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A white supremacist flier found on the campus of the University of Maryland. (Jessica Goldberg)
A white supremacist flier found on the campus of the University of Maryland. (Jessica Goldberg)

Over the summer, black bears showed up on University of Maryland’s campus. Last week it was visited by white chickens.

A person who responded to messages at one of American Vanguard’s Twitter accounts said he founded the group last year. He said the group has 100 members around the country, and four in the College Park area, including two on campus. He said the group recruits on social media and has garnered attention for posting fliers at nine college campuses so far. He corresponded with The Washington Post and agreed to comment on condition of anonymity, saying that he fears reprisals.

I’ve never understood how anyone expects to lead the Battle for Blancness if they’re afraid of reprisals. However, the mind of the aggressive coward has always been a mystery to me. Be it the class bully or the gazillionth Chas Fitzwhitepower yelling about the undeniable superiority of the master race, such people don’t want a fight; they want a victory. This is why the least whiff of disagreement from other whites – the so-called race traitor – horrifies Fitzwhitepower (and by the same token, why failing to disagree with him is a form of encouragement): Not only is that one less body between him and The Enemy, it’s a potential enemy who cheats by looking like a real person. Unfair!

But in the case of Chas Fitzwhitepower #32,256 he may also be afraid of reprisals from his fellow Fitzwhitepowers.

“I’ve seen my hometown flooded with immigrants, my family struggle financially and Marxist garbage taught in our schools,” he said in a message. “I’ve been waiting for a real American nationalist group for years, but I came to the realization that I’d have to do it myself.”

With an original list of complaints like that I can see why #32,256 was dissatisfied with all of those poseur nationalists out there. Or perhaps that’s White Supremacy, Trumplethinskin Style at work. A sort of weenie individualism that must first assert one’s greatness, never fail to emphasize that the other guys are losers and then whine. This may not make them harmless, but should serve as a reminder that pushing the buttons of thin-skinned cowards is an essential part of resisting fascism.

As an aside, the pale pullets visited campus the day after finals began, but the I.W.W. seems to have stepped into the breach by posting fliers condemning the event.

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  • efgoldman

    But in the case of Chas Fitzwhitepower #32,256 he may also be afraid of reprisals from his fellow Fitzwhitepowers.

    Have you actually counted the assholes?
    99.9% of them are brave, brave kkkeyboard kkkomandos.

    • DrDick

      Most of them are scared of their own shadows and would shit themselves if a POC said, Boo!” to them. However, there is an extremely vicious minority looking for blood, and they tend to attract these dweebs and incite them to stupidly horrific acts.

    • NewishLawyer

      Right but as we found out you can do a lot of damage and terrorism via an on-line harassment campaign and the .1 percent of them that are willing to be violent in the real world can and eventually wil do serious damage. See the Pizzagate fucker.

      • Right. Physical violence isn’t the only way to make someone’s life miserable, and the people who aren’t actually committing it themselves may nonetheless encourage others to do so. The guy who shot up that Unitarian Universalist church a few years ago was motivated by right-wing hate speech as well.

    • JBC31187

      I don’t disagree that they’re cowards. But now the law is on their side.

  • Warren Terra

    See also this, a tweet by Dana Schwartz, about what happens when an insurance ad features an interracial couple. It’s impossible to know how many there are, but some of our fellow citizens are still mightily peeved by the notion of miscegenation, and are willing to loudly say so when they can remain anonymous.

    • BartletForGallifrey

      I’ve blocked several hundred this morning thanks to the replies to that.

    • N__B

      “Schwartz”? Sounds suspiciously like the non-white end of the color wheel.

      • Warren Terra

        Ja, sicher.

      • BartletForGallifrey

        She’s a reporter who has received some of the worst antisemitic abuse on twitter.

        • N__B

          I’m not minimizing that, just pointing out that her having the name “Black” is ironic in a non-Alanis sense.

    • NewishLawyer

      I saw an article last week predicting the Twitter is basically toast because of the value of their stock.

      One benefit to this is that right-wingers will have one less avenue of harassment and trolling.

      • guthrie

        Some of us find twitter a useful way of networking and communicating. I wonder what could replace it?

        • econoclast

          White Twitter

          • BartletForGallifrey

            Gab?

          • John Revolta

            Twhiter!

        • NewishLawyer

          Count me as one of the people who never got twitter.

