Jason Kessler is a friend of mine.
I will say at the outset that I don’t believe in forced conversion of non-Christians. I also don’t believe in exterminating non-Christians. I also know plenty of wonderful non-Christians in the pro-White space. The sole purpose of this article is to offer a defense of Christian Nationalism.
This is pretty much the last subject which I intended to focus on at the outset of the year. Jason wrote a thought provoking article at Counter-Currents and it has been on my mind all day. We experienced many of the same events in the Alt-Right only to come to different religious conclusions.
I have been trying to collect my thoughts on this.
“Since the original Alt Right was crushed by the government in 2017, the white identity space has been dominated by something calling itself Christian Nationalism. This is often a parlor trick to use the less controversial “Christian” identity as a euphemism for white. …”
This isn’t how I remember the demise of the Alt-Right.
Sure, the ultra-progressive leftwing government of Charlottesville sabotaged the Unite the Right rally by denying us police protection. Granted, Gov. Terry McAuliffe also conspired to sabotage the event. It is a stretch though to attribute the demise of the Alt-Right to government persecution. There were only a handful of arrests at the Unite the Right rally. Most of the people who were arrested were only sentenced to a few years in prison for fighting with Antifa. James Fields, Jr. killed someone after the event.
This isn’t to say that no one was screwed over by the government because of Charlottesville. Jack Corbin and Williams Fears come to mind. They were the exceptions to the rule. The top leadership of the Alt-Right emerged from the Unite the Right rally unscathed by criminal prosecution. Andrew Anglin never attended the event. A few people like Matt Parrott were arrested for refusing to disperse from Lee Park. Christopher Cantwell went to jail because of the Unite the Right rally. It didn’t break him.
No, the Alt-Right immediately began to self destruct after the rally. The vicious infighting that began online after Charlottesville went on for months. It escalated into the Optics War which lasted well into 2018 and created divisions which never healed. The government created some adversity for the Alt-Right with a handful of arrests. Antifa created some resistance in the streets and some adversity for the Alt-Right through doxxing and deplatforming. The movement imploded because the key figures involved all publicly turned on each other and used the debacle in Charlottesville to scapegoat their rivals.
It was quite a revealing experience for me. I will never forget all the toxic drama on the TRS Forum in early 2018. It was so dispiriting that I quit identifying with the Alt-Right and unplugged from the internet for several months. I was tired of the negativity, the total lack of solidarity, the inability to handle even minor setbacks, the tendency of the people involved to put the worst construction on everything, etc.
The Alt-Right, of course, doesn’t exist anymore. We have little to show for so much of the time, money and energy that was invested in that. The “Cuckbox” incident put the exclamation point on that for me. Sven wrote a parody song on TRS about it. Matt Parrott’s marriage falling apart was an occasion for mockery, a total lack of mercy and grace, a total lack of charity. Instead of Christian love toward a hurting brother, we saw how easy it was for people in the Alt-Right to kick each other when they are down.
No wonder it fizzled and never recovered.
In my recollection, government persecution of the Alt-Right was simply the trigger. Dissident movements should also expect government persecution. It was how the movement responded to the Unite the Right rally – which is to say, poorly – that was the beginning of the end.
“Shortly before Christmas 2023, one of its leaders, Nicholas Fuentes, called for the execution of non-Christians and declared that stemming the tide of illegal immigration at our Southern border is less important than ensuring that the United States is populated only by Christians. We are losing something vital by failing to call out this outrageous subversion of the white cause and the blaspheming of true faith. Fuentes went on a pseudo-scientific rant that sounded like quackery from the seventeenth-century Salem witch trials:
So many of the people perpetrating the lies, the destruction of the country, they are evildoers. They are people who worship the false gods. They are people who practice magic and rituals or whatever. More than anything, those people need to be, when we take power, they need to be given the death penalty.
