Family Research Council Vice President Dr. Kenyn Cureton tried mightily to defend Columbus against critics who point out, accurately, that he committed genocide and enslaved native people to force them to search for gold (and sent slaves home to Spain as well). Let’s just say his defense fell a bit short:
On “Washington Watch” yesterday, Cureton said that Columbus had good intentions since he was trying to find gold to fund a potential war with Muslims over control of Jerusalem and spread the Gospel to indigenous peoples.
He argued that Columbus only enslaved native peoples instead of killing them because he was a merciful leader (and he needed them to search for gold to help defeat the Muslims). He also said that Columbus defended the Arawaks from cannibals, a contested claim. Columbus also enslaved the Arawaks along with thousands of others.
“So he did do some things that weren’t right but his motives overall were, number one, to get gold to free Jerusalem but secondly to share the Gospel,” Cureton said. “He was very much motivated by his Christian faith and I think that is what is behind this effort to wipe his name out from history.”
So let me get this straight: He was motivated by his Christian faith to take people as slaves and that makes what he did not so bad. That’s quite a surprising admission for a Christian right leader to make, don’t you think?