White Nationalism is on the rise. Hate crimes have spiked. On April 18, 2019, a border militia group (Heavily armed men who were impersonating Federal officers), called the United Constitutional Patriots, stopped 200 immigrants crossing the border. One member of the United Constitutional Patriots was quoted, in the police report as says, “Why are we just apprehending them and not lining them up and shooting them?” and “We have to go back to Hitler days and put them all in a gas chamber.” below is an image of the police report.
The worst part is that many of these White Nationalist claim to be Christians. In the New York Times article, one member calling himself “viper” says it is his “God-given right” to be there and do what he is doing. Of course, they don’t follow Jesus, the Middle Eastern Jew; they follow that other Jesus the white, blonde hair, blue-eyed, slightly effeminate guy.
What was once a subtle, hidden agenda for the Fundagelicals has now become overt. Take a listen to racist Pastor Donny Reagan from Happy Valley Church in Tennessee.
Or how about Hoschton, Georgia city councilman Jim Cleveland. Who claims mixed marriages are Un-Christian.
In the 1960s during desegregation, private religious schools were established as white segregationist schools. Bob Jones University and Jerry Falwell’s Lynchburg Christian School were two such segregationist academies. In 1970, the court case Green vs. Conelly challenged the tax-exempt status of white only religious schools. When the IRS sent questionnaires on these schools racial policies, Bob Jones University clearly stated it did not accept Black students. Jones, Falwell and Paul Weyrich, the founder of the Heritage Foundation, framed their segregationist battle as “Religious Freedom.” They believed it was their religious right to discriminate. The irony, of course, is that these white gentiles are proclaiming religious freedom to exclude based on a religion that would have excluded them for being non-Jewish. A further irony is that they want the religious freedom to exclude the founder of the religion they have co-opted. Some might argue that they have excluded Him.
In the 70s, discrimination didn’t sell well outside the South, so other issues were added to the agenda. Abortion became the smoke screen to cover up the racism. Jerry Falwell didn’t give his first anti-abortion speech until five years after Roe v. Wade and W.A. Criswell; famed Fundamentalist actually supported the decision.
Abortion became the cause that would create a powerful voting block out of disparate groups. Catholics, Fundamentalist, Evangelicals, and Mormons were now united as a political force to back Conservative causes. The racism became hidden, but it was and is still there.
Fundagelicals are having their moment in the political sun. The vision of the “Moral Majority” and the Religious Right to elect political officials has been successful. Under the smokescreen of “pro-life,” they have brought racism in through the backdoor. Now this country is reaping the harvest of racism. We give lip service to “pro-life” and protect a fetus in the womb, but we stand silent when unarmed black men are gunned down by white police officers. Too many voters are single-issue voters who think they are good Christians by voting anti-abortion. However, focusing on that single issue has allowed Americans to be manipulated and White Nationalism to rise. Christianity wasn’t founded as a white religion; our founder was a Middle Eastern Jew who White Nationalists would be happy to crucify, and one of the first recorded converts to Christianity was an Ethiopian. Racism is a sin and does not reflect the image and character of God who created us. If America needs to repent, as Fundagelicals claim, we should start with racism.
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