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brian k

keep up the correcting of false doctrine. its amazing what the puritans went through for what today is considered unimportant. like the men that were burned by a queen for rebuking the catholic church because the church was teaching that christ was literally present in the communion sacraments. we have to stand for truth and be willing to die for it."if anyone amoung you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins" dont give up, the stakes are to high!

Audrey

I agree with Brian! Preach it brother! I wish we had an entire committe from our church who could do nothing but respond to such horrible lies in the papers and media. It grieves my heart that there are so many "Christians" who are not deeply disturbed and sorrowful about the level of sin accepted by our culture today. Are we the only ones? Surely we are living in the end times....Please, Pastor Shane, keep up the work of the Lord! He has given you the desire to respond to such things for a purpose...

Annie

Shane,It sounds like Tammeus wants to think there is no hell, so he can sleep better at night for being a stumbling block to so many readers, and as for saying that the Bible doesn't condemn homosexuality, well it sounds like the Kansas City Star and Tammeus agree on more than they would like to admit, in that they both sound like they care more about how many people they can make feel good about their sin to get more readers or attention for themselves,(I MEAN WHO WANTS TO TELL PEOPLE THE TRUTH THEN PEOPLE WOULD GET MAD AND THEY WOULD LOSE PROFITS)HA HA HA I am so glad that we have someone who doesn't care about how many people he will make happy. Thank you Shane for Teaching the WORD OF GOD AS IT WAS WRITTEN!!

snowman

wow! Now there is free will for you. That is what man can freely choose to believe on his own. He needs no grace from God to come up with that. Go get 'em Pastor Shane!!!

Debi

I read the Star every day, but don't even bother with their "religious" writers or guests, knowing that they are usually so far out there, but hearing about you holding them accountable has made me realize we should do what we can to hold them accountable and esp. the fact that they're leading so many others astray. Thank you for your boldness in always preaching the truth.
Debi

Debi

Wanted to mention that every time I go to your blog now, it wants me to run ActiveX, whatever that is - and on our home computer, it shuts down every time, but not on the one here at work - ??
Debi

Nora E. Whipple

This comment is made to an article that was posted in an online community I belong to. Since Pastor Shane Kastler likes to shout the Ten Commandment to us liberals, here is a writing I sent to many people who understand the plight of Native Americans.
____________________________________________ The Galvanized Yankees: How Lincoln Was Checkmated and the Indians Sought to Gain Their Remedies
By Nora E. Whipple

Summer hasn't even started, and already I'm repulsed at what I have found lying on a shelf at the Vernon Parish Library in Leesville, Louisiana, and I'm wondering how in the world could the Board of Trustees of the U of I publish such a book that is titled The Galvanized Yankees, by none other than Dee Brown? No, I don't mean the 6' 1" starter of the Men's basketball team that went all the way last year just to get edged out by North Carolina in the end by 5 (five) points, nor who lost this season's playoff game to Nate and his teammates who play for UW. I mean Dee Alexander Brown who was an agriculture librarian for the U of I, and has written other books titled, Grierson's Raid: A Cavalry Adventure of the Civil War, The Bold Cavaliers, The Gentle Tamers, The Settlers' West and Fort Phil Kearny as the Board of Trustee's of the U of I so openly note on the backside of the jacket of The Galvanized Yankees that they published in the year 1963. Repulsed? You might ask me. Why repulsed? Evidently you haven't read the book yourself nor asked yourself, "Why in the world would Webber or the U of I for that matter recruit an African American male to play basketball for their college when they favor a book that openly supports the killing of Indians and sacrificing imprisoned Confederate soldiers to make sure the good ol' US of A successfully expanded westward all the way to San Francisco from St. Louis?" Nor have you asked yourself "How does this compilation of the Galvanized Yankees cause the checkmating of President Abraham Lincoln?" I have an answer, "Because one remains trapped in the limited teaching of their high school history teacher because he/she had to cover his/her own butt to keep his/her job because some xenophobic leader of an educational group deemed it necessary to hide the fact that, not only did President Lincoln cause his own demise, but so did a "few good men" of the US armed forces." Please take this literary trekk through the 1860s with me, and then decide whether or not you need to vomit into your toilet or the toilet that is in your nearest vicinity.

