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    "Little Bavaria" Latest Culture War Front
    Political Correctness; Posted on: 2008-06-05 15:49:49 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Michigan town attacked for historical symbol

    by Norma Jackson

    The historical and beautiful German American town of Frankenmuth, Michigan is under attack by politically correct diversity mongers who object to the Frankenmuth coat of arms. The Frankenmuth arms contain a small copy of the seal of Dr. Martin Luther, founder of the Reformation, which has, unsurprisingly, a cross. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a group that has co-operated with the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center on legal issues, is now demanding that Frankenmuth take the "Luther Rose" off of its symbol, and take down a cross in a local park.

    Like the ADL and SPLC, AUSCS is a hate group that aims to drive public Christian expression out of the public eye. Observers see these kinds of attacks as attempts to eradicate America's European foundational uniqueness, part of an agenda that wants to change America demographically.

    Frankenmuth is a picturesque town in Michigan settled in 1845 by German Lutheran missionaries and farmers. The pioneers came from Franconia, a German area which is now part of Bavaria and which gives Frankenmuth its nickname of "Little Bavaria." Frankenmuth means "courage of the Franconians," a name chosen as a testamant to the hardy determination of the settlers who faced the dangers of the unsettled wilderness with courage and a strong religious faith. The success of these pioneers made Frankenmuth an anchor for continuing German immigration, as attested to by the names of surrounding villages like Frankenlust, Frankentrost, and Frankenhilf. Frankenmuth is still 98.8% white.

    With gingerbread style houses and an Old World feel, Frankenmuth is a popular tourist destination because it has managed to retain its European character, and has a charm and sense of history at odds with the soulless, sterile and often dangerous landscape of many areas in the US.

    In Michigan, victims of "white flight" ethnic cleansing from places like Detroit, once a world class city, leave their suburban wastelands to flock to Frankenmuth to experience a sense of the lost innocence and beauty of days past. Road signs use a German fraktur font, and buildings are constructed along the lines of the Franconian half timber style. Among the popular events at Frankenmuth are the World Expo of Beer, as well as an Oktoberfest and a Bavarian Fest. The German restaurants are renowned, and Bronner's is touted as the world's largest Christmas store.

    With this homey, Old World and "whitebread" profile, it comes as no surprise to find that Frankenmuth is under attack from the same culture war elements who spout intolerance each Christmas and Easter. Partisans demand holidays be renamed: "Winter Holiday" for Christmas, "Spring Break" for Easter. They attempt to dilute white holidays with additions like Hanukkah (and spurious ones like "Kwanzaa"), or invent, rename or protest still others. Among the last set are the Black and Hispanic History Months and MLK Day. In some places Columbus Day has been renamed in favor of American Indians, and also meets with special interest protests while some schools use the occasion to beat "white guilt" into children. Similarly, Thanksgiving is often twisted into a vehicle for self hatred, showing that white Pilgrims all would have died if not for the noble Indians, and responded by slaughtering their innocent red skinned friends. The culture war goes far beyond holidays, of course. Colleges have been perverted into ideological incubation centers devoid of critical thinking or tolerance for dissent against overarching political correctness. Even marriage has been attacked, with the accepted standards being revised in favor of the homosexual agenda.

    Little Bavaria is not called "courage of the Franconians" for nothing. Instead of bowing down to the demands of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, officials have decided to fight back. The Frankenmuth town council voted to retain the services of the Thomas More Law Center, a conservative legal group which has fought back against various politically correct outrages against America's freedoms. In one TMLC victory, lawyers for the Center defeated a San Diego requirement for municipal firefighters to march in the annual "gay pride parade." With the Center sporting formidable courage, tenacity and legal skill, Frankenmuth is well protected by the TMLC and hopefully this attempt will go down to the defeat it deserves.

    The TMLC is named for St. Thomas More, an English lawyer and statesman who went to his death rather than obey politicians and renounce his religious principles.

    As for the "Luther Rose," in 1530 Martin Luther explained its meaning:

    Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. "For one who believes from the heart will be justified" (Rom. 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive. "The just shall live by faith" (Rom. 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matt. 28:3; John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal. This is my compendium theoligae. I have wanted to show it to you in good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen.
    News Source: Norma Jackson


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