The Left wants to use Christianity to police the Alt-Right

Left-wing, Jewish journalist Peter Beinart has a telling piece up at The Atlantic, “Breaking Faith: The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse,” about how the decline of Christianity has lead to an increase in racial identity, especially among many younger whites affiliated with the alt-right.  He writes:

“Secularism is indeed correlated with greater tolerance of gay marriage and pot legalization. But it’s also making America’s partisan clashes more brutal. And it has contributed to the rise of both Donald Trump and the so-called alt-right movement, whose members see themselves as proponents of white nationalism. As Americans have left organized religion, they haven’t stopped viewing politics as a struggle between “us” and “them.” Many have come to define us and them in even more primal and irreconcilable ways.”

As if there is something wrong with whites supporting and promoting their own interests.  Beinart then discusses Richard Spencer, Milo, and how secularization has lead to an increase in racial identity among both younger blacks and whites.  He concludes:

“Maybe it’s the values of hierarchy, authority, and tradition that churches instill. Maybe religion builds habits and networks that help people better weather national traumas, and thus retain their faith that the system works. For whatever reason, secularization isn’t easing political conflict. It’s making American politics even more convulsive and zero-sum.

For years, political commentators dreamed that the culture war over religious morality that began in the 1960s and ’70s would fade. It has. And the more secular, more ferociously national and racial culture war that has followed is worse.”

Beinart is basically correct but there is more to this story.  The two most basic forms of identity are racial / ethnic identity and religious identity.  When the two intersect and form an ethno-religion, which is basically what Judaism is, the religion of Beinart’s co-ethnics, one probably has the strongest identity possible.  (Most early pagan religions were also racial ethno-religions, and arguably some forms of Christianity are too.)

The problem, however, is that Beinart can’t just wave his magic wand and resurrect Christianity to police white people — as much as he may wish it.  The irony is that mainstream Christianity today is on a universalist trajectory that would repel the very people that Beinart wants to police.  As I noted in a previous post, “Is Contemporary Christianity a Suicide Cult?,” contemporary Christianity is becoming more and more effeminate and seems to repulse more manly men.  For example, regarding the recent controversy to expel open-borders Russell Moore from his leadership of the ERLC, just take a look on Twitter at some of Moore’s most ardent defenders:  Nearly all of them literal cuckolds or Christian SJWs.

In short, Beinart fails to recognize that Christianity had a greater hold on young white men when it was in fact more like the alt-right, when it wasn’t as extremely universalistic as it is today and didn’t eschew racial identity for whites.

 

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Cross-posted at AltRight.com.

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12 thoughts on “The Left wants to use Christianity to police the Alt-Right

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  3. Good post. Cat-Bag-Out and all that.

    However, Christianity has always been “universalist”, and depending on your point of view, it has always been a “slave religion”, or “cucks” to use the modern idiom.

    • Christianity is neither a “slave religion” nor about “cucks”. It is about God and our duty as Christians to adhere to His word.

      • Hi, Honestly what I feel is that division of church and state is the main approach that works in a multicultural and various society. The inverse is, obviously, religious government, where a built up religion really runs the administration. here, the preservationist religious conservative, particularly in the Republican Party, are clearly blameworthy of trying to use the government to to uphold their specific ideas of Biblical law, i.e., they support legislation against premature birth and contraception, against same sex marriage, and so on.

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  5. I count the legalization of gay marriage as the turning point. Unconsciously, I believe, a lot of people think “If it’s not immoral for two men to marry, then who is anyone to impose their morality on me for wanting to promote my own (white) interests.”

    It was the left, though, which threw off the shackles of religious-based morality by first promoting gay marriage and now trans rights. I don’t think they realized that a lot of what made people downplay their own white identity was a vague sense of pseudo-religious obligation.

    But now that that’s gone, anyone’s morality goes because where does the authority come from to call right or wrong? They threw the bible away. That means it has to come from the media or the schools, to which most people say: “Hahahahahaha.”

    You can’t impose morality on one group of people while letting everyone else run free. You can’t say “Don’t judge!” only when it comes to gay issues yet expect people to judge when it comes to any conservative issue du jour you don’t like. The left did this to themselves.

    • Gays are only 3 percent of the population. The bigger problem was not morally but a lot of illegal immigrants from Central America are now protestant. This happen because way back in the 1960’s and 1970’s because Bill Graham converted Mexicans and Central Americans from Catholism and they became protestants. In many Central American Countries their are more protestants now than Catholics, so evangelicals are more willing to help them.

  6. The trouble is that the elite decision makers are alienated from their congregations.

    The RCC had 2 options – an easy one & hard one. No prizes for guessing which the current Pope favors. E – suck up to the poz & emphasize universality in the hope appeasement earns respect. H – become an implicit White group that doesn’t seek to be cool (works for islam) & caters to the elite tastes of the Europe where it developed.

  7. This is a problem. A lot of immigrant Mexicans are Pentecostal as well as Central Americans. In the old days they were mainly Catholic ,so the protestants were less interested in helping them. The funny thing is the left carries on about Christians being the enemy but some support the left on immigration.

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