          • It’s a useful source of acquiring quick news, but I’ve never felt compelled to tweet myself. The problem is that if you follow more than a few sources, you quickly acquire a feed that has far more than you can keep up with, so I basically just gave up on even trying pretty quickly. I mostly only even bother looking at it when there’s a major upcoming event (i.e., an election).

            It’s actually a fairly neat idea, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. And they kind of dug their own hole by letting the harassment problem get as out of control as it did.

            • Sentient AI from the Future

              i thought twitter was New and Cool and that I Should Understand It because The Future for a little while.

              there are a lot of gifted humorists there, and twitter is a far more acceptable venue for getting-paid-for-funny than, say, usenet or irc have been, though it works largely the same way as the latter.

              i was driven from it and have not returned because i was shrill in my denouncement (asking others to denounce, etc.) of gamergate-associated fuckknobs. I occasionally wonder what those fuckknobs think of my past shrillness, because it’s much much easier than thinking about the real possibility of nuclear holocaust.

            • It isn’t cool anymore, because I’m on it now.

              But I’ve had an account for 2 weeks and I’m ready to unfollow all the online publications and switch to the iOS News app, which I don’t really like, or go back to pulling articles instead. I managed to persuade the platform to make one actual person start showing up in my feed again, I think without making it seem like I was stalking them, but there are a couple smart people who don’t tweet very much and aren’t similar enough to the bulk of my volume to get into my feed. The community groups Warren mentions can be neat but as easily drop out, maybe even if you read your feed all day long. Maybe there’s a fix using lists, I don’t know.

              The HTML mobile interface to Twitter itself is totally unusable, though.

            • Origami Isopod

              People used to say that trying to keep up with Usenet was like drinking from a firehose. They had never heard of Twitter back in those days.

              • Usenet at least sat there in GNUS until you looked at it.

          • Warren Terra

            Since you decide whom to follow, it doesn’t have to be that bad. A decently curated follow list makes it basically a firehose spewing forth the latest news, on topics you tend to care about, plus snark and pet pictures. A lot like the internet as a whole, in other words, but fed to you passively. It can be fun to add your own snark and trade tweets with people you sort of know, but the people on Twitter you might be inclined to argue with are usually the worst sort of trolling scum, rivaling the habitues of newspaper comment sections.

            It’s also moderately useful for receiving announcements from entities you interact with in the real world, like local government and the like.

            • I like Twitter and that is pretty much how I use it. I follow a few hundred and retweet what I find interesting and add my own snark or interesting articles. Haven’t had a big troll problem and block the few that bother me.

        • guthrie

          Hey, I didnt mean I was right wing, I meant normal people using twitter for normal stuff. Not politics.

        • mikeSchilling

          It won’t go away; it will be be acquired either by someone who has ideas about how to run it profitably or by Microsoft.

        • Philip

          +1. I’ve made some good friends on twitter.

    • Donna Gratehouse

      I’ve always felt Birtherism was in large part a proxy for white people to express their disapproval of Barack’s white mom being intimate with a Black man from Kenya.

  • Murc

    “I’ve seen my hometown flooded with immigrants, my family struggle financially and Marxist garbage taught in our schools,” he said in a message. “I’ve been waiting for a real American nationalist group for years, but I came to the realization that I’d have to do it myself.”

    While I am saddened by his closed-mindedness when it comes to Marxism, I sympathize with this fellow.

    It must have been very hard for Native Americans to watch their homeland swarmed under by hordes of differently-colored immigrants bent on destroying them. The rise of a strong nationalist movement among them was probably inevitable.

    … that’s what’s going on here, right?

    • Warren Terra

      I’m amused by the notion that the quoted passage has echoes of Allen Ginsburg’s Howl (not much, but enough to trigger a recollection), and rather more amused by the notion that the author of that passage would resent the comparison.

      • AlanInSF

        When I was at UMd, they didn’t even have a minor in Marxist Garbage. Progress, comrades!

        • When I was at UMd, they didn’t even have a minor in Marxist Garbage. Progress, comrades!

          Faugh. Walt Kelly had Marxist garbage-men in 1955! (Pogo multitasks mightily in Suffern on the Steppes, or 1984 and all that: not only does he sell tickets on the sledge, he pulls it himself, does janitorial work for the Soviet ad-men, and works alongside Churchy LaFemme hauling high-quality garbage.)