He then said he was “more concerned about such people than he was about non-whites and mass migration,” which is convenient for someone with a Hispanic lineage. He continued:
These are people communicating with demons and engaging in this sort of witchcraft and stuff. These people that are suppressing the name of Christ and suppressing Christianity, they must be absolutely annihilated when we take power. This is God’s country. This is Jesus’ country. This is not the domain of atheists and devil worshippers, perfidious Jews. This is Christ’s country. …”
The Andrew Anglin – Ricky Vaughn – Nick Fuentes faction of the Alt-Right rebranded as American Nationalists after Charlottesville. They labeled the other faction “wignats.” Fuentes and Anglin didn’t start using the term Christian Nationalism until years later in an effort to glom on to the movement.
Fuentes is an attention seeking troll and a product of terminally online rightwing chan culture. He says extreme things that are clipped to provoke a reaction to get publicity. It has nothing to do with Christianity. His former associates claim that he doesn’t even regularly attend church.
With all that said, it is true that American elites are sick people. It is true that our cultural elites are hostile to Christianity. It is true that they attend weird festivals like Burning Man. I have also got to agree with Fuentes that we would be better off if they were annihilated.
“Christian Nationalism has been a lackluster substitute for explicit and unapologetic white identity politics. For one, it’s a poor framework for dealing with the immigration crisis at our Southern border, where we arguably already have a Christian Nationalist immigration policy. The Central Americans and Africans streaming through our porous border are more likely to be devout Christians than most European whites today. In Europe, the effects of first-world education have dramatically decreased faith and religiosity. Outside of America, which is a bit of an anomaly, white people are becoming more atheistic, which has led to Christianity’s great bastions shifting to the dark-skinned Third World. …”
Is this true?
In the United States, White evangelical Protestants are the constituency that is the most supportive of Christian Nationalism and everything from White identity to immigration restriction to opposing the Great Replacement while the people who are most supportive of open borders are atheists and agnostics. Over 80% of Trump voters are Christians and immigration is their top political issue.
What sense does it make to bash the people who are the most aligned with our desire to close our borders and expel illegal aliens for religious reasons?
“For centuries, the great defenders of Western civilization were Christians defending Europe against Muslim invaders. Legendary warriors such as Vlad the Impaler of Wallachia in modern-day Romania and the Frankish military leader Charles Martel fought off invasions that might very well have brought the West to an end long before its time. We owe these great men a remarkable debt. But today, the situation is quite different. Today’s invaders at the American Southern border are Christians. Hearkening back to the Christian Europe’s legendary great defenders in the present crisis is an anachronism. …”
Then as now, religiosity among White people is positively correlated with perceiving and opposing foreign threats. It is irreligious Whites who support open borders and mass immigration.
“Even if we were to make color-blind utilitarian decisions about immigration, allowing only the most intelligent and least crime-ridden individuals into our country, the Christian countries would fare poorly. The most atheistic populations — whites, Asians, and Jews — are, generally speaking, the populations with the highest IQs and the lowest crime rates, whereas the most Christian populations — Hispanics and blacks — have the lowest IQs and the highest rates of crime. …”
White countries didn’t have a problem with mass Third World immigration for over a thousand years of Christendom. It is only when Christianity began to ebb in the 20th century that the borders were flung open. This is no coincidence because irreligious Whites tend to be more individualistic, more self-absorbed, less fertile and less interested in traditional values such as kinship ties.
Western elites ceased to be Christian in the 20th century. Everything that followed stems from this change. We don’t have a WASP elite or culture anymore!
“After China and Japan, the highest rates of atheism and irreligiosity are in the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Australia — in other words, high-IQ, majority-white countries. On the other hand, the highest numbers of Christians are in non-white countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Zambia, Nigeria, Congo, and Ethiopia. …”
The median age in Japan is 49 and the birthrate is 1.41.
In the Czech Republic, it is 1.71. In France, it is 1.83. In the Netherlands, it is 1.55. In Germany, it is 1.53. In Australia, it is 1.58. White countries with high levels of atheism and irreligiosity tend to be graying and dying and struggling with identity issues and mass immigration.
