Over the past hundred years, many in The South have come to identify not only with Americanism, but Zionism, Liberalism, and now Globalism as sacred causes; willing to offer themselves on the altar of those who, at best, see them as stalwart pawns, and at worst, actively labor toward their dispossession.
What if that ended?
We are governed by a managerial class possessing power on a scale the world has never before seen. It derives its power from a spectrum of factors that have proven to be incredibly resilient to outside efforts of co-option, resistance, or fragmentation, and it is made all the more secure by having grafted an ideology of cosmopolitanism onto the root and branch of local institutions and structures.
This is certainly true for The South. What power we generate is co-opted by this system, serving to help drive a dynamo that ultimately works toward our undoing. Though regions such as ours may possess critical commercial interests ranging from agriculture and energy, to aerospace and IT, these assets are ultimately run for the benefit others who seek to remake us (and the world) in their image.
However, it is my opinion that one of Leviathan’s greatest strengths is a power it has come to take for granted; a coin now waiting for us to reclaim:
Reviewing Robert Kaplan’s Imperial Grunts, Andrew Bacevich wrote (emphasis mine):
If Kaplan is a romantic, he is also a populist and a reactionary. He dotes over the career sergeants who come out of rural America and the “generic working class,” in Kaplan’s eyes “the Great Preserver of the oldest, simplest virtues.” He endorses the muscular Protestant fundamentalism that over the past thirty years has tacitly established itself as the quasi-official religion of America’s armed forces, its abiding theme not love thy neighbor but smite thine enemy. He notes approvingly that in today’s military the spirit of the Old South lives on, with the very best captains and majors finding their role models in “the gleaming officer corps of the Confederacy.” Indeed, Kaplan locates the “true religious soul” of present-day professional soldiers in “the martial evangelicalism of the South.”
The data would seem to confirm aspects of that observation. Citing demographic information released by the Department of Defense, Business Insider reported, “In 2013, 44% of all military recruits came from the South region of the U.S. despite it having only 36% of the country’s 18-24 year-old civilian population.”
In other words, almost half of all US recruits come from the 16 states the DoD recognizes as constituting The South.
Having been settled by predominantly Anglo/Scots-Irish peoples, it has largely retained this ethic super-majority, and culturally, continues to bear the stamp of its Protestant roots with Southern Baptist serving as its largest religious denomination.
However, this is changing, and has been for some time.
The South, like the rest of the Western world has been subjected to large influxes of foreigners, to say nothing of the revolution of mass and scale and its attendant propagandization via media and education, as well as a neo-Reconstructionist attitude popular among many in the professional classes located in urban areas.
Furthermore, in an effort to more effectively “engineer consent,” religion, like many other social and cultural institutions, has been subjected to a program of “infiltration,” “control,” and “consolidation.” Various interests have attempted to play this game, though few have been as successful as those who developed and popularized Christian Zionism. Now, what had once been a fringe movement has become so entrenched that many Southerners think nothing of ferociously supporting the interests and ethno-state of “the Chosen” while denying any sense of peoplehood or sovereignty for themselves.
In addition to institutional subversion for the ends of post-national Managerialism in general and the Jewish Lobby in particular, Protestant churches – specifically the Southern Baptist Church – have also been used as a vehicle to attack Southern identity in recent years. Whether “repenting” for slavery and “racism” or the consideration of a ban on the Confederate flag, the Southern Baptist Church has proven to be a soft mark for the exploitation of cuckservative tendencies by entryists.
Enter Russell Moore.
Pulpit and Pen, a website dedicated to Baptist theology and church politics, has been following Moore’s career and the changes that he and his vanguard have helped foster. Seth Dunn writes:
The average pew-sitting Southern Baptist knows next to nothing, if anything at all, about Russell Moore. Moore, the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC) is a relatively obscure figure among rank-and-file evangelicals. He and his organization operate quietly in the background of greater evangelicalism while big-name megapastors such as David Jeremiah and Robert Jeffress take center stage among the laity. Yet, among convention-minded academics, Moore is something of a minor celebrity, a maven even…
…Moore still matters if only for one thing: his substantial funding. In an economy where Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries are being called home from the field for lack of funding, Moore’s ERLC is expected to pull in $3,568,395 in funding during its 2016 fiscal year. Over 80% of that money will come from the offering plate gifts of generous laypeople people who have little idea of who he is, what he does, or his progressive social agenda. Russell Moore, a professional influencer of politics, makes a six-figure income while disagreeing with and all but disdaining the political views of the constituency which provides that income.
