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Eagle Forum: America Belongs to White Protestants

By January 16, 2013

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Roger Schlafly, son of Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, is saying that non-whites and non-Christians (actually, non-Protestants) are tearing down 'traditional American culture.' This comes after having lamented earlier in 2012 the declining birth rate among whites in America and worrying that non-whites won't be voting for Republicans in large numbers.

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Salute a Steel Cross, December 2, 2000, Cincinnati, Ohio
Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Salute a Steel Cross
December 2, 2000, Cincinnati, Ohio
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According to Roger Schlafly and the Eagle Forum, non-white immigrants don't share American values "as symbolized by Ozzie and Harriet." Those fictional characters were "happy, self-sufficient, autonomous, law-abiding, honorable, patriotic, hard-working, and otherwise embodied qualities that made America great."

They were also white.

America was founded by WASPs -- White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. They had nuclear families, attended church, and believed in the Protestant work ethic. Republicans are seen as believing in traditional American values.

Democrats campaign largely by badmouthing traditional American values, and convincing various demographic groups that they are outside the Republican base, and hence better off voting Democrat. So non-whites, non-Christians, and non-marrieds vote Democrat out of group identifications. That is, they see it as being in their group interests to tear down traditional American culture.

Democrats never persuade voters based on reason or logic. They gain voters by increasing government dependence and by promoting changes to immigration policy, family law, and schools that increase the population wanting to undermine Americanism.

We used to have independent voters who decided elections by voting for who they thought were the better candidates. This election has convinced everyone that now elections are determined msinly [sic] by demographics.

Source: Right Wing Watch

Schlafly believes American values will be destroyed by non-white non-Christians. This doesn't just include the usual targets (atheists and gays), but also blacks, Latinos, Catholics, Jews, Muslims... indeed, most of the entire world. This is the religious ideology of White Supremacism and it's not really surprising to see it coming from an otherwise mainstream Christian Right organization.

Let's face facts: while there was a time when white supremacism was accepted as a given by both liberals and conservatives, over time it has been defended and promoted almost entirely by conservatives. Over time, liberals have given it up such that it's become much harder to find among them. You won't see liberal groups lamenting a declining birth rate among whites.

When segregation was being defended in the South by Christians opposed to Civil Rights, white Protestant churches were a primary source of religious justification, just as they were a primary source of justification for slavery and secession a hundred years earlier. So it's no surprise to see conservative religious leaders continuing to lead the fight against non-whites and non-Christians.

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January 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm
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I would post comments in here more often but these topical sections are unlively and molasses slow with redundant approval requirements. Austin Cline, sir, why not innervate the give-&-take?
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