‘Where is Your God Now?’ The Atheists Sneer as We Mourn Our Dead

By John Zmirak Published on November 7, 2017

It takes a lot to shock me. I’ve been at Operation Rescue protests where cops obeyed orders to brutalize pro-life teens and seniors. I saw a pro-abortion crowd shout down and silence Democratic Governor Robert Casey and Village Voice columnist Nat Henthoff. As a grad student in English, I took part in the pro-life “Summer of Mercy” at Baton Rouge abortion clinics — only to find most of the senior faculty of the department (people who could stymie my degree) lined up on the other side. One of them was carefully videotaping each of our faces. (I waved and carefully spelled out my name for him.)

But this weekend, after the slaughter in Sutherland Springs, Texas, even I found myself stunned. I summed it up briefly on Twitter:


And:


And finally:

Ruining Popular Culture for Us

You’ve already probably seen some of the appalling outbursts to which I referred. Most depressing, perhaps, were those from celebrities whose work I had admired. Michael McKean from This is Spinal Tap. Marina Sirtis from Star Trek: Next Generation. I hope it doesn’t sour my next try at viewing their work.

To get a fresh take on how shocking the anti-Christian backlash has been while the bodies of the slain were still being identified by family members, try this thought experiment:

Imagine if an atheist ex-Muslim had shot up a peaceful mosque, including small children and pregnant women. Can you imagine any educated person chiming in to taunt grieving Muslims about the crimes of ISIS?

Heck, we get the Clockwork Orange brainwashing treatment every time a politicized Muslim slaughters Christians, Jews, gays, Yezidis, or anyone else on his (very long) enemies list: Beware of Islamophobia! Careful! Mass slaughters like this could lead customers to be rude to their Uber drivers! But Christian blood isn’t yet dry, and atheists are taunting us about the “futility” of our prayers.

To see a theological answer to this insult, read this profound essay at The Federalist, on how God answers our prayers even when we are martyred. It’s just that His answer is a deeply distressing “Join me. Up here. Today. Right now, ready or not.”

I was about to add something about a slaughter in a synagogue — but sadly, I think that the most committed Israel-haters out there might well go ahead and blame the crime on the IDF’s latest measures against Palestinian terrorists. The peoples of both real Covenants are fair targets, nowadays.

A Sickness in the Souls of Men

The hate out there is real. It runs deep. It’s not aimed at guns or gunowners, but God. It really exploded in the wake of last year’s election. The closest analogue I can find in our nation’s history for the sustained, politicized hatred we have seen since that election, which culminated after the recent bloodbath, is this one: Unrepentant white supremacists in the wake of the Civil War.

The hate out there is real. It runs deep. It’s not aimed at guns or gunowners, but God. It really exploded in the wake of last year’s election. The closest analogue I can find in our nation’s history for the sustained, politicized hatred we have seen since that election, which culminated after the recent bloodbath, is this one: Unrepentant white supremacists in the wake of the Civil War.

The Confederates like Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet who fought for Southern independence despite slavery generally went peacefully and urged reconciliation. Those who had fought for slavery’s sake, for the ongoing power to crack the whip and exploit their fellow men … they reacted much like the abortion lobby did after Clinton’s Appomattox. They formed the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize the freedmen. (The Klan was hooded, just like Antifa.) They called the new governments in their reunited states “illegitimate,” and “foreign-imposed.” One of them, Edmund Ruffin, a fireater who’d fired one of the first shots at Fort Sumter, blew his own head off rather than accept the Yankee victory.

And one of them wrote a song about which I learned while doing my doctorate on Southern literature. It is here, in this catchy, bloodthirsty song, that we sniff the same brimstone that rises from today’s sneering atheists:

 

Hate, Hate, and Hate

Here’s the money quote from the song:

I hates the Yankee nation
And everything they do.
I hates the Declaration
Of Independence too.
I hates the glorious Union
‘Tis dripping with our blood.
I hates the striped banner
And fought it all I could.

I caught the rheumatism
Campin’ in the snow,
But I killed a chance of Yankees
And I’d like to kill some more.
Three hundred thousand Yankees
Is stiff in Southern dust.
We got three hundred thousand
Before they conquered us.
They died of Southern fever
And Southern steel and shot.
I wish they was three million
Instead of what we got.

