Rod’s Turn

And when the SJWs came for the Christians, I said nothing
And when the SJWs came for the Christians, I said nothing

So, I went over to The American Conservative to take a look at Rod Dreher’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on “gay marriage.”

Just yesterday, I had pointed out that “The SJWs are coming for their beloved churches, their Jesus, and their precious Bible, which will also be condemned as “haet” and homophobia, just as certainly as they are trying to outlaw our Confederate flags and bulldoze our Confederate monuments and memorials.” I added that “within days, their target is going to shift to Christianity.” 

Just as I predicted, the Supreme Court rulings on “gay marriage” and Obamacare have overshadowed Dylann Roof’s massacre in Charleston. The reaction to the legalization of “gay marriage” in all 50 states and the emergence of the Christian version of “massive resistance” took the wind out of the sails of the SJW campaign against the Confederate Battle Flag which quickly descended into self parody with demands to ban offensive items like Uncle Ben’s rice, Aunt Jemima’s syrup, Gone With The Wind and even the General Lee. Christianity is a much bigger target.

In the words of Justice Alito:

“Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”

Alito added:

“I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”

In other words, Christians like Rod Dreher have just been tossed out of the “mainstream” and instructed to take their seats next to us at the back of the Bigot Bus. A Christian school now has the same moral status as a White school in the Jim Crow South. Christians who opposed gay marriage are now the equivalent of Bull Connor and Gov. George Wallace. In the American mainstream, the sin of “homophobia” is now considered just as immoral as “racism” was a few years ago.

In the Soviet Union, dissidents were labeled “anti-Soviet,” were pushed to the fringes of society, and were prosecuted as criminals and thrown in mental hospitals for various “deviations” from communist orthodoxy. Those who were less fortunate were labeled “enemies of the people” and ended up in the Gulag. Usually, an “enemy of the people” was someone who was guilty on account of their social background, not unlike those who are said to benefit from “white privilege” in the United States.

In his Time article, Dreher sounds off on a number of familiar themes, points which all social conservatives would agree, before veering off into self promotion:

“It is time for what I call the Benedict Option. In his 1982 book After Virtue, the eminent philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre likened the current age to the fall of ancient Rome. He pointed to Benedict of Nursia, a pious young Christian who left the chaos of Rome to go to the woods to pray, as an example for us. We who want to live by the traditional virtues, MacIntyre said, have to pioneer new ways of doing so in community. We await, he said “a new — and doubtless very different — St. Benedict.”

Dreher is writing a book on the “Benedict Option” – a concept which for months now he has been unable to explain. The “Benedict Option” is taken from a line at the end of Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue about a new St. Benedict who preserves the remnants of Christian civilization in the approaching Dark Ages. In Dreher’s mind, everything bad that happens to Christianity in America summons forth MacIntyre’s “Benedict Option,” but the substance of this “Option” is a blank page.

Dreher is also promoting the “Benedict Option” over at First Things:

“Earlier this year, First Things published an essay of mine calling for the “Benedict Option,” my term for a radical rethinking of the place of small-o orthodox Christians in the public square. My belief, in a nutshell, is that the common culture—insofar as we have one—is so far gone into decadence and individualism that the only sensible thing for us to do is to strategically retreat from the mainstream to strengthen our Christian commitments, and our church communities. The Obergefell ruling, I think, only makes the necessity of the Benedict Option more urgent. …”

Insofar as the “Benedict Option” involves repudiating Americanism, assimilation, and the Republican Party, and focusing instead on nurturing a stronger Christian culture and identity, then it sounds like a very sensible approach in post-Christian America. In fact, I would even go so far as to recommend a similar program for White Nationalists, who shouldn’t be squandering their time and money on the Republican Party or desperate attempts to present themselves as mainstream Americans, but who should be focusing on building a stronger sense of White identity.

Dreher, however, unbelievably denounces the Confederacy as the real problem:

“But taking it down is still the right thing to do. There is no getting around the fact that the armies that went to battle under that flag fought for a nation and a political and social order built on enslaving Africans. And there is no getting around the fact that the same flag was resurrected in the 1950s by Klansmen and other white supremacists, and wielded as a symbol of resistance to equality for black Americans.

The Confederate flag is largely invisible to me, in a way that it is not invisible to black Americans. I can, and do, ignore it as an example of badly dated nostalgia, but Dylann Roof made it very, very clear that for some white people, the flag remains a potent expression of racial hatred. He forced many of us whites who aren’t particularly fond of the Confederate flag, but who don’t think about it much, to pay attention to that symbol, and to see it through the eyes of black Americans.

And so did the amazing grace of the people of Mother Emanuel AME church.”

This is a cartoon history of the Confederate cause.

