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Abolitionist movement in America was dominated by Christians

To The Daily Sun,

It appears I hit a raw nerve with Ted Hill of Laconia, based on his recent letter in The Sun. I am pretty sure he was referencing me when he declared that "the very first reaction any white, Christian male should have to race relations in America is to shut up." I am guessing that since he was born in the early 1950s, he must have incurred some terrible racism at the hands of "white Christian males" and if so, I am very sorry he had to go through that. Having said that, Ted, telling me to shut up about race because I am a white Christian male sounds like you may be teaching or perhaps attended some course on white privilege. Those are the only reasons I can come up with as to why you seem to have made so many wrong assumptions about me. I recently wrote a letter about race relations, so I am quite sure you were referencing me.

Was it not the northern, white, Christian men and women, mostly Republican, who told the slave-holding southern Democrats that they could only count the slaves as three-fifths of a person so as not to give them more voting power? Power they wanted to keep in order to maintain control of their racist policies? I believe the correct message was that if you want to give those slaves a full vote, then give them their freedom and have them work for you as free and independent men and women. Was it not an anti-slavery movement to have them finally treated as equals, rather than as "less than livestock," as you assert?

Yes, it did take a "horrific Civil War to end slavery." I believe you are right in claiming that it was also "to keep the Union together." But Ted, did not hundreds of thousands of white males, Christian or otherwise, die in an effort to also end slavery? According to Ted, there were no white Christian males involved in the abolitionist movement. He laments that they "were chasing black folks all the way to Canada" so they could again shackle them and beat them. Well Ted, none other than Orlando Patterson, a Harvard University professor of sociology, who just happens to be black, disagrees with you. His historical research shows that the modern anti-slavery movement which included Wilberforce in England and the abolitionists in America were dominated by Christians. It was Christians who believed that all of us were created equal in the eyes of God. Yes I know, that thinking is anathema to atheists and to most people on left. Many historians and researchers, including Dinesh D'Sousa, believe that it was Christians who killed slavery while most of the rest of the world stood by and watched. Perhaps Ted will come up with some proof as to how and why Christians had nothing to do with the abolition of slavery.

Then Ted made the highly racist and inflammatory claim that "white Christian males" deem it appropriate treatment to kill black children in 2016 and that supposedly is why the Black Lives Matter movement has the right to destroy property, block traffic, injure people and stifle free speech. Ted has the audacity to say something like that while simultaneously telling every "white Christian male" to shut up because we are not allowed to speak up about race relations in our own country. Sorry Ted, this is America and free speech still exists, though the left is doing its level best to stifle it. So I will not shut up because I want, desire and absolutely lust for "unfettered free speech." Here's another quote from Orlando Patterson: "America has a better record of legal protection of blacks than any other society, white or black. It offers greater opportunities for blacks than all others including Africa."

As for me, the so called "misguided white man," the "ignorant white Christian male," one incapable of dealing with reality and so I make up my own BS as the truth? Perhaps you might want to know me just a little bit before casting nasty aspersions upon my character. I soldiered alongside many blacks while in the Army. I hung out with them, played sports with them and loved and danced to the soul music that they played. Okay, it's true, I couldn't dance like them. I have worked with blacks during my 30 years and counting of helping those afflicted with severe mental illness and children who have been abused and traumatized. I have read many, many books by black authors, the names of which I have referenced many times in my letters. I have read the works of Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass. I still read the writings of Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and dozens of other black authors.

That is where I get my "misguided notions." I would actually hope to get to meet you some day and have a rational, reasoned discussion about this very issue since we both grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. It is because of this background that I think I understand where your anger and passion are coming from. I am just not sure you are giving "white Christian males" a fair shake. In any event, I do wish you well, Ted, and please do keep on writing.

Russ Wiles


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Funeral home needs to extend stack high enough to ease offense

To The Daily Sun,

Having read Tracy Pillsbury's letter in today's edition, I'm moved to write ... both to compliment on her well-written, to-the-point letter and to express my surprise and amazement that such a situation was allowed to develop in Meredith or anywhere.

When my wife died in LRGH on Valentine's Day, 2003, her body was taken to Phaneuf Funeral Home in Manchester, where she was cremated. I have always assumed that crematories only operated in large cities and with very high stacks. Only now do I learn that they are all over the place and can be a real detriment to abutters as is surely the existing case with the American Police Motorcycle Museum.

I only hope the powers that be — state, federal or town — will make the Mayhew Funeral Home extend their stack high enough to ease the offending conditions or somehow reimburse the owners of the museum for the expense incurred should they be forced to move.

Guy Stoye

Meredith and Danbury

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