Doubling Down on Evil

Yeah, that’s the spirit we’re dealing with, of an embittered elite who know that their cause is fundamentally evil, but have chosen to brazen it out. Who know that the nation rejected them, so they’re committed to sabotage — to fake investigations, false charges, “sanctuary” policies that violate federal law and national sovereignty. America’s most dogged leftists will try their own local “Jim Crow” policies aimed at Christians and conservatives.

They will intimidate, harass, threaten, and try to destroy those who resist them — just as Southern elites did, eventually wearing down the North’s will to impose Civil Rights for another 100 years. (Their final blunder, which helped seal the victory of the Civil Rights movement, was bombing a church and killing little black schoolgirls.)

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We must be just as dogged as our enemies. We must stick to our guns, both figuratively and literally. And for doing that, prayer is not just useful. It’s crucial. (Pun intended.) We pray for their salvation, but also for their defeat. For their systematic political and cultural surrender, till their cause is seen by all as just as disgraceful as the Klan’s.

Yes, action and prayer. For we strive not against men, but with principalities and powers. How do we know that? By whom they target: the child in the womb. Babies with Down Syndrome. Christian families with their eyes closed in prayer. Just so in 1793, they hunted the peasants of the Vendee, and in 1936 the priests and nuns of Spain who served the poor.

It’s not really human to hate such helpless, harmless things. For that, you really need to summon your Lower Power.

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  • JP

    Don’t know why atheists are upset. After all, all that the atheist can say is stuff happens. Those who lost their lives no longer exist. The atheist is just one day closer to oblivion. No big deal.

    • James

      Short answer, atheists believe that public belief in God is either a sign of extreme gullibility or a cynical tactic to manipulate the gullible.

      • JP

        Actually the gullibility is on the side of the atheist:
        1-Personality came from non-personality
        2-Love came from hard matter
        3-Something came from nothing
        4-Life has no ultimate purpose
        5-No grounding for morality. No right or wrong.
        6- Man is just a meat machine.

        • James

          Given the unpopularity of atheism in the United States, if you were an atheist (who had no grounding for morality), it would best serve your interest to pretend to be a believer in public as to gain public support.

          With this in mind, how can you tell a true believer from a good actor?

        • James

          1. Define personality. Is “personality” unique to humans or do animals have “personality” as well?

          2. Similar to #1. How would you define love and is it unique to humans?

          3. Even if the universe required a creator, this only gets us to deism. I doubt you are arguing for the “watchmaker” god of deism who has left his creation to run on its own. It would make no sense to pray to such a god, now would it?

          4. Wanting life to have a purpose does not give it one.

          5. Natural Law theorists would disagree. Kant argued that reason, not revelation is the basis for morality. Even the Bible acknowledges that pagans can know right from wrong without divine guidance.

          6. See number 4.

          • JP

            1-personality has to do with thinking, feeling and behaving.
            2-Love for someone is just the results of the chemicals in your head. That is what love would be based on and nothing more. Its all matter in motion.
            3-At least deism has a superior explanation for the world than atheism does.
            4- agreed. The universe does not give meaning. Thus for the atheist, life is meaningless.
            5- all human beings are under the moral laws that God has established. Atheism cannot account for morality.
            6- if atheism is true then humans are just meat machines because atheism denies the existence of an immaterial soul that can truly think. Machines don’t think.

          • Phil

            So you think a god gave us a moral code and didn’t happen naturally from living communally? Ok so a dog (aka a wolf) would naturally want to attack your babies and eat them. They were domesticated and effectively become part of the family (pack) and will now protect your babies. So this moral stance, did it come from a god or humans. Does the dog now believe in a god. Because from your argument, without a god the dog could not act altruistically.

    • all that the atheist can say is stuff happens.

      And the Christian is in a better position? The Christian says that stuff happens … but don’t worry about it because that tsunami that killed a quarter million people was all for the best. Trust me. Or something.

      As for me and my house, we will follow reason.

      • JP

        All that the atheist can say is “suck it up”. It ultimately does not matter anyway. That is atheistic reasoning at its best.

        • Show me another conclusion.

          I mean, sure, I can make up stuff and say that I’ve got this (and you don’t), but that’s not really much of an argument.

          • JP

            Ok. Dawkins is one of my favorite atheist’s. He writes so clearly and is willing to take his atheism and evolution to its logical conclusions:
            “In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”
            ― Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life

          • Yes, good quote. I don’t see how it relates, though. You’re saying that I’m burdened with this outlook? It’s reality–it’s no burden.

