Thursday, July 10th, 2008 | Author:

A curious phenomenon occurred when Jesse Helms died – he became a saint. I know this often happens, but I still don’t understand it, especially in this case. Here are a couple of his statements from the NY Times:

”To rob the Negro of his reputation of thinking through a problem in his own fashion is about the same as trying to pretend that he doesn’t have a natural instinct for rhythm and for singing and dancing.” — on criticism that a fictional character in his newspaper column was offensive, 1956

”The Negro cannot count forever on the kind of restraint that has thus far left him free to clog the streets, disrupt traffic and commerce and interfere with other men’s rights.” — television interview, 1963

As a Christian, I believe that Helms eternal fate was sealed at his death, either to heaven if he trusted in Jesus for his salvation, or to hell if he didn’t, so I will not pray for his soul. At the same time, I will not rewrite history to honor the man simply because he died, but, in my case, that costs me nothing.

L.F. Eason III in Raleigh, NC, also refused to honor Helms - and lost the only job he ever had. Head of a state lab, he refused to lower the flag to half-staff, as ordered by a directive from the governor. After some email wrangling, he was issued an ultimatum: do it or retire. He retired, and gave America a glimpse of of what she was founded on: a man who is willing to stand up for his principles, no matter the cost.

Bravo, Mr. Eason. You are in my prayers.

P.S. If any readers would like to comment to Mr. Eason’s bosses, you may send an email from here.

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