Lincoln wasn’t a Christian role model

Published 11:59 pm Friday, February 20, 2009

Dear Editor:

Shamefully, politicians from Barack Obama to Beth Chapman are urging Americans to follow the example of Abraham Lincoln, in spite of the following historical facts:

Lincoln ordered 38 American Sioux Indians publicly hung at the same time on December 26, 1862, the largest mass hanging in U.S. history (;

Lincoln deported hundreds of free blacks to poverty-stricken Haiti, telling black leaders on August 14, 1862, “There is an unwillingness on the part of our people for you free colored people to remain with us.” (;

Lincoln publicly stated he started the War only to collect a 40% import tax on Southerners, causing the unnecessary death of over 600,000 Americans;

Lincoln ordered thousands of Northern political opponents thrown in prison, including newspaper editors and Legislators;

Lincoln hypocritically exempted all Northern slave-owners from his Emancipation Proclamation, including General Grant who owned 4 slaves the entire war;

Lincoln invited mediums to the White House in attempts to communicate with his dead son; and

ten of Lincoln’s closest friends wrote that Lincoln was not a Christian in The Life of Abraham Lincoln (pages 486-504) by Ward Lamon (read online at

Woe to Americans if Obama and Chapman follow Lincoln’s example.

Roger K. Broxton