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Thursday, April 26, 2012

"Scientists" Want to Hybridize Humans x Apes

I commented on the above article, but it either didn't go through, or Dienekes censored my opinion.  So I will state it here.

Basically, I stated that I oppose hybridization between Chimps and Humans; that I believe it has already been done, tragically (in ancient times); and that hybridization is the same as bestiality (forbidden for good reasons, in holy scriptures).

It is quite obvious to me that, like PANDORA, Dienekes' curiosity and lack of either foresight or hindsight has gotten the best of him.


More interesting links regarding ancient European DNA:
[Nevertheless, his site is obviously a goldmine of info! :)]

UPDATE (April 28): It seems I've been blocked from commenting on Dienekes' blog... Wow, he allows some pretty trashy, opinionated and unscientific comments, but not mine.  (Why?  Because he disagrees with and doesn't know how to argue with mine?  IDK... my opinions must be inconvenient for him to deal with.  I also inquired today about the mtDNA profile of the African Zulu tribe, and seems I was blocked right afterwards.  Guess I'll have to find out from some other source, although I thought he might know the answer.  I know of no other reason why I wouldn't be able to comment, other than that he deliberately blocked me.  Oh well, he tightly controls comments (thus information and ideas) on his site, anyway.  Not a very open forum there.  My comments were totally relevant and courteous, so he must be awfully anal.

(If I'm mistaken about all of this, my apologies to Dienekes, but that's the way it seems.)

UPDATE (again):  Apparently now I can get through to at least attempt to comment on his blog; but I doubt that he'll ever approve another of mine after disallowing the last one.  I doubt I stand a chance of ever publishing another comment on his blog, I won't attempt it again, after being censored.  It's strange, and maybe I'm mistaken, because other people disagree with him about the same subject (see title) -- I guess maybe he just doesn't want to argue my points.

ANOTHER UPDATE (I know I said I wouldn't, but couldn't resist -- he's allowed some real mind cultist to post three [out of only eleven total] very longwinded, unparagraphed comments of pure propaganda on that thread:  "apostateimpressions", stating nothing more than his own beliefs [his religion, iow] about ~morality and ~truth.  This poster denies that truth or morality have any real meaning -- sounds like Loki ["the world's ugliest troll"] and his ilk.  Psychopaths.)

My comment (let's see if he posts this one): "If there is "no truth" or any real "morality"... why bother with science at all?  What's the purpose of it, simple greed?  Pure curiousity?  Scientific experiments and related data has concrete effects on others not involved in 'science' -- on the greater Society which generally FUNDS scientific research.  If science can't perform within the framework of some sort of benefit to Society -- we don't need it. Buh-bye, 'Science'."

If "Science" does not benefit the Society / Civilization FUNDING it -- it's then nothing more than a big WASTE of resources.

UPDATE:  My last two comments were published, so I feel a bit better now.  But I guess I'll never understand why the first one wasn't.  That's the problem with censorship... it leads to misunderstandings and confusion.
(Dienekes has quite a bit of material about the Zulus, all very interesting; but I would still like to know more about them and also about the Cherokee and the anthropological / genetic relationships between the two tribes.)
(Zulu and Cherokee relationships).

Monday, April 23, 2012

Class Warfare is Civil War, Treason

Healthcare reform "killed" by this Jesuit Supreme Court judge, Clarence Thomas.  Judge Thomas became a supreme court judge for life, following Janet Napolitano's failure to win a sexual misconduct trial against him, on behalf of her client, Anita Hill.  I wonder if Ms. Hill was aware then, that her attorney, Ms. Napolitano, is genetically a MALE, posing as a female?

The Feds are playing charades with Healthcare legislation, anyway.  By the time they're done with it, we will have been screwed yet again.
Meanwhile, people too sick to work are being told by doctors that it's "all in your head, you're imagining it, you're crazy, lying, stupid... get a job first, and buy health 'insurance', then we'll take care of that cancer, infection, injury, etc." -- and thanks to our Nazi AMA and Government, we're being denied Social Security disability or any other kind of help in our times of dire need.  How does anyone work or get / stay healthy and safe, without adequate shelter, food, water, heat, and real medical care?

Don't have it, can't afford it... thanks to corporatism.
(Are they doctors, or are they businessmen... what is their priority?  What should it be?  We're talking about something which directly affects Human life, liberty, and happiness -- all guaranteed to every Individual by our Constitution.)

(It's obvious, their priority is $$$, not Human life and well-being.)

(According to this source, the World Health Organization, America ranks 72 in healthcare system performance.)

(Number 24 in healthy life expectancy, number ONE in COST.  Not cost effective, very inefficient.  Indicative of widespread CORRUPTION.)

(Why do we put up with such poor performance, in so critical matters?)

It might make sense, if the USA's healthcare costs were either LOWER, or just SLIGHTLY higher than the rest of the world, and if American citizens were actually HEALTHY compared to the rest of the world -- but look how far out of line our costs are:  we're getting no VALUE for our MONEY.

(The Huffington Post jumps to the defense of the healthcare 'industry'.  "...We are NOT number 37...")

"Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come
when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict
the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to
others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special
privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom."
― Benjamin Rush, physician and one of the original signers of the US Constitution.