The book has a lot of mechanical problems, but perhaps Dee Brown wanted to start his book with what happen last first and end with the events that happened first. In Chapter XII: A Note on the Galvanized Confederates, one learns that That as early as March 1863, General John Pemberton asked Confederate Secretary of War, James A. Seddon about enlisting and then holding Union soldiers of war in Mississippi for the purpose of engaging them in hard labor for the Confederacy. It is also noted that "early in the Civil War the Confederate States of America had a Western frontier, but its importance rapidly diminished, and as the Confederacy was never engaged in war with Indian tribes, its government could not offer prisoners of war their freedom in exchange for frontier service (211)." Ok, this is vomiting moment number one: The Confederate Government gave up on killing Indian tribes simply because they could not offer Union prisoners their freedom, and not because they saw Indians of equal human importance. It is as if the Confederate Government was saying "Yeppers fellas, we gotta leave them there Yankees alone about killing any of them there Indian types 'cuz we can't offer them their freedom in exchange to kill those good fer nut'in redskined varmints who should have died just like good ol' King George wanted them to in the first dang gone place." The rest of the chapter is as most high school history teachers would have taught you. The Civil War continued until its end. Well maybe, until the Irish were to be recruited as converted soldiers first. Excuse me, I have to flush my tolit before it becomes vomited filled.

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Now let us focus on Chaper I: Introduction. In 10 (ten) pages I compiled the following notes on the subject of The Galvanized Yankees:

I. Composition of the Galvanized Yankees:
A. 6,000 American Volunteers that were first imprisoned
confederate soldiers were detained in Alton, Point Lookout,
Rock Island, Camps Douglas,Chase and Morton. There were
no mental health services.
B. Some of the incarcerated confederate soldiers were Irish and
German immigrants.
C. Other incarcerated confederate soldiers were from Tennessee,
North Carolina, Kentucky and once lived on plantations found
within the connecting states between Virginia and Louisiana.

II. Accomplisments:

A. During mid 1865, the 2nd and 3rd regiments restored stage and
mail services between the Missouri River and California.

B. Escorted supply trains between Oregon and Santa Fe.

C. Rebuilt telegraph lines between Ft. Kearney and Salt Lake City.

D. During the fall of 1865 to late the 5th and 6th regiments
escorted Colonel James Sawyer's expedition and guarded
outposts at Ft. Reno. The 6th regiments distributed themselves
upon the trials that accross 500 miles of trails between Ft.
Kearney and Salt Lake City.
E. During the fall of 1865, 4 (four) companies of the 1st regiment
were opening a new stage route.
III. Continent-Wide

A. The draft into the Civil War was causing riots in Northern Cities of
the USA.

B. Copperheads and Peace Groups cited that acts of sabotage and
sedition were being committed.

C. Consumer good prices were soaring.

D. A very important presidential campaign was dividing the Union.

E. Canada was becoming angry with the USA.

F. Mexico and France under the direction of Maximilian were plotting
to overtake the Western States from the USA.

Not much seems important in this above note taking does it? Yet consider if Rafiki and Simba were having a discussion on what they found in the book The Galvanized Yankees during the first 10 (ten) pages of the book:
"LOOK HARDER, SIMBA AND TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE."
WHY RAFIKI, I SEE, NO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, OTHER COUNTRIES WERE BECOMING ANGRY AND PLOTTING AGAINST THE USA, WESTWARD EXPANSION OF THE US AT THE COST OF INDIAN SOULS, AND A CHANCE FOR TWO IDIOTS TO FIGHT EACH OTHER TO BECOME PUPPET LEADERS IN THE US GOVERNMENT."
"WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?"
"THAT HUMAN WHITE MALES WERE THE FIRST BABOONS IN THE USA."
"VERY GOOD SIMBA, HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA, AND WE ARE NOT."
" I GOTTA GO SHARE THIS WITH UNCLE SCAR."
"IF YOU WISH, BUT THERE IS MORE TO TELL."
"Do tell us Rafiki."

