prove in his lifetime to be one of the most capable commanders in military history. But he was not merely a man who mastered the machine of war – rather, he was also a father, a man of immense conviction and character, and a pious and long-suffering person. All of these traits serve as examples to the present, especially when contrasted to the navel-gazing and destructive attitudes of the current age. Lee was, and will remain, a man for all times. The present culture (or lack thereof) may deride him, but all may take solace in knowing that character is not negated by the fanciful and often fanatical attacks by his foes.

And while one should be rightly alarmed at the blatant anti-Southern sentiment which has gripped with hysteria both the new and aged institutions of North and South alike, one cannot allow the venomous hatred which impels these to act to overpower our own good sense. It is the love of the South, its heritage, and its heroes which will prevail. Hatred, without any sort of love to rest upon, will consume itself. Let us pray that we, like Lee, act when the time comes to act, but always bear love towards home and enemy host alike.

The Abbeville Institute (which does not have any affiliation with St Andrew’s News) is hosting a conference upon the implications of the attacks on Confederate monuments. While St Andrew’s News will likely not be in attendance, it is encouraged that any reader do so and support such a laudable institution. The location is in that “cultural crib” of the South, Charleston, South Carolina, on the 24th of February.

Events such as these are needed to re-enculturate Southerners and remind them of who they are and what they are presently losing. If any readers know of any other events, from demonstrations to educational talks, please contact St Andrew’s News so that we may relay the information.

 

American Historical Association Condemns Confederate Monuments

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The inanity of the modern academia is apparent for anyone wishing to see. The American Historical Association took it upon themselves to issue a statement on the place of Confederate monuments in the United States. They come down decidedly against the South. They proclaim that “To remove a monument, or to change the name of a school or street, is not to erase history, but rather to alter or call attention to a previous interpretation of history.” According to them, that the public images of the heroes of the South are denigrated and destroyed is not a matter much to be concerned with – after all, it was a mere “previous interpretation of history” that is being removed, and not actual history. History, the proclaim, remains the same – that is, it is what they wish it to be.

They fail to understand that history is, to the Southerner, a twofold fixture of life. It is fact in that we should be mindful of these past peoples’ existence and deeds. It is culture as we gladly hail our heroes and seek to put them on pedestals as examples to ourselves and future generations. One is recognitory, the other, positive.

It might be of interest to see who signed on to promote this modern-day iconoclasm. We have, notably, the “Chinese Historians in the United States,” the “Committee on LGBT History,” and the “New England Historical Association.”   Who better to call for the removal of the vestiges Southern pride, eh?

The group also proclaimed the monuments as cover-up for Southerners’ “terrorism” which “overthr[ew] Reconstruction.” Wow. Our forefathers are terrorists now. Not like those people that burned entire communities to the ground and exterminated whole populations of Indians, right? Why wouldn’t the South be remolded into the “Little North” through Reconstruction? Shameful! One can almost hear the moral indignation screaming forth from the page.

Oh, and they said that the removal of Confederate monuments won’t spur the removal of any other monuments- that there will be no domino effect to completely erase any public reverence for non-progressives figures. That statement was in August. Guess which historians can’t read the future or tell the past?

Of the twenty-four groups to sign, two are explicitly Southern.

Well, they are in name, at least.

 

 

 

 

Father Ryan Monument Vandalised

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Piggy-backing on the New Orleans elites’ purge of monuments dedicated to Southern heroes, some ne’er-do-wells have decided that the slaughter of the shrines wasn’t continuing at a fast enough pace and decided to begin defacing and destroying the property themselves. One such monument to gain their ire was that of Father Abram Joseph Ryan, Poet-Priest of the South. Father Ryan’s works, though noted in love for his home of Dixie, were not confined to that topic, the majority of his poems being religious in nature, reflecting upon spiritual mysteries. These “cultural cleansers,” comprised of self proclaimed “anti-fascists,” defaced a New Orleans monument to Father Ryan, spraying a red anarchist emblem over the front. A hammer and chisel (a hammer and sickle would have been more appropriate) was laid before the monument, with a note to the public. The note furthered their infantile views, inviting all to “Take a few whacks! Carve your name! Chisel a penis! Mind the wet paint and have fun!”