The first generation of Southern Nationalists and the men who formed the Confederacy were the first to recognize, dwell upon, and finally confront the perils of Americanism. Although it is popular for polemicists on the Left to do so, it a mistake to conflate the Confederate cause with slavery and white supremacy. Even then, the Confederates were adamant that far more important issues were at stake than the fate of slavery, which was inherited from the Union.

Southern Nationalists railed against the threat posed by a hostile Northern majority that would reduce the South to the status of a degraded internal colony. They warned in volume after volume that the Constitution was no shield for Southern Rights. They warned that an unshackled federal government would “consolidate” the states underneath the auspices of an all powerful, unaccountable, unrepresentative central government. They predicted that this government would fall under the sway of the “Money Power” based in Washington and New York City.

Above all else, Southern Nationalists identified the threat posed by “free society” to social cohesion, and explicitly warned of the sweeping implications:

“We warn the North, that every one of the leading Abolitionists is agitating the negro slavery-question merely as a means to attain ulterior ends, and those ends nearer home. They would not spend so much time and money for the mere sake of the negro or his master, about whom they care little. But they know that men once fairly committed to negro slavery agitation — once committed to the sweeping principle, “that man being a moral agent, accountable to God for his actions, should not have those actions controlled and directed by the will of another,” are, in effect, committed to Socialism and Communism, to the most ultra doctrines of Garrison, Goodell, Smith and Andrews — to no private property, no church, no law, no government, — to free love, free lands, free women and free churches.

There is no middle ground — not an inch of ground of any sort, between the doctrines which we hold and those which Mr. Garrison holds. If slavery, either white or black, be wrong in principle or practice, then is Mr. Garrison right — then is all human government wrong.

Socialism, not Abolition, is the real object of Black Republicanism. The North, not the South, the true battle-ground. … The Abolition school of Socialists like it because it is intolerable — because they consider it a transition state to a form of society without law or government. Miss Wright has the honesty to admit, that a transition has never taken place. No; and never will take place: because the expulsion of human nature is a pre-requisite to its occurrence.

But we solemnly warn the North, that what she calls a transition is what every leading Abolitionist is moving heaven and earth to attain. This is their real object — negro emancipation a mere gull-trap.

In the attempt to attain “transition” seas of gore may be shed, until military despotism comes in to restore peace and security.”

By the 1850s, George Fitzhugh had seen the slippery slope. He had fingered “the expulsion of human nature.”

“Further study, too, of Western European Society, which has been engaged in continual revolution for twenty years, has satisfied us that Free Society every where begets isms, and that isms soon beget bloody revolutions. Until our trip to the North, we did not justly appreciate the passage which we are about to quote from Mr. Carlyle’s “Latter-Day Pamphlets.” Now it seems to us as if Boston, New Haven, or Western New York, had set for the picture:

“To rectify the relation that exists between two men, is there no method, then, but that of ending it? The old relation has become unsuitable, obsolete, perhaps unjust; and the remedy is, abolish it; let there henceforth be no relation at all. From the ‘sacrament of marriage’ downwards, human beings used to be manifoldly related one to another, and each to all; and there was no relation among human beings, just or unjust, that had not its grievances and its difficulties, its necessities on both sides to bear and forbear. But henceforth, be it known, we have changed all that by favor of Heaven; the ‘voluntary principle’ has come up, which will itself do the business for us; and now let a new sacrament, that of Divorce, which we call emancipation, and spout of on our platforms, be universally the order of the day! Have men considered whither all this is tending, and what it certainly enough betokens? Cut every human relation that has any where grown uneasy sheer asunder; reduce whatsoever was compulsory to voluntary, whatsoever was permanent among us to the condition of the nomadic; in other words, LOOSEN BY ASSIDUOUS WEDGES, in every joint, the whole fabrice of social existence, stone from stone, till at last, all lie now quite loose enough, it can, as we already see in most countries, be overset by sudden outburst of revolutionary rage; and lying as mere mountains of anarchic rubbish, solicit you to sing Fraternity, &c. over it, and rejoice in the now remarkable era of human progress we have arrived at.”

Now we plant ourselves on this passage from Carlyle. We say that, as far as it goes, ’tis a faithful picture of the isms of the North. But the restraints of Law and Public Opinion are less at the North than in Europe. The isms on each side the Atlantic are equally busy with “assiduous wedges,” in “loosening in every joint the whole fabric of social existence;” but whilst they dare invoke Anarchy in Europe, they dare not inaugurate New York Free Love, and Oneida Incest, and Mormon Polygamy. The moral, religious, and social heresies of the North, are more monstrous than those of Europe. The pupil has surpassed the master, unaided by the stimulants of poverty, hunger and nakedness, which urge the master forward.”