“My purpose here is not to bash Christianity. There are many brilliant Christian artists, statesmen, blue-collar heroes, and stunningly accomplished scientists. Although Christianity’s origins are foreign and Semitic rather than European, there should be no serious doubt that white, European men of Christian faith have made an indelible impact on Western civilization. But based on current demographic trends, we must be honest about the fact that Christianity will have a diminishing influence on the future of the white race, and that its popularity in non-white Third World countries certainly makes it a poor euphemism for white interests. …”
The future belongs to people who have children.
Christians are less self-absorbed and have larger families than atheists. The people who have the most children tend to be more intensely religious. Why is atheism good for our ethnic group?
“Ironically, I found the old Alt Right a more welcoming environment to explore Christian faith. Although there were many devout Christians in that movement, and while the Crusader memes were common even then, there were also many atheist and agnostic thought leaders such as Greg Johnson, Richard Spencer, Mike Enoch, and Christopher Cantwell. Personally, I was raised in a devout conservative Christian family and attended Christian private schools until the fourth grade. I nevertheless always found church to be painfully boring and the sermons irrelevant to my life and interests. When I grew older, the concept of faith in things that cannot be seen and which make little moral or practical sense became impossible to countenance and I stopped believing. I tried mightily to turn that around during the early years of my involvement in dissident politics. I could see how the Christian faith correlated with many of my political values, such as strong communities, big families, morals, and the importance of taking responsibility. I tried to thread the needle between skepticism and faith by choosing to anthropomorphize the Higher Power — which could simply be Nature — as Jesus Christ, the God of my kin for as far back as I can trace. …”
In my case, the opposite happened.
I started out as a nominally religious Methodist. I became an atheist after I was exposed to White Nationalism. I became hostile to Christianity for a few years.
As I grew older, I became steadily more skeptical of atheism. I became more religious. I became a Christian. I also developed a deep appreciation for the practical benefits of Christianity.
In a multiracial society like the Deep South, evangelical Christianity defuses racial tension. I began to notice how much I liked my neighbors who are generally kind, polite, civil and friendly people. In contrast, some of the people who I was running across on online forums were rude and vicious. Yes, it is true that racial differences exist, but I have spent my whole life observing how practicing Christianity can elevate and improve blacks and Whites alike. It has a civilizing effect on the character of people.
AA meetings can help improve the lives of alcoholics. Diet and regular exercise can improve the health of pretty much anyone. Similarly, Christianity can help people of all races to focus their attention on their owns sins and orient them in a positive way toward their neighbors.
How many psychopaths have we seen murder people in the name of White Nationalism?
How many Alt-Right thought leaders have seen trying to run through the wives and girlfriends of their subordinates? What were the practical consequences of that?
How many White Nationalists have we seen succumb to despair and commit suicide because of their lack of hope or more typically who have just quit because of their lack of faith?
How many White Nationalists have we seen been brought down by their pride and lack of humility?
How many times have we seen White Nationalists putting the worst construction on everything and everyone or tearing each other down over small differences or showing no mercy or charity or love for other people in their movement or being unable to forgive small sleights? I still have people who hate me because of arguments on blogs and forums from 15 years ago!
How many times have White Nationalist leaders been brought down by the bottle or drugs?
I could go on and on.
The recent collapse of the National Justice Party is the latest example of this truth. The biggest enemy of the movement isn’t the Jews. It was always ourselves.
Faith and hope can go a long way in a lost cause like White Nationalism. The ability to forgive and get over small differences of opinion is also an asset. Imagine how different White Nationalism would be the people involved in the cause were required by their religion to practice toward love and service toward their neighbor rather than tearing each other down in routine explosions of drama.
“No one in the old Alt Right was pushy or demanding about my faith. There was certainly no one calling for my arrest and execution if I strayed from the dogmatic faith as practiced in organized Christianity. I thus felt good about easing my mother’s worries about her son’s lack of faith. An unexpected side-effect of the Charlottesville fallout was the diminishing influence of more secular figures, who ended up being eclipsed by a younger generation of religious fanatics. …”
What happened to the old Alt-Right?
