The Only Thing Worse Than an ‘Alt-Right’ Jesus

Multiculturalism and globalism are toxic, fashionable heresies that drive some Christians to crackpot reactions against them.

By John Zmirak Published on April 18, 2017

I agree with every word that Michael Brown wrote condemning Alt-Right intolerance. I’ve written for many years about the evils of racial narcissism. I’ve noted how Alt-Right spokesmen endorse even the vilest evil on earth today — abortion — for crank “eugenic” reasons. These are not good people. We should flee their evil company.

Nor should we ever abandon Christianity’s bone-deep universalism. I’m a Celtic Slav. My ancestors were tree-worshiping pagans. So I am grateful to the Jews for passing on both the Law and the Gospel. I wouldn’t want them locking me out because I lack father Abraham’s chromosomes.

Each of us faces temptations of tribalism or simple, ugly bias. Both reject the love of neighbor that Jesus demands of us.

Who Feeds the Alt-Right? The Christian Left.

But I’d like to put Dr. Brown’s comments in perspective. I would like to explain: Why are some otherwise sensible Christians tempted by Alt-Right stances, to the peril of their souls? To do that, I must point to other, subtler, more insidious errors. Most of those tempted to Alt-Right heresy are driven there as a violent over-reaction to globalism and multiculturalism.

Heresies usually come in pairs — each one equally far from the truth, but in opposite directions. Each claims to “cure” the other. That’s how they worm their way into our hearts. The Monophysites denied that Jesus has a human nature. They thought this the only way to nail shut the door against the Arian heresy. (Arians denied Our Lord’s divinity.) And so on, through the centuries.

Globalism and multiculturalism don’t lurk in dank corners of Twitter and 4chan. They strut around Harvard Yard. At Brussels and Davos, they’re the official party line. They infect the counsels of bishops and evangelists. These errors get funded by George Soros, and praised by secular media. They’re spread by the same bureaucrats at the United Nations and the European Union who fight the Church on life and marriage. Who threaten its basic freedoms. These errors serve secular culture as a new, post-Christian religion.

Globalism: A New Creed for Post-Christians

Don’t take it from me: It was gay liberal Catholic Andrew Sullivan who pointed out that this movement acts like a self-righteous, intolerant creed. Another name these errors go by is the wonkish-sounding “Intersectionality.” Here’s what Sullivan says of it:

“Intersectionality” is the latest academic craze sweeping the American academy. On the surface, it’s a recent neo-Marxist theory that argues that social oppression does not simply apply to single categories of identity — such as race, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc. — but to all of them in an interlocking system of hierarchy and power. …

It is operating, in Orwell’s words, as a “smelly little orthodoxy,” and it manifests itself, it seems to me, almost as a religion. It posits a classic orthodoxy through which all of human experience is explained — and through which all speech must be filtered. Its version of original sin is the power of some identity groups over others. To overcome this sin, you need first to confess, i.e., “check your privilege,” and subsequently live your life and order your thoughts in a way that keeps this sin at bay. The sin goes so deep into your psyche, especially if you are white or male or straight, that a profound conversion is required.

Like the Puritanism once familiar in New England, intersectionality controls language and the very terms of discourse. It enforces manners. It has an idea of virtue — and is obsessed with upholding it. The saints are the most oppressed who nonetheless resist. The sinners are categorized in various ascending categories of demographic damnation, like something out of Dante. The only thing this religion lacks, of course, is salvation. Life is simply an interlocking drama of oppression and power and resistance, ending only in death.  

A Workplace-Safe Religion

Multiculturalist globalism is as worldly as — and not a whit more humane than — the paganized “German Christianity” that the Nazis foisted on Germans. But it has its hooks deeply sunk in “Mainline” Christianity, both Catholic and Protestant. Preaching it won’t get you banned from social media. Or silenced on campus. It might even get you a job writing manifestos for bishops.

Want to start a career as a successful public speaker? Get certified somehow as a specialist in countering “white male privilege.” You could tour Christian campuses for the rest of your natural life. You’ll never encounter a heckler. Even bigots who oppose you will likely be shamed into silence.

Multiculturalist globalism is every bit as worldly as — and not a whit more humane than — the paganized “German Christianity” that the Nazis foisted on Germans.

Meanwhile, fair-minded intellectuals like Charles Murray get driven off campuses by gangs of hooded rioters. Critics of mass Muslim influx into Europe get imprisoned, fined, or silenced on social media. But Muslims who favor sharia, or blacks who call for white genocide, sail smoothly along with the Zeitgeist.

Addled Christians mistake multiculturalism’s fashionable teachings for the Gospel’s real implications. Church leaders encourage this, if they crave the love of the worldly. So (unlike Dr. Brown) they loudly and exclusively condemn heresies like racism and xenophobia that are already widely despised. They treat these as burning issues that threaten millions.

Shouting “Fire” in a Flooded Theater

And that makes Screwtape smile. Remember how he boasted:

We direct the fashionable outcry of each generation against those vices of which it is least in danger and fix its approval on the virtue nearest to that vice which we are trying to make endemic. The game is to have them all running about with fire extinguishers whenever there’s a flood, and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gunwale under.

