Yesterday, CNN claimed to have access to an exclusive memo circulating among some pastors of the Southern Baptist Convention urging Donald Trump to condemn the alt-right “by name,” as this movement has “escaped your disapproval.”
Asking Trump to condemn the alt-right is a courageous and highly consequential move on the part of the pastors.
Ha ha, no, just kidding! The alt-right has already been condemned by both chambers of the legislature in the wake of the Charlottesville event and does not consider Trump any more of an ally than Chuck Schumer. Besides, Trump has already issued (literally!) over four dozen denunciations of “white supremacy” and the KKK to virtually no effect. And condemning what the general public loosely thinks of as “white supremacy” takes less courage than walking through the parking lot at the mall on the “bad” side of town.
Having already disavowed the flag that represents the ancestors of most of its members, the SBC apparently now wants to distance itself the only group in the country which is honestly calling out the most dangerous threat to Christianity in the US.
A quick search for Baptists + Muslims returns results like “Baptists condemn Trump’s call for ban on Muslims entering U.S.” Baptists are assisting with “refugee” relocation and have made statements in favor of religious freedom for Muslims. They are not, as far as I can see, making a large-scale effort to convert Muslims to Christianity, or calling out the false doctrine believed by followers of Islam, or warning of the dangers its devout followers pose for Christians.
It would require real bravery to state that Muslims worship a false god. It would require bravery to say that there is no Muslim-majority country which respects religious freedom for Christians, and that bringing a large number of Muslims to America is dangerous to its Christian citizens.
It would require bravery to publicly proclaim that in Matthew 7:15-16, Jesus states, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits,” and that the so-called religion of peace is a vile heresy, and possibly an existential threat to the United States.
These pastors are ill-informed, and probably do not realize that a large contingent of alt-righters are Christians who are motivated by their desire to preserve the historic, majority-Christian, demographics of the United States. Alt-righters realize that what Americans understand as “religious freedom,” that is, worship free from government interference, is the opposite of what would exist if enough Muslims were here to install Sharia law. Does the alt-right embody ignorance and racism? No. It embodies realism, and rejects the false (and incidentally, un-Christian) doctrine of “all cultures and beliefs are equal.”
In Muslim-occupied Europe, nativity scenes are protected by armed guards, priests are beheaded during Mass, and children run down like dogs while visiting Christmas markets. But they are free from the scourge of white supremacy. Praise Allah!