There is MILO who married his black boyfriend before rebranding as a faux Church Militant grifter.
There is TRS / NJP which recently imploded after Sven shit on everyone.
There is Andrew Anglin and the Daily Stormer which became an incel website.
There is Richard Spencer and the National Policy Institute. Spencer blamed everyone else but himself for Charlottesville and became a Joe Biden supporter. Evan McLaren became an Antifa supporter. Spencer and McLaren are still owning the chuds.
There is Matt Heimbach who never recovered from screwing his mother-in-law in a trailer park.
In most of these cases, you cannot say it was the Jews that brought them down.
“Many of the canniest charlatans, such as Baked Alaska, opportunistically switched from “full 1488” to calling themselves born-again Christians. This was the new optical smokescreen for hating Jews, but without the same connotations. Christianity was blasphemously used as a shield for offensive ideas. Many of these same figures ended up embracing the “Christ is King” mantra while doing hard drugs, sleeping with underage fans, and generally living a life of degeneracy. …”
No one with an IQ above room temperature believes Baked Alaska is a devout Christian.
“As “Christian Nationalism” has become ascendant in recent years, “the movement’s” fanatical religiosity has careened into an extreme mutation of the 1990s Moral Majority, which was a Bible-thumping freak show of zealots who went around declaring what people could or couldn’t say while promoting strange, anti-scientific nonsense such as “gay conversion therapy.” If such a thing were real, I wouldn’t have a problem with it, but looking at homosexuality in the animal kingdom, I think a rational, scientific mind would have to come to the conclusion that, although sexual behaviors can be influenced by social pressure to a degree, there is a small but innate rate of natural homosexuality in human (and animal) nature. Whether I like homosexuality or not is beside the point. I don’t. But I can also evaluate root causes without resorting to superstitious nonsense. A gay man who goes through “conversion therapy” is just a gay man in denial (see Milo Yiannopoulos). … ”
Christian Nationalism is an improvement over this.
Even MILO was at least compelled to dial it down and go back into the closet.
“For a preview of how non-Christians would be treated in a hypothetical Christian Nationalist administration, we can ask the Gab AI bot that was created Gab’s founder and prominent Christian Nationalist, Andrew Torba. Torba programmed his bot to inform us that white non-Christians will no longer be able to vote or hold elected office in his hypothetical future state. Torba perversely distorts the American creed of “liberty and justice for all” by adding the proviso that it is only “for those who believe in Jesus Christ.”
If non-Christians were disenfranchised in a theocratic Christian Nationalist state, it would be a net win. It would essentially wipe out the Left which is overwhelmingly composed of White atheists, agnostics and nones. Eliminating those people from the electorate would solve most of our problems.
Some of our friends in the pro-White space might not be able to vote. Most of them do not believe in voting anyway and it would be worth the trade.
“Another superstition that has proliferated on the American Right since the rise of Christian Nationalism is the belief that “demons” are a part of everyday life and a sensible explanation for human behavior. We have even seen popular conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones claiming that the political elite’s behavior can be explained by “extra-dimensional demon” possession.
Another example is the oft-repeated social media claim that people who take hallucinogenic drugs are opening up a gateway to another dimension where they commune with and become possessed by demons. An individual’s aberrant behavior is therefore supposedly explained by demonic possession. Back in the real world, even those who have never taken hallucinogens know that it induces the subconscious to run wild with imaginations of all manner of lurid fantasies, from gnomes to space aliens to being eaten by giant snakes. No sane person who comes down from a trip thinks that he was actually eaten by a snake if he dreamed of it during an ayahuasca trip. As for odd behavior by those using drugs, does it really require demonic possession in order to account for it? Psychological studies have been very clear about the increased risk of schizophrenic and schizotypal symptoms in heavy users of hallucinogenic drugs, and even marijuana.”
I have seen far too many people in the pro-White scene wrestle with and ultimately lose their fight with their demons. Megalomaniacal narcissism and despair, for example.
“Does Christianity deserve to be the center of a white-focused movement? It should be welcomed, respected, and protected, of course. But should it be the center? No. …”
The demise of the Alt-Right answered this question for me.
