Columbus Overboard

His Recent Voyage Off the Flat Earth of Revisionist Historians

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

So began a poem familiar to any baby-boomer who attended public elementary school in America in the middle of the twentieth century. By 2021, however, Christopher Columbus's legacy has clearly fallen off the flat earth of radical historical revisionism.

Reasonable, knowledgeable U.S. citizens were stunned last summer when raging mobs of mostly young adults tore down, vandalized, or forced the removal of statues of Christopher Columbus, along with those of various Confederate generals, Francis Scott Key, President . . .

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Alexander F. C. Webster (Archpriest), Ph.D., is Dean & Professor of Moral Theology Emeritus at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York, and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.


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