Colin Kaepernick vs. the Truth
By Pastor Lee Hemen
September 14, 2018
Colin Kaepernick has become a hero for some and a Nike spokesman for a progressive movement to distort and deconstruct the truth of American history. The mantra goes that the National Anthem is racist because it contains racist philosophies written by a racist. Nothing could be further from the truth. The words in one of the stanzas that no one sings anymore have absolutely nothing to do with slavery or the promotion of it in any way possible. How do I know this to be true, because Key was an active Christian who fought slavery all of his life and he never owned slaves. The words in the stanza that are the focal point of protests do not mean the same things they do today as they did in Key’s day:
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free & the home of the brave.
To be oblivious of this fact is either deliberate or gross ignorance on the part of those who persist in this alteration of historical facts. The words “the hireling and slave” refers to those who were fighting at Fort McHenry because the soldiers were “hirelings” and we are all “slaves” to the sin of war. Nothing could save them from the bombardment going on. It was horrendous. Key was writing about how the British wanted to enslave us and make us their hirelings and slaves as well and it has nothing to do with Kay’s supposed racism. And in fact the truth of the situation is totally amazing. The following is taken from a web site AmericanMinute.com for September 13, 2018 and book by William J. Federer:
Francis Scott Key had actually reworked a previous song he had written nine years earlier to celebrate the American victory over the Muslim Barbary pirates titled “When the Warrior Returns from Battle Afar,” 1805:
In the conflict resistless, each toil they endured,
Till their foes shrunk dismay’d from the war’s desolation,
And pale beam’d the Crescent, its splendour obscured
By the light of the Star-Spangled flag of our nation.
Where, each radiant star gleam’d a meteor of war,
And the turban’d heads bow’d to the terrible glare;
Then mix’d with the olive the laurel did wave,
And form’d a bright wreath for the brows of the brave.
Muslim pirates had enslaved an estimated 180 million Africans and over a million Europeans. Virtually every African slave brought to America had been purchased from Muslim slave markets.
In a twist of irony, those intent on removing symbols and reminders of past groups which participated in enslaving Africans must, to be consistent, also remove Islamic symbols, as Muslim slaves markets sold Africans.
After the Battle of Fort McHenry, President James Madison proclaimed, November 16, 1814:
“The National Legislature having by a Joint Resolution expressed their desire that in the present time of public calamity and war a day may be recommended to be observed by the people of the United States as a day of public humiliation and fasting and of prayer to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of these States, His blessing on their arms, and a speedy restoration of peace …I … recommend … offering … humble adoration to the Great Sovereign of the Universe, of confessing their sins and transgressions, and of strengthening their vows of repentance …that He would be graciously pleased to pardon all their offenses against Him … that He would in a special manner preside over the nation … giving success to its arms.”
Remembering American history is necessary to counteract the socialist/communist tactic of deconstruction, which is:
-say negative things about a country’s founders so people emotionally detach from them;
-then move the people into a neutral position where they no longer remember where they came from;
-then brainwashed then into the socialist/communist future planned for them.
Francis Scott Key fought slavery!
In 1820, a U.S. revenue cutter captured the slave ship Antelope off the coast of Florida with nearly 300 African slaves. Francis Scott Key was defense attorney for the Africans, many of whom were just young teenagers. Spending his own money, Key fought to free the slaves in an expensive legal battle which dragged on for seven years. Arguing their case before the Supreme Court in 1825, Francis Scott Key, as recorded by Henry S. Foote: “… greatly surpassed the expectations of his most admiring friends … Key closed with … an electrifying picture of the horrors connected with the African slave trade.”
Jonathan M. Bryant wrote in Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope (2015):
“Most startling of all, Key argued … that all men were created equal …If the United States had captured a ship full of white captives, Key asked, would not our courts assume them to be free? How could it be any different simply because the captives were black? …Slavery was a dangerously hot subject, but Francis Scott Key stepped deliberately into the fire.”
“Key had unleashed all of his rhetorical weapons … This was a case he believed in and had worked personally to bring before the Supreme Court. The Antelope was a Spanish slave ship that had been captured by privateers and then seized by a United States Revenue Marine cutter off the coast of Florida …”
Jonathan M. Bryant continued:
“Using clear precedent, poetic language, and appeals to morality, Francis Scott Key argued that the hundreds of African captives found aboard the Antelope should be returned to Africa and freedom. United States law demanded it,” he said.
The law of nations demanded it, he said. Even the law of nature demanded it.
Key looked into the eyes of the six justices sitting for the case, four of whom were slave owners, and announced that ‘by the law of nature, all men are free.'”
Considered to be one of its many shameful decisions, the Supreme Court sadly chose to define slaves as property. Only a portion of the slaves were returned to Africa where they founded the colony of New Georgia in Liberia. Key raised $11,000 to help the Africans.
In 1841, two years before his death, Francis Scott Key helped former President John Quincy Adams free 53 African slaves in the Amistad case. Francis Scott Key became a board member of the American Sunday School Union and the American Bible Society.
He told the Washington Society of Alexandria, March 22, 1814: “The patriot who feels himself in the service of God, who acknowledges Him in all his ways, has the promise of Almighty direction, and will find His Word in his greatest darkness, ‘a lantern to his feet and a lamp unto his paths’ …He will therefore seek to establish for his country in the eyes of the world, such a character as shall make her not unworthy of the name of a Christian nation.”
Kaepernick will be long forgotten and has suffered the results of his ignorance and pampered lifestyle. Those who continue to promote the deconstruction of history are doomed to repeat the very things we have fought for throughout our Nation’s history that “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”