In a 2015, Moore garnered attention in opposing Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and “44 of 67 Alabama probate judges who have refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples,” arguing that justices who for reasons of conscience, “could not discharge the duties of his office required by law…would need to resign and protest it as a citizen.”
From receiving significant portions of church funds, to his position on same-sex marriages and the judiciary, to supporting the construction of a mosque in New Jersey, for over a decade he has shown himself to have little in common with Southerners, let alone Baptists (from Pulpit and Pen):
In 2006, Moore wrote an article in which he referred to Democratic congressman Gene Taylor as “the greatest public servant I have ever known.” Moore worked a staff person for the Democratic congressman early in his career. In 2010, Moore donated $4,800 to Taylor’s reelection campaign. Taylor twice voted for Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the house and voted his Pelosi 82% of the time. Is it a Southern Baptist value to support a partisan of Nancy Pelosi?
In 2011, Moore referred to Jesus as a so-called “illegal immigrant” in an article where he advocated for a “realistic means of providing a way to legal status for the millions of immigrants already here.” Is it a Southern Baptist value to reward or incentivize breaking the law?
In June of 2013 Conservative Pundit Eric Metaxas dissociated himself from the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT). Upon his disassociation, Metaxas tweeted, “Did you know George Soros was behind the Immigration thing I signed but then had my name taken off? Yikes…Anything Soros is behind is worth quitting. So glad I’ve had my name removed from this.” Russell Moore has associated the ERLC (and the Southern Baptist Convention along with it) with the EIT. Russell Moore is one of the heads of the EIT. Is it a Southern Baptist value to associate oneself with an ecumenical organization linked to liberal political activist George Soros?
In October 2014, Russell Moore advised attending the reception of a “gay wedding” as a way of expressing love for a homosexual friend or relative. Is it a Southern Baptist value to attend a part which celebrates a homosexual union?
In November 2014, Russell Moore and controversial pastor Rick Warren attended and spoke at a conference held at the Vatican intended to bolster the defense of traditional marriage. Is it a Southern Baptist value to partner with the Pope of Rome?
In November of 2014, when a grand jury failed to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Moore took to Twitter and the blogosphere with stats about how the criminal-justice system disproportionately penalizes black men. Is it a Southern Baptist value to fan the flames of racial tension?
In December 2014, Russell Moore commented on the death of Eric Garner by stating, “I’m stunned speechless by this news. We hear a lot about the rule of law—and rightly so. But a government that can choke a man to death on video for selling cigarettes is not a government living up to a biblical definition of justice or any recognizable definition of justice. We may not agree in this country on every particular case and situation, but it’s high time we start listening to our African American brothers and sisters in this country when they tell us they are experiencing a problem.” A grand jury declined to indict the police officer involved in the arrest-related death of Eric Garner. Riots ensued. Police officers were ambushed and killed on the streets. Is it a Southern Baptist value to pass judgement on police procedure before the justice system has reviewed the evidence?
In ~2015, Russell Moore appointed Karen Swallow Prior as a Fellow of the ERLC. Of prior, Moore stated, “I wish we had 1,000 more Karen Swallow Priors in evangelicalism today. She models convictional kindness. She doesn’t give any ground, but she also doesn’t see people who disagree with her as her enemy.” Prior is a contributor to Jim Wallis’ pro-homosexual environmentalist magazine Sojourners. Prior once told New York Magazine that, “The LGBT movement is much like the Christian community in that it draws from diverse backgrounds and moral beliefs.” Prior, (who does hold that homosexual activity is sinful) was also a featured speaker at the “gay Christian” Level Ground festival. Prior once remarked that “calling abortion murder is unChristlike”. Is it a Southern Baptist value to want 1,000 more Karen Swallow Priors?