            If you are saying that Dawkins is wrong, then show the correct view. Y’know, with evidence. (“Christianity!” isn’t an answer.)

          • JP

            Dawkins is right if atheism is true. The atheist would have to believe his life is utterly meaningless.

          • And yet my life isn’t meaningless.

            So much for your analysis.

          • JP

            All you can do is to pretend it does.

          • But not you? You’ve got an assurance of something else?

            Good for you, but you sound just like every theist from every other religion. That’s what Scientologists say, and Muslims, and Hindus.

          • JP

            Yep. I have a historical resurrection that shows there is more to life than this.

      • JP

        Atheism reason tells you that your life is meaningless because you cease to exist at death and you are never held accountable for your life. You need to deal with that.

        • I have dealt with it. I’ve looked up “meaning” in the dictionary and find that the objective meaning you imagine just isn’t there. Meaning in my life is put there by me.

          So I have plenty of meaning in my life, but thanks for asking.

          • JP

            Self delusion must be wonderful.

  • CFLAP

    I love how people who don’t believe in God want to tell the rest of us how he functions.

    • ericdijon

      Right – Like it was God who did the killings or would have prevented the free will of the killers from choosing to kill.

    • No, we get that from you.

  • Dean Bruckner

    Thanks, John! Well written! As others have said, Dems haven’t been this mad since we took away their slaves.

  • I don’t recall there being this kind of widespread denigration of prayer after Dylan Roof shot up a church. I wonder if the difference in who the victims were, is the reason for their different sentiments in this case.

    • Chip Crawford

      Very vocal expression of faith and dependence on God in this church. And, the “thoughts and prayers” response was not as cumulatively oft repeated then as it has been by now.

    • mbabbitt

      Dylan Roof was a racist – everyone hates. This other guy, an atheist… just saying.

    • Elizabeth Litts

      Wrong–Dylan Roof was forgiven and prayed for–you don’t know what God is doing in his life right now. Trouble is, we all are trying to make God in our image and we can’t stand that he is not our slot machine or bell boy–He’s God–Get over it.

  • Patmos

    Expecting discernment from the reprobates is like expecting sweet orange juice when you squeeze a rock.

  • Chip Crawford

    Unbelievers seem to expect prayer to be insto-presto, like a magi act. Hopefully, they will see other benefits of faith and love from this devoted group. They appear to expect a difference, but are they willing to acknowledge it when it appears?

  • James

    So why do mass shootings happen so much more often in the United States than in more secular or pagan nations?

    • Placeboshotgun

      Not sure. What’s the price of tea in China again?

      • James

        If other countries have solved the problem, then what they did might work here, too.

        • Bryan

          We have a bias in our country to report the news of our country. Just like other countries. We don’t know and most of the time it isn’t particularly relevant to us what goes on in other countries. Some have media that is more tightly controlled, but my guess is that most of the reason we don’t hear about other countries with mass shootings (as we define it in the US) is because we simply would not care or there are other “more pressing” matters here in the US to provide coverage for.
          Another point that suggests other countries haven’t worked it out any better than ours, comes from Australia, where the government bought back all guns but violent crime hasn’t decreased more or less slowly than it has with it’s neighbor New Zealand.
          Just like with Facebook, it seems we’re comparing everyone else’s best to our worst.

        • samton909

          They solved it by making every citizen a subject, with few freedoms except to love the state. And they got other problems in return. They still have Muslims shooting up, bombing, driving down people all the time. If you think they live in heaven , please go there. You will soon find out that living for the government all the time is no fun either.

    • Bob Adome

      If the majority of those nations have a government controlled press how would you know?

    • ncsugrant

      Quite a few of those pagan nations have the market cornered on mass killings. Besides, since they often control their media, it would be futile to attempt to compare statistics, no?

    • samton909

      Shootings happen more in a country of free people, who refuse to surrender their rights to a socialist government that will suppress them. You sociliast clowns just bow to the government as it does whatever it wants to you. And by the way, Anders Brevik, a TON OF MUSLIM ATTACKS – you should talk, mental case.

      • James

        So dozens shot dead in a church is the price of freedom, then?

        • Howard

          Why not extend your logic to other problems?

