Rod Dreher’s latest piece on the Confederate Battle Flag illustrates why so many people have such a hard time taking him seriously:
“True, Dylann Roof did not display the Confederate battle flag in his rampage inside the church, but it can’t be denied that the Dylann Roofs of the Civil Rights era, and their fellow travelers, did openly associate that flag with their cause. In light of what just happened in Charleston, and considering things from the point of view of black Southerners, I believe that the Confederate battle flag is simply too tainted as a symbol to be displayed in good conscience anymore. …”
As I said in the OD comments, if the CofCC or the Confederate Battle Flag is responsible for Dylann Roof’s heinous actions, then the #BlackLivesMatter movement is equally responsible for burning down Ferguson and Baltimore, and inspiring the fanatic Ismaaiyl Brinsley to put “pigs in a blanket” in New York City. As he revealed on his Instagram account, Brinsley’s radicalization and assassination of two New York City police officers last December is “linked” to all those who cried for “Justice for Mike Brown” and “Justice for Eric Garner.”
I also find it rich that Rod Dreher wants to play this game. In light of all his blog posts decrying gay marriage and the radicalism of the LGBT movement, would Dreher be willing to claim ownership of the anti-abortion bomber, Eric Rudolph? How about Michael Frederick Griffin who murdered the abortionist David Gunn in Pensacola? Maybe we should all cry “Down With The Bible” next time an anti-abortion fanatic goes on a shooting spree or a bombing campaign? Doesn’t the “tainted” Bible in Leviticus 20:13 explicitly prescribe the death penalty for homosexuality?
When Ismaaiyl Brinsley murdered officers Ramos and Liu in New York City, it never occurred to me that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is completely illegitimate, or that because of the actions of one evil, mentally ill fanatic that black lives have no value at all. I don’t believe that Dylann Roof can justifiably argue, as he seems to believe, that because of Ismaaiyl Brinsley and the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore that he was completely justified in gunning down 9 random black people in Charleston.
Dreher’s post on the Confederate Battle Flag is a disappointment in light of all the insightful things he has written about expressive individualism in American culture. Instead of cheap opportunism and triangulation against “racism,” he could have noted that Dylann Roof had a morbid fantasy like Elliot Rodger and Andreas Lubitz, which he wanted to act out on a grand stage to draw attention to himself.
Note: Russell Moore is one of the most important reasons why the Southern Baptist Convention has gone into terminal decline.