        • mikeSchilling

          Isn’t Marxist Garbage one of the yellow properties in Monopoly?

      • Dennis Orphen

        Tweet by Oyl Miller

        • Anna in PDX

          Thanks, that was legitimately great. I will now go share it on Facebook since I don’t tweet.

      • Manju

        I’ve seen my hometown destroyed by immigrants,
        starving hysterical marxists,
        dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking
        for a real American nationalist group,
        angelheaded Trumpsters burning for the ancient heavenly
        connection to the pussy-grabbing machinery of the right…

  • aturner339

    Really starting to think that a big problem is that our schools aren’t “liberal” enough in that the average grad might learn just enough history to think that a movement to “defend” White people is a clever reversal of PC rather than an age old ploy of white supremacists from Jefferson Davis to David Duke.

    • DrDick

      The public schools exist to reinforce and justify the existing system and power structure. Actual teaching is optional.

      • Chetsky

        Don’t know about where most of you live, but fer sure it was true in Texas. I never learned (in two years of Texas History) that Texas seceded from Mexico in order to preserve slavery, for instance.

        So where did I learn it? ISTR, right here.

        At least, Mr. Witherspoon taught us about Reconstruction, and -tried- to inject a little of the truth. Not much, but a little.

        That, again, had to wait.

        Of course, not a peep about Jim Crow.

        • I think a lot of it’s luck. Florida isn’t exactly known for being a hotbed of leftism either, but one of my professors at community college was a committed socialist and one of my professors at university was a committed anarchist. I suspect my own anti-authoritarian leftist views wouldn’t be nearly as committed if I hadn’t taken their classes. But then again, I actually did study political science. I doubt people who don’t study it would get that kind of instruction here.

          • XTPD

            To be absolutely fair, though, we would’ve gone blue this year if our three easternmost counties were nuked off the face of the Earth ceded to Alabama. Point is, the panhandle sucks eggs on shit-smeared toast.

            ETA: Addressing the point at hand, IIRC the state’s schools hadn’t been much good till the turn of the millennium, so I’d be inclined to say that you were lucky to get the professors you did.

            • JR in WV

              If you are talking about Florida and Alabama, you mean the e westernmost counties, don’t you? I recall driving from Mobile to Pensacola, and hitting Florida on it’s very western edge, back in the day.

              • Origami Isopod

                Looking at a map, I think he’s talking about Louisiana.

                • Without looking at a map, I am pretty sure that Mississippi lies between Alabama and Louisiana (for indeed I once started to drive from Mobile to New Orleans and found myself detained by Mississippi). And since I am damned sure that no three counties removed from Mississippi would render its voting majority Democratic, I am constrained to believe that he’s in Florida and got his directions mixed up.

                • Lee is correct. You have to go through Alabama and Mississippi to get to Louisiana from anywhere in Florida, unless you go by boat, I guess.

                • …well, I suppose you could drive north through Georgia, then head through Tennessee and around through Arkansas and down again, too. Or you could go even further north. I don’t know why you would do that, unless you really wanted to avoid Alabama and Mississippi, but you could.

                • BartletForGallifrey

                  I don’t know why you would do that, unless you really wanted to avoid Alabama and Mississippi

                  Reason enough to do many things tbh.

                • Certainly, but Tennessee, Arkansas, and Georgia (apart from Atlanta) are no picnic either.

              • XTPD

                Yes, I meant to type “westernmost,” dammit (though in my defense, I did single out the panhandle for special opprobrium for clarity’s sake).

            • I started my post-secondary education in 2001 and didn’t decide on political science as a major for awhile longer, so perhaps not as lucky as you think. Still pretty lucky, though, considering that it’s Florida.

        • DrDick

          I grew up in Oklahoma, and while the schools in my hometown, national headquarters for Phillips Petroleum at the time, were pretty good, the rest of the state was pretty iffy.

          • Davis X. Machina

            Headquarters for a time of the national HS debate organization, IIRC. Phillips money..

      • Sentient AI from the Future

        i briefly attended a Fancy-Pants Prep School, which was of course basically all white. I was expelled because it was the 80s and i had been conspicuously reading LaVey’s “Satanic Bible” which, even as a teenager, i could see was nonsense.

        To this day I remain far more concerned about the propagation of white supremacy in private school than i am about public school.