In fact, the loudest anti-racists in the churches often gladly embrace the opposite errors. As answers to white racism and xenophobia they demand crippling white guilt and de facto open borders — even to millions of angry, intolerant Muslims. No wonder some people who reject the multiculturalist heresy are tempted to lurch to the other evil extreme.

Christians who are too attached to their race or nationhood are like the Pharisees. But globalists are Sadducees.

It’s our job as Christians to strike a moral balance. Not to moralize and grandstand, in the hope that the secular left will pat us on the head. And no, not to blindly embrace a pagan error, just to tick off the liberals.

Christians who denounce President Trump over immigration typically condemn all restrictions or limits. They don’t argue that our quotas are too low, or that our enforcement methods need improvement. They spastically denounce every attempt to get our nation’s borders under control. But you never hear them criticize nations in Latin America or Africa that also patrol their borders and limit immigration. Racism is a weird kind of sin, which only white folks can commit.

The Only Thing Worse than a Pharisee

Let’s put this issue in stark New Testament terms. Christians who are too attached to their race or nationhood are like the Pharisees. They have taken things that are genuinely good and made of them a fetish. They’ve mistaken traditions of men for the law of almighty God. They dimly feel that their identity alone — say, as a law-abiding middle class white person — somehow counts for them as a virtue. (Just so, some Pharisees waved off Jesus’ call to conversion because they were “children of Abraham.”) Jesus fulminated against the Pharisees, but He bothered to preach among them. However misguided, at least they were making an effort.

But globalists are the Sadduccees, to whom Jesus barely spoke — even when they put Him on trial. The Sadduccees collaborated with the Roman pagans to keep their hold on power. Just so, the globalists work with anti-Christian, anti-democratic Leviathans like the UN and the European Union to silence the voice of voters. They take their coins not from Caesar but from Soros.

The comfortable, sophisticated Sadduccees sniffed after Roman globalism. Much better than the narrow, “bigoted” nationalism of the Pharisees. Just as the Sadducees waved off large parts of the Jewish scriptures, the globalists shrug at life, sexual morals, and religious freedom — which just happen to be the issues over which the wealthy and the worldly now hate the Church.

So please, for the love of God, avoid the Alt-Right and its minions. But to solve the Alt-Right problem, you need to strike at its roots: It’s an inchoate, angry reaction to a powerful, slippery heresy that preens as a winsome angel of light.

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  • Patmos

    Even using the term “Alt-Right” is a mistake, because it gives credibility to a Hillary campaign tactic, a campaign tactic that massively failed I should add. Besides, I’ve seen the term applied to basically anything and everything that isn’t progressive, which was basically the strategy: demonize the right to get independents to sway towards the all seeing and all knowing dear leader Hillary.

    The strategy to demonize seems to be the only thing progressives have at this point, well, that and wealth redistribution.

  • Neil Stratton

    An absolutely perfect assessment of our times and the problems we face. Unfortunately, to understand it, one must understand nuance, which is lost in a polarized society.

  • Well spoken, my friend. I agree completely.

    And I think it’s worth adding a further word: how does one avoid both errors of which you and Michael speak?

    I was in a jazz band rehearsal once where the bass trombonist asked the leader, “Would you please make up your mind? Do you want us not to rush the tempo or not to drag it?”

    We all laughed. We knew the answer was to be very aware of both as errors to avoid, but more importantly to realize that you don’t play at the right tempo by trying not to play the wrong one, you do it by knowing and following the right one. In orchestral music you do it by following the conductor, in jazz you follow the established time, with the bass and drums taking the lead.

    Here we need to be very aware of both errors (I am *not* saying otherwise) so we can identify and correct them when needed, yet really focus on learning and following Jesus Christ as He really is. He Himself is the conductor, and His Word is the established time that will keep us from both errors.

    • RWDave

      Precisely. The whole notion that Jesus is on the right or the left is worthy of ridicule.

      • TimeToPanic

        God is the very definition of right.
        Just look at the 10 commandments and the things that God hates.
        Look at the fact He made man and woman and told them to procreate and subjugate the planet.
        Then look at what the left do and say. They destroy God’s truth.
        Cucks that fail to recognise that the alt-right is the natural reaction to satan’s efforts to destroy our church have been duped by the serpent.
        I note that the writer offers no solutions or proposals?

        • RWDave

          I agree with you, but Jesus was not political, nor a politician, which many of his disciples wanted.

    • Joshua Berkau

      no one is saying jesus is on the left or right. thats not the issue. we are saying we have a right to look out for our people. jesus never spoke against nationalism or tribalism. in fact, he said we were to care for our communities and our neighbors. to seek the welfare of our children and people is the duty of anyone.