          Are plane crashes the price of freedom of mobility? We could obviously “solve” that problem by forbidding air travel, and we could prevent traffic fatalities by banning automobiles. We could also prevent gas explosions like the one that killed hundreds of people in Guadalajara in 1992 by cutting off the gas people use to cook and heat their water. Hey, we could do a lot to reduce the opioid epidemic if we just got rid of all pain medicine!

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Seems to me that a foundation is being laid upon which may be erected the framework necessary to create that sanctuary designed to “house” a next “great awakening”.
    Much as we may prefer otherwise, it is times of turmoil , division on a national scale & the conflict between secularists & people of faith among other criteria that seems to precipitate this a “God kind of thing” historians refer to as an awakening. As Mr Zmirak suggests, there is more to this evil flaunting itself in almost wholesale proportions than mere human antagonism. None of this obviously has caught God by surprise. We, who call upon the name of our Lord in these trying times, should also not be surprised when miscreants motivated by blind hate of unnatural proportions appear on the scene all too frequently.
    Sure the “thoughts & prayers” offered in response to these otherwise inexplicable horrors by well intentioned or otherwise grieving folk may not appear to a liberal to be as viable as their inopportune politicized gun control rants. Though they ( some of them ) may be sincere in their own misguided attempts to address the situation. Regardless, It was God who got the “last laugh” when Satan strategized behind the scenes what he must have thought was the ” final solution” to this “Jesus problem”. Scripture tells us had he known the consequences of his setting of the crucifixion stage he never would have gone that route. So also , or so it would seem, God is preparing for another “last laugh” moment in the face of all that has been initiated by these maniacal unseen foes all to frequently found fouling up everything they put their proverbial paws upon ….!

  • JTLiuzza

    “Where’s your God now?

    They taunted Him as He hung from the cross, too. If you be the Son of God what are you doing up there? Save yourself.

    This despicable behavior is as old as Christianity itself. It will always be with us until the end. It’s more prolific now because atheists are cowards and the advancing secularist deterioration of what’s left of our culture emboldens them in the knowledge that they can spew their venom without repercussion (at least not in this life).

  • ncsugrant

    One clarification is warranted. The KKK was a mostly symbolic relic of the confederacy, and had mostly died out until it was given new life and national prominence by the “progressives” in the Wilson administration. The Democrat party saw the KKK as a tool to suppress the black vote, which of course was strongly Republican.
    The KKK was elevated to new heights by the Democrat party, and their violence towards the black community was engineered for political gain.

    • Wayne Cook

      I don’t know what state you lived in, but the KKK was alive and well until the mid seventies in the south…I know, I both lived through it, and my neighbor survived it. He’s an old black man.

  • ObamaIsAMuslim

    They best be careful or Atheists may become targets

  • samton909

    Atheists have gradually moved from being the “scientific” ones to being generally known as foul mouthed jerks with zero manners or compassion. They are basically mental people with a problem.

    • Wayne Cook

      Oh they were there long ago..just cleverly twistig science to their own licking tongues.

    • Phil

      Pot and kettle springs to mind

  • tz1

    Where’s your God now? With those who died and are now alive with him in heaven.

  • tz1

    And of course our Necroscope isn’t focused properly.
    Two questions:
    1. How close is the nearest abortion clinic?
    2. How many innocent lives did they murder in the past month?

  • Howard

    O daughter of Babylon, miserable: blessed shall he be who shall repay thee thy payment which thou hast paid us. Blessed be he that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock.

    Perhaps John Zmirak sees only hate in Psalm 136/137, and would sneer at the ancient Hebrew mourning his lost nation, just as he sneers at an old Confederate mourning his lost nation; regardless, Zmirak has shown himself to be merely another of those who in sanctimonious hubris sneer at mourners.

    • Wayne Cook

      Howard, get out of your sniveling mockery and try just once to mourn for the dead. You so easily take verses out of context, judge John for his article, and leave enough room in your ideology for your own one sided mockery.

      You’re the bitter one here, not Zmirak.

      • Howard

        Take your own advice. I am saying that people who are suffering real pain from the loss of something they love should be cut some slack. Maybe you have never lost anything; maybe you have never loved anything; if you have, though, you should have the ability (if you will come down off your high horse) to see that point. Psalm 136/137 is not an expression of hatred, but of pain; that is the context in which it must be understood. Go back and read the Scriptural accounts of the fall of Jerusalem; even those who survived lost friends and family, very likely suffered direct physical injury, suffered a loss of freedom and the destruction of cherished places. This was real pain — the same kind of pain being felt now by people in Sutherland Springs, TX, not the intellectual (and mostly pretend) pain of those who never actually new Sutherland Springs existed in the fist place. Now go back and educate yourself on the Civil War and Reconstruction. It was the same real, direct experience of pain and loss; even those who survived lost friends and family, very likely suffered direct physical injury, suffered a loss of freedom and the destruction of cherished places. Understand that song in its context.

