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For Consideration: The Freedom of Repentance

But it is not just communists who oppose Columbus. Here, in the United States, the anti-Columbus movement was sparked by white supremacists nearly 100 years ago. In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan promoted negative characterizations of Columbus in order to vilify Catholics and immigrants, many of whom celebrated Columbus not only as a source of ethnic and religious pride but also as a symbol of the free and diverse society that resulted from the European presence here. The Klan tried to prevent the erection of monuments to the Great Navigator, burned crosses in opposition to efforts to honor him, and argued that commemorations of his voyage were part of a papal plot. Rather than honor a Catholic explorer from the Mediterranean, Klansmen proposed honoring the Norseman Leif Eriksson as discoverer of the New World and a symbol of white pride (Christopher Columbus Day: War against It Has Roots in Marxism & KKK).

The enemy, of my enemy, is my friend, is morally bad basis for our politics. History is filled with morally imperfect individuals doing morally good things. Bad as thisis politically, it is worse morally.

The Gospel not only frees us from the tyranny of sin and death but illusion that we are either morally good or morally wicked. We are, I am, both and personal liberation and my ability to live in peace with my neighbors is found in accepting my own blinding ability to go from Sai to to sinner and back again I the blink of an eye.