The following quote is from pages 139-140 in "History of England", c1926, 3rd Impression, author George Macaulay Trevelyan:

"[In 12th century AD England] By men such as these, in local possession of sovereign power, whole districts were depopulated.  The Thames valley, the South-West and part of the Midlands suffered severely, but the worst scenes of all were enacted in the fenland, where Geoffrey de Mandeville kept an army afoot on the plunder of the countryside.  In the heart of this unhappy region, in the cloisters of Peterborough, an English monk sat tracing the last sad entries of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, first compiled under the patronage of the great King Alfred, now shrunk to be the annals of the neglected and oppressed.  In it we hear the bitter cry of the English common folk against the foreign chivalry to whom the foreign Kings had for a while abandoned them.

[From the "Chronicles", recorded contemporaneously to the events therein described]:  "'They greatly oppressed the wretched people by making them work at these castles, and when the castles were finished they filled them with devils and evil men.  They then took those whom they suspected to have any goods, by night and by day, seizing both men and women, and they put them in prison for their gold and silver, and tortured them with pains unspeakable, for never were any martyrs tormented as these were.'

"Then follows the passage so often quoted in our history books, the inventory of the tortures used, of which the mildest were starvation and imprisonment in oubliettes [dungeons with openings only at the top -- the idea being that prisoners were never expected to be released from them, their wardens didn't even bother to remove the dead bodies; prisoners were left to starve to death in them, mercilessly forgotten by the 'authorities' -- sadly, it would've been less cruel if they'd simply buried their victims alive (another favorite torture of many ruling classes)] filled with adders, snakes and toads.  If we remember that two generations later King John starved to death a highborn lady and her son, we may well believe the worst of these tales of horror wrought under the anarchy upon the friendless and the poor.

"While such atrocities were things of every day in the stone castles that now covered the land, the feudal nobility who had reared them were also engaged with a peculiar zeal in founding and endowing monasteries.  In Stephen's reign a hundred new foundations were made.  Those who caused and exploited anarchy were foremost in making liberal grants to the Cistercian monks, who first came over from France at this period.  We need not suppose that religious motives of a very high order were always at work, any more than that they were always absent.  A Baron, whose imagination was perturbed by some rude fresco in the church of a long-clawed devil flying off with an armoured knight, would reflect that a grant to a monastery was an excellent way of forestalling any such unpleasant consequences that might follow from his own habits of torturing peasants and depopulating villages..."

[NOTE: We now have groups of internet 'trolls' (who oddly enough are tightly connected to our government, though covertly or undercover... they're called 'hackers', and they specialize in spying on citizens and in "social engineering") associated with organized groups of highly sophisticated and moneyed anarchists, doing the very same thing today, to Americans and to our Nation.  They are creating anarchy, for the purpose of exploiting circumstances for their own gain and benefit.  They're no better than bloodthirsty savages or pirates, although they drive fancy cars and reside in mansions or penthouses, living luxurious lives without actually producing anything of real value (in other words, they don't earn what they have in any honest fashion).  They think of themselves as "entertainers" (like Court jesters), but in truth they are only con-artists distracting us so that we won't notice that we're being robbed of all of our material goods, real estate, and our very lives... the old "shell game".]

"[Page 469, in 17th century AD France:] During these very years his [the catholic King James II] ally, Louis XIV, was revoking the tolerant Edict of Nantes, persecuting the Huguenots of France with the utmost cruelty, forbidding them even to escape into exile [they were forced to sneak out of the country or risk death, torture and enslavement], driving them by torture to the Mass, separating families as if they had been negro slaves, sending the men to the galleys and the women and children to be brought up with stripes [beatings] and ill-usage [forced work, and all kinds of mistreatment and abuses] in a faith they abhorred.  The sum of human misery thus wantonly brought about is horrible to contemplate.  In the course of years, some hundreds of thousands succeeded in escaping, mostly into England, Holland or Prussia.  A large proportion were artisans and merchants of high character, who brought to the lands of their adoption trade secrets and new industrial methods.  Religious sympathy prevented their welcome from being marred by trade jealousy.  The transference of so many of these men from France to England was not the least of the causes why Britain so far outstripped her great neighbor in commercial and industrial enterprise.  Many French industries were ruined and many English industries founded by the greater cruelty of religious persecution in France."

Although the violence Louis XIV waged against the Huguenots (who were in fact law-abiding, good, industrious citizens on the whole) was presented as a religious conflict, the correction of "heresy" -- the Pope and the Vatican were at the time actually more politically moderate and tolerant than the king of France (notwithstanding their nearly ~700 years prior history of constant bloody Inquisitions).  It appears the Jesuits were then responsible for the relentless and dogged pursuit of an official connection between Church and State, thus causing a tangled mingling of politics and religion.  So I'm inclined to believe that the underlying issue was really one of classism and materialism (for example, State-established Church tithes were lost because the Huguenots had their own, separate meetings for worship).

France shot itself in the foot by its own foolish greed, however, because the Huguenots took their skills, intelligence, courage, and clever craftsmenship to England and to other countries -- including eventually to the New World, where they planted the seeds of true democracy.

