Faith Down in New Orleans

Modern humans have resided in and dispersed from Europe for at least 40,000 years. If you contextualize this timeline as one 24 hour day, you could say we’ve only spent the last minute calling each other racist. That may not sound substantial, though many glorious days have been lost in even briefer bouts of foolishness.

Yet considered holistically, we’ve posed a remarkably impressive specimen over the 23 hours and 59 minutes prior. Transportation, medicine, flight, computing…it would be an easier task to hand-count the hairs on a cat’s back than to list the contributions of European-derived peoples. It is no exaggeration to say the diverse world relies entirely upon Western technology to express its contempt for Westerners.

In the past it was even considered gauche to mention white innovations in comparison to other peoples. You wouldn’t keep score in a tennis match between Roger Federer and an elderly janitor, or a creativity contest between Bubbles and Sheila Jackson Lee. Today it’s not merely impolite to observe the obvious, but a probable felony in several jurisdictions.

Though the main remark is that man–our thin branch of him in particular–is a clever and resourceful creature, with a very long pedigree of competitive and evolutionary success. So what exactly happened in this last minute?

With his material prosperity and mastery of obstetrics, why is white fertility doggedly below replacement? With his military potency unparalleled, why is Western man being clubbed in his own capitals by invaders so incompetent they would expire without his charity?

The intellect is plainly still operative, though his critical instincts are not. Something has disabled the innate visceral impulses required for survival of everything from man to mole rats. But how do you keep a people from positive adaptivity who have navigated every environment, plague, and predator for over four hundred centuries?

Here’s one way: Faith.

Of its several definitions, this is the most applicable: belief that is not based on proof. The devout have long defended faith as man’s facility for transcending his mortal limitations. Though increasingly–in this last evolutionary minute in particular–faith has come to be the tool by which they march themselves into the ocean. There is a faith among this flock that safe, peaceful, and prosperous Western civilization can live without Westerners, as lungs can breathe freely without air. And faith is belief that is not based on proof. Even when that proof is putting you into a coma.

Sunday morning, during the part of my church service where members of the congregation ask for prayers for others, a member stood and asked that we pray for two members of the Unitarian Universalist Association who’d been badly hurt in the French Quarter the night before. You may have seen the surveillance video of the two men – Tim Byrne and James Curran – walking on Bienville Street and being attacked from behind by four suspects and then robbed. Byrne was knocked unconscious with a blow to the head and was reported as having a critically serious brain injury.

The UUA, a liberal denomination that emphasizes “deeds not creeds,” was holding its General Assembly in New Orleans. The UUA speaks out boldly for economic justice, environmental justice, immigrant justice, LGBT justice, racial justice, reproductive justice and voting rights. The denomination came to New Orleans, which could use an infusion of justice in all those named areas, only to have two of its staffers hurt. It’s kind of like if the Good Samaritan decided to lobby for justice on Jericho Road and ended up face down on that thoroughfare beaten and bloody.

Perhaps eventually the Good Samaritan would learn to take his lobbying to locales where Samaritans weren’t considered prey. But not doing that requires faith that your experiences, senses, and intuition are all false. And that’s precisely what organizations like the Unitarian Universalist Association exist to provide.

So as their friend and coreligionist emerges into a new life of rehabilitation and baby food, his liberal congregation prays for the strength to maintain its delusions.

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18 thoughts on “Faith Down in New Orleans

  1. The analogy becomes absurd in the utterance. The Good Samaritan didn’t lobby for justice; he personally enacted charity. The fact that the speaker can’t tell the difference is a good index of what’s wrong with the European soul in these latter days.

  2. The Unitarian Universalists if memory serves are not Christian, more like a kind of deist worship. Their membership is to a large extent former jews and the rest an assortment of malcontents and queers. I’m not happy for anyone else’s misfortune but really if you wander around a chocolate citay like N.O. at the wee hours without practicing situational awareness, then… no, wait a minute, take that back, at least in part you can blame it on the leftist lugenpresse for minimizing the danger from the feral blaboons who roam those precincts looking for easy prey. As far as I’m concerned, that place can sink into the stinking fetid marshlands from which it arose after the dishonorable events of the last few months.