Negro emancipation was “a mere gull trap.” The real object was a transition to “a form of society without law and government” in which the atomized individual has been liberated from all forms of social restraint. Fitzhugh looked ahead and saw the 21st century world of free love, no fault divorce, “free churches” and polygamy.

In our own times, “gay marriage” is a mere gull trap, and the real object of the Left is the demonization and destruction of the Church and the family unit, which is a stubborn barrier to the realization of the utopian society of no law and no government.

Note The Confederate Battle Flag symbolizes the quarter of Southern White men who died defending their homes so that this day would not happen.

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  1. Each week or so a different Democratic party constituent group gets a propaganda campaign, think of it all as theater. This is all scripted propaganda so always ask, “Why is this information produced?”. The shooting was a two day news story but by the end of day two the script was all that mattered

    Next week will be a different production for another Democratic party group, count on it

  2. Robroy – bingo.

    I got into an absurd YouTube argument, over Sodomite/Transgender (medical mutilation) Rites. The person I was arguing with was pretending to be a very pretty young White female, and may have been the person depicted in the Avatar, but I’m sure I was dealing with professional/semi-pro “activist”, paid to try to “manage opinion. The replies were too quick, and too “pat”. The point of this post, however, that all the rebuttals and “explanations” for “transgender/sodomy” were in COMPLETE defiance of biology, and physical reality. The basic assumptions, by this Left, about the nature of physical reality itself were completely wrong. Defiantly and willfully and INSANELY wrong.

    Alas, millions of idiots are completely “sold” on the sickness. Facts don’t matter, sanity doesn’t matter – the Left, and tons of Conservatards are social Lefties – are going to pursue their “Enlightened” social engineering goals all the way to the depths of Hell. We are being DRAGGED along with them, thanks to the go-along get along “moderate” “don’t make scene!” types.

    We just have to wait it out. We didn’t get in this insane position overnight, and we won’t get out of it, overnight, either.

  3. Denise, I’ll bet within 10 years respectable conservatives will be praising homosexual marriage as a conservative “family value”. Just like they praise MLK as a great conservative Republican.

  4. It’s a well-documented fact that William F. Buckley was a CIA asset.

    The post-WW2 mainstream American conservative movement has always been carefully managed to serve establishment interests, and to suppress any incipient populist tendencies.

    Thus, the Republicans will be no help on this issue.

  5. Maybe this is a positive development. It has the potential to drive more traditionalist Christians to our side, seeing that they can no longer compromise with the ruling left-wing establishment. The race issue is different because there is no clear Biblical authority for or against segregation. That people prefer, and are happier, to live among their own kind is a matter for reason and natural law. But this is a direct affront to the explicit Word of God. As for the liberal branch of Christianity that opens its arms to homosexuality and every other perversity that the ruling class attempts to lump on top of us; it will quickly enough disappear as it is built on empty illusions.

  6. The Benedict Option ha ha ha let’s all be monks. The Sodom culture of jews has been overthrown several times by using the ‘F’ word, Fascism. Fascism is the only thing that beat back political and economic Communism in the 1930’s and 40’s and it’s the only thing that can stop the modern racial and cultural Communism of today. Even the watered down Fascism of a Vladimir Putin put the fags and other degenerates in their place.

    We should fight not for freedom, liberty or the right to be left alone, we fight for power and victory and to force our will on our enemies. The CBF is a great symbol of the White Christian Resistance let’s make the most of it.

  7. From

    Pike County officials haven’t issued marriage licenses in months, and today Probate Judge Wes Allen announced that his office is now permanently out of the marriage business.

    “My office discontinued issuing marriage licenses in February and I have no plans to put Pike County back into the marriage business,” Allen wrote in a statement. “The policy of my office regarding marriage is no different today than it was yesterday.”

    Geneva County Probate Judge Fred Hamic also said he intends to permanently close the marriage license bureau in his office, if his attorneys don’t object.

    Both judges cited Alabama Code Section 30-1-9: “Marriage licenses may be issued by the judges of probate of the several counties.”

    The law says “may” instead of “shall”, Hamic said, which makes a big difference. He said the law permits probate judges to opt of of isuing marriage licenses.

    “This decision is not based on me being a homophobic, people can do whatever they want in private,” Hamic said. “It is based strictly on my Christian beliefs.”

  8. In 2007 Dreher was employed by the Dallas Morning News; he wrote an editorial naming the Illegal Immigrant as “Texan Of the Year”. Some of his blog readers were angered by this action on his part; he was baffled by their reaction as he was just doing what his employer paid him to do. This is fact.
    The man is nuts; he may very well be in Mrs. Clinton’s employ by next year. To hell with him.