Unfortunately however, nearly 500 years later, much has changed since then.  And as the proverb goes:  "History not learned, is destined to repeat itself."  I believe we are now again witnessing Civil War, treason by our elected officials and other government and military leaders against our nonviolent, hardworking, productive and trusting "common folks", through the latest, most sinister forms of class warfare.

In some of my other posts, I discuss how the AMA and Medical Establishment are tools, literally hitmen or assassins working for the Government.  After all our leaders are Nazis; and the Government funds most corporations, including those involved in the field of medicine and 'healthcare'.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My Family Surnames

MATERNAL - THOMPSON, ELKINS, Hilburn (Hilbourne, etc.), Bird, Nobles, Morrow, Kimberling (Kimberly, Kimberlain, etc.), Pinnell, Davis, Cathey (related to the Scottish clan, MacFie, presumably), James

PATERNAL - DENMAN, YARBROUGH, Bassett (Lillian Virginia Bassett Denman, wife of Isaiah Cran[k]field Denman), Crankfield (Cranfill, Cranfield, etc.), Montgomery, Wilson, Perry, Elston, Clark, Sevier (de Xavier, Xavier, Jabier, Javier, etc.), Hawkins, Goad (Goade), Smith, Maris, Welborn (or Wellborn), Stearns, Johnson, Scudder (Schuder), Williams, Gano (Ganneau, Gerneaux, Geneau, Gannaugh, etc.), Hollander, Stoughton (Stuckton, Stockton, De Stoughton, De Stuckton), Montpesson, Tringall, Exhurst (Exherst, Exhirst), Ellis, Mestereau (Maestereau, etc.)...

Also possible:  Hercy, Hyde, Lyon, Vernon, Winters, Littleton


All of the above are presumably directly related to me; the following are more distant relations (cousins, etc.):

MATERNAL - Fowler, Wray, Stephens, Gaines (and lots more)

PATERNAL - Hampton, Hall, Tailer, Maxfield, Smead, Chamberlain, Betts (and many more)

(According to this source, the Scudder brothers were cousins or uncles of John Denman [Judith Stoughton's grandson].  That would mean that Daniel Denman and Deborah Scudder were distant cousins, too.  Now it makes more sense, that the two Scudder brothers were such close business associates of the Denmans... I'd presumed they were mere friends or acquaintances, until now.  Lol, small, small world.)
(According to 'family tradition', the elder James Kimberling was from Germany.)

A portrait of Anne Denman Flaxman, by Henry Howard.  I don't know what, if any, relationship she is to us.  One thing I have noticed however, is the brown eyes on most of the old Denman portraits; there seems to be a family resemblance.
Lord Thomas Denman, by John James Halls.  His eyes might be hazel, kind of hard to tell.  But, the facial structure and expression is definitely familiar.
Thomas Denman, M.D.
3rd Baron Denman, Governor-General of Australia and grandson of Lord Thomas Denman
Charlotte Edith Denman
Portrait of Roderick Peter George Denman, by Ralph Peacock
Leroy Gilbert Denman
Lady Anne Hyde; not sure of the precise relationship to us.
UPDATE: I've since discovered many more surnames, and added them to my Tree -- but still need to retrieve them for inclusion in this article.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Denman, Williams, and Lyon Family Connections

In the article about Roger Williams (first governor of Rhode Island), I mentioned that he had sailed across the Atlantic on the colonial ship, Lyon.  I'd also wondered whether we might somehow be related to him, through our direct ancestor, Mary Elizabeth Williams (both being of Welsh descent, and early American colonists).  I'm still not certain what the precise relationship might be, but there seem to be definite connections historically, between the Denman, Williams, and Lyon families (according to the following historical document in the archives).
(c1906.  The surnames Denman and Williams are sprinkled throughout this document, like chicken scratch.)

Quote, from the "Lyon Memorial":

 "This William Lyon was called the Marquis of Southwold, and he was owner of the forefather ship "Lyon," which brought many a cargo of precious souls to New England. Among her passengers was Rev. John Eliot the non-conformist minister of Roxbury church, the Apostle of the American Indians, and Roger Williams, the Apostle of Civil Liberty."

"Apostle of Civil Liberty"... I like that!  Lol.

So Roger Williams sailed on the ship Lyon, which was owned by the Lyon family of Scotland.  I already had Joseph Williams and wife, "Mary" (no other info available) listed on the family tree, for Mary Elizabeth's parents.  Then yesterday, I came across a website listing her parents as Joseph Williams (of Elizabethtown, NJ -- Mary Elizabeth was born in Westfield), and Betsy (or, Betsey) Lyon (of Lyon's Farms, NJ).  I know it was the same woman, because she was married to my great-grandfather, John Denman (b. ca1701), and the location matched.

[UPDATE:  The Joseph Williams and Betsy Lyon listed above, can't possibly be our ancestor's parents... locations are relevant, but not the dates.  Still searching...]
(Interesting old regional write-up.)
(c1902.  Detailed history of the Lyon family.  The names Denman and Williams also found here.)

I can't find the link at the moment, for the information naming Betsey Lyon as Mary Elizabeth's mother... however, in both of the Lyon family histories linked above here, it is quite clear that the Lyon, Williams, and Denman families were all rather tightly connected through a number of marriages.  Many of the Lyon boys were even given the first names of "Denman" and "Williams" (with an "S", lol).