During the 2016 election, Russell Moore arguably turned the ERLC into a Marco Rubio PAC. Is it a Southern Baptist value for convention lobbyists to take partisan positions in elections? (and, at that, for a moderate candidate).
Moore also led the charge against the Confederate flag:
It’s not often that I find myself wiping away tears in a denominational meeting, but I just did. The Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly to repudiate the display of the Confederate Battle Flag. This conservative evangelical denomination gathered together just miles from Ferguson, Missouri, to stand together against one lingering divisive symbol…
As I’ve said before, the Cross and the Confederate flag cannot co-exist without one setting the other on fire.
However, with his opposition to President Trump, it appears though that there are factions within the Southern Baptist Church who are moving against him:
Concern is mounting among evangelicals that Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm, could lose his job following months of backlash over his critiques of President Trump and religious leaders who publicly supported the Republican candidate. Any such move could be explosive for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, which has been divided over politics, theology and, perhaps most starkly, race.
The significance of Moore hasn’t been lost on mainstream media. Outlets such as National Review and The Atlantic have repeatedly rallied to his defense as rumors circulate that the patience of the Southern Baptists with him are nearing an end.
According to Dave Miller, pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church of Sioux City, Iowa and editor of SBC Voices, “The SBC is in the middle of a huge identity crisis. We don’t know who we are.”
Now is the time to remind them.
The Southern Baptist Church will be conducting its annual convention next week on the 13th and 14th.
LET THEM KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!
As it has long been said in these parts that Southerners are “the Janissaries of the Managerial Class,” with far too many lavishing up unconditional support for every folk under the sun, all the while denying peoplehood for themselves, and championing any cause but their own.
It’s time that ended.
The Southern Baptist Church is The South’s largest denomination and has historically played a significant role in defining the consciousness and spiritual training of many Southerners and the culture of The South as a whole.
The Twentieth Century has been a story of opportunists infiltrating and subverting that institution to such an extent that most modern Southern Baptists squeamishly view the “fundamentalist” attitudes and beliefs of their grandparents with embarrassment.
However, the Southern Baptist Church is now vulnerable.
Fractures ranging from culture and history to race, immigration, and homosexuality have deepened over the years, and with the controversial tenure of Russell Moore, they are poised to break.
We have before us a golden opportunity to shed light on how such a strong, traditional, regionally-based institution was corrupted, and with outside influence and saccharine nonsense, trained generations of Southerners to offer up their history, their homes, their birthright, and ultimately themselves, on the altar of a utopia that will never come.
I am entirely convinced that we can achieve this end, and if successful, drive a wedge between “ZOG” and a critical portion of its base.
And with a little luck, help some Southerners find their way home.
- Twitter Campaign Hashtag:
- People and organizations:
- Southern Baptist Convention (contact page)
- President Frank Page:
- Executive Committee Officers:
- Russell Moore
- ERLC Leadership Council:
The Leadership Council of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the “Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm” and is personally presided over by Moore. Judging from the wording on their site, it appears to be a primary node of “SJW convergence” within the church. (Per their mission statement, their purpose is to “assist” churches in “morals and ethics,” promote “religious liberty,” and “leading the culture to change within the church.” The word “Jesus” only appears once.)
- Southern Baptist Reddit:
- Baptist Reddit:
- Several Baptist female and ethno-racially based groups will be hosting events at the Convention:
- Asian American Fellowship
- Chinese Baptist Fellowship
- Fellowship of Native American Christians
- Filipino International Mission Board Summit
- Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America (FSBFNA) Annual Meeting
- Hispanic Avance Meeting
- Korean American English Speaking Pastors’ Conference
- National African American Fellowship (NAAF) 22nd Annual Banquet
- National African American Fellowship (NAAF) Business Meeting
- Pastors’ Wives Session
- SEBTS Women’s Leadership Breakfast
- Woman’s Missionary Union
No White or male group events are listed at this time. This is telling in light of the church’s 1995 Resolution on Racial Reconciliation in which the church sought to “unwaveringly denounce racism,” and committing itself “to eradicate racism in all its forms from Southern Baptist life and ministry.”