  • Michael Gore

    So this question is only tangential to the issue, but I have to ask it…
    How does it happen that the Catholic Church seems to be so unwilling to clean it’s own house. I know that the Catholic Church’s teaching is for life, for traditional marriage, is (religiously) conservative, however it seems all to willing to offer shelter to those who would overthrow those positions, and often put them in positions to teach and preach. The Catholic Universities are just as much of a hotbed of liberalism as any other Christian university these days after all.
    I mean, you did use the exact phrase “gay liberal Catholic Andrew Sullivan”. How does that even make sense? How do you have prominent politicians who make a lot of hay out of their being a member of the Catholic church in good standing, then be as pro-abortion as you can get. If what the RC church says is true about it’s authority and teachings, why does it seem so unwilling to disassociate with people who do not believe what it teaches. It seems to cut the legs right out from under you guys when you try to take a stand on these issues, because it is so easy to point to members of your church who believe exactly the opposite, speaking out publicly on it!
    Heck that’s the reason there are so many different churches in the mish-mash that is Evangelicalism, we have to keep kicking out all of the loopy liberals!

  • Autrey Windle

    I had a vision while reading this wonderful article; in the vision I was writing a not so funny comedy sketch in the vein of ‘You might be a redneck if…’ with the heading ‘You might not be a Christian if…’ and I found myself seeing all the obvious and not so obvious endings that would certainly clarify God’s word, rules, dreams and plans for us, His precious creations. Feel free to imagine your own lists, but fair warning, this is not for the timid as we will find our selves, our friends, our families and pastors or priests; colleges administrators and professors and whole religions and governments alt-everythings and liberal anythings within these endings wishing for a punchline. It is a crucial time in this world. We must stand finally for only truth. We must be willing to lay our very lives on the line for the truth of God. We must understand that they who do not heed the call will perish in a horrible end no matter how much we love them. Nonetheless, we must stand for the undeniable truth of the word or go to hell with them.

  • Chris in NC

    Oh crap! I knew there was something wrong with me. I’m male, white and straight.
    I’m also 64, saved and on my way to Heaven – so, what can you do?

  • texasknight

    Please define “alt-right” and some examples of groups included.

  • Brian Howell

    You lost me when you described Andrew Sullivan as a liberal. His whole career is built on his conservative commentary. Here’s his Wikipedia page, for Pete’s sake: “Sullivan is a conservative political commentator, a former editor of The New Republic…”

    The rest of your article doesn’t get any better. “Christians who denounce Trump on immigration typically condemn all restrictions for limits.” Citation please.

    “the loudest anti-racists in the churches often gladly embrace the
    opposite errors. As answers to white racism and xenophobia they demand
    crippling white guilt and de facto open borders — even to millions of
    angry, intolerant Muslims.” You mean the Syrian refugees? The ones who have NEVER attacked anyone in the U.S.? Those angry, intolerant Muslims?

    And how is Charles Murray a “fair-minded intellectual?” Because of The Bell Jar? Yeah, that’s fair-minded.

    And if you think that Christians on the Left “never criticize Latin American or African countries,” then you’re just not paying attention.

    • Jeannine

      Perhaps Mr. Howell is confusing The New Republic, a liberal publication throughout its history, with the National Review? And I wonder if he has read The Bell Curve. (The Bell Jar is an autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath.)

      • Autrey Windle

        I bet he did read the The Bell Jar and has a subscription to The New Republic. I also think he missed the fact that many Syrians who need protecting are actually Christians, though he probably doesn’t favor any more of us being allowed to live here…

    • AndRebecca

      I just checked out the Wiki article and Andrew Sullivan is not a conservative and it says so right in the article.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    The “Alt-Right”, so called have much in common w/the far left. Both are variations on the same theme. Pride.
    Both are incapable of objectivity. Both are safe places for the self absorbed who in their grandiose delusions of
    relevance , reveal to the sanctified mind how far from any noble objective they have strayed. The fruit of both bear
    seed from which the tree of discontent is harvested afresh every time a righteous cause is promoted by a people not
    infected by these divisive “spirits” of antagonist thought. The tree, seen first in a garden long ago,bore fruit which was
    forbidden from human consumption. The same appetite indulged in by those first partakers of that trees fruit has succeeded in reproducing itself in the appetites of those on both sides of the party politic. Those who for reasons best resisted insist on having their own way. Even if it leads to death ….

  • Remove Kebab

    Why am I, as an alt-right Catholic wrong? The alt-right is a broad group and I don’t agree with things like abortion or eugenics.

  • The Walrus

    The “Alt-Right” is intolerant? Do you “people” not see the irony in this situation? Is reality lost on your simplistic minds?

    Why do you “people” deny the Alt-Right their right to exist? To Associate freely? To express their opinions?

    What are you so afraid of?

    That European-Americans will awaken to the fact that the “benefits” of Diversity & Globalism are lies, that they do not need Non-Whites to exist, that Non-Whites need Whites to exist above a stone-aged existence?

    How much wealth must be stolen, how many European-Americans youths futures must be stolen and squandered, before you “people” are satisfied?

    It seems that the “Alt-Right” just want to be free of you “people” but you “people” won’t let them be.

    Think about that, if you can. Your anger and resentment and intolerance probably won’t let you

    • AndRebecca

      He is not denying anyone anything. He is making a suggestion.

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