Preaching the Gospel with Guns?

Here’s another good one from A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan.

After our short war against Spain in the late 1890’s, there was much controversy over the idea of imperialistic US expansion in the Philippines. The pious President McKinley argued, with most of those in his party (the Republicans) that we had an obligation to “Christianize” and “civilize” the inhabitants of the Philippines.

Bryan kept denouncing conquest as a form of grand larceny and wrote in the [Omaha] World-Herald that “preach[ing] the gospel to every creature” does not include “a Gatling gun attachment.”

Conquest is grand larceny.

Preaching the Gospel is not done well with instruments of mass killing.

What interesting ideas William Jennings Bryan had!

[See prior post on Bryan, “A Rigorously Christian Liberal”]

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