      • MAJeff

        Exactly. History isn’t taught so that we know how to analyze historical events, but to integrate people into society via a national heroic narrative. We’re taught to revere the great heroes and events, not critically understand them.

        • tsam

          Yeah–it’s seriously nauseating to hear people gush about the founders like they were superhuman, infallible geniuses. There’s nothing wrong with studying what was good and understanding what was bad and studying the effects these traits and actions had on the nation. That’s how we improve and progress–but historical studies tend to leave the student with the idea that we peaked in 1789 and that there’s no way to improve upon the system. That’s not history, that’s hagiography, which belongs in made-for-tv movies, not history classes.

        • Steve LaBonne

          Which is why I’ve always liked Bertrand Russell’s idea that in every country’s schools, its history should always be taught by natives of other countries.

    • NewishLawyer

      I think it depends on where you go to school. I went to K-12 in a public school district that happened to be 50 percent Jewish and 25 percent Asian.

      According to wikipedia, my high school was 50 percent Asian-American for the 2014-2015 school year. 39 percent of the student body was white and I am betting that most of those students are Jewish. Most of the Asian students are probably of Chinese and Korean origin. The only thing I wonder about is that my hometown had a large Iranian Jewish population and I wonder if they are being counted as Asian or White.

      History/Social Studies that I remember from my school days had a liberal bent. We studied Triangle Fire as a horrible thing and the New Deal/Great Society as good things. Lots of focus on Ellis Island and the immigrant experience of our great-grandparents.

      Can’t speak for the rest of the country though because my educational experience is very atypical. I imagine once you get to university a lot of people pay bare attention on the way to their business degrees.

      • Philip

        Different demographics but similar curriculum in my Ivy League town public high school. But on the other hand we still got blather about states’ rights vis a vis the civil war and so on.

    • jim, some guy in iowa

      I was at the Barnes and Noble in the nearby city today, getting my traditional good start on buying presents, and overheard *two* separate conversations about how good Bill O’Reilly’s books are “for getting your history lessons”

      • wjts

        My favorite “overheard history” lesson came from a woman at a Pittsburgh coffee shop. Did you know that Henry VIII left the Catholic Church so that he could marry Marie Antoinette? You do now!

        • Thom

          And then he had her beheaded for violating the Law against Time Travel.

        • brettvk

          If I overheard that I’d be seriously tempted to inject myself into the conversation, Annie-Hall style, only I would be acting on my own education instead of pulling a McLuhan out of my back pocket. But then I’d wonder if the ignoramus in question would pull a gun out of her back pocket, and since my state now has a Stand Your Ground law, whether I’d get shot for the social crime of knowing stuff. By the time I decided what to do my coffee would be cold and the ignoramus would be gone.

  • That Guy

    As a garden variety white guy, I can say that I don’t want or need those jokers “defending” me. Thanks anyway.

  • N__B

    So the poster man is a Terp Twerp?

    • AlanInSF

      Well, our UM Fightin’ Turtles football team does play its home games in White Supremacist Stadium. OTOH, since they relocated to the Midwest, who cares?

  • Mike in DC

    I think the number of blond haired, blue eyed, 6’5″, perfectly muscled Aryans with 2 doctorates and 160+ IQ scores must be vanishingly small, yes?

    • Warren Terra

      Since I assume every regular commenter to this blog is 6’5″ and perfectly muscled with two doctorates and an IQ score of at least 160, how rare can blond hair and blue eyes be?

      • efgoldman

        I assume every regular commenter to this blog is 6’5″ and perfectly muscled with two doctorates and an IQ score of at least 160

        Well, I know I am, but you’re just an anonymous set of pixels on the intartoobz, so who knows about you?

      • N__B

        The majority of us are at least 160 centimeters tall with an IQ of at least 65.

        • petesh

          On all fours, or raised on the back legs? And, Shirley, you misunderestimate your IQ.

          • efgoldman

            Shirley, you misunderestimate your IQ.

            He’s smarter than the average bear. And don’t….

            • rea

              He will sleep ’til noon
              But before it’s dark . . .

      • tsam

        I look just like Thor in The Avengers movies. I got the cape and everything

  • efgoldman

    Meanwhile, A&E has cancelled their KKK series.

    Waiting for the precious crybabies whining and crying “but… but f-f-first amendment… b-b-but censorship…. Wwwaaaahhh.”
    In 3… 2… 1…

    • Nobdy

      Smoke on the street was that it wasn’t nearly as bad as the name made it sound. People who actually saw it (and I am talking reasonably credible sources) seemed to think it was ok.

