“A Reaction to ‘Columbus Day: A Time to Celebrate Religion in America”
J. Trevor Scines
I am left with no doubt that Columbus was a political explorer contemporary of the beginning of Enlightenment atheistic humanism, but in no way can I reasonably allow the vested interests of the abusive schisms which broke off of orthodox Christian theology to justify Chris Columbus’ behaviors by saying he was a victim of his time or the empire he solicited to fund his exploration, whether it was the crown of Spain, Rome or the crown of Babylon. Other explorers and missionaries protested the mistreatment of indigenous peoples from freedom-from-religious adherents who insisted on using the great name of Christianity, particularly the powerful Roman geopolitical empire and its jealous predecessor cohort twice-removed, the Wild West and New World of Protestantism. Does Ms. Cristina Hadford really believe that Columbus applied the same “pragmatic application” to those he tortured and slaughtered in the “West Indies?” Nor do I give a free pass for Early American slave owners. Many Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Secularists protested slavery and other historical injustices; but it was politically correct and too widely accepted as is evidence by this author’s either whitewashing the issue or maybe an ignorance of actual history.
Columbus and many other yet-to-remain, “manifest-destinized”, egotistical, self-aggrandizing warlords and human rights abusers had to ignore fundamental Judeo-Christian commandments and principals that had already been completely set in stone, and papyrus, that in no uncertain terms slaves were to be treated with dignity and respect. Under the Jewish Old Covenant Law, slaves were to be set free after seven years, called the year of jubilee for slaves and debtors, or if they preferred the care and employment of their employer, master, or lord depending on the culture and era you inherited, they would then be considered bond-slaves, or bondservants, or employees, as I like to refer to modern slaves in the West. This could be considered, in proper context, with someone accusing the Jews and Christianity of advocating slavery, the kind with whips and chains and starving workers. This was not a question of dignity for Columbus as is testified, at least in part, to the fact that he was not canonized of sainthood by his very own church. But Ms. Hadford, you seem to be oblivious to any atrocities committed in the history of the world in order that you may fulfill your westernized, moral-majority-seeking aspirations.
While I will in no way disagree that there should be in fact “A” time to celebrate religion in America, (some would say everyday or once a year and some may say on the first day of the week) I would wholeheartedly disagree that it should be Christopher Columbus who is the catalyst for this celebratory event or formal recognition and I believe there is momentum for my shared belief as five states do not recognize the federal holiday.