WaPo’s Latest Weapon

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WaPo's Latest Weapon

by baldilocks

Many Chris­tians were angered and annoyed by the Wash­ing­ton Post’s edi­to­r­ial head­line from two days ago. I’m among that number.

It’s inter­est­ing to note how often most of the Amer­i­can main­stream media has ignored the Islamist mass mur­ders of dark-​skinned Chris­tians just in the past few years. Exam­ples: Nige­ria and Egypt.

Then there have been cases in which they could not ignore the brown skin of Chris­t­ian ter­ror vic­tims, such as with the Sri Lankans or in the case of the mass shoot­ing at a Charleston AME church back in 2015. This, of course, was valid in the case of Charleston, with the white per­pe­tra­tor con­fess­ing that he hoped to ignite a race war. But, with the Sri Lankans, the vic­tims were the same color as the terrorists.

There­fore, it was nec­es­sary to con­jure a racial nar­ra­tive for the mas­sacre in Sri Lanka, as WaPo did. That is the impli­ca­tion in the term “far-​right.”

The other day, a friend pos­tu­lated that one of the earthly rea­sons that Chris­tian­ity is so hated and demo­nized by the Orga­nized Left is because, in cen­turies prior to this one, it was spread chiefly by white males – in their flawed, human (BIRM) way of course. I, how­ever, con­tend that, in the earthly realm, Chris­tian­ity has helped its con­verts far more than it has harmed them.

Of course, we know the spir­i­tual rea­sons for this hatred.

Aus­tralian blog­ger – and old online friend — Arthur Chrenkoff sees the Orga­nized Left’s strate­gic goal for what it is.

If you are wor­ried about the vio­lence against and the per­se­cu­tion of Chris­tians you might be far right. If you value the cul­tural and philo­soph­i­cal her­itage of the West­ern civil­i­sa­tion you might be far right. If you don’t believe in an open bor­ders immi­gra­tion pol­icy you might be far right. If you pre­fer local democ­racy to transna­tional insti­tu­tions you might be far right. If you are defend­ing your coun­try from an armed inva­sion by another coun­try you might be far right too. (…)

This effort to use lan­guage as a cud­gel has sev­eral sin­is­ter impli­ca­tions. It dele­git­imises per­fectly nor­mal polit­i­cal ideas through guilt by asso­ci­a­tion. It also cre­ates the impres­sion that the (gen­uine) far right is much big­ger, more influ­en­tial and more threat­en­ing and dan­ger­ous than it actu­ally is. This in turn is used to down­play and min­imise the dan­gers of Islamist and far-​left extrem­ism and ter­ror­ism. But per­haps the scari­est aspect of it all is that the left, by man­u­fac­tur­ing the far right mon­ster, are actu­ally gen­uinely con­tribut­ing to the growth of far-​right extrem­ism. The relent­less flood of iden­tity pol­i­tics, griev­ance and vic­tim­hood, and sham­ing and guilt­ing entire sec­tions of pop­u­la­tion based on their skin colour and cul­ture is gen­uinely rad­i­cal­is­ing some mis­fits into fas­cism, like the Christchurch ter­ror­ist, for exam­ple. For every action there is even­tu­ally an equal and oppo­site reac­tion. The left might think it’s coura­geously defang­ing the fas­cist dragon but instead it’s just sow­ing its teeth.

That last sen­tence describes a desired goal of the Orga­nized Left – a fea­ture, rather than a bug.

By the way, when I talk about these things, get­ting angry is appro­pri­ate. But it’s impor­tant to let one’s anger dis­si­pate and to appre­ci­ate those who are able to dis­sect this Oth­er­ing of Chris­tian­ity and of West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion; to peel off its coat­ing. When we point it out to you, we’re not try­ing to stoke fear, but to wipe away the con­fu­sion as to what the Sow­ers of Dis­cord are doing.

Recon­nais­sance is your friend.

(Thanks to Dave Perkins and to Glenn Reynolds)

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Fol­low her on Face­book, Twit­ter, MeWe, and Gab.

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by baldilocks

Many Christians were angered and annoyed by the Washington Post’s editorial headline from two days ago. I’m among that number.

It’s interesting to note how often most of the American mainstream media has ignored the Islamist mass murders of dark-skinned Christians just in the past few years. Examples: Nigeria and Egypt.

Then there have been cases in which they could not ignore the brown skin of Christian terror victims, such as with the Sri Lankans or in the case of the mass shooting at a Charleston AME church back in 2015. This, of course, was valid in the case of Charleston, with the white perpetrator confessing that he hoped to ignite a race war. But, with the Sri Lankans, the victims were the same color as the terrorists.

Therefore, it was necessary to conjure a racial narrative for the massacre in Sri Lanka, as WaPo did. That is the implication in the term “far-right.”

The other day, a friend postulated that one of the earthly reasons that Christianity is so hated and demonized by the Organized Left is because, in centuries prior to this one, it was spread chiefly by white males – in their flawed, human (BIRM) way of course. I, however, contend that, in the earthly realm, Christianity has helped its converts far more than it has harmed them.

Of course, we know the spiritual reasons for this hatred.

Australian blogger – and old online friend — Arthur Chrenkoff sees the Organized Left’s strategic goal for what it is.

If you are worried about the violence against and the persecution of Christians you might be far right. If you value the cultural and philosophical heritage of the Western civilisation you might be far right. If you don’t believe in an open borders immigration policy you might be far right. If you prefer local democracy to transnational institutions you might be far right. If you are defending your country from an armed invasion by another country you might be far right too. (…)

This effort to use language as a cudgel has several sinister implications. It delegitimises perfectly normal political ideas through guilt by association. It also creates the impression that the (genuine) far right is much bigger, more influential and more threatening and dangerous than it actually is. This in turn is used to downplay and minimise the dangers of Islamist and far-left extremism and terrorism. But perhaps the scariest aspect of it all is that the left, by manufacturing the far right monster, are actually genuinely contributing to the growth of far-right extremism. The relentless flood of identity politics, grievance and victimhood, and shaming and guilting entire sections of population based on their skin colour and culture is genuinely radicalising some misfits into fascism, like the Christchurch terrorist, for example. For every action there is eventually an equal and opposite reaction. The left might think it’s courageously defanging the fascist dragon but instead it’s just sowing its teeth.

That last sentence describes a desired goal of the Organized Left – a feature, rather than a bug.

By the way, when I talk about these things, getting angry is appropriate. But it’s important to let one’s anger dissipate and to appreciate those who are able to dissect this Othering of Christianity and of Western Civilization; to peel off its coating. When we point it out to you, we’re not trying to stoke fear, but to wipe away the confusion as to what the Sowers of Discord are doing.

Reconnaissance is your friend.

(Thanks to Dave Perkins and to Glenn Reynolds)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, and Gab.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar or hit Juliette’s!