Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kevin Levin enabling neo-Confederates and his uncritical thinking of history and his elitism. UPDATED

I was recently going through my copy of The Journal of the Civil War Era, Vol. 4 No. 4, Dec. 2014 and I came across Kevin M. Levin, "Black Confederates Out of the Attic and Into the Mainstream," pages 627-635.

The article isn't entirely bad. Levin points out that the myth of the Black Confederates is pushed to sanitize the Confederacy. He talks about some the specific myths advanced by neo-Confederates such as the claim that there is a Black Confederate soldier on the Arlington Confederate Monument and disposes of them. However, in general the article really fails and a person has to wonder what the editors of The Journal of the Civil War Era were thinking.

There are three problems with the essay. The first is his enabling of the neo-Confederate movement. The second is his lack of critical thinking regarding history. The third is a failing to connect it to either the use of token African Americans by neo-Confederates and the neo-Confederates use of identity.

Levin refers to "Southern Heritage" groups as being the advocates of the myth of Black Confederates. On page 630 Levin states, "None of the print sources published during this period had much of an impact beyond a small select group of readers within the southern heritage community."

The neo-Confederate movement uses the term "Southern heritage" to assert that being critical of the Confederacy is to be critical of the South and to conflate the two. Levin uses the neo-Confederate movement's own terminology reinforcing the neo-Confederate assertion that Southern identity doesn't exist without embracing the Confederacy as a positive thing and that the Confederacy is central to Southern identity. The term "heritage" though technically means what is inherited from the historical past has in general use come to mean what is positive from the historical past. This is enabling white supremacy.

The magazine Oxford American and the journal Southern Cultures could be called southern heritage publications, but the UDC and the SCV are about the Confederacy and not about Southern history in general excepting as it relates to the Confederacy and Reconstruction.

On page 631 Levin states, "Southern heritage groups such as the SCV and UDC have utilized these stories to counter a narrative of the war that increasingly has come to embrace emancipation and the role of United States Colored Troops in ending slavery."

It would have been illuminating if Levin pointed out the irony of these two groups promoting the myth of the Black Confederate while at the same time promoting a white supremacist view of history. However, Levin, like many Civil War historians and enthusiasts, wishes all the controversy would just go away and they could get back to the toy soldier gaming of the Civil War. (Maybe a special issue devoted to it.) Levin has stated that he doesn't like the word "neo-Confederate." He likely fears that it will lead to loud voices at Civil War Round Tables and disquieting questions about some of the members of the Civil War history profession.

However, the essay really fails in Levin's understanding of historiography. It is something that someone might believe in when they were in middle school. It doesn't have any comprehension of the problematic nature of historical narratives.

Levin thinking in the essay goes like this:

1. Historians with their training and expertise and knowledge have in their possession true history.

2. Unfortunately with the Internet, those without this training and expertise and are wrong headed are making false historical assertions.

3. This problem would be solved by informing people to only listen to properly credentialed historical experts and authoritative institutions.

On page 627 in the beginning Levin asserts:
"The success of the black Confederate phenomena can be traced directly to the expansion of the Internet, including access to rich databases of primary sources and the availability of digital tools such as blogs, wikis, and other platforms that allow practically anyone to publish a Web site and engage and influence a wide readership. This has led to a sharp increase in the amount of history published online by individuals and organizations with little or no formal training in the field."
However, the Internet is not needed at all to propagate blatantly false history. The Lost Cause interpretation of the Civil War and Reconstruction flourished in the early 20th century long before the Internet or even before radio transmissions. Holocaust denial was widely known about, much to popular disgust, before the Internet. About half the American public doesn't believe in the geological history of the earth and evolution and this refusal to accept science is previous to the advent of the Internet. Similarly the notorious "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" and Anglo-Israelite identity theories both had wide circulation prior to the invention of the Internet.

The Black Confederate narrative served the interests of neo-Confederates and a broad section of the white South which embraces the Lost Cause historical narrative and so it had an audience of those who wanted to believe. The Internet merely served to make more efficient the communication of this narrative to those who very much wanted to believe it, who are grasping for straws to justify the Lost Cause.

Levin portrays the general public which uses the Internet as naive and uncritical consumers of information on the Internet. He states on pages 632-633:
"Rather than assuming the static position of dispensing historical knowledge ex cathedra, public historians, along with academics and other history educators from junior high school through college, need to focus their efforts on teaching the kinds of digital literacy skills that will assist students and the public generally in their quest for reliable information." 
The public already knows that the Internet is full of misinformation. There is a website www.snopes.com devoted to it and people refer to it. Misinformation on the Internet is a topic on the Internet. Levin is avoiding the issue that the Black Confederate narrative is something some people want to believe against all odds, and attempts to position it as an issue of the gullible public who unfortunately are not guided by the expert history establishment, the League of Distinguished Civil War Historians of which he is so fond of thinking that he is a member. (Didn't Coski tell him that he was a member?)