"WHO ARE YOU?"
"I'm not a baboon either, and I can proceed with today's lesson. My name is Nora E. Whipple."
"THEN PLEASE DO SO."

"Thank you Rafiki, I will."
"ARE YOU READY TO ELABORATE HOW LINCOLN BECAME CHECKMATED, NORA?"
"Yes, Mr. Rafiki, I am."
"THEN PLEASE DO SO."
The rest of today's history lesson can be found within Chapters II and V, titled respectfully as Bloody Year on the Plains and Give it Back to the Indians of Dee Alexander's book, The Galvanized Yankees. During these pages of the book one finds that Lincoln was campaigning against George B. McClellan when two politicians (Lieutenant-Colonel Henry S. Huidekopper of the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers and Judge S. Newton Pettis) approached him with a plan to turn Confederate prisoners into volunteers to kill Indians ( if needed) in order to move Westward. Since McClellan was from Pennsylvania, Lincoln thought for some reason this stunt, the incorporation of Confederate soldiers into the US Army, would get him the needed votes to over-come McClellan. Even after Lincoln gave an informal order to proceed with recruiting the imprisoned Confederate soldiers, his Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton refused to follow this order to stall the conversion of Confederate soldiers into enlisted men into the US Army. Even when Stanton refused the informal order by Lincoln twice, and attended an interview with Stanton in which he told Lincoln that Grant was using his prisoners of war for minor guard duties around Norfolk, Lincoln wrote a letter that explain why to proceed with his informal order. The letter basically said that Lincoln made his decision to form the Galvanized Yankees so that no greater evil would occur between the two forms of government in a fight to gain land West of the Mississippi River, and cleared Stanton of any complications that might have arisen due to his ejection of Lincoln's orders. Lincoln then arranged a way for Captain Henry R. Rathbone to be sent out to Rock Island to inspect those people that were to be enlisted into the Galvanized Yankees because Lincoln trusted that Rathbone would be able to get the job done. Lincoln was assassinated a few months after this letter was written when he attended the play that was showing at Ford's Theater in which Rathbone failed to protect him (pp.12 & 13, paraphrased).

"AHH, YES, MAKE SURE YOU GET THE FORMAL ORDER AND THEN KILL THE SOURCE THAT WOULD LEAK INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEALINGS OF THE US ARMY AND/OR GOVERNMENT OR THE PERSON WHO WOULD FIGHT THE ARMED FORCES THE MOST IN A FEDERAL COURT."
"I guess so Rafiki. I guess so. But that is only one part of today's lesson that makes me sick."
"WHAT IS THE OTHER PART OF TODAY'S LESSON, NORA, THAT MAKES YOU SICK?"
"The lesson starts with one word found on page 114 found within "Chapter V: Give It Back to the Indians. This word is 'fortunately.' You see Rafiki, it was fortunate that Company C of the Galvanized Yankees was commanded by one of the regiment's best captains, Adams Bassett and was equipped with a first rate surgeon, Washington Matthews who know all the strengths and weaknesses of the Galvanized Yankees."
"AHH, I SEE. IT BECAME FORTUNATE FOR THE US ARMY TO HAVE A VERY COMPETENT CAPTIAN AND SURGEON WHO COULD TRAIN THE GALVANIZED YANKEES AND PUT THEM BACK TOGETHER AGAIN SO THAT THEY COULD KEEP ON KILLING INDIANS TO GAIN..."
"What we all have in the first place, free land and all its resources. It wasn't until a monetary system was in place that the quantifying of Indian souls to attain land by purchasing that land lessened human souls..."
"BECAUSE THE US ARMY TRULY BELIEVED THEY HAD TO TAKE IT BY FORCE SO THAT THEY COULD PURCHASE GOODS ELSEWHERE WHEN IN ACTUALITY THEY DID NOT."
"Which goes against one's religious practice to extend charity to one another or..."
"GIVING A BROTHER WHAT HE NEEDS IN ORDER TO LIVE."
"Yes. And as far as I know, no one ever incarcerated Jesus when he ate grain from the fields while he walked around all day preaching his good news about GOD."
"NO. HE WAS KILLED FOR HAVING AN ALLIANCE TO GOD RATHER THAN MAN THAT NO ONE COULD TAKE AWAY."
"Yes, and this is why Indians were robbed by the US Army of their Right to Religion because of their leader's greedy order that caused them to attain what we all already have..."
"THE EARTH AND ALL ITS RESOURCES, WAS PLACED INTO ACTION."