        My point had nothing to do about atheists or atheism. If you think it did, go back and read it as many times as necessary. That may not work if you are speaking a language other than English, though — one in which showing understanding for those who died a century or more ago is “bitterness”.

        • Howard

          Let me add a related thought. Several years ago while I was living near Dallas, I attended a talk by Mike Jacobs, founder of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. This man endured suffering of a kind you and I and Zmirak can only dimly imagine, but what was truly remarkable about was that he had no hatred, nor apparently even bitterness, towards the Germans as a people. It is good that he did not have this bitterness, but if he had, no one but God alone could judge him for having it. He may not have explicitly acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah, but I think only a soul exceptionally close to God can give that kind of forgiveness. But we should not be too harsh with those who stumble at a test we have not ourselves endured, and at which we also would likely stumble.

          • Zmirak

            The article DEFENDED Robert E. Lee. I have strongly opposed the removal of Confederate statues. I was distinguishing between bitter dead-enders like the speaker in that song and constructive figures like Lee and Longstreet.

          • Howard

            And seek the peace of the city, to which I have caused you to be carried away captives; and pray to the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall be your peace. — Jeremiah 29:7

            The above would be a corresponding “constructive figure” from the fall of Jerusalem. It is a part of the Bible; so is the Psalm, though you must, if you are to be consistent, condemn the Psalmist as a “bitter dead-ender”. Just where you get off sitting in judgement of either the Confederate or the Hebrew has yet to be addressed.

          • Craig Roberts

            There are tons of examples in the Bible of how NOT to act. The Psalmists cover both sides of the street. So to whip out a verse and accuse someone of hypocrisy or of “sitting in judgment” based on a Bible verse is more than a little silly.

          • Craig Roberts

            That’s true but the real test is whether you can resist using the Bible to shame people for their imperfections and pull a reverse sanctimony on them. The Bible can be used to demonstrate anything you want. Including what insensitive numb-skulls those people are who try to use it to their self-righteous advantage.

        • Craig Roberts

          “I am saying that people who are suffering real pain from the loss of something they love should be cut some slack.”

          Very well said. I couldn’t agree more. But that doesn’t mean that we endorse their revenge fantasies. That psalm, just like the song in the article, is horrible. Anyone with half a heart and half a brain can see that. Just because it’s in the Bible doesn’t make it sweet and righteous.

    • Craig Roberts

      He’s not “sneering at mourners”. He’s just pointing out the futility of harboring resentment.

      • Howard

        Oh yes, that is exactly what he was doing, probably without thinking about it, and certainly without expecting to be called out on it.

        • Craig Roberts

          Oh please. I like to bust Zmirak’s chops as much as anyone. Heck, last time I mocked him so good he called me “witless” and “sad”. But to knock a fellow believer over the head with a Bible verse and accuse them of that level of ill will is just over the top and out of bounds.

          BTW your avatar looks a bit smug. You might want to change it if you’re going to go around quoting the Bible to point out the “sanctimonious hubris” of others.

          • Howard

            I started replying to some of what you wrote, but you really have no more useful comments than criticism of my cartoon avatar. As for that, it ain’t perfect, but it is vaguely recognizable and certainly not worth the trouble of changing.

          • Craig Roberts

            Yeah I’m sure you’d prefer it if I started quoting Bible verses and claiming that they prove your an insensitive lout.