I don't think it's purely coincidental, that Roger Williams and Mary Elizabeth Williams are both associated in historical records, with the Lyon family and thus circumstantially with one another.  I'm going to keep looking, and try to get proof of her parentage; also looking deeper into Roger's genealogy.

If he really is my direct ancestor, it would help explain why I have such a strong innate desire for freedom, truth, and justice, imho.
(Info about Mary Elizabeth, husband John, and son Daniel).

The following linked website I found also yesterday, states that Judith Stoughton (one of my great-grandmothers) did indeed leave a will bequeathing her property to all three of her children from both marriages.  Her brother, Israel is on record as having been the executor of the will and it is on probate record too.  It took several years for her will to be settled, for some reason.

Judith Stoughton is listed on the old Dorchester Church records in Salem Colony, as number "5".  Her daughter Mary (my great-grandaunt) and son-in-law, Clement Maxfield, are listed therein as a couple, number "32".  John Denman isn't listed there, but it's known that he left Salem for Long Island, NY, while still very young (in his teens).

The Denmans are listed in the Presbyterian church records, I believe in both Newtown, NY, and in New Jersey.  I've read that in New Jersey, they'd originally attended the Episcopalian church, then switched to the Presbyterian one during the Revolutionary War.  I also read somewhere, something (mostly rumor) about Daniel Denman being involved with a Congregationalist church.  It's interesting to note, that at least one or two Denman daughters married Quaker men.  The earliest Denman men seemed to get along well with the Dutch, French Huguenot, and Walloon settlers (as did Roger Williams after he was banished from Massachussetts, apparently).

Both the American Dutch Reformed church and the Congregationalist church have very interesting histories, about which I've read some, in an old book I have called, "Handbook of Denominations in the United States".

Many people insist that America is not a "Christian" country, but they're only partly correct.  Some early Christian founders like Roger Williams, easily recognized the virtues of keeping Church and State strictly separate.  However, it was mainly Protestant Christians fleeing religious and political persecutions and oppressions in both Europe and in England (where Church and State were solidly partnered), who settled, colonized, and developed our country.  They based all of their laws (and the English laws which they rejected) on Protestant Christian principles.  Even the Declaration of Independence is rooted in Christian ideals.

The US Constitution's Bill of Rights, Article 1, states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

I'm also getting really tired of listening to people who claim to be "peace-loving scandinavians" LIE about our forefathers' treatment of the Indians.  The Pilgrims and Puritans did their level best to maintain peaceful political relations with Native Americans.  They made it illegal to supply them with weapons, but traded and gave them tools for agriculture, etc.  Reverend John Eliot printed a bible expressly for the Indians, in their own language, too.  They even felt it was only right to allow them to have rum and beer, too (they believed it was cruel to deprive them of those things, which they treated as having medicinal -- not recreational -- value).  Remember the first Thanksgiving?  We got along very well together, people.

It wasn't until the Dutch West India Company, and the French, began supplying them with guns, in exchange for pelts and tobacco, that real problems of violence began to surface.  The Native Americans who received the guns and used them against colonists, didn't share our European values and morals.  It was like handing guns to children, in most cases.  Then eventually, the French and the English involved Indians in their wars with the Colonists -- paying them for American scalps.  These are the things which caused the downward spiral of relationships between the Native tribes and the Colonists.  The Americans were at first friendly with the Natives, but later became terrified of them for those reasons.

People also need to realize, that not all Native Americans are the same.  There were then as now, many different tribes.  Some were more intelligent, more peaceful, more civilized than others.  Those were the ones who made an effort to be welcoming and helpful to the immigrants.  Then there were others who were literally savages, and not just because of their clothes and customs.  They engaged in such abominations as cannibalism, torture, slavery, etc.

And yes, I realize that unfortunately many Europeans, who were themselves of Pagan ancestry, were also savages.  But the early Protestant Christians at least ~tried to reform themselves and society.  And many Indians became some of the most devout Christians of all.  Early Protestants knew the horrors of the Catholic Inquisition and of England's religious tyranny (even after Henry VIII had separated England from Rome).

And Protestants didn't ~force their religion on the Indians, as did the Roman Catholic Spanish conquistadors (which it turns out were mostly converso- or crypto- Jews).  Protestant colonists ended up having to fight the Native tribes eventually, but they didn't make a ~sport of hunting and killing them, "like rabbits" (as De Soto bragged).

"Hernando de Soto was born in 1500 of a respectable family in Spain. As a young man, DeSoto sailed to and learned slaving skills in Panama. Vicious dogs, fast horses and extortion became his hallmark. DeSoto earned the title "Child of the Sun" for conducting dawn raids on unsuspecting villages. He captured village chiefs then extorted their citizens for their return."