For the pleasure of the viewer, and in contrast to the inane, self-destructive Marxist drivel presented by the vandals, Father Ryan’s own words are forwarded in his poem, “A Land Without Ruins.”

 YES, give me the land where the ruins are spread,
And the living tread light on the hearts of the dead;
Yes, give me a land that is blest by the dust
And bright with the deeds of the down-trodden just.
Yes, give me the land where the battle’s red blast
Has flashed to the future the fame of the past;
Yes, give me the land that hath legends and lays
That tell of the memories of long vanished days;
Yes, give me a land that hath story and song,
Enshrine the strife of the right with the wrong;
Yes, give me a land with a grave in each spot
And names in the graves that shall not be forgot;
Yes, give me the land of the wreck and the tomb–
There is grandeur in graves–there is glory in gloom;
For out of the gloom future brightness is born
As after the night comes the sunrise of morn;
And the graves of the dead with the grass overgrown
May yet form the footstool of liberty’s throne,
And each single wreck in the war-path of might,
Shall yet be a rock in the temple of right.

Could a greater contrast be considered? These delinquents and cultural degenerates only make the man shine all the more.

Father Ryan, ora pro nobis.

Our Lady of Victory

 

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On this momentous day, 444 years ago,  a fleet of Papal, Spanish, Tuscany, Genoan, and Savoyan ships, under the title of the ‘Holy League,’ defeated the invading forces of the Moslems off the coast of Lepanto. The effects of this battle cannot be overemphasised: the victory halted the invasion of the West by Islam and preserved an already fractious Christianity from certain subjugation.

The near-miraculous victory itself was rightly attributed to Our Lady, the Mother of the Incarnate God. Pope Saint Pius V, who had organised the Holy League, spent the morning of the 7th of October praying the Rosary at the Basilica of St Mary Major. Later in the day, he stopped his work, looked to Heaven, and proclaimed that God had granted victory to the Christian forces. Indeed, conservative estimates place the Turkish losses at two-thirds of their 300-strong fleet- something from which the Turks would never recover. Pope Saint Pius V proclaimed the Feast of Our Lady of Victory, upon whom all Christians should call for intercession against the forces of evil. Later, the feast would be rededicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

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The Rosary itself was seen as the real weapon behind the victory by both St Pius V and Don John of Austria. Recognising the intercessions of Our Lady to God on our behalf, Catholics have proclaimed the Rosary as one of the greatest weapons against Turk, Pagan, and Modernist. Bl Pius IX, the Southerner’s Pope, said that, were he to have an army praying the Rosary, the Church would “conquer the world.” Pope St Pius X, scourge of modernists,  called the Rosary the “most rich in graces of all prayers.” Father Abram Ryan, Poet-Priest of the South (and undoubtedly a Saint in Heaven), lauds the Rosary as central to life in his hauntingly beautiful “Rosary of My Tears.” The apparitions of Fatima and Akita both called on the world to pray the Rosary in reparation for the grievous sins of the world.

Southerners would do well to remember this day, given us by God through the intercession of Our Lady, and proclaim and pray forever the weapon that routed the Moslems four centuries ago- the Most Holy Rosary.

Heritage Not Hate: An Effective Meme?

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The much used, though ill-effective, “Heritage Not Hate.”

 

In the storm that has encompassed the South during this Third Reconstruction, many have taken to defending the flags of the South in various ways. One popular phrase in the South immediately springs to mind: “Heritage Not Hate.” Our purpose is to analyse the effectiveness of this slogan.

The greatest problem with “Heritage Not Hate” is that it puts the person propounding it immediately on the defensive. The initiation of any potential debate begins against the person making the statement. For example, we may use the following hypothetical conversation.

Southerner:  “Heritage Not Hate.”

