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The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

ll are wel­come. No ex­cep­tions,” reads the cheap, blue sign zip-tied to the wrought iron fence be­tween brick pil­lars out­side Christ Church in Alexan­dria.

“All,” that is, ex­cept Ge­orge Washington and Robert E. Lee. Or, any­one who reveres ei­ther of the two great gen­er­als. Or, even the mem­ory of them.

“No ex­cep­tions,” un­less you are some­one who be­lieves his­tory should be stud­ied, re­mem­bered and learned from. Un­less you are some­one who cringes in de­spair when you see Is­lamic State fighters swing­ing sledge­ham­mers against an­tiq­ui­ties they wish to oblit­er­ate today for politi­cal pur­poses.

Nearly 250 years af­ter Washington helped found Christ Church, the vestry de­cided last week to tear down the me­mo­rial to the great Amer­i­can founder and first president.

Along with it, they are tear­ing down another me­mo­rial marker to Lee, who also at­tended Christ Church back in the day be­fore it be­came hi­jacked by politi­cal pea­cocks more in­ter­ested flaunt­ing their own self-per­ceived virtues than just stick­ing to Scrip­ture.

By their own def­i­ni­tion, then, the con­gre­gants of Christ Church for two cen­turies have hap­pily bumped along as white su­prem­a­cists cel­e­brat­ing slav­ery and ex­hibit­ing open hos­til­ity to­ward outsiders, es­pe­cially “peo­ple of color.”

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