I've got news for you "peace-loving scandinavians":  the earliest Catholic conquistadors came here to conquer, enslave, and exploit this land -- not to establish ~Law and Justice, as did our Protestant forefathers.  Serious problems between Puritans and Indians originated in the activities of other exploitative and capitalistic entities (the French, British, and Dutch govenments), who were the earliest ~arms dealers and ~warmongers.  We had to fight them also, in order to maintain peace here.  But unfortunately, after the Revolution our country continuously experienced waves upon waves of every sort of immigrant, seeking peace and sanctuary from abuses in their homelands, but never really finding it:  because they brought their ~attitudes and superstitions along with themselves.

Oh, and by the way -- abolishment of Slavery was spearheaded by Puritan PROTESTANTS, too (including Quakers, a sect described by Joseph Dillaway Sawyer as being the logical culmination of Puritanism).  Early Quakers and Puritans alike, had to wisely shake off the old ingrained habits and superstitions (including loyalty to the monarchy) brought with them along with all their other baggage from Europe; but they gradually managed to do so, with great courage and determination.

Social change doesn't happen overnight, and one thing's for sure:  'Society's a behemoth which when set to a particular course (right or wrong, beneficial or not), literally requires 'acts of Congress' to correct.  Stop blaming the wrong elements in Society, and good change will arrive quicker.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

How the Moon was Born

I'm sure most of my theories seem too incredible to take seriously, however that doesn't stop me from having them or from writing them down...  After all, if overpaid, lame-brain "scientists" can publish theories based on little more than their fantasies, then no reason I shouldn't do the same.

Today it occurred to me, that the Moon might have been 'born' naturally from planet Earth, instead of knocked out or off of her in remote geological history by some random, accidental collision with another large space object.

What I believe might have happened (especially in light of the recent discovery that the Earth actually has at least one other moon -- one that shares Earth's orbit around the Sun, but no longer orbits our planet), is that the entire galaxy including our solar system goes through periodic cycles of expansion and contraction.  Maybe the whole Universe does, for all I know.  Maybe the Universe expands and contracts on its own cycle, while every galaxy has its own individual time-table.

As the solar system expands along with the Milky Way, the Earth continuously accumulates mass, via gravitational forces.  Then as the planet reaches 'critical-mass', the gravitational pressures on the core throws everything off balance, resulting in a huge (I mean HUGE) explosion... the whole planet explodes.

In the catastrophic explosions which occur cyclically, a lot of the built up accumulations of mass are lost to space; but some of it (perhaps some larger chunks of it) remain in Earth's range of gravitational pull, evolving into pretty moons like ours.

At that time, when Earth (or any planet, for that matter) suddenly loses a lot of mass all at once, gravitational force is drastically depleted also.  I suppose the atmosphere is also affected by such an event, but probably only temporarily (relatively speaking).

Then the Earth begins the next long, slow and gradual cycle of mass accumulation -- until it again eventually reaches the next cyclical critical mass state and needs to have yet another massive explosion in order to maintain a sort of equilibrium.

I'm sure that the Earth's average density determines the time spans between explosions.  In between explosions / mass ejections, the planet has time to recoup and rearrange itself into lovely forms, slowly gaining gravitational force as it does so.

I believe that perhaps the cycle repeats again and again throughout the eons, until something else (like maybe a chance collision with another large space object) interferes with the Earth's cosmic pattern, thus changing or ending it.

(I also believe that if we Human beings love God and the Earth which he has so kindly provided us, nothing bad, evil, or unfortunate can happen to us.  However there is tragically an element of ugliness on the planet, which is counteracting the beauties of morality, peace, joy, truth, life, and love.

But I don't believe that it must remain this way, nor that it will.  I don't believe that evil is a natural phenomena, but is rather the product of ~sin born of foolishness combined with free-will -- the 'original sin', which I believe was the bestial hybridization of Humans with lower primates.)

Revelation 21:6 (KJV) "And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely."

Matthew 24:35-42  "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41Two [...] shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."

Monday, April 9, 2012

Another Puritan Martyr

Sir Harry Vane was governor of Massachussetts Bay Colony in 1636 (when our English immigrant ancestor, John Denman, was only about 15 yrs old and living in Salem Colony).  According to Joseph  Dillaway Sawyer, "Born 1612.  Beheaded 1662.  An ardent defender of civil liberty and advocate of free thought in religion.  He maintained that God, law and parliament are superior to the King.  This statue, fronting Boston Public Library, was placed here at the request of James Freeman Clark, D.D., an honored citizen of Boston who nobly labored for the abolition of slavery in America.

"A rarely beautiful character was that of Massachussetts' twenty-four-year-old Governor, whose 'attractive activities' were freely admitted by Charles II [a lecher, like most royalty] even as he ordered Vane's death, which occurred June 14, 1662, in the virile words, 'He was too dangerous to live.'  This was King Charles' last political contribution to martyrdom.

"Though an apologetic recantation would have saved his life, Vane's answer to the profligate king's sentence when on the verge of the death plunge was 'One thousand deaths for me, ere I will stain the purity of my conscience.'"

Harry Vane was immortalized in both sculpture and poetry.