Levin continues on page 633 stating what questions an Internet user might ask to to avoid ending up in believing in Black Confederates, he states:
"Is the site associated with reputable institution like a museum, historical society, or university? Can you identify the individual or organization responsible for the site, and are in the proper credentials displayed? Is the information provided on the Web site, including text and images, properly cited? What can you discern from the site's incoming and outgoing links?"
This is fairly direct. Believe what the establishment tells you about history and be very skeptical of all others.

However, academics and institutions have their agendas and problems. If the Internet existed in the first half of the 20th century distinguished professors like William Archibald Dunning of Columbia University would  have had the reputable Internet site explaining that Reconstruction was a terrible period of "negro misrule." Dunning could probably provide footnotes.

I wonder what the reputable institutions of history in Turkey have to say about the Armenian holocaust? I am sure they have footnotes.

With all the problems with public school texts and the teach of American history in public schools should junior high and high school history teachers be employed to refute historical mythologies outside their teaching. I suggest they start first with their own text books.

Historical memory and knowledge is contested. Histories are written to serve agendas. People believe what they want to believe. That fact that history itself is problematic has been realized for some time.

Napoleon Bonaparte quipped, "History is a set of lies agreed upon," shows that even in his time, people had an idea that established history was questionable and might just be a narrative serving an agenda.

"Treason doth never prosper. What's the reason?  Why if it prospers none dare call it treason," states an epigram by John Harrington in the 16th or early 17th century. The epigram is a commentary on the contested nature of historical memory.

The historical narrative of Black Confederates is another example of many examples of contested historical memory and how different groups advance histories to serve their own agendas including the respectable establishment historians. There is a whole field of inquiry regarding historical memory.

Additionally, Michel Foucault has written "The Archaeology of Knowledge," examining how knowledge is produced.  How is historical knowledge produced and consumed?

Thomas Carlyle stated, " Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one." Perhaps the website lacking institutional credentials might be a website to read.

The issue of Black Confederate historical narratives is about contested historical memory, how beliefs are accepted or rejected, and how we construct our world views.

What would be useful for the non-professional historian is training how to critically interrogate all history whether it is on the Internet or published by Harvard University or some other distinguished body. All of history is contested. All sources might be subject to skepticism.

Levin doesn't locate the invention of Black Confederates in their obvious contexts. The neo-Confederates have also proposed the idea of the Celtic Confederacy and the South being a Celtic nation. This proposed ethnic identity replaces the older Lost Cause idea of the South being an abode of Anglo-Saxon purity and the Lost Cause mythology of the Cavalier and Round Head.

There is also the issue of the invention of ethnic identities to avoid confronting the issues of race in the South.

I think also that Black Confederates is part of a larger agenda of neo-Confederates to use African Americans to justify neo-Confederate beliefs. The Sons of Confederate Veterans parades around African American H.K. Edgerton wearing a Confederate uniform and flying the Confederate flag in their defenses of the Confederacy.

An even larger context to locate this invention of Black Confederates would be to consider it in the context of the larger practice of using token African Americans to justify white racist beliefs.

Other topics in which Black Confederates might be compared to is the Melungeon mythologies which served largely for some people to escape believing in their African American ancestry. 

The article is a simplistic, cartoonish, idea that a gullible public is being led astray by persons lacking proper historical training and credentials. It is an article that would be written by an elitist unconscious of the larger issues or critical theory. 

That the editors of the journal accepted this article raises concerns about Civil War scholarship in general.

League of the South allowing it to be used by a foreign power against American interests. UPDATE:

I was reading this interesting article about Putin and Russia at the New York Review of Books in the latest issue. You can read it here:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/dec/18/how-he-and-his-cronies-stole-russia/?insrc=hpma

In place of a genuine media and a real civil society, Putin and his inner circle slowly put into place a system for manufacturing disinformation and mobilizing support on a new and spectacular scale. Once the KGB had retaken the country, in other words, it began once again to act like the KGB—only now it was better funded and more sophisticated. Today’s Russian “political technologists” make use of their state-owned media, including English-language outlets such as the TV news channel Russia Today; armies of paid social media “trolls” who post on newspaper comment pages, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, and other sites; fake “experts” whose quotes can be presented with fake authority; and real experts to whom Putin’s officials have granted special access, or have simply paid. Former Western ambassadors to Moscow, businessmen who have been recruited to Russian company boards, European politicians as high-ranking as Schröder and Silvio Berlusconi—all have been well compensated, directly or indirectly, for offering their support.

