In the Sans Jews and Capitalism and White Racial Decline threads, I stirred the pot here by arguing that other powerful factors (aside from Jewish influence) have been at work in America’s racial decline. The egalitarian faith has been around since the American Revolution. Capitalism has been driving race replacement since the first batch of negroes landed in Virginia in 1619. No discussion of this topic would be complete without an extended treatment of Christianity.
Here’s the problem: the Catholic Church and the mainline Protestant Churches are (at least now) enthusiastic supporters of third world immigration and civil rights legislation. To name a few, the Catholics, Lutherans, and Methodists are standing shoulder to shoulder with the Jews and big business on these issues. These groups have their own institutional reasons for their destructive immigraton agenda: theology, more money, filling church pews, relative political influence, the decline in the native clergy, the impulse to evangelize all races, and so on.
But I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush. At various times, Christianity has also been closely associated with the cause of white racial preservation. The Confederacy was a highly Christian state. The Jim Crow South was deeply Christian. So was South Africa under apartheid. America’s oldest white supremacist organization, the Ku Klux Klan, is simultaneously committed to Christian nationalism. The majority of Americans who still hold traditional racial views are Protestant Christians.
Lack of religion cuts both ways: White Nationalists are more likely to atheists/agnostics than the general population, but the same is true of their opponents: Jews, progressives, communists, homosexuals, and urban left-liberals. Atheists are much more likely to become secular humanists than racialists. If given the choice, the typical racialist would prefer to live in the old Christian Europe than its modern post-Christian counterpart.
That said, Christian radicalism has played a definite role in the decline of white racial consciousness in America. It was conscientious Quakers who led the assault on slavery. Their fervent egalitarianism had a profound effect on American culture and was the root of many later social crusades. In the nineteenth century, William Lloyd Garrison and his followers would burn down the Union before compromising with the Slave Power. It was a deeply pious Christian nation that was stirred to outrage by Uncle Tom’s Cabin (the bestselling novel of the nineteenth century). John Brown went to the gallows convinced that God was on his side.
The lineage of Christian radicalism from the abolitionists to the liberal progressives isn’t all that difficult to trace. The abolitionists were the founders of many of the institutions that became centers of far left activism. Oberlin College became the first university to regularly admit negro students. It is the oldest coeducational institution in the United States. After the Civil War, William Lloyd Garrison devoted himself to new progressive causes like women’s suffrage and temperance. His grandson, Oswald Garrison Villard, was a founder of the Anti-Imperialist League and the NAACP.
To be continued .. .