I continue to receive these idiotic emails from something called Dixie Broadcasting, which is apparently an extension of Dixie Outfitters. I’ve asked to be taken off their list, but thus far they’ve refused. The latest email included a list of suggested readings which draws a very close connection between Christianity and the political goals of the Confederacy, high-ranking Confederate commanders, as well as the common soldier. Of course, I am not suggesting that religion was not important to white southerners, but if we were to go on popular perceptions of the Civil War alone one must conclude that Jesus did indeed hold a cabinet position in Jeff Davis’s government. Memory is sometimes very funny.
Update: One of my readers posted a critical comment that I would like to briefly address. First, I did not post the image with the idea of alienating my readers the day after Easter. As I indicated in the comments section I received the email this morning and decided to respond. The reader believes the image to be offensive and I am sensitive to that but at the same time I am curious as to why. After all, Christian themes, and the image of Jesus specifically, are all too common in contemporary images of the Lost Cause. Is the problem that I am the one posting the image to make a point or could the problem be that Jesus has been photoshoped into Davis’s cabinet? Perhaps the problem is the assumption that the individual who photoshoped this had nefarious intentions. That said, I decided to delete the image rather than have people think that I am taking cheap shots at Christianity which I have no intention of doing. Click here if you are interested in viewing the image and scroll down to the second frame.