    • Yes, the Unitarian Church is second only to the Episcopalian Church when it comes to being a mecca for the progressive insanity of reform Jews spilling over by way of “conversion.”

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  4. That peril is that the human intellect is free to destroy itself. Just as one generation could prevent the very existence of the next generation, by all entering a monastery or jumping into the sea, so one set of thinkers can in some degree prevent further thinking by teaching the next generation that there is no validity in any human thought. It is idle to talk always of the alternative of reason and faith. Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. If you are merely a sceptic, you must sooner or later ask yourself the question, “Why should anything go right; even observation and deduction? Why should not good logic be as misleading as bad logic? They are both movements in the brain of a bewildered ape?” The young sceptic says, “I have a right to think for myself.” But the old sceptic, the complete sceptic, says, “I have no right to think for myself. I have no right to think at all.”

  5. Exceptionally clever title and closing sentence.
    I like how the linked article continues to emphasize the delusions–skimming over the victims and zeroing in on how great are the Institutions of Covenant House, and the Unitarians and how contrite the thugs. First we pray together, then we call the police (reluctance implied)

    This last Earth minute is a strange one, but the delusions seem to keep pace with the absurdity.
    There was a similar event in New Orleans 2 years ago when Tulane Med Student Peter Gold got out of his car to stop a drunk girl from being carted away by a thug. Peter was shot in the stomach but his head was spared when the gun jammed. I assumed he was comatose from blood loss; I could never find any information on his condition. Recently he emerged in an interview. A young doctor now, talking about how he wants to give back to the disadvantaged : ( Hopefully he won’t be shot again.

    Crime is absolutely out of control (which is no surprise) and no one stays in jail anymore (that one is a mystery) It really demands a lot of our police force–risk your lives to put these guys in jail but you’ll be dealing with them again in a few months.

    • The US has, by far, the largest prison population, both absolutely and per capita, of any western country.
      The police commit more crime than they prevent and are ten times more likely to be killers than killed with near absolute immunity from the consequences.

      Stop police unions and require they carry insurance for their acts.

  6. This brought to mind another kind of faith impulse. There’s a low intensity war between the so-called alt-white and alt-right. Some on the AR argue “patience, our brothers will eventually see the light and choose AR.” I’m generallly in this camp, but realize that there’s a solid rump of theAL who will never see the light. They have the stain of faith in America, or The Constitution, or My Fellow Man, or the I Have a Dream speech and will never quite see truth. We keep thinking that the next chimp-out or crime video or BLM march gone bad will convince them, but it won’t. Just as I wish we could cure Scientologists of their faith, I wish we could cure the all in the AL, but some are just willfully beyond reach.

    • Quite true. They are probably also some of our most dangerous opponents. If everything goes south at some point, I expect the Oathcuckers to be much more trouble than Tyrone as opponents of attempts to create a white homeland.

  7. Time will be at a significant premium over the next week, so I will likely do squib-posting in lieu of essays to see how that format flies.

    If any regulars want to go off topic with opinions or insights, consider yourselves at liberty. I may make posts from any combox fodder that strikes my fancy.

  8. The UUA school of ministry in Berkeley, “Starr King,” is fanatically supportive of BLACK LIVES MATTER and every possible version of gender confusion. Anger and resentment walk its dark halls; God forbid you should enter as a Christian white (_not welcome there_)!

  9. White People should immediately jettison any and all apology for pursuing their own interests. The Black Race and other Races have shown their intention for Whites and it is a brutal and savage ending. If you are a self loathing White then do the rest of us a favor and find the nearest bridge and propel yourself forward. Might I suggest a retort for White hating Races? Here it is. uFck you and the horse you rode in on.

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