Columbus Was a Christian Hero. Happy #ColumbusDay! 

 

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“I ordered that everyone [the natives] be treated honorably because they are the best and gentlest people in the world…”
-Christopher Columbus
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Columbus has become a very controversial character in history. Some adore him but it seems as if these days most people think he was anywhere from very bad to completely evil.
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All the information and misinformation had me confused for years. First, I liked him, then I hated him. He’s the perfect fall guy for the current social trend to hate all things Christian, white and male. 
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So who was he? Saint or sinner? Before I could present a Columbus day narrative to my children I HAD to know the truth, or as close to the truth as I could reasonably get. 
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So here it is. My best assessment of Christopher Columbus and I must say that where my research took me was not somewhere I expected to go. 
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I went into this project thinking, “OK, he was probably bad but was he that bad? You know, ear cutting, slave taking, cold blooded murderer that some pieces would make him out to be- bad?” and I ended up coming out at the other end of my research thrilled to have studied him! 
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I can honestly say he truly was a very brave, smart and faithful man. His journal logs were so inspiring that I’ve decided to make his entire log book mandatory reading for my boys as they come of age.

I would even venture to call him a “hero.”
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I know that’s a bold statement in today’s world. No doubt what happened AFTER Columbus was terrible for the Native peoples. As the Spanish came and eventually the migration to North America of the Europeans, millions of Natives lost their lives to European disease and slave labor. 
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Despite the fact that millions of Europeans found refuge in a New World and had their lives saved from religious prosecution and death in Europe, it cannot excuse what happened to the Natives of Central and North America and even though Columbus was not really the first to “discover” these areas nor did he personally exploit them (he died in poverty) others used Columbus’ research and discoveries in an indefensible way.
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Not all of those indefensible actions, however grave, can be laid upon the shoulders of a man who died only 14 years after he found this New World. 
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So let’s get some of the “ugly” out in the open. Columbus is accused of horrible acts. He is accused of enslaving the native population onto farming plantations during his 3rd visit to the islands. Men, women and children died by the thousands during his reign as governor of this territory.
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Did those thousands die of cruel treatment, or did they die of disease? Some most likely died of cruel treatment during his governorship and we know countless people lost their lives to European diseases. This is fact. 
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What is not fact however is how Columbus or his brothers, who were ruling with him, treated the natives. All of the negative accounts of Columbus’ treatment of the natives comes from, or was gathered by, one man. Just one and he was not unbiased. 
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His name was Francisco de Bobadilla. Bobadilla was sent to check up on Columbus. After only a few days Bobadilla had Columbus and his brothers returned to Spain in chains without a chance to offer a defense.
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Christopher wrote to a friend at court…

         “It is now seventeen years since I came to serve these princes with the Enterprise of the Indies. They made me pass eight of them in discussion, and at the end rejected it as a thing of jest. Nevertheless I persisted therein … Over there I have placed under their sovereignty more land than there is in Africa and Europe, and more than 1,700 islands … In seven years I, by the divine will, made that conquest. At a time when I was entitled to expect rewards and retirement, I was incontinently arrested and sent home loaded with chains … The accusation was brought out of malice on the basis of charges made by civilians who had revolted and wished to take possession on the land … I beg your graces, with the zeal of faithful Christians in whom their Highnesses have confidence, to read all my papers, and to consider how I, who came from so far to serve these princes … now at the end of my days have been despoiled of my honor and my property without cause, wherein is neither justice nor mercy”
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Once in Spain Columbus and his brothers went before the King’s court and where they were acquitted of the charges. They were allowed to return to the islands but Columbus could not be governor any longer. Meanwhile Bobadilla had established himself as governor.
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So, what are the facts here? Did Bobadilla have reason to arrest Columbus? Yes, he wanted Columbus’ job and he got it! Did the King and Queen have reason to acquit Columbus yet not reinstall him as governor? What kind of verdict was that anyway -he was guilty enough not to be governor but too innocent for jail? 

Seems odd. 
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But you see, under the Capitulation’s of Santa Fe, the Spanish Crown owed Columbus 10% of the wealth found in the New World. So, of course when he asked for his retirement money, an old man with severe arthritis, they said “Nope, sorry, remember, we had to let you go.”

