Some comments on another CW blog recently suggested that anyone who could admire a slave owner who, (despite the contradictions and inherent evil associated with slavery), introduced slaves to Christianity was "very odd." Of course, this opinion is not, despite what some suggest, at all out of the mainstream of modern historiography:
"It is inspiring . . . Jackson's faith led him to show kindness to those around him, including the slaves." -- Steven E. Woodworth, Ph.D., author - While God is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers (Commenting on my book about Stonewall Jackson and his black Sunday school class.)
Other comments on this same post referred to "the inherent equality of every man, woman, and child on Earth and of all other life forms, too."
Wow. Ok, maybe I've been abducted by aliens, but I think most Americans would find that equating "all other life forms" with human life is very odd indeed. Equality of human life, yes, but "all other life forms too?" So a rat is "inherently equal" to a child? A cockroach should have the same rights and considerations as your mother? This utter silliness drew not a single rebuke, disagreement, or question. Amazing.