I don’t agree with the anti-Christian White Nationalists.
If you were an archaeologist from the distant future and you were trying to understand the collapse of Western civilization, the idea that Christianity is inherently opposed to White identity or White people would strike you as strange. The material record would suggest otherwise. The bones of White people exploding in numbers and appearing outside of Europe in places like North America and Australia would be strongly correlated with the spread of churches. Similarly, you would be struck by the fact that the relative decline of White people in all these places coincides with the decline of Christianity.
“Two dramatic trends that for years have defined the shifting landscape of religion in America — a shrinking white Christian majority, alongside the rise of religiously unaffiliated Americans — have stabilized, according to a new, massive survey of American religious practice.
What was once a supermajority of white Christians — more than 80% of Americans identified as such in 1976, and two-thirds in 1996 — has now plateaued at about 44%, according to the new survey, which was conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute. That number first dipped below 50% in 2012. …”
Robert P. Jones has written a triumphalist book and “obituary” about this called The End of White Christian America. White people are descending in sync with Christianity.
I’ve spent twenty years studying and thinking about the causes of America’s racial and cultural decline. I have also at times studied America’s religious decline which is a closely related phenomenon.
White Nationalist complaints and resentments about Christianity are driven by the perception that Christianity is antiracist, anti-White and philo-Semitic. As Christianity has become identified with these things, White Nationalist rejection and criticism of Christianity has grown. Similarly, as “racism” and “anti-Semitism” have become taboo in American culture due to the shifting composition of America’s elites, Christianity has become increasingly antiracist and Zionist. The result of this is that the Christian antiracists and anti-Christian White Nationalists lose sight of what is so unique about their own times. The former and latter will both tell you that it has always been this way and exaggerate their case.
If we were to step into our time machine again and return to the America of 1921, we would find a different landscape. “White Nationalism” is not really a thing at this point. There are no White Nationalists railing against Christianity. Instead, American identity is still strongly associated with whiteness, Anglo-Saxon culture and Protestantism. The huge divide in American society is between elite Protestants and lay Protestants over racial bigotry, increasing secularism, nativism and the unrelenting tide of Catholic immigration and the resulting loss of America’s Anglo-Saxon culture. Lothrop Stoddard has just published The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy in 1920. Elite Protestants are condemning the Klan which was a movement of lay Protestants and a liberal urban elite with a modernist sensibility is creating the institutions of what would later become the “mainstream.” Prohibition was an effort by lay Anglo-Protestants to assert control over a culture which was already slipping away from them. The same was true of immigration restriction which culminated in the Immigration Act of 1924.
By the 1920s, White Christian America is already in trouble. The Protestant establishment is beginning to crack due to the divide between modernists and fundamentalists. The rift would only continue to expand over the course of the next century. Mainline Protestant elites used to have a highly influential voice in American politics in the 19th century, but this is the beginning of the end for them. Christianity itself used to have a strong grip over the imagination of American and European elites. This has been ebbing for the better part of two centuries though and it further accelerates after Darwinism.
The seeds of America’s racial, cultural and religious decline were sown in the late 19th and early 20th century. This was a critical period which has far more to do with engineering the collapse that followed than Christian doctrine which was losing traction with Western elites.
Imperialism – In the late 19th century and early 20th century, America’s elites made the fateful choice to embark on the course of emulating the British Empire. We annexed Hawaii. We fought the Spanish American War and acquired Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and a bunch of Pacific islands. We began to impose our will on Central America and the Caribbean. In the process, we came into conflict with Imperial Germany and formed an alliance with Great Britain which ultimately led to America’s catastrophic entry into World War I. The die was cast on the road to the American Empire.
Jewish immigration – Millions of Jews immigrated to the United States from Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century. It only took them a few decades to climb into the American elite where they began to “reimagine” America’s national identity as being centered on themselves.
Mass Media – The mass media – radio, film, television, large circulation national news magazines, which would eventually fall under the control of Jews – was created in this period. This really changed everything. Previously, Americans had gotten their news from their local newspaper and their culture from going to church on Sunday and their own traditions. Culture was passed down and transmitted locally. Now, culture was created by metropolitan elites in New York and Los Angeles and beamed outward. In the 19th century, Christianity was our dominant culture. In the 20th century, Christianity became a sub-culture. There was a fundamental shift in cultural power from the Heartland to New York and Los Angeles because afterwards our culture came to be controlled by gatekeepers there.
