21 Nov 2004 Charge of the Light Brigade Mangled by So-Called “Jesus Freaks”
American liberals are in such good humor these days…
To Whom It May Concern:
As always, I find many errors on your web pages, but understanding that your group knows very little about history (and usually tries to re-write it), you may want to correct the contents of one page (referenced below) that cites the date when Tennyson’s poem was written.
Your page claims it was written on April 10, 1864 when, in fact, the poem was first published in ‘The Examiner’ — an English newspaper — on December 9th, 1856.
“Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it”. Do you think that Bush would like to learn some history regarding the Iragi conflict?
I don’t think so — you ‘Jesus Freaks’ have a hard time with reality…
He’s right — we did list 1864 instead of the correct date of 1854 (Mr. Mattes had an incorrect date, too: the Examiner actually published it on 12/9/1854). In our defense, we got the date from a University of Virginia special collections manuscript of the poem, but further investigation reveals Tennyson wrote that particular copy in his own hand on that date, not the first edition ever published.
BUT, what does any of this have to do with Our Lord and Savior, President Bush or the war in Iraq? Must everything be about politics, and, if so, must it be so hostile?
P.S. We did correct the web page. Future generations are safe from this particular bit of our right-wing malpractice.