Claiming that human beings have become “moral idiots,” conservative English professor writer stated in his 1948 book that “ideas have consequences.” Indeed they do. Weaver argued against what he called the mistaken belief in equality. Over this past weekend, a young 18-year old who murdered ten black people at a Buffalo supermarket echoed the same beliefs as did the murderer in Charleston’s church shooting in 2015.
This young man bought into the “replacement theory” spewed by white nationalism, that blacks and immigrants of all shades were being brought in to replace whites. As a nation we must reject this racist vitriol. It led to the Charlottesville rally that left Heather Heyer dead and scores wounded.
There is a direct connection between the misogynistic racism of white nationalism and Putin’s anti-Western vitriol that brands gays, non-whites, and religiously divergent people as destructive of Western civilization. It is critical to the survival of American and Western society that this hate must be attacked at its core with the weapons of reason and understanding.
Prayer for the Day
Bringing our long standing misgivings about ourselves
And needing reconciliation, we come to you, O Lord;
You know how we fail to live up to our own expectations,
And how our thoughts, words, and deeds serve as barriers to your love.
Enable us to look honestly at ourselves, experience your healing power
So we may repair damaged relationships with others.
We ask this in the name of the One who is your healing power,
Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.
Thoughts for the Day
Hate can be understood as a social bond, a complex phenomenon that occurs among people as a means of mattering and belonging.
- Seyward Darby, editor, writer, from Sisters in Hate
The world does not need white people to civilize others. The real White People's Burden is to civilize ourselves
Robert Jensen, retired journalism professor, The Heart of Whiteness:
The Lord is the strength of the people; God is the saving refuge of the anointed.
O save your people, and bless your heritage;
Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
Psalm 28: 8-9