Modernism – I’ve already written at length about how different the sensibility of America’s liberal elite was in the Victorian era and how that ended shortly after World War I. The modernists began to seize control of American institutions in the 1920s and 1930s and repudiated and inverted everything that the Victorians had valued whether it was racial purity or sexual propriety. In the 19th century, liberalism had been focused on securing civil and political rights and free-market economics. In the 20th century, liberalism changed and became obsessed with the liberation of individuals from their cultural traditions and this was due to the elite embrace of the modernist aesthetic.
Urbanization – The 1920s were the tipping point when America became a predominantly urban nation and when the cultural rift between urban America and rural America, which began with the fight over Prohibition, opened up and has continued to expand down to the present day.
The PMC – Since the 1920s, the PMC has gradually become the ruling class in America as college-educated Whites have exploded in number and meritocracy has allowed them to take over all of America’s institutions. These people are sorted by the universities and deposited in their own insular communities in large metro areas. The concentration of political, economic and cultural power in this class and their effective secession from and contempt for the rest of White America is the primary cause of our boiling culture war. It has become a bigger dividing line in our politics than race.
I don’t agree with all the anti-Christian takes.
In retrospect, we can see that racialism, eugenics, immigration restriction, nationalism, White identity and all the rest thrived in America before World War II and became taboo as a result of World War II. To put it crudely, the Devil used to be the Devil, but after World War II the Devil became Hitler. American identity became “anti-fascist” and “anti-racist” from that point on.
WASPs haven’t ruled America in generations. Railing about Christianity is on the same level. The complaints about Christianity have grown as it has become steadily more marginalized and less influential and less relevant to anything. Christianity hasn’t been our dominant culture for a century now. America isn’t a White country anymore. It is not a Christian country anymore either. It certainly isn’t a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant country and that has everything to do with the 20th century. American elites go out of their way to emphasize that America lacks a racial, cultural, ethnic and religious identity and their proudest boast is getting rid of it. Whiteness ceased to be a pillar of American national identity between 1945 and 1965. Christianity ceased to be a pillar of American national identity by 1990.
Jews and PMCs (there is a high degree of overlap between the two, but the two are not exactly the same) who live in large metropolitan areas now have the cultural whip in their hand in our times. Cultural power is concentrated in the hands of a tiny minority who control a handful of tech, news and entertainment corporations. These people are anti-White and anti-Christian. They don’t care about Jesus Christ. Few have ever stepped inside a church. They care about PRIDE Month and “trans” issues. Imagine thinking that the people who control Citibank or CNN or Facebook care about Christianity!
As for the Christian loss of power in this country, the roots of this can be traced back to the twenty years before World War I when the divide was sown between Christian elites and the Christian laity:
By the 1920s, the Protestant establishment was already against the Protestant laity.
The roots of this can be traced back to the obsession with ecumenism around the turn of the 20th century and the rise of cultural relativism around that time in philosophy, psychology and anthropology. This change swept over giddy Protestant elites in the twenty years before World War I.
In sum, it was the ideas, values and events of the 20th century that created our world. The cause lies in the recent past, not the distant past. The ideas and values like White racial identity which are so dear to White Nationalists used to be mainstream in the Victorian era, but fell out of fashion in the 20th century. Even more importantly, the ideas which White Nationalists despise like “antiracism” (pushed initially by communists) or sexual liberation (you can thank Sigmund Freud for this who was active in this time period) only ascended to their present status in the 20th century and particularly since World War II.
The churches discovered how Christianity had always been “antiracist” as the attitudes of America’s new secular elites shifted. They are consistently a lagging indicator. The same is now true of the PMC’s LGBTQ and “trans” issues. Conservative Christians are the last people in the country to embrace everything. The idea that these people are somehow driving our culture is preposterous. The role of the conservative movement in this country is to normalize and assimilate these top down social revolutions.