Pastors, Not Politicians, Turned Dixie Republican
At that time, there may have been no more influential figure in the Southern Baptist Convention than W.A. Criswell, the pastor of the enormous First Baptist Church in Dallas.
At a convention in South Carolina, Criswell turned his popular fire and brimstone style on the "blasphemous and unbiblical" agitators who threatened the Southern way of life. Beyond all the boilerplate racist invective, Criswell outlined an eerily prescient rhetorical stance, a framework capable of outlasting Jim Crow. In a passage that managed to avoid explicit racism, he described what would become the primary political weapon of the culture wars:
"Don't force me by law, by statute, by Supreme Court decision...to cross over in those intimate things where I don't want to go. Let me build my life. Let me have my church. Let me have my school. Let me have my friends. Let me have my home. Let me have my family. And what you give to me, give to every man in America and keep it like our glorious forefathers made - a land of the free and the home of the brave."
A Resolution Condemning White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention| The Atlantic - June 2017 |
The Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting turned chaotic in Phoenix this week over a resolution that condemned white supremacy and the alt-right. Leaders initially declined to consider the proposal submitted by a prominent black pastor in Texas, Dwight McKissic, and only changed course after a significant backlash. A day later, the body passed a revised statement against the alt-right. But the drama over the resolution revealed deep tension lines within a denomination that was explicitly founded to support slavery.
A few weeks before the meeting was slated to start, McKissic published his draft resolution on a popular Southern Baptist blog called SBC Voices. The language was strong and pointed.
It affirmed that "there has arisen in the United States a growing menace to political order and justice that seeks to reignite social animosities, reverse improvements in race relations, divide our people, and foment hatred, classism, and ethnic cleansing." It identified this "toxic menace" as white nationalism and the alt-right, and urged the denomination to oppose its "totalitarian impulses, xenophobic biases, and bigoted ideologies that infect the minds and actions of its violent disciples." It claimed that the origin of white supremacy in Christian communities is a once-popular theory known as the "curse of Ham," which taught that "God through Noah ordained descendants of Africa to be subservient to Anglos" and was used as justification for slavery and segregation.
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The U.S. Midterm Elections: the Blue Trickle | Tikun Olam |
The first Somali-American and Palestinian-American have been elected to the House. The most successful Democratic candidates were young, progressive and insurgent. The least successful were the corporate Democrats in the Clinton mold.
The Senate races were far more disappointing. Centrist Democratic candidates lost in Indiana, Missouri, Florida and Tennessee. Though the Arizona race is close, the Democrat trails by a few thousand votes. Unlike most other losing candidates, Beto O'Rourke projected a bold, uncompromising, hopeful campaign message. He ran in a blood-red GOP state and came within a few percentage points of winning. If the Democratic leadership was listening it would learn that it needs vigorous, young, progressive candidates; not go-along-to-get-along Wall Street darlings.
Trump had special guests watching the election results with him at the White House. Chief among them was gambling mogul, Sheldon Adelson, who joined him to watch what his $100-million in GOP donations had bought. Adelson had to be specially disappointed by the fact that his chosen Nevada Senate candidate, Dean Heller, lost. He was replaced by Jewish Democrat, Jackie Rosen.
Typically-shrill Islamophobic Haaretz headline
Haaretz's Allison Kaplan Sommer explains how Israel, anti-Semitism and the Jewish vote are affecting the Midterms - and what the results could mean for all three.
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[Update-1] From my diary a year ago …
○ Christian Zionists Collude with Alt-right Trump
[Note: Trump's appreciation for support to get elected was rewarded with his gift of Jerusalem to the "Jewish" State of Israel]
The rise of the alt-right in Western politics due to Middle-East wars [neocon policy] and the refugee crisis in its aftermath. Also the effects of Anglo-American banking, financial institutions, off-shore deposits, stock market, corporate might in capitals and political parties causing wealth accumulation by the 0.1%. The rich getting richer, turning the dials of tax reform, promising trickle-down cents for the working majority. Instead inequality is on the rise in the last 50 years and people's revolutions are managed for regime change in the mirror of American capitalism while underming labor rights. Welcome to the new year 2018, more of the same?
[Update-2] From my earlier diary …
Trump Possessed by Hygiene and Genes
I always understood Trump’s slogan: “white America First.”
All other ethnicities serve at the pleasure of the master [race] …
○ What Donald Trump learned from his German grandpa Friedrich Drumpf | DW |
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○ Germany: Human Heredity Theory and Racial Hygiene (1936)
Interesting article and portion about the 1950s and the Cold War …
The Dark Personality and Psychopathology: Toward a Brighter Future
The young field of research on dark personality traits (i.e., socially aversive traits such as psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism) is gaining momentum. This Special Section examines the nature, origins, development, and sequelae of dark traits, underscoring their largely unappreciated relevance to abnormal psychology.
The term dark connotes social aversiveness. At their core, dark personality traits share an antagonistic interpersonal orientation. Individuals with pronounced dark traits are often perceived as braggarts, cheaters, manipulators, sadists, trolls, bullies, or downright aggressors. They tend to be disagreeable, socially dominant, manipulative and callous, prejudiced toward outgroup members, promiscuous and sexually exploitative, and physically, verbally, and relationally aggressive). Although they are not necessarily incompetent when it comes to understanding other people’s perspectives, they display reduced empathic concern toward others.