My wife Tina’s hobby is surfing a circuit of thrift stores in North Carolina and in Chicago searching for purses to re-sell online. One of her favorite haunts is a Goodwill in Winston-Salem in which you pay for items by the pound. She’s found some diamonds in the rough there.
She also buys me books that she finds. Today, she picked up a copy of Dr. Wiliam P Grady’s “What Hath God Wrought! A Biblical Interpretation of American History.”
Elitist. Racist. Backwoods. Spit-ding.
This book hid nothing from its readers about who this man is and what he thinks is truth.
I laughed out loud a few times, but the opening quote got me the best. A quote misattributed to 1800s French diplomat to the United States Alexis de Tocqueville reads, “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there … in her fertile fields and boundless forests—and it was not there … in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there … in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
The only part he might have written is the last sentence. The rest is a lie. Which fits the part. This writer cannot be depended upon for accurate records for the rest of the 600 pages.
The first chapter opens with a bunch of stories mostly rip-offed from “News of the Weird” to illustrate how far America has distanced itself from God. All the bizarre stories of spouses killing each other over burnt toast or strangers killing each other over a misunderstanding = America needs GOD.
The writer then performs a series of mental gymnastics and conspiracy theory-riddled nonsense to claim the Bible talked about America in its pages.
When I got to the chapter damning the 14th Amendment to the constitution, it was already well established that Dr. William P Grady was a racist through and through and would likely fit right in with today’s Trumpism beset by open card carrying White Supremacists attempting to “purify” America from satanic multiculturalism.
Just before damning the whole of the then-popular “Promise Keepers” movement as one riddled with insanities and de-masculinating manure, he wraps up the book by telling everyone, presbyterian, methodist, catholic, non-denominational or non-believing … to get your butts in the pews at a hell-fire and damnation Baptist church.
This one way or the highway is why the church has been losing congregants for decades. This hellfire and damnation message is the second reason people are walking away. The message, without any form of proof, is taught as fact.
If you find this book in your hands, please read it with great voracity. Give it to a friend for them to read. This is the kind of entertainment we need to use to show just how silly these people really are.