"...Debonair Sir Harry Vane, when colonial governor, had gained the hearts of his fellows, and his spirit of fair play led him to espouse the cause of Ann Hutchinson [Yet another early American Puritan martyr, banished from society like Roger Williams by her own people -- many of whom were very conservative Loyalists before the Revolution.  She was very much respected by the women of the community -- which made the men uncomfortable.  Some of her accusers condemned her for 'having more wit' ie intelligence than the average person].  This resulted in the electioneering contest on Cambridge Common.  There the dignified [Reverend] John Wilson, Ann Hutchinson's bitterest enemy, climbed a tree [how monkey-like] and made a speech, lauding ex-Governor Winthrop with such effect that Vane was deposed and Winthrop restored to the Governor's seat.  Vane returned to England, meeting Cromwell's historic wail when reprimanding him for defying the law:  'O, Harry Vane; the Lord deliver us from Sir Harry Vane!'

"Twenty years later Vane was put to death by Charles II."

The widowed Ann Hutchinson and her children being massacred by Indians after their banishment from Boston.

Roger Williams, circa 1636.

Roger Williams with Indian friends.

Roger Williams braving a storm in a canoe, in order to prevent war with the Indians.

"Roger Williams risked his life in a frail canoe during a storm on Narragansett Bay for that vital conference with the Pequot chieftains.  The far-reaching outcome of his spiritual and physical courage was keenly appreciated by all Rhode Islanders and every advocate of liberty of conscience in the wide world.  Less ability to guide his frail cockleshell boat amid the waves that threatened engulfment would have meant disaster [and not just to himself, but to the entire Colony].  Undoubtedly, Roger Williams' influence at the Narragansett conference, for which he made the dangerous trip, saved the lives of all colonists outside the protection of the larger towns...

"...For three days and nights Williams held the fort, combatted by those Pequot chiefs, who are portrayed as fairly yelling remonstrance against the fervid reasoning of this man of God. [The Indians were very angry and inclined at the time to take vengeance on the colonial population, due to some incidental injustices which had occurred during conflicts between Indians and settlers].  Yet even after Williams thus saved the lives and homes of many Puritans, standing by their colors and setting stakes, these blinded men of the Pharisee mind still called him a heretic and refused to rescind their order banishing Williams from his life-long friends.  Unconsciously, these Puritans, reverting to the mediaeval spirit of Antichrist, were preaching the faith they once destroyed [Roman Catholicism], heresy ever in their eyes being a fair second to rankest criminality.  Whether persuading the Narragansetts to stand by the whites, arguing with an antagonistic king and an English parliament to grant Rhode Island a charter, or converting a savage, Roger Williams was a man of magnetism.  It was rarely that he over, under, or side-shot the mark at which he aimed.  Well does Rhode Island, in her capital rear the statue of this typical just man -- nameless, but named in hearts that admire; for the fame of Roger Williams is 'deathless from the dead.'  The 'second Isaiah' is called the Great Unnamed.  He can afford to be.  There is no named prophet equal to him, so also the ideal man, on whose bronze effigy overlooking Providence City the sunlight first falls, needs no name, but Rhode Island's history reveals it."
Roger Williams.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Israel is not "Lost"

He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, [which] saw the vision of the Almighty, falling [into a trance], but having his eyes open:

I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.

Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.

(Numbers 24:17-20 KJV)

Rhode Island Governor Roger Williams, Founding Father

I'm not sure if we're related, but Roger Williams and our ancestor, Mary Elizabeth Williams (m. John Denman, b.1701, and founder of Cranford, New Jersey; parents of our 5th g-grandfather, Daniel Denman) -- are both described in historical records as being "of Welsh descent".

And since I feel very sympathetic toward much of this interesting man's philosophies and experiences, I would like to quote at length about him from Joseph Dillaway Sawyer's excellent tome, "History of the Pilgrims and Puritans - Their Ancestry and Descendants", c1922, volume ll, beginning on page 320:

"Roger Williams, when famous in the Pilgrim and Puritan colonies, was not the settled-down old governor, the wise and calm man, with both experience and prolonged self-examination; but in fiery youth, and described as "having windmills in his head."  To Bradford's view, he was "very unsettled in judgement."  His arrival at Plymouth, not long after he landed at Boston from the ship Lion, February 5, 1631*, was an event which has proved to be the seed of a large crop of controversial literature.  It followed after his Boston and Salem experiences, where for a time in his eloquent preaching two cardinal points, very obnoxious to his critics, were emphasized.  He insisted first that every true pilgrim and Puritan should abstain from formalism*2 and express contrition for ever having indulged in such worship, which was mainly through symbols*3 and not by direct approach to God.  Even when visiting England, a true believer should refrain from entering the parish church, the church of his youth and that of his neighbors.

"Thus at one blow this sensational preacher would cut the roots that had nourished the deepest affections of life.  His second insistence was his belief that a royal charter giving what was not owned was an insult to the Indian*4, who claimed sovereignty over his native soil.  A scholar in Dutch, and living among these people*5, who were very prone to treat all men alike*6, by recognizing humanity under all colors of skin, Roger Williams, the Welshman*7, thus slapped royalty in the face*8 by preaching vehemently the doctrine laid down in the charter of the Dutch West India Company.  To an Englishman of that day, when absolution was in the ascendancy, royalty was accepted as a near neighbor of Divinity.