Non-Southerner: “What Heritage? Why is it not hateful?”

Right off the bat, the conversation is turned to attack the very thing being defended. The set-up is very vulnerable, almost begging for an assault. The defender will be spending all their time trying to explain why he is not hateful (or a racist) and why and what heritage is and means to him. This is not an effective slogan at all.

Secondly, the persons attacking the flag already hate the South’s heritage. Not only do they hate the South’s heritage, but they hate the product of the South- us, modern-day Southerners whose very existence prevents the “United States” from becoming the secular, Puritanical “City-on-a-Hill.” They don’t care if our flag’s not hate; it’s opposed to their modern-day bohemianism and thus they hate it. The slogan is effective only amongst other Southern nationals, and thus is “preaching to the choir” and not appropriate for many demonstrations, especially when we are prosecuting against something or someone, like Robert “Scallywag” Bentley.

Thirdly, we need to make it known that the underlying issue is about peoples and not merely flags. The flag of Dixie (the CBF) represents people, and any attack on that flag is an attack on the people it represents (as Mr Steven Ingram said in Florida). Could a Russian tolerate someone attacking his flag? Could an Englishman separate his kin and kith from St George’s Cross? Flags are the embodiments of people.

So what is a Southerner to do? What means could he or she use to more effectively propound the Southern identity? Many alternatives come to mind.

“Stop Cultural Genocide” – This is the most popular of the new memes. Many have used this to great effect, putting forward the attack on the flag as an attack on the people. Even while opponents denounce its validity, they contradict themselves.

“Save the Southern People” – Or an alternative, “Save the South,” once again appeals to an identity exclusive to the South that the flag represents. Opponents would be forced to admit that they hate the South and her people in any assault on the meme.

“Feds Out of Dixie” – A more political meme, this should be used at rallies to make known Southern disagreement with Federal policies and the continuing Federal conquest against the South. It is best used with other memes which focus on Southern identity. By itself, however, it would certainly appeal to many Tenthers and conservatives and open into discussion about secession and its relation to people.

“Yankee Go Home” – This appeals to the Southerner against Yankee transplants and  implicitly puts forth Southern identity (here being opposed to Yankee identity).

The above list is not exhaustive, but is merely meant to offer substitute for the failing slogan “Heritage Not Hate.” We look forward to working more on this issue in the future, especially as more demonstrations are organised across Alabama and Dixie.

Nota Bene: Much of the discussion of memes stems from the work of Mr Michael Cushman. St Andrew’s News is indebted to his work, even if his specific articles on the subject are no longer available.

 

U.S. Response to Jihad?

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It should be an important lesson to Southerners the South over to witness the great disparity in treatment that they have received in comparison to the Islamic community of the United States. While Southern symbols were banned by both Federal and State governments (usually by Scallywag Republicans betraying their voters), the symbols of Islam have been allowed to fly freely. While Southern symbols have been banned by mega-corporations, these same corporations see no problem in representing the signs of Islam.

It is the perfect juxtaposition; the South’s St Andrew’s Cross compared with the Islamic world’s ISIS flag. Both are battle-flags, only one has received public outcry.

The tragedy in Tennessee has served to show Southerners the blind hatred that the U.S. government and media have for their identity. This act was not representative of Islam, they maintain, even while Jihadists slay countless persons in Libya, Nigeria, France, and now Tennessee. While the actions of Roof were solely his own, how can the repeated acts of violence from countless Islamists go without condemnation? Why the double standard to Southerners, the lack of civility?

The lesson? The United States government, indeed, most of the Republican Party, cannot be trusted to treat the South in a fair manner. They would rather see Dixians displaced by men like Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez and witness the horror that follows than allow for the South’s interests to represented. After all, radical relativism and radical Islam are both edges to the same evil sword striking against the South.

Just as the acts of ISIS’ destruction of Assyrian monuments is an affront to the ancient Christian minority there, so also should the U.S. attacks on the South be seen as nothing less than our attempted genocide.