July 2003

A Tribute to Strom Thurmond: The Last True Christian™ Senator

Celebrating the Values that Forged our Nation!

America just lost one of its greatest leaders.  Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina faithfully represented the interests of his constituents – South Carolinians and all True Christians nationwide --for almost 50 years.  He died at age 100.  Like Ronald Reagan, he had unfortunately lost much of his grasp of reality at least a decade before he retired from politics.  But just as Reagan served our great nation through eight years of dementia, so, too, Thurmond was ever-present in the closely divided Senate until his retirement just months ago.  Aides propped up both his arms as they carried him to his seat, prodded him when it was time to awake for a critical vote and told him how he should vote.  And then, Thurmond, being the dedicated leader he was, using every ounce of his limited energy, managed to blurt out the word “Nay” in response to any bill that might tend to expand civil rights or somehow increase social tolerance of the weaker races.

“I wanna tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that there’s not enough troops in the army to force the southern people to break down segregation and admit the nigger race into our theaters and swimming pools, into our homes and into our churches.” 

                                                                   - Strom Thurmond, 1948

During a time when many of our leaders in the G.O.P. (God’s Own Party) have succumbed to the political correctness movement, pretending to support non-whites to avoid alienating a substantial portion of the electorate, Thurmond maintained his integrity and remained dedicated to the platform that first got him elected: separation of the races—now and forever.  He maintained this view to his death, even in the face of Republican Congressmen declining to come to the aid of Trent Lott for supporting Thurmond’s segregationist Presidential campaign platform.  These Republican turncoats cowardly criticized Lott for openly expressing what all of them believe but are too politically-minded to express.

Early in his career, Thurmond served as a circuit court judge and presided over the 1941 trial of a colored tenant farmer accused of murder.  The uppity Negro had the audacity to request a Saturday off from work, prompting the plantation owner to storm into his tent, carrying a pistol and the club he regularly used to beat servants who failed to do as they were told.  The worker reached for his own gun and shot the owner, simply to avoid the deadly retribution he so obviously deserved.  Judge Thurmond ignored the Supreme Court edict that excluding blacks from a jury is unconstitutional and courageously allowed an all-white jury to decide the boy’s fate.  Given the boy’s defiance of his master’s orders, Thurmond refused to instruct the jury on the issue of self-defense.  Needless to say, when the jury then convicted the boy of murder, Thurmond sentenced him to death.  The grateful people of South Carolina responded by electing Thurmond governor.

Senator Thurmond consistently voted against any bill that might allow coloreds to think they were white.  Thurmond holds the record for the longest filibuster in Senate history, during which he refused to allow Congress to consider the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He tried so hard to block the appointment of Thurgood Marshall, the first colored on the Supreme Court, asking Marshall during the confirmation hearing 60 obscure legal questions to prove the Senator’s long-held and consistently maintained view that minorities just aren’t competent when out of the fields.

In honor of this great man and his wonderful achievements, the church will hold a special celebration next Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Exodus Park.  The gathering will be on par with the services we previously held to honor the deaths of other great men like Richard Nixon, Joseph McCarthy and Lee Harvey Oswald.  Since this will be a celebration of Thurmond’s greatness rather a memorial service, white robes will, of course, be worn.  Given the National Weather Service predictions of the heat index that day, hoods will be optional. Be sure to bring your children to witness the glorious lighting of the cross ceremony and the favorite hymns of Strom Thurmond sing-a-long.







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