Using these different sources, the Kremlin began putting out messages designed not necessarily to make Russia look good, but rather to undermine the Western establishment and Western institutions, including the European Union and NATO. Using both money and information, they seek to empower the Western far right, the anti-establishment left, and the international business community all at the same time. Thus Russia Today supports Occupy Wall Street. A Russian oligarch organizes a meeting in Vienna attended by the French National Front, Hungary’s nationalist political party Jobbik, and Austria’s Freedom Party.3 Whispering campaigns, conducted in the world’s financial capitals—especially Frankfurt and the City of London—hint at the dire things that will happen if sanctions against Russia are not lifted. In an article recently published by The Interpreter, an online publication dedicated to exposing Kremlin disinformation, the journalists Peter Pomerantsev and Michael Weiss argue that:

since at least 2008 Kremlin military and intelligence thinkers have been talking about information not in the familiar terms of “persuasion,” “public diplomacy” or even “propaganda,” but in weaponized terms, as a tool to confuse, blackmail, demoralize, subvert and paralyze.4

In understanding this we can see why Russian media has been interested in giving League of the South President Michael Hill and some others a platform in their media. Recently the League of the South was exultant in the fact that they were on Russian media.

http://leagueofthesouth.com/league-president-interviewed-on-russian-tv/

The Russians may not take the League of the South very seriously but want to assist any group that they feel could harm the United States of America and in the case of giving League of the South media access they are covering all their bets.

It would suit the Russians very well if a real secessionist movement would gain some traction in the United States.

At some point what the League of the South is doing is treason.

UPDATE:

This is another item of the Putin government supporting the neo-Confederate movement in the United States.

http://leagueofthesouth.com/the-league-of-the-south-takes-its-southern-nationalist-message-to-moscow/

League of the South President Michael Hill is pleased to announce that he spoke via Skype at an Anti-Globalist conference in Moscow on the topic “The Right of People for Self-Determination and Constructing a Multipolar World.”

I am trying to find out some information about the conference. This is a YouTube video of it. Doesn't seem like a major affair.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=688xDoLgAY4

The same video can be found at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/14/390167/moscow-hosts-antiglobalization-conference/

I don't know if the Putin government is giving the League of the South any financial resources, but being on Russian TV and being invited to conferences certainly must encourage the neo-Confederates and maintain moral when their agenda doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Also, it has the potential to raise their prestige in the eyes of other extremists and help them recruit members and retain members.

I have not indication so far that the Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Abbeville Institute are connecting with Russian groups as part of an anti-Western effort.  The people at the Rockford Institute have been in contact with all sorts of reactionary groups in Europe and been sympathetic to reactionaries in Eastern Europe, but I haven't really paid too close attention to this. I think I will need to pay more attention to it in the future.

This article in the Dec. 2014 issue of Chronicles certain shows that they are supportive of Putin and his regime in Russia.

http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/2014/December/38/12/magazine/article/10826302/

The support for neo-Confederates by the regime in Moscow is a disturbing development and needs to be watched closely.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Neo-Confederates and the definition of the "Megastate"

I am not sure there is a definitive definition of what a megastate is. I found definitions online that said it was a large geopolitical state. I suppose that everyone would agree that Russia and China and the United States are very large states in comparison to the rest of the states.

I think others would agree that Luxembourg, Andorra and Lichtenstein are not megastates.

Evidently there is however a broad interpretation on what is a megastate by neo-Confederates.

I refer to this posting on protest by a secession movement in Yemen.

http://lsrebellion.blogspot.com/2014/12/thousands-rally-for-independence-in.html

The blog posting states:
First communism, now the megastate. Slowly but surely, the bloody legacy of 19th- and 20th-century ideology is being dismantled and discarded.
Really, Yemen is a megastate? It might be that it is merely a conflict local in nature and doesn't represent any world wide trends.

Other "megastates" at the League of the South blogs are:

Spain:

http://lsrebellion.blogspot.com/2014/11/81-of-catalans-vote-for-independence.html

Italy:

http://lsrebellion.blogspot.com/2012/10/mass-rally-in-venice-to-call-for.html

United Kingdom:

http://lsrebellion.blogspot.com/2014/08/as-scots-weigh-independence-wales-takes.html

Belgium

http://lsrebellion.blogspot.com/2010/06/separatist-party-polls-strongly-in.html

and

http://lsrebellion.blogspot.com/2009/06/watching-artificial-borders-dissolve_09.html

The second posting states:
The age of the megastate, with its internal oppression to hold it together, and its belligerent foreign policy to expand its power, is past. Good riddance.
Belgium, a megastate?

The possible break up of Belgium relates to the reason that it was a state put together by diplomacy for a variety of reasons. Again there are unique local factors driving the break up of Belgium. It doesn't represent any global trend of devolution.

Finally all these proposed nations, Scotland, Wales, Flanders, Catalonia, Venice, etc. plan as the first thing on their agenda to apply to the European Union so they can exist. I think the European Union is a developing megastate.  They are It is just trading one capitol for another. They are also counting on NATO to provide security for Western Europe.

The Scottish secessionists even hoped to continue to use the British Pound.

This fascination and discussion about secession overseas by neo-Confederates is just them trying to convince themselves and others that secession is possible in the United States.

So far secession in the United States is just people blowing off steam when they are contacted by pollsters.







Friday, November 28, 2014

It might be YOUR church in YOUR city that is hosting a neo-Confederate group

People presume that since there church or denomination has passed some resolution regarding race and racism, or has some group discussing the issues regarding race that THEIR church would never lend its facilities to a neo-Confederate group.

