For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. As the left-wing social justice warriors have created mobs across America intent on destroying lives for daring to engage in wrong-think, an equal and opposite white supremacist movement has risen up. Both would silence the other side for wrong-think. Both work at the extremes of American politics.
Both the social justice warrior left and white supremacist alt-right will continue on this course unless an external force is applied to stop them. Those of us who find both abhorrent must be that force. But for now, following the planned white supremacists rally that turned into a day of violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday – leaving at least one person dead and 19 injured when a car rammed into a group of counter-protestors – we should focus on the white supremacists.
White supremacists, white nationalists, or alt-right are a group of people who have decided to embrace left-wing tactics and strategies to advance the noxious idea that the white race is superior to others. There is actually no evidence for this. In fact, the idea flies outside the bounds of both science and theology.
Scientifically, we are all largely biologically equal, though we have different colors of skin, eyes, and hair and different widths and heights. Theologically, we are all created in the image of God and are therefore all born equal. White supremacy is a sin against God because it posits that God created one race of people superior to others. There is no scriptural evidence for that and it is therefore a sin to think it.
The regressive ideas of the white supremacists in Charlottesville have no place in America any more than the censorious totalitarianism on display last week at Google. They are all from the same strain of secular uncertainty rising as Western cultural certainties collapse.
But beyond science and theology, the idea of racial superiority is…