    • Bryan

      Maybe I’m just a witless and sad man but I’m not sure I see your point. Are you saying that the author is sneering at all of the Confederacy and that there is a direct comparison between the Confederates being forced to reconcile with the Union and exile of the Jews to Babylon? If you are, I’m going to question whether you read the same article I did.
      The flaws in that comparison are several. A couple are: 1) The American Civil War was like a feud between siblings. The Jew’s exile to Babylon would be like China invading the US and taking us away to live in China. Both are wars but that’s about as far as the comparison can go. 2) The Confederates described in the article are specifically described as the “unrepentant white supremacists”. That is a subset of the Confederacy, not the whole of it. Many Southerners didn’t care for slavery and would have done away with it on their own as soon as it was economically feasible. Their big hang up was having a centralized government tell them what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.
      Lastly, this article is about the hatred that would lead people to condemn others who had just suffered a tragic loss. It doesn’t really matter who wins or loses for that type of hatred. In today’s case, it’s almost a third party, the generic atheists. In the Confederate case, it was the losers of the conflict. The authors point, and I agree with him, is that the same hatred that’s being spread today, was the same hatred expressed in the lyrics of the song posted in this article. It’s the kind of hatred that nailed Christ to the Cross 2000 years ago. And it’s the same hatred that Satan has for God because he was cast out of heaven.
      I believe in some of the Confederate cause, specifically states rights, limited government, etc. I don’t believe in slavery or the racism that came with it. I do think they had some good points. (eg one 6 year term for the President. That way they don’t spend the first 4 years trying to get reelected for the next 4 years. Virginia actually still practices this with their executive branch.) So if that’s the angle your going for, then I’m sympathetic. But I don’t think that that’s what’s being discussed in this article. If that’s what you’re getting out of it, then I think you’re missing the point.

      • Howard

        I am specifically referring to the people who would have sung that song when it was first written. What happened decades later is a different story.

        Do I think the comparison holds? Yes, I do. There were family relations between (some of) those in the North and (some of) those in the South; well, you have have heard that Abraham came from Ur in Mesopotamia, so there actually was a family relationship there, too. More importantly, though, knowing that your son or brother or friend has been killed by someone you once regarded as a friend cannot be expected to make it easier; on the contrary, I suspect it must be easier to know your loved one died at the hands of an incomprehensible stranger. Ditto for having your city and perhaps your home burned, etc.

        As for most of the rest of it, if you’re going to criticize atheists for not having enough sympathy for those with whom they have serious disagreements, how much you agree or disagree with someone must not enter into the discussion of how much sympathy you have for their suffering.

        • Bryan

          I’m very confused. You’re upset about something but I can’t tell what it is. What do you think the point of the article is?
          “I am specifically referring to the people who would have sung that song when it was first written.” So your critical of the people who would have sung that song originally? That would be, according to the article, the “unrepentant white supremacists”. Or are you critical of the author for seemingly discounting their loss? Are you saying the author is unduly critical of the ones that wrote it because they lost family members, friends, etc.?
          As I said before, I believe you have a point somewhere in there but either my brain is more fried than I think, or it’s not very clear.

          • Howard

            What do you think the point of the article is?

            What I think was “the point of the article” is really beside the point. The song Zmirak chose to condemn is about a man who has seen friends and probably family die, suffered in a prisoner of war camp (Point Lookout, MD — neither side treated prisoners well), and returned to find that his home was wrecked and subjugated. To characterize such a person as an “unrepentant white supremacist” because he holds a grudge against those who did these things to him is not an example of Christian charity, any more than it would be to send a card to someone in that Texas church telling them “It takes more muscles to frown than to smile!” If the singer was necessarily a white supremacist, obviously so was everyone who ever indulged in anger over Pearl Harbor or 9/11.

            Where there white supremacists in the South before, during, and after the war? Yes; and in the North, too. Did white supremacists seize on that pain and anger and use it for their own twisted ends? Yes, just as people always do — for instance, politicians have carefully nurtured the fear and pain of 9/11 to (among other things) rationalize torture, finally abandon all pretense of following the Constitutional means of going to war, and accustom Americans to unlimited spying from the government, executive short-circuiting of the legal process, etc. But ultimately it goes beyond a lack of charity and into dishonesty if no distinction is made between those who resented their wounds and those who joined the KKK (especially those who joined it when it was re-formed a half century after the war).

            Zmirak knows that he has to give the benefit of the doubt to the Psalmist, in spite of the fact that the words of the Psalm are much, much, much more hate-filled than those of the song. The singer says he would like to kill some more Yankees, but even he does not want to bash in the heads of babies. Well, if you give the benefit of the doubt to the person who actually calls for killing babies, you had better give everyone the benefit of the doubt, or you are showing as much distinction between people based on their race and nationality as the most ardent white supremacist.

  • Elizabeth Litts

    The preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.

  • Elizabeth Litts

    They have no hope and hate those who do.

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