Don't be so sure. Some churches make all sorts of claims about being concerned over the issue of racism, but they give neo-Confederate groups the use of their facilities.

So it would do readers well to ask their church or temple leaders whether they would lend the use of their facilities to a neo-Confederate groups in general and specifically the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) or the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).

At this time it is not known which city the UDC will meet in 2015 or what church they will use. It might be your church in your city.

For that matter the SCV is meeting in Richardson, Texas (suburb of Dallas) in 2016 and Memphis, Tennessee in 2017 and it isn't known which church they will use.

So go and ask your church leaders.

Also, don't presume the SCV wouldn't meet in a synagogue.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Speaking at Barnes and Noble Bookstore Dec. 7th and signing books.

I will be speaking at Barnes and Noble Bookstore Dec. 7th and signing books.

I will be presenting a Power Point presentation on the neo-Confederate movement.

The details are at this link.

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2996?subtype=detailList&month=&day=ANY&sat=10#content

I have been working on a presentation since June 2014. I did a draft presentation and then presented it to people and got feed back. One of my good friends is an adjunct professor at John Hopkins University who gives Powerpoint presentations and was able to give me a lot of feed back on the structure and style of a Powerpoint presentation.

The other person was a good friend of mind who is very interested in current affairs and reviewed it towards the goal of does my presentation connect with the general public.

So there have been multiple revisions.

Besides informing some people about the neo-Confederate movement and selling some books which will help educate the public, I am hoping to connect with people and have this lead to other speaking events.

I have done a lot of research, and I have worked with reporters and scholars, and I have done letter writing campaigns, but I realize that I need to meet with the public and more directly connect. My goal is to get more people actively involved with fighting neo-Confederacy.

I do give a brief general survey of the neo-Confederates various extreme beliefs, but the presentation is focused on how neo-Confederates support a hierarchical and anti-democratic society.

From hating Lincoln to condemning the Statue of Liberty it is all about being against American democratic life.

If I get just a couple new speaking engagements I am on my way.

www.templeofdemocracy.com redesign switch over this Thanksgiving weekend

I will be switching over to a new web hoster and a redesigned website this Thanksgiving weekend.

For a while you will find both websites online mixed together.

In 48 hours the change over will be complete.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Neo-Confederates play with the facts on secession

The League of the South is reporting on a recent Catalan vote on secession.

http://www.lsrebellion.blogspot.com/2014/11/81-of-catalans-vote-for-independence.html

The headline proclaims "81% of Catalans Vote for Secession." Is that true? No.

The facts are in this article:

http://www.newsweek.com/spains-catalans-vote-secede-symbolic-ballot-turnout-low-283306

Turn out was very low as reported in "Newsweek."
"Turnout was also relatively low, at around 2.23 million out of 5.4 million potential voters."
The reason the turn out was low was because it wasn't a real ballot. It was at places run at by pro-independence groups and not official polling places. As reported.
The "consultation of citizens" plebiscite in the wealthy northeastern region followed a legal block by the central government against a more formal, albeit still non-binding ballot which regional leaders had originally pushed for.
Because of the legal restrictions set on it, the ballot was set up and manned by grassroots pro-independence organizations, and Spanish unionist parties argue that, even for that reason alone, it could not legitimately reflect the wishes of anyone.
So there isn't the overwhelming support for independence as represented by the League of the South. There is a lot of support for independence in Catalonia, but it very well might be less than a majority.

This is another League of the South headline:

"Venice votes to cut ties with Italy"

http://lsrebellion.blogspot.com/2014/03/venice-votes-to-cut-ties-with-italy.html

It was an online poll.

League of the South was hyping Scottish secession for some time. If you read their articles you would have thought that there was overwhelming support for it in Scotland.

Actually, though, when the vote came in the results showed a clear majority supported staying with the United Kingdom.

All these secession movements in Western Europe plan on having their new nation join the European Union which has greatly diminished the impact of national borders so functionally they will exist as a local unit n a very large state. Their capitol will be in Brussels.




Friday, November 07, 2014

Front page article in "Richmond Free Press" about Churches hosting the United Daughters of the Confederacy, St. Paul's Episcopal Church had dis-invited the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Historic Richmond Foundation doesn't seem to care that it is enabling neo-Confederates. UPDATE

The link to the article in the Richmond Free Press is:

http://issuu.com/richmondfreepress/docs/rfp_110614/1?e=13821893/10042171

UPDATE: Another link to the article which people might find easier to use.
http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2014/nov/07/confederates-hold-service-downtown-church/?page=1

You will need to click on it to enlarge it, and there is a square button to really enlarge it.

The article is on pages 1A and 4A at the bottom of the page. The issue is Vol. 23 No. 45, Nov. 6-8, 2014.

The Historic Richmond Foundation is defending their decision to rent to the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).  Mary Jane Hogue's rationalizations show an organization which doesn't care about racism.

The UDC refused to respond to inquiries from the Richmond Free Press.