  9. Mr. Wallace,

    If possible, I’d like to withdraw the comment I made a few minutes ago regarding Dreher; while I’m ninety-nine percent sure it’s accurate, I have no written proof. All I have is my memory, which could be mistaken.

  10. Hey Steve- If it’s ‘real in your mind’ it’s on a level with factual statements of proof.

    Just ask every black about White’s ‘racism’.
    Just ask Brucie Jenner if he/s-he/it is a ‘woman in its mind.’

    Just ask Rachel Dolezal.

    The Terminal Generation, indeed.

  11. Steve says:

    ‘In 2007 Dreher was employed by the Dallas Morning News; he wrote an editorial naming the Illegal Immigrant as “Texan Of the Year”. Some of his blog readers were angered by this action on his part; he was baffled by their reaction as he was just doing what his employer paid him to do. This is fact.
    The man is nuts; he may very well be in Mrs. Clinton’s employ by next year. To hell with him.’

    Googled him. Lots of links of people blasting him for the article.

  12. I look forward with frothing mouth and wild eyes to the day when the lefties realize their Utopian society of no law and no government. That will be a day of swift adjustments.

  13. Twisting history here. Liberals are communists/authoritarians. They are fascists of the Left. The people who fought for Dixie fought for a free society, and representation for themselves (white southerners) in the limited government they sought. They felt the Feds had overstepped the constitution and other limits to their power. And they were right. They had no intention of creating an all-powerful version of the Federal government in the South.

  14. HW, absolutely spot-on article.

    It also depicts the Maw of Hell. ‘Mere Anarchy loosed upon the world’ can only come when ‘the center does not hold’ as the writer penned. And, unlike “Mere Christianity” that holds within itself salvation and the King of All, and His most beneficent reign, Anarchy must go through a baptism of ‘rivers of blood’ (Enoch Powell) before even BEGINNING to come out the other end.

    This is sheer Satanism loosed upon the USA. Cry for Babylon, for she is no more.

    “The fall of the New Testament Babylon is thus represented, Re 18:21. Those that sink under the weight of God’s wrath and curse, sink for ever. Babylon, and every antichrist, will soon sink and rise no more for ever. Let us hope in God’s word, and quietly wait for his salvation; then we shall see, but shall not share, the destruction of the wicked.” -Matthew Henry on Jer. 51:64

    William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

  15. In our own times, “gay marriage” is a mere gull trap, and the real object of the Left is the demonization and destruction of the Church and the family unit, which is a stubborn barrier to the realization of the utopian society of no law and no government.

    I have a slight disagreement with this statement. I believe the purpose of breaking down the Church, the family unit and White racial identity has been to empower the state. It’s hard for a government to dominate a people whose primary loyalties are to their religion and the kinfolk. Once we have been broken down to autonomous individuals with no ties to our Faith, Folk and Family, it’s easy for the state to dominate us. Here is a good opinion piece at NRO that touches on this

    How the Redefinition of Marriage Serves Leviathan

    The fundamental distinction on which a commitment to limited government rests is developed in conversation with ancient classical thought. Augustine was probably the first great theorist of “society” as something that is “pre-political” and that finds its most basic unit in the family. But as Thomas Aquinas notes, Aristotle also recognized this. The Philosopher says in the Nichomachean Ethics that man is more inclined to conjugal union than political union. Human beings are “social animals” before they are “political animals.” This provides the West with an anthropology for understanding that future citizens come into the world through the union of a man and a woman and that therefore the state has a stake in recognizing and protecting the institution of marriage. The family belongs to our social nature, and it is how a civil society continues to flourish and self-govern. The political union is subsequent to this prior reality. A properly ordered state will recognize and protect conjugal marriage precisely to the extent that it believes in pre-political limits to the exercise of its power.

  16. Dreher is a self-dramatizing weirdo with a long history. He wrote for NR then moved on, he’s been TAC’s top blogger for a while now.

    He started as a Methodist, then he was Mr Super Catholic, now he’s Mr Super Orthodox. Buddhism may be in with him any day.

    To give him some credit, he cites Steve Sailer sometimes and it’s obvious he’s familiar with HBD (and to a small extent WN) views.

    But Dreher’s very PC on matters of race and gender. He knows where the lines are.

    His fey “crunchy con” act got eviscerated by Roissy/Heartiste years ago:

    Dreher also has a nasty history of online antics like sock-puppeting that cost him a job back in 2011:

    These are important things to know when discussing Dreher. He has some traditionalist views but he’s a sellout and a poseur, deep down.

    Dreher’s right on a lot of the gay “marriage” nonsense but he’s just the usual media beta boy.

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