Can a viable political movement be based solely on the peg of White identity? The answer is no because even the slightest setback like a brush up with Antifa in a park in one of the most leftwing college towns in America set off so much infighting that it destroyed the movement. It turned out that a common commitment to White survival was insufficient to hold together such a loose coalition of anonymous people – an island of misfit toys defined by our rejection of Con, Inc. – who had such different values and visions of the future. It was bound to become unglued because there wasn’t much holding it together.
“For one thing, Christianity is not the indigenous religion of the European peoples. Christianity originated in the Middle East and is essentially a heretical sect of Judaism. Christians are Jews who believe that Judaism’s messianic prophecy has already been fulfilled. I know that there are pro-white Christians who would vehemently disagree. They hold convoluted theories about how Jews weren’t Jews back then, but were actually white, and so forth. It’s about as scientific as the claim by blacks that Beethoven was actually black and that blacks built the Egyptian pyramids. It’s the “We Wuz Kangs” argument adapted for religious necessity rather than historical truth. … ”
There was no such thing as White identity until Christians in the New World surrounded by blacks and Indians started thinking of themselves in racial terms, but that is an argument for another day.
“For a movement that sees Jews as its primary ethnic competitors, this is a conspicuously problematic fact. It accounts for Evangelical Christianity’s slavish philo-Semitism and devotion to Israel. Anti-Semitic Christians point to Europe’s history of persecution against its Jewish minority to “prove” that Christianity is an appropriate historical bulwark. But Jews of that time were not much different than other heretical persecuted sects of the Christian faith such as the Anabaptists, who were butchered and suppressed into oblivion. This is therefore an untenable and anachronistic belief in today’s America, where dozens of Christian sects proliferate, free of religious persecution. … ”
Yes, it is true that one generation of evangelical Christians in the United States have been slavishly philo-Semitic, largely due to the rise of radio and television in their time. Your annoying parents aren’t synonymous with Christianity as it has existed for thousands of years.
“The consequences of the pre-medieval Europeans abandoning their native religions, often at the point of a sword, could not be more profound. Although as a skeptic I don’t view Odin-worship or druidic practices as any more genuine than the popular modern religions, they were at least an organic and creative expression of a people. Odin was a god of the Nordic peoples. He was not a universalist god. It would not have made sense for an African to worship the Celtic god Dagda, any more than it would for a Gaulic chieftain to convert to a Zulu tribal religion. There is something deeply personal and subversive about the European peoples being forced to accept a foreign Semitic religion. …”
In my view, we seemed to be doing fine until something went terribly wrong about a century ago. I don’t trace our decline back to the Anglo-Saxon era.
“Some have argued that Europeans “peacefully” and “willingly” adopted Christianity. This is simply not true. Perhaps certain ancient and medieval kings did so. But even in the rare instances where they did not use violence to convert their imperial subjects, coercion in the form of taxes, the withholding of food, and other punishments would have been unbearable for destitute farmers already living at mere subsistence level. And in truth, the most brutal forms of violence were regularly practiced against Europeans — often poor country folk who continued to worship the old gods.
The Norwegian King Olaf Tryggvason (963-1000AD) was known as “Christ’s best hatchet man.” The tales of his savagery toward his own people are voluminous. According to legend, he once invited a number of pagan holdouts to a feast, got them drunk, locked them inside, and burned them alive. He would tie pagans down on island beaches and wait for the tide to come in and drown them. Others were torn apart by dogs or had their eyes ripped out of their sockets. Among the most infamous forms of murder he used was placing a bowl full of glowing coals on a man’s stomach and heating it until it exploded, or allegedly prying open a non-believer’s mouth, placed a funnel down his throat, and then putting a snake in it after setting its tail on fire. The panicked viper would then chew the man apart from the inside as it died.
