When Traditions Oppose Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Beside the Interstate to Nashville, a statue of Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was unveiled on July 11. It has stirred controversy. General Forrest was hero to some, archvillain to others. A fierce Confederate soldier, he embodied courage and leadership. Yet he was a slave trader before the Civil War and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan afterward. Did he have a change of heart when he freed his own slaves before the war's end, or when he resigned from the Klan, denouncing its growing violence?
Somehow this memorial to the Confederacy and to its ideals seems oddly out of place in the New South. To me it is a reminder. Class distinction, pride, and tradition …
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Publication information: Article title: When Traditions Oppose Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: September 15, 1998. Page number: 9. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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