      The name was incredibly stupid though, and for that alone I am not sorry to see it shut down. If they had called it “Escaping the KKK” from the get go and marketed it as such it probably wouldn’t have generated 10% of the backlash.

      • BartletForGallifrey

        Apparently they were also paying Klansmen.

        • Nobdy

          Well that’s a very bad thing to do.

          I could understand paying for someone to stay in a motel or something if they were fleeing from a violent situation (my understanding is there’s a large overlap between white supremacy and domestic violence) but actual cash for access is bad all of the time, and when you’re giving it to open white supremacists…

          I wonder if the producers had some tortured logic by which they justified it to themselves. Other than “We probably won’t get caught.”

          • Captain Oblivious

            A&E characterized the payment as “nominal”. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out why you’d have to pay what I consider a “nominal” amount to get “access”. And why they don’t just publish the amount.

            In short, this sounds like it was the legal fig leaf for cancelling this hot potato. Probably to save having to pay for the whole thing. They cancelled it because of the protests.

          • BiloSagdiyev

            (my understanding is there’s a large overlap between white supremacy and domestic violence)

            But… but… the recruiting poster said we’d be protecting white women and disembodied floating babby head!!

        • efgoldman

          Apparently they were also paying Klansmen.

          Hey, Kkklansmen are as entitled to minimum wage for flipping burgers and mopping floors as anyone else.

    • Captain Oblivious

      Good. Because reading not all that much between the lines, it was pretty fucking obvious that this wasn’t about the KKK. It was about “good” KKK members trying to “escape”.

      There’s room for good documentaries exposing what goes on inside hate groups, but the angle on this one stunk from the start.

      • Nobdy

        That was not the take away that people who saw it had.

        Shaun King and some other BLM associated people seemed to think it was alright.

        • Captain Oblivious

          Even conceding this, which I’m not willing to do unless I see it myself, there’s the matter of how Shaun King and other black activists and thought leaders see this versus how right wing extremists will see it and use it.

          As we’ve seen with Trump, too goddam many idiots see being a complete fucking asshole and a total moron as a feature, not a bug.

          If there’s worthy material, like a story about the anti-racism activists, salvage it and show it. I would not have a problem with that.

          • Nobdy

            Are you not conceding that the show was actually okay or that Shaun King and others said it was okay?

            Because I linked to King saying it was alright…

            If it’s the former, I have no idea whether King is correct here in his assessment or not so I am not making that claim.

            I would say, however, that we should not censor material just based on how the worst people might react.

            Saying “black audiences might get something positive from this but white scumbags might misunderstand it so it should not be broadcast” strikes me as a troubling position.

            • We’re not censoring it, though. A&E simply decided not to go through with it. As a member of multiple groups white supremacists are generally not terribly fond of, I am not remotely troubled by this.

  • NeonTrotsky

    Increasing diversity caused by people migrating in response to the dynamics of globalized capitalism is the fault of… marxists. Yeah…

    • Hogan

      No one thought there was a problem until those guys started talking about it.

    • Dr. Ronnie James, DO

      Tribalism is the strategy. Ideology is just a tactic.

    • Ahuitzotl

      It’s true! if the marxists had just destroyed capitalism like they promised, then it wouldn’t have happened. QED. Just like that. Obvious.

  • tsam

    The other day I said killing a bunch of nazis wouldn’t change anything. Starting to think it might be worth a try.

    • David Allan Poe

      It’s like they say, you can’t make a meringue without whipping a few whites.

      • tsam

        By other whites. Get your own genetic variation and get the fuck out of mine.

      • Can’t make a social media omelette without breaking a few Twitter eggs.

    • cpinva

      “The other day I said killing a bunch of nazis wouldn’t change anything. Starting to think it might be worth a try.”

      it worked during WWII. Just saying………………….

      • tsam

        its a constant internal battle for me. Wait for the nazis to kill a bunch of innocent people, put them down before they get the chance? Of course that has ramifications that extend beyond just ridding society of its most toxic members, but damn these fuckers so have it coming. If a person is so fucking wound up in hate and fear that they need to hurt people just trying to get by in life, that person probably just needs to be put down.

        • cpinva

          we put down rabid animals and lame horses, and treat them both as mercy killings. probably should put the lunatic haters away, where they can do no harm and never get back out.

