An older black gentleman within earshot interrupted to say, "I'll tell you when it went wrong. It was when they took God out of school and said the children couldn't pray no more."
Christianity has always been considered a force for good in my native region. As bad as things have been at times, the fact that it has not been worse -- and it could possibly have been much, much worse -- can only be attributed to the commonality of faith, and the grace of God.
No one who attacks religion is a friend of the South, nor a humanitarian vis-a-vis race relations. If we had only science to guide us . . . Well, my father was wounded within an inch of his life in France, you see. I do not believe in accidents. And I am inarguably here, aren't I?
Is Charles Johnson a benevolent philanthropist? Does he suppose that Darwinism and the coercive secularization of American society are "progress"?
"My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday."UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: Conservative lesbian Cynthia Yockey called to say, "I've got your back." Angels unaware . . .
-- G.K. Chesterton, 1923
UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: From the Book of Daniel (Collins), we now quote: "F*** off, Charles."
God told Dan to say that, I'm pretty sure . . .
UPDATE 9/14, 1:50 a.m.: From the Book of Daniel (Riehl):
While not speaking for him, I will speak out strongly on his behalf. In all that time, through all those many conversations, Stacy has never once even mentioned race to me -- regarding Obama, politics, or anything else. Were he a white supremacist, there is no way that would be the case in my opinion. So, I can conclude that he is not that.Exactly. Years ago, when all this stuff started (and I was, at the time, forbidden to respond even in my own defense), I said confidentially to friends, "What can 'white supremacist' possibly mean in 21st-century America?" What policy was I accused of advocating, or where was the evidence of hateful scapegoating and name-calling?
If a skeptical attitude toward various sacred cows of liberal orthodoxy is "white supremacy," OK. But except for a few sentences wrenched from context, or my stubborn devil-may-care defense of the South, there wasn't even anything remotely close to evidence of ordinary prejudice, much less advocacy of a theoretical abstraction like "white supremacy."
Words have meaning, and I've long since learned to despise this Humpty-Dumpty assertion that a term as potentially damaging as "white supremacist" means whatever an accuser decides it should mean.
At times I have been accused of "defending" this or that evil, which I was merely guilty of discussing in a heterodox (and perhaps somewhat careless) manner, but this is rather like the idiotic accusation from Andrew Sullivan that, in mocking Glenn Greenwald, I was advocating "genocide of the Palestinians in Israel."
Loath to deny such a delicious smear, I supposed it won't seriously impair my dangerous reputation to state for the record that I am anti-genocide. And because "white supremacy" might mean unfair advantages for such ludicrous Caucasian fools as Glenn Greenwald, Andrew Sullivan and Charles Johnson -- to name three indisputably inferior white people -- I guess I'm against that, too.
Professor William Jacobson is among several other defenders to whom I must express gratitude. We'll try to get everybody linked up in the next few days, but for now, we need to get back to blogging about actual news.