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The Religious Left’s Climate of Hate

sojIn the wake of the terrible 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Jim Wallis of Sojourners was one of many progressive activists to quickly exploit the attack for their own political advantage. “This horrible tragedy must now become an important American moment.” Using his standard modus operandi of taking the Left’s narrative du jour and giving it a religious spin, Wallis wrote, “What are the situations and environments that allow this kind of hate and violence to grow?” Wallis’s “environment of hate” just so happened to nicely coincide with the “climate of hate” storyline that was immediately invented to blame the attack on conservatives, particularly the tea party and Sarah Palin.

Merely two hours after the shooting occurred, the New York Times farcical opinion columnist, Paul Krugman, penned a piece entitled, Climate of Hate, in which he blamed everyone from Michele Bachmann to Bill O’Reilly and FoxNews to talk radio in general. Of course, as we all quickly learned, the man who shot Rep. Giffords and murdered six others had an alleged grudge against her that went back to 2007 and had nothing whatsoever to do with talk radio or the tea party. In fact, the murderer was described as a “left-wing pothead,” and a 9-11 truther who expressed frustration with the Bush Administration. No matter. The Left had already extracted their pound of flesh from their enemies and Jim Wallis was right there with them fanning the flames.

Even though their hopes of a talk-radio-listening tea partier didn’t pan out, we were reminded that progressives firmly believe “the situations and environments that allow this kind of hate and violence to grow” are crucial to understanding these acts of violence and, more importantly, placing blame where it belongs. Fast-forward to Saturday, July 27, 2013.

“A Bethesda man was beaten and robbed early Saturday morning in Adams Morgan by three men who yelled, ‘This is for Trayvon Martin,’ before attacking him, police said. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime and robbery, according to D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali. Three black men approached an adult white male from behind while he was walking in the 1700 block of Euclid Street NW at 1:26 a.m. Saturday, police said.”

I ask, what are the situations and environments that allowed this kind of hate and violence to grow?

In a particularly inflammatory piece entitled “The Zimmerman Verdict and the Resurrection of the Old Jim Crow“, Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners summed up today’s reemergence of Jim Crow this way: “The lives, souls, and livelihoods of white Americans are worthy of protection more than others.” Notice, as is common for Sojourners, that Harper perfectly follows the media-invented black vs. white race baiting storyline even though a “white American” was not involved in the case. Harper continues: “We are not as worthy of protection as that of white folk.” “And like me, many of the nearly 66 million people of African descent and many others of non-European descent in the U.S. woke up from a dream on Sunday morning and realized we were living in a nightmare. We are living in a pre-1964 world. We are no longer protected by the law.” Blacks are now living in a pre-1964 nightmare where they are no longer protected by the law, according to Harper.

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Jeff Wright Jr.

Jeff Wright, Jr. is a grateful husband, blessed daddy, and long-suffering Redskins fan. He is a Prison Chaplain in the "city of lost souls" and is the co-creator of Evangelicals for Liberty. Jeff holds a ThM from Dallas Seminary, and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. Jeff is a civil liberties activist on behalf of the "sacred order of freemen" and minister of the "fellowship of twice-born sinners."