April 14, 2006

MEANWHILE, DEMOCRATS, PALEOS AND LIBERTARIANS CALLED HIM ABRAHITLER...:

The President Who Died for Us (RICHARD WIGHTMAN FOX, 4/14/06, NY Times)

THIS year, Good Friday, the day commemorating Christ's crucifixion, falls on April 14, as it did in 1865. On that evening, in the balcony box of Ford's Theater in Washington, John Wilkes Booth fired a handmade .41-caliber derringer ball into the back of Abraham Lincoln's head.

In the days that followed Lincoln's death, his mourning compatriots rushed to compare him to Jesus, Moses and George Washington.

Despite the Good Friday coincidence, the Jesus parallel was not an obvious one for 19th-century Americans to make. The Protestant population, then as now, included a vigilant evangelical minority who thought that Jesus, sinless on earth, was defamed every time ordinary sinners presumed to imitate him. No mere mortal could be put beside Jesus on a moral balance scale.

But Honest Abe overwhelmed the usual evangelical reticence — by April 1865 the majority of Northerners and Southern blacks took him as no ordinary person. He had been offering his body and soul all through the war and his final sacrifice, providentially appointed for Good Friday, showed that God had surely marked him for sacred service.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 14, 2006 7:53 AM
Comments

Theater? on Good Friday? (Raises eyebrow). Maybe that sort of thing is kosher for Prots?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 14, 2006 10:37 AM
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