Convenient. 
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Like an old time cop drama “He was just two weeks away from retirement!!!”
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But why when reading this history do I give Columbus so much benefit of the doubt? Because I read his logs. Whether or not he acted perfectly in every situation after reading his logs upon his first discovery of the New World I can safely say I know what his intent was.

He wanted to convert them, not kill them.
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You see Columbus was a deeply religious man who had two goals, spread his faith and get gold for the court who funded his trip. 
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“But maybe he was trying to convert them through force?” some might ponder.
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Columbus wrote in his logs on October 12, 1492 “I know they [the natives] are people who can be made free and converted to our Holy Faith more by love than by force.” 
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In his logs he was always looking for gold but he had nothing but love and honor for the native people. 

He wrote, “They are very well-built people, with handsome bodies and fine faces.” October 12, 1492

“They traded everything with goodwill, but it seems to me that they have very little and are poor in everything. I warned my men to take nothing from the people without giving something in exchange.” October 12, 1492
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Columbus gave strict orders to his men to treat the natives with the utmost respect. When they rowed ashore to an island and found that the villagers had fled their homes Columbus ordered his men not to touch or take anything from the Native’s abandoned homes. 
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“I ordered that everyone [Natives] be treated honorably because they are the best and gentlest people in the world…” 

“I gave them [Natives] glass beads, brass rings and hawks’ bells, not because they asked for anything but because it seemed to me to be the right thing to do…” December 21, 1492
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“…I do not believe there is a better people or a better country. They love their neighbors as themselves, and they have the softest and gentlest voices in the world and are always smiling.” December 25, 1492
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During his travel among the islands many of the native people told Columbus of some tribes on nearby islands that committed horrible murders, slaughters and were cannibals. They even showed him men from their tribe with chunks of flesh torn from their bodies and told Columbus it was the cannibals who had done it.
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Columbus did not believe them and still attempted to visit all the islands and natives that he could on his travels, which to me means two things. First, that Columbus was very brave and second, that there may have been natives in the area that Columbus later had to defend himself against in a violent way. 
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Perhaps Columbus abandoned his faith and began slaughtering the Natives later in life? Not likely. Records from his son show us that Columbus, who already praised the Lord every few sentences in his early journals, only grew MORE devout and faithful in his advancing age.
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Conclusion and citations…

The issue is this: we may never know the full truth of who exactly Columbus was and what role he played in the deaths of the native peoples of America but that is no reason to demonize Columbus. There are far more historical evidences of his virtues than of anything else.
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I do invite you however to read Columbus’ personal logs. You can find them in The Log of Christopher Columbus by Robert H Fuson, PhD (complied by the National Geographic Columbus Project 1986) from which I derived most of this information. After considering many Columbus resources I found this to be the one which would give the best historical accuracy. I also cited Samuel Eliot Morison, Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus p. 576.

Hate Round Up {You Tube}

I wont make these Hate Round Up posts a regular thing here on my blog, but I felt prompted to share a few more comments. These were left on a video I made following the march in Charlottesville. I had been scheduled to speak and my speech was going to be on the importance of the family. I made this video to show everyone that there was nothing hateful, nothing violent about the speeches planned in Charlottesville, yet this is how some people react to a woman talking about the importance of family…

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Hate Round Up {Facebook}

Well, with everything in the news it’s been an interesting few months especially in the department of online stalkers and trolls. Here is just a small sampling of two months worth of hate mail from just my Facebook page’s direct messages alone. This does not include my Facebook Page, personal Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube which also get the same sorts of messages on a daily basis. Keep in mind, I’ve never claimed whites are superior in any way, I’ve never advocated hate or violence, and I’ve never said anything negative about an entire group of people or any individual based on their race. 

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My Beloved Christopher Columbus 

Years ago I sat down and spent a lot of time researching and digging through what Columbus had done as well as his actual words and records and what I found was a man very different than the man the Leftist public school system had taught me about. In this video I share some facts about that man. Watch it here

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Don’t #TakeAKnee? You’re A White Supremacist. Meanwhile, White Mothers Are Shot To Death In Church

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This is a headline from Huff Po today, in all seriousness they do not mean this as a joke. This makes me want to shout from the roof top! This is what they’ve been leading up to for years now! These are the same lunatics who have been calling me a white supremacist for daring to say rap and black ghetto culture are bad influences on children and for having the audacity to say that white people should be encouraged to have families and children. 

