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Bigotry is not hate

July 7, 2015

Doug Muder has an excellent article on how bigotry in our nation’s history has been implemented by well-meaning people on religious grounds, with no overt ill will toward those thereby made second-place citizens:

In every generation, the well-considered, devout bigotry of nice people is presented to the world as a new thing. They’re nothing like the villains we recall from past social-justice movements. This time they have good reasons to block progress. They have looked deep into their souls and read their Bibles and taken it to the Lord in prayer. They don’t hate anybody, they just believe that the world as it was when they were growing up was endorsed by God, and they want to stop today’s amoral radicals from upsetting God’s appointed order.

It showcases Jerry Falwell’s racism and Ted Cruz’s ignorance. But those are only by way of relevant example; read the whole thing.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2015 9:38 am

    The bigotry that will take the longest to correct in this society is the bigotry against the poor.

  2. rturpin permalink*
    July 7, 2015 10:30 am

    There are some very American memes related to that particular bigotry, Laura. Especially the tendency to see wealth as a reflection of moral worth.

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