Mr. Lincoln The Infidel
by Al Benson Jr.
Just as, over the years, we have all been treated to the ethereal fables of Mr. Lincoln as the "great emancipator" of blacks, so have also been treated to many stories about his supposed Christian faith. The problem with all of this is the most patriotic and conservative folks have bought into this hook, line, and sinker. I talked several years ago with a conservative man who informed me that Lincoln "got saved" in the White House. I asked him for some evidence and then sought to go a little into the true nature of Lincoln's character. At that point, he informed me that he "didn't have time for all this." Conversation ended. He had no evidence to back up what he said and I had just punctured the aura of secular holiness that surrounded his secular saint, and he wasn't happy with that. He really didn't want to be confronted with any facts that might force him to change his opinion. So, in many conservative circles, where the truth is supposed to be sought after and revered, many still refuse to deal with any truth that flies in the face of their preconceived notions. I, too, once thought Lincoln was a good man. I was forced, after considerable research, to change my views. That's life.
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