  • humanoid.panda

    He said the group has 100 members around the country, and four in the College Park area, including two on campus

    So, in other words, its him and 3 buddies in a van..

    The neo-nazi success in leveraging twitter and social networks is really a quandry. On the one hand, attention is pretty much the only asset they have. On the other hand, if people ignore them, they can harass people at leisure. Of course, Twitter could resolve the problem in instant, but FREE SPEECH ZOMG!!Z

    • Dr. Ronnie James, DO

      Yeah, my college (enrollment: 1500) had a “California Surrealist Party” with more members. I believe their motto was, “This is not a party.”

      • BiloSagdiyev

        Ain’t no party like a surrealist party ‘cuz a surrealist party never started…

  • Speaking of “Marxism”, isn’t “vanguard” a rather Leninist concept?

    • Robespierre

      Yes. Conservatives always think their opponents are more cunning, resolute and ruthless and would like to copy them. In fact, those who don’t see or don’t want to fill the “barbarism gap” are basically traitors.

      For reference,

      http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/102939

  • jpgray

    Is that an eagle carrying aloft the rods and axes? More like clods and asses, right? Right?

    …and that will be my lone Xmas LGM post for you all. No return policy.

  • weirdnoise

    Sic Transit democracy; Season’s Greetings from the RNC concerning the impending Coronation:

    “Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”

    I saw this at Digby’s place and was so astonished that had to check gop.com to see if it was real. It is.

    • JR in WV

      Well…

      Isn’t that both despicable and anti-Christian?

      Yes. Yes, it is. What’s the word I’m looking for?

      Oh, yes. Heresy, that’s the word. To any actual real Christian, on this day speaking of a new King, other than the Christ, is Heresy, and they used to burn people for it.

      • Dave W.

        To be fair, like weirdnoise I went to gop.com to check out the original, and it was pretty clear to me that the writer of that greeting did intend the “new King” to refer to the Christ, and was just awfully tone-deaf about how that could be perceived (sort of like Trump having followers at his rally raise one arm out straight to pledge support). The rest of the statement was basically conventional sentiments about the season, and didn’t have any of the trimphalism about Trump or the new administration I would expect if that phrase was an intentional reference to Trump. Still pretty awful, though.

        • Warren Terra

          The rest of the statement really wasn’t “basically conventional sentiments”, it was an explicitly Christian declaration of faith inappropriate for a press release from a national party that pretends not to be hostile to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Atheists, etcetera.

        • weirdnoise

          Paging Sigmund Freud. Dr Sigmund Freud to the Internet…

          Yes, they probably didn’t intend to equate Trump and Christ. Probably. But somehow they were so tin-eared that they couldn’t see an obvious interpretation of what they wrote.

    • Warren Terra

      A lot of people are pointing out the blasphemous bestowing of divinity (or, at least, capital-K theologically determined kingship) upon Trump, and that’s bad, but I’m also upset by the first half of the message:

      Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind

      This isn’t the RNC and Priebus wishing people a great Christmas, nor even saying how important the anniversary of the birth of Christ is to people who believe in him, it’s the RNC stating as its official message that Jesus is the Savior, the hope of salvation for all mankind.

      Take in contrast the RNC’s Hannukah message:

      As our Jewish friends and family around the country gather to light the first candle, we hope they will enjoy a special time of closeness and joy this Hanukkah season. These eight nights serve as a reminder of how the Maccabees never gave up hope amidst danger and uncertainty, and each year the Festival of Lights is a time to reflect on the power of faith and perseverance. We wish a Happy Hanukkah to all who are gathering around the menorah, and pray this year’s festivities will be a time of celebration and blessings for our Jewish communities.

      This (however insincere) is a well-crafted, professionally done message of outreach to and appreciation of the Jewish community. It refers to historical events, but not to miracles nor does it declare any aspects of Jewish theology to be the RNC’s revealed truth. Where it comes closest is where it refers to the “power of faith”, which is markedly different than if they’d somehow referred to the “power of God”. The RNC’s Diwali message takes a similar tone, again without stating as fact (or referring to) the divinity of any Hindu Gods, etcetera. Similarly the GOP’s message to those observing Ramadan.

      But apparently the official position of the GOP is that Christ was born to save us all …

  • Bitter Scribe

    Meantime, this is how true Christians deal with refugees.

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