The Sept. 10 Metro article “Traditions standing at VMI” quoted Virginia Navy Institute’s superintendent, retired Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, as saying he wouldn’t take away a statue of Accomplice Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson as a result of Jackson was a “ ‘navy genius’ and a ‘staunch Christian.’ ”
Leaving apart the query of whether or not an enslaver may ever be a very good Christian, what relevance do Jackson’s non secular beliefs have regarding whether or not he ought to have a statue at a state establishment? Faith ought to be irrelevant to memorializing somebody at a state school, particularly in a state recognized for the Virginia Statute for Spiritual Freedom.