"Williams came to Plymouth heralded by his devoted followers from Boston and Salem*9 who declared that he was 'lively in his carriage, godly and zealous, having special gifts within.'  His radicalism certainly added spice to Plymouth's religious life.  As an assistant to the Reverend Ralph Smith, Williams must have thrown that somewhat commonplace worthy deeply in shadow.  Convincing argument and brilliant rhetoric however did not save the gifted but fiery-tempered Welshman from ultimate banishment*10 even from justice loving Plymouth.  Among the close associates of Williams, showing the fibre of this progressive*11 man, was Sir Edward Coke.  For three years their thoughts ran in grooved companionship.

"A leaning toward Anabaptism (baptism of adults as well as rebaptism of children already christened in the Anglican church)*12 was the reason given by Elder Brewster for brusquely advising Roger Williams to 'move on.'  As Bradford pithily states it, 'Williams fell into strange opinions, and from opinions to practice, ... and I feared he would run a course of rigid Anabaptistry.'  Bradford prayed to God that he would give Williams 'a settled judgment and constancie in ye same.'

"The high-spirited Williams, thus brought to book by both Governor and Elder, indignantly demanded an immediate transfer to the Salem church, which was speedily granted, with the gratuitous caution to said church to 'look out for him.'  This caution was perhaps given somewhat in pique, as a number of Plymouthites accompanied their pastor to Salem.  Elder Brewster was glad to facilitate Williams' removal from Plymouth.  Ever fearless in the presence of their God, the Pilgrim and Puritan still feared the machinations of the evil one as deeply as does the Hindoo of India.  'Williams the disputatious, not a comfortable man to have in one's neighborhood' was the summing up of the Pilgrims as they bade adieu to this Cornish Welshman, born in London.

"Affectionately the Salem church greeted its former minister as a 'prophesier,'*13 and on the death of the Reverend Samuel Skelton, installed Williams as its regular minister -- so forceful and helpful had been his prophesying.  Williams' trouble-making essay on Indian land ownership, being a private paper, was diplomatically overlooked by the august, dictatorial coucil in Boston.

"The wearing of a veil, as did Ruth before Boaz, which Williams states modesty requires of women, gave Reverend John Cotton his opportunity [here, I part ways with Roger Williams, as I disagree with his interpretation of the veil, which I believe according to scripture was worn by Israeli women only when they wished to 'play the harlot' by disguising their identities].  In supplying the Salem pulpit, finding all feminity veiled, the Boston pastor explained that interpretation was incorrect and in no sense applicable.  The next Sabbath, Roger Williams gazed with some astonishment upon a congregation of unveiled women.  Brother John Cotton lost vastly in prestige in Boston's Thursday Lecture, by airing his supine victory.  Then most forcibly did the fiery Endecott, Williams' unswerving friend, come to his rescue.  He girded hard at that minister whose 'insinuating, melting ways' was one of his strongest cards to popularity.  Amazingly like the human nature of our century and of all time, were these exhibitions of subjective personality [I must say I've often been quite turned-off to attending formal church services, due to these same sorts of embarassing ego trips from the pulpit by preachers.  I'm sure I'd have disagreed with Williams' interpretation of the veil; but witnessing Cotton's boastful, manipulative, alpha-male domineering behavior would have enraged me.]

"...In all truth, however, it must be said that the English and American Puritan, like his fellow reformers in many ages and lands -- notably in Palestine and India -- felt it to be his business to seek reality, even at the expense of the the symbol.  He often destroyed the sheath to get at the 'veritas.'  It is by no accident that Harvard College -- first child of the New England Puritans -- adopted as its motto 'Veritas.'  Puritans did it 'pro Christo et ecclesine,' that is, for Christ and His church, borrowing the motto of the Dutch University of Franeker, founded in 1585.

"Williams had the faculty of gaining fast friends in high places as well as low.  Endecott ever fought for him at the drop of the hat and fair-minded Governor Edward Winslow of Plymouth was his staunch advocate.  Williams kept Salem stirred up with his new doctrines until Governor Haynes, chief magistrate of Massachussetts, afterward Governor of Connecticut, sent Captain John Underhill to Salem on a pinnace with a bench-warrant to arrest Williams and ship him to England for trial.  Secretly warned, and advised to fly to the Narragansett [Indian] Country by another friend at court -- in fact, the biggest man in the colony, ex-Governor Winthrop -- Williams took to the woods, filled though they were with savages.  In the new field thus opened he carried forward effective labor for the spiritual and physical welfare of fellow colonists and Indian proteges.

"Like the lion-tamer who was known to fly the tongue of this virago wife by taking refuge in the lion's den, pillowing his head on the animal's body and sleeping in peace until morning, Roger Williams found a truer Salem among the red men, though Rhode Island was long dubbed by jealous neighbors 'The Land of Crooked Sticks,' in allusion to its alleged heretics and its hated toleration of all creeds gathered and sheltered in that little State which became one of the brightest stars in the galaxy which the flag of the American commonwealth flings to the breeze.

"How an audience beyond the size of a baker's dozen or two was ever gathered in Williams' church or how two pastors and a residence could be supported is a question of interest, but here is the church and on file is the statement that is was 'crowded to the doors.'