"Yes, and now please excuse me, I'm going to go finish my vomiting moment number two."
"THEN WE CAN FINISH WITH A PROLONGED DISCUSSION ON HOW THE U OF I HAS A HOSTILE ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE NATIVE AMERICAN'S LIFESTYLE."
"No, that it very easy to prove."
"IT'S THAT ONE WORD..."
'' 'fortunately.' I'll explain in just a few seconds."

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The U of I has a hostile attitude towards the Native American lifestyle because it approved a book, by publishing it, that:

"Fortunately the company was commanded by one of the regiment's
best captains, Adams Bassett, who proudly recorded on arrival that
Company C was stationed at Fort Berthold "on the Missouri River
some 2,000 miles from its mouth." The company also had a first-
rate surgeon, 22 year-old Washington Matthews. Matthews had
been sent out to Dakota from Rock Island Prison, wherehe had
attended many of the Confederates who joined the 2nd and 3rd
Volunteers. He knew all the strengths and weaknesses of
Galvanized Yankees. In spite of his cramped quarters, Dr. Matthews
maintained one of the best hospitals on the Missouri. While at
Berthold, he mastered the languages of the Mandans and Rees, and
in later years of service became an outstanding military surgeon and
a famed anthropologist (114)."

Also on the back of the book cover it states, "They [The Galvanized Yankees] were a lost legion, unhonored, unsung. No Southern state would claim them; the Grand Army of the Republic forgot them. This is their fascinating and long-overdue story-- told by a well-known writer on the American West and the Civil War."
"AHH, I SEE, IF BERTHOLD CARED AT ALL FOR THE INDIANS AND KEEPING GOOD RELATIONS WITH THEM, HE WOULD HAVE FOUND A WAY TO BE A TRANSLATOR INSTEAD OF USING HIS TALENTS IN A WAY THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR THEIR TERMINATION. ALSO, IF THE U OF I CARED AT ALL ABOUT HOW NATIVE AMERICANS FELT ABOUT THEIR OWN PLIGHT, THEY WOULD HAVE PRINTED A DISCLAIMER THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE THIS: THE PAGES CONTAINED IN THIS BOOK ARE THE RESEARCH OF THE AUTHOR, AND IS IN NO WAY LAUDING THE EFFORTS OF LINCOLN AND THE US ARMY. WE, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE U OF I FEEL THAT THE ORDERS THE GALVANIZED YANKEES FOLLOWED SHOULD BE SEEN AS A MEANS THAT TOOK MANY PEACEFUL TRIBES RIGHT TO LIFE AND RELIGION AWAY JUST SO THAT THE USA COULD ACQUIRE WHAT WE ALL ALREADY HAVE..,"
"Dominion over the Earth without the concept of a monetary system.
"EXCUSE ME, NORA, I HAVE TO VOMIT."
"No, Rafiki, I'll join you."
MS. NORA, BEFORE YOU AND RAFIKI LEAVE ME TO VOMIT, I HAVE ONE QUESTION."
"Yes, Simba, what is it?"
"AREN'T THE INDIANS GUILTY OF KILLING WHITE PEOPLE TOO IN THIS CASE?"
"No, Simba, they aren't because they were defending themselves to keep what they had so that they may stay alive, and they also had a right to seek retribution for what they lost. Only the means that they took lives were neither as humane as a lethal injection nor as jolting as dying while being electrocuted, but the principle is the same as an 'eye for an eye' or 'a tooth for a tooth.'"
"SO THE INDIANS HELD TRIAL AND SENTENCED THE WHITE MEN FOR KILLING THEIR PEOPLE AND TAKING THEIR CARCASES AND PERSONAL ARTIFACTS TO BE SOLD."
"Yes, Simba, and very good."
"WAIT FOR ME TOO THEN, I NEED TO VOMIT ."
"Ok, Simba."


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