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And just as they came for me and tried to smear me in the international press, literally no white personal is safe from their racist, anti white, obsession. Today, it doesn’t matter if you are speaking for out for white people, it doesn’t matter if you try to stay silent or try to appease them, they will keep narrowing the definition of “racist, white supremacist, Nazi” until every last white person fits inside of it. 

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And once we are all labeled white supremacists and we are out numbered in America, what happens next? Can anyone guess? 

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What happened in Antioch, TN last Sunday? A radical, black supremacist, #TakeAKnee supporter and Sudanese refugee “dreamer,” who posted all over his Facebook about how evil white people are; went into a church, yes, a church, shot a young mother of two children in the back, rolled her over and shot her in the face. The first step toward normalizing this hate crime is the fact that it, and all the others like it, go virtually unreported while all the media can do, the week after this innocent mother was murdered, is scream about football players standing for our national anthem. 

Michaelmas – A Week Long Celebration Guide


  Me dressed up as Sir George to tell the kids a Michaelmas tale.

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Since 2009 my family and I have celebrated Michaelmas with a week of activities which include; crafts, games, dressing up and story time and every year I post this guide so that you can join the fun with us! 

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Fall Equinox falls one week prior to the Christian celebration of Michaelmas. These two holidays are often celebrated in similar fashions, with harvest feasts and various fall merriment. Michaelmas; also known as the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels, is a time -as the days grow shorter-  to reflect on our inner strength that helps us over come the darkness in the world 

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 The first ingredient in our week of fun is the story. Told in eight parts, the story brings to life the changing of the seasons and weaves these changes into a brave narrative of one boy’s defeat of a mighty dragon.

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To join our celebration simply read the eight parts of the story guide and then expand the story line yourself as long or short as you like. Add places, names, descriptions and details. Be sure to tell the story to your children without reading it from a page, look at them, really engage them. Older children can have fun helping you flesh out the details of your story so that it truly becomes a narrative that is special and enduring to your family and can be shared year after year.

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I dress up as Sir George with a knitted knight hat and red silk cape when I tell the tale. Be sure and tell the story early on in the day so you have time for the craft or activity I have suggested to accompany the narrative.

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If you’re artistic use paper and crayons, paint, chalk or whatever to create a picture to go along with each day’s story. Encourage your children to create impromptu artwork about the story as well.

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I’ve also created a list of things you will need for your week long celebration, don’t worry, it’s all very simple!

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Supplies for the Week:

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Local vegetables (to bake or steam)

Local, grass fed meat

Candles and candle holders or gourds and candles

Leaves (don’t worry if they haven’t turned yet, that’s OK)

Paper and crayon for leaf rubbings

Clay Ingredients – Baking soda, corn starch

Silks, scarves or blankets for a cape

Cardboard, scissors, tape

Cookie ingredients or prepared sugar cookie dough

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Daily Guide

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Friday, September 22nd, Fall Equinox

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Story guide: Begin by telling of an ancient land where all the people in the land (Mother Nature’s Realm, Avalon, maybe the city where you live or ?) are harvesting their crops and hold a big feast. Tell the children what kind of crops the people grew (based maybe on your local foods) and how the mothers and daughters careful prepared the food in big hot ovens built by the fathers and grandfathers. 

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Activity: Prepare a simple harvest dinner using your local veggies and grass fed meats. As a family, talk about where the food came from, who grew it and who harvested it.

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Saturday, September 23rd

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Story Guide: In our ancient land, where last night we heard about the harvest and the feast, The Sun has decided that he’s tired of shinning all day long during these long, drawn out, summer days and the people no longer really need him to grow their food since the harvest so he asks the Angels to make the days shorter for a while so he can get more rest.

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Activity: Set out candles in your home in anticipation of Father Sun’s long naps or carve gourd lanterns.

