Haters: White Christian nationalism/supremacism is Tearing America Apart


“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The world lost a great moral leader this Christmas when Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away at the age of 90. I had the honor of meeting him a few times as a child. I was raised by a family dedicated to doing the work of justice, grounded in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and also sacred texts and traditions. We hosted the archbishop on several occasions when he visited Milwaukee — both before the end of apartheid and after South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed in 1996.

“To combat [White Christian Nationalism]… it’s necessary to build a multiracial moral movement that can speak directly to the needs and aspirations of poor and dispossessed Americans and fuse their many struggles into one.”

In the wake of one visit, he sent a small postcard that my mom framed and placed on the bookcase near our front door. Every morning before school I would grab my glasses resting on that same bookcase and catch a glimpse of the archbishop’s handwritten note. This wasn’t inadvertent on my mom’s part. It was meant as a visual reminder that, if I was to call myself a Christian — which I did, serving as a Sunday school teacher from the age of 13 and a deacon at 16 — my responsibility was to advocate for policies that welcomed immigrants, freed those held captive by racism and injustice, and lifted the load of poverty.

Given our present context, the timing of his death is all too resonant. Just over a year ago, the world watched as a mob besieged the U.S. Capitol, urged on by still-President Donald Trump and undergirded by decades of white racism and Christian nationalism. January 6th should have reminded us all that far from being a light to all nations, American democracy remains, at best, a remarkably fragile and unfinished project. On the first anniversary of that nightmare, the world is truly in need of moral leaders and defenders of democracy like Tutu.  Read more..


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  1. It’s ironic that your other article today condemns the idea of one guilty of sexual assault being allowed to join the army, while you imply that the frontier justice done to Leo Frank, the Jewish rapist and murderer of a 12 year old girl, Mary Phagan, is also something to be condemned.

  2. Not only America, but every country without exception would be immeasurably better off if it became a Catholic nation, and by that I mean real, traditional Catholicism, which very few people have ever seen or experienced, except maybe in a few older movies. Good examples of the harmony between Church and State are France under St Louis IX and Spain under St Ferdinand III. Most people, however have been conditioned to believe many lies about Catholic history. See, e.g. Seven Lies About Catholic History by Diane Moczar or search “Catholic history” at catholic.com. Another big obstacle is that the so-called “Catholic Church” since the usurpation of the papacy at the 1958 papal conclave (see “Grave Reasons of State”)is the “counterfeit church of darkness,” as prophesied by Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich (upon whose visions Mel Gibson partly based his movie The Passion of the Christ). The Blessed Virgin Mary in 1846 at La Salette said that “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist. The Church will be in eclipse. The world will be in dismay.”

    • I believe that approach has been tried before with sometimes disastrous results. Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is within you. I believe he was NOT being allegorical. If so, what need for a temporal kingdom or any “organized” religion to beat you over the head into believing this simple truth. You have to go in to go up.

  3. I have studied Desmond, and the man is bigger than life, but he did not become a christian because he went out and evaluated all the options and decided that was best and true.
    The man had no choice, and he was a warrior who defended his people in any means necessary. He was the ultimate spy. He kept his priorities above his own beliefs. he let go.

  4. 1. “Judeo-Christian” is a rhetorical fig leaf designed to disguise the exclusionary ideology that is Christian nationalism.
    — Andrew L. Seidel

    Andrew (as he likely knows) got that backwards:

    “Judeo-Christian” is a rhetorical fig leaf designed to disguise the exclusionary ideology that is JEWISH nationalism.

    Jewish immigrants are not prohibited from becoming American citizens.

    With very few exceptions, Christians are not allowed to immigrate to Israel, let alone become Israeli citizens.


  5. The apologist will not save us from drowning but rather take us down with those they are trying to save. When you teach people they have a savior, it absolves them of the responsibility of becoming an adult. It removes the necessity of self examination and the examination of the fruit because all is taken care of. It is an insidious notion and harmful to our species.
    When the child is of age, no parent of any merit continues to wash their socks. That is indicative of a selfish motive, and negatively affects the development of the child. It is a copout. I like Tutu, of course. But he was in a position where he had to meet his oppressor half way for the sake of his people.

    • Some of us humans are a less perfect than others, some excruciatingly so, but all of us fall short of perfection.
      If based on our own righteousness, we would all be in danger of not making the final cut.
      God only excepts perfection.
      So He did ALL the heavy lifting Himself.
      He sent a Perfectly Righteous Savior, His only born Son Jesus/Yeshua/Christ to pay the wages of sin/imperfection for all who believe in Him.
      There is no other Way to our Holy Father in Heaven.
      Jesus has already finished the work of attaining Eternal Life and Salvation to everyone who believes in Him; even on His name!
      Dis-believe it at your own peril. God bless you.

      Our Creator

  6. “…because the moment it becomes a Christian nation it will cease to be America….” says that guy on his tweet..
    Well, looks like all those who came at 1620 on Mayflower ship were all them atheists at the end…. 🙂

    • Religion has no place in national identity. Though religions are social institutions the take home message, I thought, is one of personal salvation. Each individual than expresses their inner godliness as such. There should be no National Identity projected from these ‘shining’ citizens that would hang Christianity or any other religion from any American’s neck.

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