What was very interesting was this section of the article:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Downtown had hosted the UDC memorial service eight times since 1994 and agreed to host it again this year. But the church later rescinded the invitation, according to the church's rector, the Rev. Wallace Adams-Riley, after the UDC failed to agree to a meeting with congregation members to discuss the group's views and how they impact other people. 
"I've been here six years and questions grew among some of the people at St. Paul's wondering if hosting that was consistent with who we are at St. Paul's," Rev. Adams-Riley said. "We were wrestling with  that."  
He said UDC officially initially agreed to meet congregants, but then pulled out of the meeting. He said he then informed them they'd have to hold the memorial service elsewhere.
The Episcopal Church has chosen to reject the Confederacy and they are the first denomination to do so. It sets a good example for other churches and denominations.

This news story also shows that this issue will reach the public. Other churches will have to consider that their record will be before the public. I think that alone will bring an end to the practice.

Finally it shows that simple persistence can do a lot.


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Liberty University and neo-Confederacy. A video lays out in the open their neo-Confederacy.

This video just has to be viewed to be believed. It is just awful.

However, I have picked up on indicators of neo-Confederacy and the Liberty University history department over the years. Now it is just in the open.

One year Liberty University held a mock trial of Abraham Lincoln and found him guilty.

http://vimeo.com/110217438


The Enduring Legacy of the Civil War from Titus Folks on Vimeo.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Wrote President of the Southern Baptist Convention and officers of the Ashley River Baptist Church and all the members of the Executive Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

I wrote a letter to Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, all the board members of the Executive Committee as well as all the leaders of the Ashley River Baptist Church concerning the unfortunate decision of Ashley River Baptist Church to host the Sons of Confederate Veterans on their 2014 Reunion.

The letters are still working their way through the mail system as I type this post.

What is interesting is that the neo-Confederate movement has ridiculed the Southern Baptist Convention over their apology over slavery, yet the Ashley River Baptist Church has chosen to lend their facilities to a movement which mocks them.

I sent Dr. Floyd quite a bit of documentation. I think it will be somewhat surprising to the Southern Baptist to read the rather disrespectful and virulent condemnations of the Southern Baptist Church.

The letter sent to Dr. Floyd was sent by certified mail and the others were sent with proof of mailing.

The letter is as follows:

October 27, 2014

                                                                   Edward H. Sebesta
                                                                   

                                                                   edwardsebesta@gmail.com

Dr. Ronnie Floyd
President
The Executive Committee, Southern Baptist Convention
901 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203-3699

Dear Dr. Floyd:

I regret to report that the Ashley River Baptist Church, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, hosted an event for the 2014 National Reunion of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV). It is reported in the July 30, 2014 issue of the Times Examiner.  I enclose a copy, and the article can be read online at http://www.timesexaminer.com/historical/1914-2014-national-reunion-of-sons-of-confederate-veterans.

The SCV is a group which promotes what I believe and I think any rational person would believe are extremist and racist beliefs as documented in an article by myself at Black Commentator, http://www.blackcommentator.com/526/526_confederacy_sebesta_guest_share.html. I enclose a copy. I do investigative research regarding the neo-Confederate movement. My research has been published by university presses, peer reviewed academic journals, as well as by Black Commentator. My resume is online at www.templeofdemocracy.com/resume.htm. I enclose a copy.

When churches lend neo-Confederate groups the use of their facilities they not only give them support through the use of their facilities but additionally they lend the prestige and credibility of their individual church and denomination to that group. The church is also party to the enabling the agenda of the neo-Confederates.

I am disappointed in the Ashley River Baptist Church actions. The Southern Baptist churches have had a record of not hosting the national conventions of neo-Confederate groups. For national conventions from 1990 to 2014 only one Southern Baptist church had hosted the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which was First Baptist Church of Columbia in South Carolina.  For 1990 to 2013 I don’t find any record of a Southern Baptist church hosting the national convention of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. I enclose tables of hosting churches and bar graphs of the hosting by denomination.  This information can also be found online at the web page www.templeofdemocracy.com/churchesoftheconfederacy.htm.

I had had written the four denominations leading in hosting neo-Confederate national convention services not to host the SCV: Episcopalians (both factions), United Methodist, Presbyterians and Roman Catholics (See again enclosed bar graphs). There were indications that the SCV was having difficulties finding a church.

I did not write any organizations of Southern Baptists in South Carolina since I thought Southern Baptists wouldn’t do such a thing. The Southern Baptist church had seemed to be moving forward on the issue of race with such notable actions as the 1995 apology for slavery. It had seemed that the Southern Baptists comprehended that Christianity was a global effort with no one race or nation privileged over another. Yet this doesn’t seem to be the situation.

The neo-Confederate movement besides bringing back into print nearly every antebellum book defending slavery have also been publishing some modern theological defenses of slavery.

The neo-Confederates have been condemning the Southern Baptist Convention for their apology regarding slavery since the resolution was passed in 1995. (http://www.sbc.net/resolutions/899).  The notorious Southern Partisan had two condemnations published. [2nd Quarter, Vol. 15, 1995, pp. 7 Wesley Pruden; 3rd Quarter, Vol. 15, 1995, pp. 56 Samuel Francis. Documentation enclosed.]