"Roger Williams tells us that on his memorable forced march into the wilderness, fleeing from sheriff John Underhill, to the new city of refuge among the trees, he was 'lost in a bitter season, not knowing what bed or bread did mean.'  The year 1636 [the elder John Denman was only about 15 yrs old and living in Salem at that time] saw not only real Christianity in the form of acknowledgement of Indian land ownership, but it also witnessed the Narragansetts -- with whom Williams affiliated -- coming to Boston to treat with the Puritans.

"Williams' kindly services helped these and other fraternal meetings between colonists and sons-of-the-forest.

"When homeless Roger Williams, driven into the wilderness by his countrymen*14, reached forth and took into his hand this deed of the site of Providence signed by Miantonomo and other red men, this proof of regard still more deeply stirred his belief in the integrity of the Indian [tragically, Miantonomo was later betrayed and murdered by blood-thirsty Chief Uncas of the Mohegans / Mohicans, who cannibalized his body as he lay dying].  That the red man in this case understood transfer of ownership and land tenure in fee simple, arose from the fact that beside some experience with the English colonists in bartering, one or more had been in Europe and knew the white man's ways.  To all Rhode Islanders this parchment wears a halo, for it is the Indian mark of full confidence in Roger Williams.  Few colonial papers have greater interest to Americans that this insignificant sheet bestowed voluntarily on the banished minister fleeing from Pilgrim and Puritan wrath into the arms of the sympathetic savage.  It was late in life when Williams, wiser than of yore, preached and wrote these words concerning his red friends and their unhygienic domiciles, 'God was pleased to give me a painful, patient spirit, to lodge with them in their filthy, smoky homes (even while I lived at Plymouth and Salem) to gain their tongue [language].'

"Rhode Island having been left out of the New England confederacy as proclaimed and explained by Governor Bradford, it was no wonder the welkin rang and hearts glowed when Roger Williams returned from England with a charter for the Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  This epoch-making event had a mighty influence on the future development of the thirteen colonies.  The charter was wrested from the English king and parliament March 24, 1644.  'No man shall be in any wise molested, punished, disquieted, or called in question for any difference of opinion in matters of religion which does not actually disturb the civil peace of the colony.'

"In spirit and very nearly in words, this was an echo of the order which William of Orange (William the Silent) had given to the magistrates of Middleburg [aka Newtown, NY, I believe; where the elder John Denman and his son settled on land purchased from local Indian chiefs, in partnership with the Scudder brothers] in 1572, which Roger Williams read in the original Dutch and which, with the spirit of the Master who, after bringing in other sheep, 'not of this fold,' had not 'one fold,' but 'one flock,' however diverse in size, color or breed.  Following Williams were the two other Welshmen, William Penn [the great Quaker; Sawyer describes Quakerism as Puritanism taken to its logical conclusion] and Thomas Jefferson, all being America's major prophets of spiritual freedom.

"That Cotton Mather's view was strongly contrariwise is shown by describing Rhode Island in 1695 as a 'colluvies of Antinomians, Familists, Anabaptists, Anti-Sabbatarians, Arminians, Socinians, Quakers, Ranters' and with his usual punctilious regard for exactness of speech, he adds, 'Everything in the world but Roman Catholics and true Christians.'

"Rhode Island was the first to win so great and so broad a charter, and New York was first of the States to follow colonial Rhode Island's noble precedent, and even to enlarge upon it.  Against the commonwealth founded by Roger Williams, the Puritan coined many an offensive epithet and head-shaking proverb, but, unlike sticks or stones, however skillfully hurled, they never hurt.

"Williams had not a few friends in high places.  Governor Winthrop was an interested adviser, and we find Williams -- a Welshman excels in irony -- thus writing, from Sekonk (Rehoboth) of Governor Winslow:  'I received a letter from My Ancient Friend, Mr. Winslow, the Governor of Plymouth, professing his own and others' love and respect for me, yet Lovingly advising me, since I was fallen into the edge of their bounds, and they were loth to displease the Bay (the Colony of Massachussetts, at Boston), to remove to the other side of the river, and there, he said, I had the country before me, and I might be as free as themselves, and we should be loving neighbors together.'

"Again Williams writes, and on this occasion money evidently talked jointly in the interview:  'That great and pious soul, Mr. Winslow, melted and kindly visited me at Providence, and put a piece of gold into the hands of my wife, for our supply.'

"When Williams was seventy-seven years old, and his house burned over his head, the Baye Colony, forcing words instead of works to the fore, relented sufficiently to send 'regrets and sympathy.'  The good man's mind doubtless reverted to the Devonshire proverb:  'Pity without relief is like mustard without the beef.'  In later times, official ingratitude was more clearly shown, when the great State of Virginia handed poverty-stricken John Rogers Clark a sword, when he needed bread.  Little wonder he broke it in twain with his crutch and returned it with the message that will live for all time.

"It was at Williams' instigation that King Philip's war was postponed a few years, when the Indian king, under Williams' eye, signed that treaty in the church at Plymouth, giving the colonists time to prepare for the conflict that was sure to come."

Note: "official ingratitude" hasn't improved any at all, in nearly half a millenium.  Goes to show that we can never count on most of our so-called government "leadership" or "authorities" to lead us anywhere other than to hell.
Exciting news about Roger Williams' writings.