Charlemagne, the King of the Franks, undertook military campaigns to expand his territory and spread Christianity. In 782 AD, he ordered the execution of around 4,500 Saxons who refused to convert to Christianity in the infamous Massacre of Verden. The Northern Crusades from Western Europe into the Baltics in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries likewise involved violence and the forced conversion of the indigenous Slavic and Baltic populations of the Old Prussians, Livonians, and Wends.
The majority of organized Christianity today could in no way be seen as a bastion of pro-white politics. Many churches proudly fly gay pride flags and support Black Lives Matter. They also support queer and black liberation, and the fight against “white supremacy.”
In other words, Christianity has changed over time.
Wokeness doesn’t go back to Constantine or Charlemagne.
“Even the conservative Evangelical churches have been subverted. Nowhere on Earth are you more likely to see white couples virtue-signaling how anti-racist they are by adopting black children than in an Evangelical household, especially those involved in politics, such as the Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Conservative Christian and presidential candidate Nikki Haley was overjoyed when her daughter married a black man.”
Around 15% of White evangelicals are Biden supporters.
Elite evangelicals like David French who adopt black children as a fashion statement and who read publications like Christianity Today aren’t really representatives of lay evangelicals who support Trump and who want to restrict immigration.
“Neither of these expressions of anti-white attitudes in either Left or Right-wing churches are an aberration. They are rather the logical endpoint of Christian doctrines of universalism and “equality.”
Why did it take nearly 2,000 years for Christianity to become anti-White?
“The emergence of Christianity unleashed the most powerful Left-wing revolution in history, as well as the most powerful force for globalization known to man. …”
The Left didn’t exist until the French Revolution when it first manifested as an atheistic, materialistic movement which it has remained to this day.
“Prior to Christianity, European peoples such as the Greeks and Romans had democratic and republican political systems, but their conception of these systems had nothing to do with “equality” or universalism. …”
Universalism comes from the Greeks, not the Jews. Republicanism comes from the Romans.
“The modern Western version of these systems, which have long since been deeply inculcated with Christian notions, which have long since been deeply inculcated with Christian notions, are defenseless against foreign aliens who exploit our countries and ravage them with crime. Yet, our Christian heritage implores believers to view them all as equals: fellow brothers in Christ, or else those who are only a conversion away from being morally equivalent to the whites who built our nations. The pervasiveness of this false “equality” has nested itself so deeply in the Western psyche that even as our religiosity fades, the legacy of our religious past lives on.”
Amazingly enough, these people weren’t treated as equals in the West until about a century or two ago and then it was because of the Enlightenment revival of republican concept of equal citizenship.
“Don’t forget that even as the great European conquistadors, explorers, and colonists set out in search of resources and riches, their moral rationale was to spread the Christian faith. This mission sent white men to the furthest corners of the globe: China, the Americas, and darkest Africa. Perhaps this was inevitable, you might say. Our need for trade always made exploration a necessity. This is true, but it was the desire to spread the faith that united Europeans with non-Europeans in a global community, and thus led to the belief that anyone from anywhere could be integrated into our societies. Christianity became an identity that superseded the ethnos and the concept of the nation. It made all men “equal” in a way that Karl Marx never could.”
Don’t forget the European conquistadors, explorers and colonists who set out and colonized the New World, Africa, Asia and Australia … where they converted the natives to Christianity while pioneering the creation of racial caste systems which endured until well into the 20th century. These people created the only European cultures in history where racial identity was highly salient in law and custom.
“If we embrace “Christian Nationalism,” the religious element will trump the racial one, subverting it into mere Republicanism. Perhaps for some, that was always the point.”
A major reason why White Nationalism appears to be constantly imploding and rebranding is because it is based solely on a racial element. This opens the door to all kinds of bad actors who can show up and become involved solely on the basis of their whiteness. Then there are so many people with so many different ideas of what is right and wrong and clashing visions such as Nietzcheanism that it becomes impossible for them to work toward a common goal for any significant length of time.
Christian Nationalism offers a common set of values. It is not defined by pure tribalism or by its rejection of something else like the Alt-Right or Dissident Right. It answers the question of how we ought to live together. Simply being White doesn’t answer that question or provide much guidance.