Though the Sons of Confederate Veterans has not directly condemned the Southern Baptists for their resolution, they have strongly promoted and praised the writings that have condemned the Southern Baptists.

Gary Lee Roper has written a book, “Antebellum Slavery: An Orthodox View,” 2008, advocating a pro-slavery theology, in which on pages 281-82 he condemns the Southern Baptist apology and calls those who passed it “pompous ignoramus.” I enclose documentation.

This book is promoted and praised by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in their publication Chaplain’s Corps Chronicles of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In the April 2008 issue the SCV Chaplain’s Corps praises the book and tells the readers it is a “must read.” Documentation enclosed.  (http://www.scv.org/pdf/chaplains/2008_Apr.pdf ).

The book is also sold in the SCV catalog, SCV’s online store, and in their official publication Confederate Veteran. I enclose documentation.

Walter D. Kennedy has written a book “Myths of American Slavery,” Pelican Publishing Company, 2003. The Southern Baptists are denounced for their apology on pages 88-96 in a section titled “Radical Influence in the Southern Baptist Convention,” in a chapter titled “Abolitionism Versus Christianity.” On page 89 the author states:

“The passing of the so-called Racial Reconciliation Resolution by the assembled delegates defamed and otherwise slandered the good name of Southern Baptists of the past 150 years. The resolution is nothing more than liberal double-speak for an act of cultural genocide against the South.”

Elsewhere on page 89 the resolution is called “infamous” and the author states, “The duped delegates regurgitated on cue the abolitionist (i.e. liberal) propaganda about the institution of African servitude and life in the Old South.” I enclose documentation.

This book is sold in the SCV catalog, SCV’s online store, and in their official publication Confederate Veteran. I enclose documentation.

The Southern Baptists may have apologized over slavery in 1995 but in 2014 it is aiding and abetting an organization that is promoting pro-slavery theology and a neo-Confederate ideology that condemns the Southern Baptist Convention.

One concern I have developed in investigating neo-Confederate groups is how they are enabled by mainstream organizations such as corporations, churches, government bodies and others. So I have decided to ask these groups to reconsider their relations with specific neo-Confederate groups. It is all well and good that I have written on extremist Confederate Christian nationalists for the Canadian Review of American Studies (http://www.templeofdemocracy.com/ConfederateChristianNationalism.pdf), but I have realized that the enabling of a racist historical consciousness in the general public and racist neo-Confederate groups by mainstream churches is as detrimental to America as these fringe churches referred to in my paper. The Christianity advocated by the SCV is largely similar. You can review their Chaplain’s Chronicle online at http://www.scv.org/about/chaplainsChronicle.php and http://chaplain-in-chief.com/.

In the summer of 2013 I had a successful campaign getting corporations to stop supporting the SCV as reported in a Black Commentator article which is available online at a free guest link at http://www.blackcommentator2.com/527_cover_scv_donation_loss_sebesta_guest.html. (Link is also in my online resume.) It took eight days for this campaign to succeed. I regret to say that so far the temples of Mammon were much more willing to give up neo-Confederacy than the churches of Christ.

I ask that the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention not host the events of neo-Confederate organizations.

Finally as other denominations inevitably move away from hosting neo-Confederate groups the neo-Confederate groups will seek alternatives and the Southern Baptist Convention risks being the leading church hosting neo-Confederate organizations. This transition seems to have already started.


                                                                   Sincerely Yours,



                                                                   Edward H. Sebesta

PS: My website is undergoing redesign, but there will be redirects for all the pages that were on www.templeofdemocracy.com and the web pages mentioned should be easily found. The resume will be Curriculum Vitae, etc.

CC:  See the tables on the following pages:


No
Name
Title
Mailing Address
1
Dr. Ronnie Floyd
President
The Executive Committee, SBC, 901 Commerce St., Nashville, TN 37203-3699
2
Michael W. Routt
Chairman Executive Committee
Senior Pastor Circle Drive Baptist Church, 801 N Circle Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
3
John L. Yeats
Vice Chairman Executive Committee
Executive Director Missouri Baptist Convention, 400 E High St, Jefferson City, MO 65101
4
Carol A. Yarber
Secretary Executive Committee
Retired Office manager, Athens, TX
5
Shane B. Hall
Admin. Comm. Chair Executive Committee
Pastor First Southern Baptist Church, 6400 S Sooner Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73135
6
Stephen N. Rummage
Bus. & Fin. Comm. Chair
Senior Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd, Brandon, FL 33511
7
Benjamin F. Kelley
CP Comm. Chair
Vice President/Executive Director Baptist Health Care Foundation, Montgomery, AL
8
Debby Akerman
Executive Committee Member
Myrtle Beach, SC, WMU national President. 100 Missionary Ridge Dr, Birmingham, AL 35242
9
Kenneth W. Alford
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Crossroads Baptist Church, 3001 Country Club Dr, Valdosta, GA 31602
10
James W. Averett
Executive Committee Member
Retired Southern Company, Birmingham, AL
11
Mark H. Ballard
Executive Committee Member
President Northeastern Baptist College, Northeastern Baptist College
PO Box 4600
Bennington, VT 05201-4600
12
Tom Biles
Executive Committee Member
Executive Director Tampa Bay Baptist Assocaiton, 1060 W Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
13
Charles W. Boling
Executive Committee Member
Director of Missions, Williamson Baptist Assoc., 10093 Old Bainbridge Trail, Marion, IL 62959
14
Wilma J. Booth
Executive Committee Member
Retired teacher, Elgin, IL
15
Tim W. Brasher
Executive Committee Member
CEO, Scottsdale, AZ
16
Charles R. Chambers
Executive Committee Member
CFO Consultant, First Baptist, Toledo, OH
17
M. Kent Choate
Executive Committee Member
Community Groups Pastor, The Church At, Broken Arrow, OK SEND VIA HEADQUARTERS
18
Tony L. Crisp
Executive Committee Member
Eastanalle Baptist Church, 482 County Road 725, Riceville, TN 37370
19
B. Scott Davis
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Pitts Baptist Chuch, 140 Pitts School Rd NW, Concord, NC 28027
20
Eddie W. DeHondt, Jr.
Executive Committee Member
Minister Rose Park Baptist Church, 5560 Buncombe Rd, Shreveport, LA 71129
21
Procopio U. DeLeon
Executive Committee Member
Senior Scientist, Laurel Springs, NJ.
22
David O. Dykes
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Green Acres Baptist Church, 1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler, TX 75701
23
J. Paul Fleming
Executive Committee Member
Executive Pastor Forestville Baptist Church, 2 Old McElhaney Rd, Greenville, SC 29617
24
Robert O. Freshour
Executive Committee Member
Pastor First Baptist Church-South Lyon, 60820 Marjorie Ann St, South Lyon, MI 48178
25
James W. Gregory
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor First Southern Baptist Church,1400 N 3rd E, Mountain Home, ID 83647
26
Ron F. Hale
Executive Committee Member
Senior Adult/Pastoral Care, West Jackson Baptist Church, 580 Oil Well Rd, Jackson, TN 38305
27
David A. Hall
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor, Oak Grove Baptist Chuch, 2106 Churchville Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015
28
David E. Hamilton
Executive Committee Member
Pastor West Heights Baptist Church, 336 W Oxford St, Pontotoc, MS 38863
29
Ted I. Haney
Executive Committee Member
Financial Planner, Lynn Haven, FL
30
Bedford F. Hanson
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Mountain View Baptist Church, 4250 Poison Spider Rd, Mills, WY 82604
31
Phil Harper
Executive Committee Member
Accounting Professor, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
32
Phillip Herring
Executive Committee Member
Minister of Education, First Baptist Church, 312 Kempsville Rd, Norfolk, VA 23502
33
Timonthy Hight
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Grace Life Baptist Church, 1640 Peppers Ferry Road, Christiansburg, VA 24073
34
Mike Holloway
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Cook Baptist Church, 2000 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270
35
Rebecca S. Illingsworth
Executive Committee Member
Legal Secretary/Recruiting Assistance, Royse City, TX
36
Ralph Jenkins
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Airway Hieghts Baptist Church, 12322 W Sunset Hwy, Airway Heights, WA 99001
37
William E. Kinchen
Executive Committee Member
Semi-retired insurance, Jackson, MS
38
David W. King
Executive Committee Member
Rancher, Stanley, NM
39
Bobby L. Kirk
Executive Committee Member
Farmer, Real Estate Broker, Doddsville, MS
40
Franklin D. Kovaleski
Executive Committee Member
Retired NFHS, Anderson, IN
41
Michael L. Lawson
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor First Baptist Church, 400 S. Travis St., Sherman, TX  75090
42
Steven W. Loggins
Executive Committee Member
Director of Missions, Mount Olive, AL
43
R. Ron Madison
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Mount Zion Baptist Church, 228 Mt Zion Rd, Huntsville, AL 35806
44
Timothy D. Maynard
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Fruit Cove Baptist Church, 501 Florida 13, St Johns, FL 32259
45
Paul E. McPherson
Executive Committee Member
Retired CPA, Magnolia, AR
46
Christopher D. Metcalf
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Lihue Baptist Church, 3223 Elua St, Lihue, HI 96766
47
Terry H. Montgomery
Executive Committee Member
President/CEO Charlotte, NC
48
John H. Moore
Executive Committee Member
Retired Physician, Associate Pastor Branson First Baptist Church, 400 S Sunshine St, Branson, MO 65616
49
D. Wayne Myrick
Executive Committee Member
CEO, MG Design & Construction, Verbena, AL
50
Robert Neely
Executive Committee Member