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Sunday, September 24th

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Story Guide: Sister Wind grows chilly without the Sun around all day. She blows and blows to warm up, the way that running around can make you all hot and sweaty, but all her blowing just makes the leaves very cold. The cold leaves have the idea of trying to warm up by turning the colors of fire.

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Activity: Leaf rubbings

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Monday, September 25th

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Story Guide: But turning the colors of fire does no good, the leaves are still cold and slowly they drop one by one to the ground. Some of the fire leaves fall upon a huge mound of earth and magically they become the scales on the back of a mighty dragon! The dragon immediately begins doing what dragons naturally do, he ravages villages and eats fair maidens, hissing big clouds of fire and smoke through the sky! 

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Activity: Rake up some leaves into a pile, pretend it’s a dragon. Give him a scary name. If you don’t have leaves work with what you have; straw, a mound of dirt, a tree stump or a pile of laundry. To get even more creative make a papier-mâché head or tail.

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Tuesday, September 26th

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Story Guide: The dragon frightens Mother Night and she is too scared to let the moon come out. The people know that without the moon there will be no winter night light for the hibernating animals and without a long winter nap the animals and seeds will not have energy to grow next spring. So the people ask their angels to help them.

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Activity: Make clay angel ornaments using this recipe. Bake them with ribbon inside and a loop at the top. Hang your angels on the trees outside to protect you from the dragon (or inside if your dragon is a pile of laundry).

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Wednesday, September 27th 

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Story Guide: The Angels agree that something must be done. They send a magic cape and sword to a young boy named George and knight him, Sir George, the brave knight of the Angels. He is afraid but he accepts the challenge to fight the dragon.

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Activity: Make a stick or cardboard sword

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Thursday, September 28th

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Story Guide: George and his magic cape and sword chase the dragon all around the earth, up into heaven and back. He fights many mighty battles. He fights the dragon in water, over a bridge, up a tall tower, in a field. George is tired, he doesn’t think he can go on. George prays and asks God for inner strength the courage to save his people. 

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Activity: Make a cape. You can get fancy and use silk scarves that you dye naturally or simply use a cut up sheet, blanket or scarf.

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Friday, September 29th, Michaelmas!

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Story Guide: God sends The Angel Michael to George and the Angel Michael tells George about the war in heaven and how he helped win the battle that ended in Lucifer being cast out of heaven. Through Michaels example, George gains new strength to slay the mighty dragon. He corners the dragon between two large boulders and victoriously defeats him. All the people are happy and bake good things to eat and give them to the brave George.

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*Don’t be tempted to think this tale as too violent for young ones. Children view the world and death differently than we do as adults. The simple triumph of slaying the dragon will not translate into violent animal murdering adults, I promise. Fairy tales speak to the soul and part of that magic is the death of the evil in the story. This empowers children to believe they can conquer their own woes, putting them to “death.”

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Activity: Dress the family up and act out the whole story, bake sugar cookies cut them out to look like dragons, swords, angels, etc., read Revelations Chapter 12. Go on a dragon hunt. My family goes to the same place every year, a park with natural cave formations, and we explore, hunting for dragon tracks in the dirt to see if we can find him. 

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Two knights and a princess hunt for dragons! 

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You can follow my family’s Michaelmas adventures on my Instagram account (link in the side bar)

Hairstyles; How Much Is Too Much? 

These hairstyles are amazing and my mind is blown at the talent of these stylists. Women’s social media right now is full of quickly edited videos that show how you can turn braided hair into elaborate designs, some looking like hats, bows and flowers. It seeme like innocent fun however many might not realize that the Bible warns us against these sorts of things. 

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In  1 Timothy 2: 9-10 we read, “Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.” 

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Now, I’ve spoken to many Biblical scholars about this passage and they have told me that it refers to the lavish, costly and ornate braided hairstyles of that time period that women would spend days creating, not simple braids like you might see on Little House on the Prairie. It’s interesting to me that in this time today when we see more and more people rejecting Biblical counsel on homosexuality, divorce, abortion, socialism, leadership, chastity, the family, hard work, modestly, etc. that we also see the rerun of these sorts of hairstyles. 

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Be careful out there friends. Read your scriptures often and pray about all things.