Pastoral Associate/Sales, Spartenburg, SC
51
Timothy A. Ohis
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Believers Southern Baptist Church, 13909 West 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67235
52
L. Douglas Passmore
Executive Committee Member
Pastor First Baptist East, 3302 SE Lee Blvd, Lawton, OK 73501
53
Jeff L. Paul
Executive Committee Member
Pastor First Baptist Church, 302 S Missouri St, Archie, MO 64725
54
Pat J. Pavlian
Executive Committee Member
Mortgage Banker, Highland, CA
55
David C. Perdue
Executive Committee Member
Business, Memphis, TN
56
Michael E. Pope
Executive Committee Member
Dentist, Somerset, TN
57
Bill Price
Executive Committee Member
Vocational Evangelist, Covington, GA
58
James A. Ray
Executive Committee Member
Banker, Clearwater, FL
59
Charles Rhinehart
Executive Committee Member
Engineer, Youngsville, LA
60
Wayne Robertson
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Morningside Baptist Church, 425 Connell Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602
61
Lovina K. Rush
Executive Committee Member
Retired Commerce Bank, Holt, MO
62
Cheryl S. Samples
Executive Committee Member
Retired Educator, Dallas, GA
63
Michael L. Scifres
Executive Committee Member
Retired pharmacist, Eufaula, OK
64
Jay F. Shell
Executive Committee Member
Attorney, Batesville, AR
65
John Mark Simmons
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Highland Hills Baptist Church,  615 College Dr, Henderson, NV 89002
66
Danny S. Sinquefield
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Faith Baptist Church, 2775 Shelby St, Bartlett, TN 38134
67
Rotland E. Slade
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Meridian Southern Baptist Church, 660 S 3rd St, El Cajon, CA 92019
68
John E. Smith
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Munfordville Baptist Church, 501 N West St, Munfordville, KY 42765
69
Roger L. Spradlin
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Valley Baptist Church, 4800 Fruitvale Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93308
70
Robert E. Stennett
Executive Committee Member
Attorney, Scott Depot, WV
71
Michael R. Stone
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Emannual Baptist Church, 217 W Carter Ave, Blackshear, GA 31516
72
Dale R. Suel
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Amherst Baptist Church, 100 Willow Ridge Dr, Amherst, NY 14228
73
Robert D. Summerlin
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Lone Oak First Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003
74
Stephen K. Swofford
Executive Committee Member
Pastor First Baptist Church, 610 S Goliad St, Rockwall, TX 75087
75
Thomas B. Tucker III
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor Sisk Memorial Baptist Church, 115 Massey St, Fort Mill, SC 29715
76
G. Harris Waner Jr.
Executive Committee Member
Attorney, Calloway, VA
77
Jeffrey B. Watson
Executive Committee Member
Attorney, Winston-Salem, NC
78
Stanley J. Welch
Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor West Asheville Baptist Church, 926 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
79
Bradford M. Wheeler
Executive Committee Member
Pastor Capitol Hill Baptist Church,  525 A St NE, Washington, DC 20002
80
Bill D. Whitaker
Executive Committee Member
Retired Pastor, Glasgow Baptist Church, 401 S Green St, Glasgow, KY 42141
81
Andy H. Wilson
Executive Committee Member
Executive Leader -- Ministry & Operations, First Baptist Church, Springdale, AR. 1709 Johnson Rd, Springdale, AR 72762
82
Rev. Dave Patterson
Senior Pastor
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
83
Rev. Ron Shearer
Pastor of Education
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
84
Rev. David Martin Sr.
Pastor of Worship
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
85
Rev. Kent Williams
Pastor of Youth and Missions
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
86
Ms. Lauren Thomas
Director for Children's Ministries
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
87
Mr. Albert Jenkins
Ministry Assistant for Finance
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
88
Ms. Lynn Chamberlain
Ministry Assistant 
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
89
Mrs. Veronica Rodoski
Ministry Assistant
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
90
Mr. Fred Lane
Head of Maintenance Department
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
91
Ms. Heather McDonald
Child Development Director
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
92
Mrs. Lindsay Welch
Child Development Assistant Director
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407




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No.
Denomination
Officer
Title
Address
1
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
Dr. Jerry Young
President Elect
Pastor Dr. Jerry Young, New Hope Baptist Church,  5202 Watkins Dr., Jackson, MS 39206
2
National Baptist Convention of America International Inc.
Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert Jr.
President Elect
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc., 777 S R L Thornton Freeway, Suite # 210, Dallas, Texas 75203
3
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
Dr. Nehemiah Davis
National President
NMBCA, 6925 Wofford Dr., Dallas, Texas 75227
4
Progressive National Baptist Conventions, Inc.
Dr. James C. Perkins
President  
PROGRESSIVE NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, INC., 601 - 50th Street, NE , Washington, DC  20019
5
Full Gospel Baptist Church
Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Bishop Paul S. Morton Ministries, 3350 Greenbriar Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30331, United States of America
6
Full Gospel Baptist Church
Bishop John W. Walker III
Presiding Bishop-Elect
Bishop Joseph Walker Ministries, P.O. Box 330374, Nashville, TN 37203



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